January 27, 2020

Publix and Wegmans Dog Food Treat Recalls

Publix and Wegmans stores are recalling more dog treats for trace amounts of antibiotic residue. This antibiotic, which is in use in China and the EU, is illegal in the United States. The treats were made with ingredients imported from China.

Recall SignWegmans is recalling IMS Pet Industries’ Cadet Gourmet Chicken Sausage in 8 ounce size. The UPC number is 7-68303-07461. For more information, contact IMS Pet Industries at 1-800-394-4467.

Publix is recalling their private label Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats. The product is packaged in a 3.5 ounce bag. The UPC number is 41415-18527. It was sold in Publix grocery stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. For questions, call Customer Relations at 1-800-242-1227 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The FDA has been investigating animal illnesses linked to jerky pet treats for years. Most of the complaints are about chicken jerky made into treats, tenders, and strips. Other complaints have been about duck, sweet potato, and treats made with chicken or duck jerky wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams. There have been more than 2,000 consumer complaints, mostly about dogs. In the past 18 months, there have been 360 dog deaths and one cat death. Cases have been reported from all 50 states.

These treats are not necessary for your pet’s health. If you do choose to give your pet these products, watch carefully for signs of illness, which may include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, or increased urination. If your pets display these symptoms, stop feeding them the jerky treat product and see your veterinarian.

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