According to the FDA, over 500 dogs have died over the last there years as a result of several different brands and varieties of tainted chicken treats from China. A lot of people in the animal welfare and rescue fields have been sharing this information with each other and as many people as they can. However, getting any real progress from either the FDA or from the companies themselves (voluntary pulling their own products) didn’t seem to be moving along at all – or not nearly fast enough to save the lives or more dogs. Finally, there have been some voluntary recalls with these products.
Reports since December 17, 2012 of dead dogs linked to these treats exceeded 500 – and that was over a period of three years. THREE YEARS! Did they not learn anything from the massive pet food recall we went through in 2007?? And yes, that was CHINA. Yet, here we are again. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA CVM), over 2600 dogs have been sick from eating imported chicken jerky treats! Poor Cali (below) is one of the many dogs who died from eating these tainted treats. Click here for more on her story.
As of January 9th, Milo’s Kitchen announced they would voluntarily recall it’s Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from retailer shelves nationally after New York State’s Dept. of Agriculture informed the FDA and the company that trace amounts of residual antibiotics had been found in several lots of Milo’s Kitchen Jerky.
Nestle Purina PetCare Company also voluntarily withdrew Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treat products after the New York State’s Dept. of Agriculture found the same problem with their treats. Other voluntary recalls include: Publix chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats and Cadet brand Chicken Jerky treat products.
How many more recalls will follow? There have been on official product recalls from the FDA – only volunteer recalls from the companies who make these treats. If the FDA won’t make them pull their treats, will any more companies step up and do the right thing?