August 1, 2014

Three Brand Names Associated With Problematic Dog Treats

News sources are reporting that three names are associated with the chicken jerky treats that are apparently sickening and killing some dogs.

The FDA has logged complaints from vets and pet owners. Three brands are mentioned in the so-called “Priority 1″ cases, where the animal was under the age of 11 and medical records were provided:

  • Waggin’ Train jerky treats or tenders produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
  • Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
  • Milto’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by Del Monte Corp.

Both companies say their treats are safe. FDA has said repeated testing of the dogs have shown no tie to any one brand. That’s why the government has not recalled any of these products.

If you have purchased chicken jerky products and your dog has experienced illness, you can report a pet food complaint to the government. Ask your veterinarian to file a report too.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) have called on the FDA to increase its investigation into this issue. Senator Brown wants the FDA to release results of some pending tests on the treats. Part of his statement reads as follows:

“The FDA’s response is inadequate – especially for the dozens of Ohio families whose dogs have died or have been seriously sickened as a result of eating tainted, Chinese-made chicken jerky treats. It’s the FDA’s job to ensure that these treats and other animal foods are safe for consumption.”

You can follow the recall watch on Twitter.

Comments

  1. The Three Brand Names Associated With Problematic Dog Treats is good information to have. I will pass this along to friends and family that have dogs. I have already told everyone I know with a dog to make sure you only buy USA dog treats.

    • Linda Larsen says:

      Thanks for spreading the word! I, too, have told everyone I know about this. But make sure they know that even if the brand is labeled “made in USA” it can still contain chicken from China. As long as the manufacturer “substantially alters” the ingredient (i.e. cooks it), they don’t have to list the country of origin in the label. The best course of action is to call the manufacturer and ask where their ingredients come from.

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