More Dog Treats Pulled due to Discovery of Antibiotics

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. voluntarily withdrew all Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in the United States after trace amounts of antibiotic residue were found in samples.

Posted: Jan 10, 2013, 8 a.m. EST

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The action came on the same day Milo’s Kitchen, a brand of San Francisco-based Del Monte Corp., voluntarily recalled Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers Home-style dog treats for the same reason. Read more here>>

All three treat brands were flagged by the New York State Department of Agriculture, which is consulting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the matter. The FDA has been investigating reports of illnesses and deaths associated with jerky pet treats from China, the source of the chicken in the Waggin’ Train, Canyon Creek Ranch and Milo’s Kitchen treats.

The FDA reported that New York inspectors discovered the antibiotic residue while using "a new, reportedly more sensitive method.” The agency noted that the test results did not raise health concerns "and are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illness FDA has received related to jerky pet treats.”

Nestle Purina was careful to call its action a product "withdrawal” rather than a "recall” and noted that the products posed no health risks.

"Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch products are safe to feed as directed,” the company stated. "However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States.”

The residue was measured in a relatively low parts per billion, the company stated.

"These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S.,” the statement added.

Other Purina treats and pet foods, including Canyon Creek Ranch dog and cat foods, are not part of the withdrawal.

Some time may pass before Waggin’ Train treats hit store shelves again, brand president Nina Leigh Krueger says.

"In the final analysis, our company and our loyal consumers must have total confidence in the products we sell and feed our pets,” she says.

"Once we understand and determine how to comply with the technicalities of different regulatory frameworks, we will work with all appropriate parties to define the best way to supply the market.”

In an update released Wednesday, the FDA advised owners that "jerky pet treats are not necessary for pets to have a fully balanced diet, so eliminating them will not harm pets.”

"Commercially produced pet food, which is very safe, contains all of the nutrients that pets need,” the FDA added.

More information about the Nestle Purina products is available by calling the company at 800-982-0704.

Milo’s Kitchen representatives may be reached at 877-228-6493.

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Kathy   East Greenwich, Rhode Island

1/11/2013 2:26:01 PM

They should have been pulled a LONG TIME AGO ! I lost 2 beloved dogs over 3 years ago ,a little over a month apart from kidney failure! So many pets died from what owners thought were safe treats from reliable companies ! GREED!!!!!

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Debra - 164788   Gloucester City, NJ

1/11/2013 12:43:18 PM

I purchased these for my dog and he became sick after eating them! He had an upset stomach, his #2 was runny and he didn't want to eat for a day and a half. He was perfectly fine before that, I know for a fact that those treats were the culprit. I feel bad that I gave him something that made him sick, as for the people making the "treats", they should be ashamed! As their product says, but clearly does not do anything but contradict itself, "Made In America", on the front of course!! But, on the back, in small writing in the corner, it tells us the REAL place it was made! So, I believe if they do things like that then it stands to reason that there are other misleading tricky things that they do! I mean just like any other business, including hospitals even, they are out to make money not out to do the right thing!! Hopefully, this will not happen again and they will learn a
Slice up chicken breasts thinly and bake at 400, for about 2 hours or until they resemble jerky, leave oven door cracked when they are done when oven is off before taking them out. Let them cool inside the oven then give to your best doggie friend!! That's what I have done! You know what's in them, you know where they came from and you know exactly what your precious pet is getting! My dog loves them! Good luck to everyone with their
God Bless those dogs that have died because of these
God Bless ALL ANIMALS!!!

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Fran   So Hackensack, New Jersey

1/11/2013 10:33:28 AM

I am disgusted with the money talks attitude of many companies. How many dogs had to die or become seriously ill for these companies to take a stand and pull the products from the
It's time for all companies that feed our animal family members to be extra careful when using foreign sources for pet feeds.We had the same situation in horse feeds not too long ago- enough is enough!

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