Poisoned Treats From China
I would be hesitant to give your dogs or cats any type of jerky meat treats. Unless the bag clearly states that ALL ingredients are sourced from the USA and made in the USA, you just can’t be sure.
May 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM ET UPDATE: Two of the nation’s biggest makers of jerky treats blamed for deaths and illnesses of thousands of pets have agreed to create a $6.5 million fund to compensate dog owners who believe their animals were harmed, according to terms of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit announced Friday.
Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Waggin’ Train LLC reached an agreement with pet owners in several states who were seeking redress for what they claimed was suffering and death of pets who ate chicken and other jerky treats made in China. Read the whole article here: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/jerky-pet-treat-deal-makers-agree-6-5-million-fund-n119021
Below is an article from MSNBC. The brand names are FINALLY coming to the surface! The FDA is letting this issue slide under the carpet and not doing a re-call, while some pet parents, just like you and me, are suffering the loss of their beloved family member or dealing with the permanent damage to their pets health! At the end of the article, I will list some dog food brands that source some ingredients from China.
MSNBC REPORTS 3/14/12:
3 BIG BRANDS MAY BE TIED TO CHICKEN JERKY ILLNESS IN DOGS, FDA RECORDS SHOW
Waggin’ Train Wholesome Chicken Jerky Tenders were among 13 Nestle Purina brand treats listed among 22 complaints being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration. The treats, made in China, have been tied to reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs.
By JoNel Aleccia
Stumped by mysterious illnesses in at least 600 dogs in the U.S., federal health officials have turned to consumers for help investigating problems possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats made in China.
A log of complaints collected from pet owners and veterinarians contains references to at least three popular brands of jerky treats that may be associated with kidney failure and other serious ailments, according to internal Food and Drug Administration documents obtained by msnbc.com.
Of 22 “Priority 1” cases listed by the FDA late last year, 13 cited Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., the records show.
Another three listed Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. The rest listed single brands or no brand.
Priority 1 cases are those in which the animal is aged 11 or younger and medical records that document illness are available, an FDA spokeswoman said. In many cases, samples of the suspect treats also are collected.
The report, obtained through a public records request, is the first agency indication of any brands linked to illnesses that have climbed since the FDA warned pet owners about jerky treats in November. That was the FDA’s third caution about the pet products since 2007.
Nestle Purina and Del Monte officials said their treats are safe and FDA regulators said repeated tests have shown no absolute tie to any brand or manufacturer.
“No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined,” FDA officials said in a statement.
The internal report, overseen by the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak and Response Evaluation, or CORE, group, is one of several ongoing assignments in which FDA regulators are seeking jerky treat samples and medical records of dogs that may have developed kidney failure, liver disease or Fanconi syndrome, which can lead to serious illness and death.
The recent complaints were filed from October through December by people in cities from California to New York, but the agency will continue to accept them.
“We still invite owners and veterinarians to submit complaints and samples,” said Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokeswoman. “The more information we have, the more likely we can find a link.”
The move comes as the FDA is under growing pressure from consumers and lawmakers to address rising numbers of illnesses blamed on the China-made treats. Before the warning was issued in November, the agency had logged 70 reports of illnesses tied to the treats last year. Since then, more than 530 additional complaints of illnesses and some deaths have been filed, officials said.
Consumers who say their dogs were sickened or killed have launched at least three petitions demanding recalls of jerky pet treats made in China, including one begun in December that has more than 3,400 signatures from the U.S. and around the world.
At the slightest doubt, these products should have been recalled, especially knowing there was a link or at the very least a caution/warning label put on the packaging warning the consumers,” said Robin Pierre, a co-founder of “Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China.”
Pierre, 49, of Pine Bush, N.Y., believes Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Treats were responsible for the sudden death last fall of her previously health 2-year-old pug, Bella, who developed kidney failure.
“The last week of her life was nothing but misery and pain, separated from her family, she died all alone, in a cage, despite the fact that she had a family who loved her,” Pierre wrote in an email to msnbc.com. “She meant the world to me and my family.”
Ginger, a 14-year-old family dog, sparked one of three petitions after she developed kidney failure possibly tied to chicken jerky pet treats. Her owner, Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., wants the treats pulled from the market.
More than 375 people have signed a petition launched last week by Susan Rhodes, 51, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. She believes her 14-year-old dog, Ginger, may have developed life-threatening kidney failure after eating chicken jerky treats. She was stunned to hear that consumer complaints alone can’t force the FDA — or a company — to recall potentially tainted products.
“That is just unreal. I am not happy with that,” Rhodes said.
For their part, FDA officials said the companies are free to enact a voluntary recall at any time.
Lawmakers call for action
Lawmakers, however, are demanding stronger FDA action. Ohio Democrats Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Dennis Kucinich in February called on the FDA to step up investigation of tainted pet treats.
In a response sent late last week, an FDA official told Brown the agency “continues to actively investigate” the reports and to pursue testing for chemical and microbiological contaminants.
On Monday, Brown called the agency’s response “inadequate” and urged prompt release of results of 153 pending tests on the Chinese-made treats.
“I will continue to press the FDA on this issue because Ohio consumers shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of their pet’s food,” he said in a statement.
Since 2007, FDA scientists have analyzed jerky treats for evidence of dangerous toxins, including heavy metals, melamine, melamine analogs and diethylene glycol, chemicals used in plastics and resins.
So far, they’ve found nothing convincing, a point emphasized by Keith Schopp, director of communications for Nestle Purina. He noted that FDA officials also suggest that illnesses may be a result of causes other than eating jerky treats.
“Our chicken jerky treats are safe to feed as directed,” said Schopp. “The safety of our products — and the pets who consume them — are our top priorities.”
The company has a comprehensive food safety program in place, he said, including at manufacturing plants in China.
Pierre, who lost her dog, has little faith in pet food manufacturers — or in the FDA.
“Actions speak louder than words and there has been no action from them up until now,” Pierre said. “Waggin’ Train has hid behind the technicality that the FDA cannot find the link and the FDA has let them.”
Consumers can report illnesses to the FDA’s pet food complaint site.
Dog Food Brands That Source From China/Asia or Internationally (which can mean China):
- Solid Gold: Taurine in their food comes from China
- Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover’s Soul: Some vitamins and minerals from China
- Arthemis: Vitamins and minerals from China
- Castor & Pollux Organics: Vitamins from China
- Holistic Select: Vitamins and Glucosamine from China
- Nature’s Recipe: vitamins and minerals sourced from “other countries” (which could be China)
- Weruva: ALL ingredients sourced “overseas”
- Eukanuba: Ingredients sourced from “world suppliers” (which could be China)
- Iams: Ingredients sourced from “world suppliers” (which could be China)
- Natural Planet’s Organics: Vitamin/Mineral premix from Asia (which can mean China)
- PureVita: Vitamin/Mineral premix from Asia (which can mean China)
- NutriSource: Vitamin/Mineral premix from Asia (which can mean China)
- Nutro’s: Some Vitamins and minerals from China
- Innova: Vitamins pre-mix component sourced internationally (could mean China)
- California Naturals: Vitamins pre-mix component sourced Internationally (could mean China)
- Evo: Vitamins pre-mix component sourced from Internationally (could mean China)
- Nature’s Variety: Rabbit comes from China but they may be updating this ingredient soon.
- Wellness: 6% of ingredients are purchased internationally ??????
- Blue Buffalo: Some vitamins/minerals from reputable foreign suppliers (which can mean China)
- Science Diet: Ingredients sourced from USA and other countries which can mean China
- Petcurean: 1/100th of one percent of total finished diets are sourced from Asia (which can mean China)
- Pup-Peroni: Ingredients sourced from U.S. and global suppliers (which can mean China)
- Eagle Pack: Some Vitamins B’s and Glucosamine sourced from China
- If you’d like me to review the treats you are using, just leave me a note!