Jerky Dog Treats Recalled Due to Traces of Unapproved Antibiotic

By on January 9, 2013

On January 9, 2013, Nestlé Purina PetCare announced a voluntary recall of Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand chicken jerky treats due to a trace amount of a poultry antibiotic residue that isn’t approved in the United States.  Milo’s Kitchen is also recalling its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats.  Chicken jerky dog treats have been an ongoing hot topic of conversation among pet owners due to the hundreds of reported deaths and illnesses linked to the chicken jerky dogs treats.

The FDA purportedly has tested the treats from manufacturers, including Nestle Purina and Del Monte.  The FDA also supposedly sent inspectors to China to further investigate the manufacturing facilities of the treats, although it is still unclear how far these inspectors got and how independent the investigation really was.  Much to the frustration of pet owners, no cause has been found relating to the many dog deaths and illnesses from the treats.

Several class actions have also been filed, although without the government finding the cause of the death or illnesses it seems unlikely that these cases will succeed either.   Unfortunately, in this country pet food does not have the same amount of regulation as human food and can contain items such as road kill and diseased animals that have been rendered but the product continues to be advertised as “natural” and “wholesome.”  Likewise, one of the President’s initiatives has been to better regulate imports from China due to unknown substances that have become more exposed like arsenic from possible pesticides only approved in China.

Hopefully, such increased scrutiny would also extend to pet food however without the domestic regulations in place it is difficult to imagine this happening.   Pet owners can do what they can by becoming knowledgeable on the issues and being on the lookout for recalls.

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