FDA Updates Chinese Dog Treats Report

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May 2, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has today issued yet another update for consumers regarding the safety of Chinese-made chicken jerky products for pets.

This precautionary report specifically refers to chicken jerky treats that are imported from China. They are intended for dogs and may also be sold as tenders, strips or treats.

So far, no recalls have been issued. And no cause has been determined.

The FDA’s Question and Answer news bulletin provides all details as currently reported by the Agency to date.

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  • Sandary1

    I just switched to Earthborne holistic grain free Was using TOTW and found that both of my goldens started to enjoy their food again. Hunter is 14 and Sam is 4 so I mix the coastal catch and medows together this helps in holding down the protein level being I dont think the older one needs a lot of it. I think that the company states all their ingredients comes from Canada or the U.S I know that I will never use a product made by Diamond this is not their first recall

  • Jamie W

     I feed Eartborn Holistic Primative Natural Grain Free Dry Food plus the others to switch Protiens I stay within this Brand & I no problems with my dogs at all & they love the taste.
    Earthborn to me after long research is the Highest Quality & the Best Price in the 5 STAR Rated Dry Dog Foods.
    I haven’t seen or heard of this brand ever having a recall expect maybe for having a bit too much Vitamin D in the past which they would have corrected if so.

    I am a Breeder of Mini Dachshunds & I have 16 of them plus a medium size mixed breed also a Aussie & all my dogs are doing great on this food.

    Dog Food Adviser has Earthborn Rated as a “Quality Dog Food” & does not state as a Above Average food as they do with many other brands.

    Holistic Primative Natural has High in Meat Protein & Fat with very Low Carbs (17.5)
    No Soy, Wheat, By Products, Corn or Gluten etc.

    You get your monies worth feeding this.
    The Best Price I found without sacrificing Quality.

    I am confident in this Brand check out the Earthborn pet foods website they are also Green see UPC’s for Trees.

    Like Many of you I too want Only the Best for my Dogs….

    Jamie W. WA State
    Secret Valley Miniature Dachshunds

  • doglover

    that didn’t come out right, i meant, if i had a smaller dog, i could provide a higher % of his food as raw.

    the smaller amts of raw i can afford for him, are not great % of his diet, cuz he is larger dog.
      
     rofl.
    of course, try to always feed raw outdoors!!!  ha ha!!

  • doglover

    I so so agree, raw is BEST for dogs,

    if you can afford to feed your dog meat only.  If i had a smaller dog, i could offer raw even more often.

    My dog balks at raw, i have to partially cook it, but, try to reduce the amt of cooking i do, down to just searing it, hoping someday he will accept plain ol raw meat..

      I sometimes have to put small dab of peanutbutter on it to get him to even check it out. 
    My dog not liking raw is huge bummer for me,
    as even though i can not afford raw for him 100% of time, i like to offer raw when i can,
    but, he wont’ eat it (yet)…..

    HERE IS GREAT SITE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RAW:
    http://www.rawlearning.com/

  • daisy1999

    They like to write in really tiny letters where nobody can see it “Made in China”-lol.  If you can’t find on the package where it is made, call the distributor and ask.  Even if it is manufactured in the US, ask where they get their ingredients. 

  • Jax

    It’s what I don’t read on the labels that has me concerned, “Marked by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Bentonville, AR 72716 USA,” BUT…where is it made, and from where do the ingredients come from? 

  • PetNutritionPlus

    I must comment on the post that says feeding raw meat is ignorant. I’ve done quite a bit of research and found that a raw diet is the very best diet for your dog. Did you know that your dog is ancestor to the Grey Wolf? Common sense prevails as well, after all, they lived on raw meat way before they became our pets. The only reason they started eating table food is because of us. Dogs have pointed teeth specifically designed to tear flesh unlike our pointed and flat teeth designed to tear flesh as well as grind GRAIN. Grain is beneficial to us but I’m sorry to say that it is not beneficial for our dogs. The only grain eaten by dogs in the wild was the contents of their prey’s stomach. One should do a bit more research before calling people ignorant especially when they’re feeding Purina!! How funny is that. :) Furthermore, you’re making these comments on a website that can teach you what you obviously don’t know. Cool it with the misinformed comments and spend some time on this site. You might actually learn something.

  • Alexandra

    To make a statment that feeding a dog his natural diet as ignorant, illustrates ones short comings.

    My dogs are much healthier on raw then they ever were on just kibble. I do about 50% raw and 50% kibble and the difference is HUGE.

  • Marie

    Most seafood we import is from Thailand. Physical geographic proximity to China means nothing in terms of safety and quality. Some of the best petfood on the market comes from Thai plants with stricter quality control than the US. The “Orient” is NOT just China, there are many countries that make up Asia.

    Really, geography isn’t emphasized much in schools anymore and that’s a huge shame.

  • hounddogmom12

    Oneida: Feeding your pet raw meat is ignorant? Well then mother nature must have been ignorant because that’s what she designed them to eat. And FYI no dog food company no matter how much research they do on canine nutrition and how high quality the ingredients are can replicate mother nature.

  • Bea Grayson

    CHECK OUT WHERE THAT CANNED TUNA IS FROM…. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN IN CHINA.  I WILL NO LONGER BUY TUNA  AT LEAST NOT FROM CHINA. ONE CAN BUY FROM AMERICAN FISHERMEN FROM THE NORTHWEST, MORE EXPENSIVE BUT I REFUSE TO BUY ANY FOOD FOR MYSELF OR MY DOG THAT IS FROM THE ORIENT.  PERIOD .  IF BY MISTAKE I GET HOME WITH SOME ITEM FROM THERE I TOSS IT OUT.  I COMPLAIN LOUDLY AT THE SEAFOOD/MEATMARKET ABOUT THE LACK SEAFOOD FROM THE  U.S. OR MEXICO.  WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF MILES OF COAST AND YET WE BUY THAT CHEAP , CRAP FROM CHINA.  WHY?

  • cairnmommy

    Animals have been eating raw meat, since they started to walk on this earth. Their stomachs kill major bacteria. It is their natural food. It is not ignorant… that is pet food company brainwashing. I had a small dog with diabetes…. could not balance her blood sugar on the Rx food. 24 hours of eating raw chicken necks and veggies, her blood sugar was stable and she lived 3 1/2 more years without a hypoglycemic episode. Fresh Raw meat is what canines and felines are meant to eat. But, each caregiver has the right to their own ideas. If using canned human meat [salmon-tuna, etc.], consider rinsing it, to remove some of the salt. Small amounts of fruit are great for the dogs as is some homemade Kefir, for their good gut bacteria. Cairns can not tolerate corn, causes skin problems , hair loss and misery for them.
    Happy dogs… my goal!

    Cairnmommy

  • oneida

     PLEASE READ THE ABOVE REPLY TO MARTHA…NEAR THE TOP COMMENTS.. AND JOIN US IN THE  (( SILENT BOYCOTT )) TO LEAVE THE CRAPPY PRODUCTS ON THE STORE SHELVES..WE AS THE BUYERS DON’T HAVE TO BUY IT.. AND THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO FORCE US TO ARENT GONNA PULL THEM OFF THE SHELVES…IT’S UP TO US..BUT WE ARE NOT ALONE IF WE ALL (( ALL CUNSUMERS OF STORE PRODUCTS )) JOIN TOGATHER IN THIS FIGHT..GOD BLESS ..

  • oneida

    WELL SAID MY FRIEND…YOU AND I ARE ON THE MIND-PATH… THANKS.. AND HELP SUPPORT THIS SILENT BOYCOTT WITH YOUR GOLDEN-WORDS…GOD BLESS US AND OUR PETS…

  • oneida

    LIKE I REPLIED TO MARTHA IN THE ABOVE COMMENTS .. READ IT .. I GAVE AN EXLPENATION TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.. ITS SCARY  YES I KNOW.. AND IF (( WE )) ALL ACROSS THE US CHOOSE TO JUST LEAVE THE  CRAPPY PRODUCTS ON THE STORE SHELVES AND WARN ALL WE CAN IN THE STORES AND IN OUR LIVES..TO DO THE SAME.. WE CAN GET THE MESSAGE THRU THAT(((( WE REFUSE TO BUY THIS POISON CRAP )))…AND AT SOME POINT THINGS CAN CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.. THEY ARE TRYING TO —FORCE US TO BUY THIS CRAP !!!—JOIN THE (( SILENT-BOYCOTT )) OF ALL THOSE PRODUCTS!!! WE HAVE OTHER CHOICES ..ID LIKE TO SEE THE MEDIA DO A STORY ON IT AT THE POINT THEY FINALLY FIGURE OUT THAT AMERICANS ARE JUST LEAVEING THE PRODUCTS ON THE STORE SHELVES … THAT WOULD BE OUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IN THIS FIGHT AGAINST OTHER CONTRIES TRYING TO SHOVE THEIR CRAP DOWN OUR THROATS AND MAKIN US PAY FOR IT TOO !!!

  • oneida

    I KNOW RITE?? THATS HOW WE ALL FEEL  !!!  … AND FRANKLY IF WE DO WE GET PUNISHED FOR IT..SO JOIN ALONG IN THE SILENT BOYCOTT OF ALL THOSE NASTY PRODUCTS AND JUST LET THEM SIT THERE ON THE SHELVES…AND ANYONE YOU SEE IN THE ISLES.. SPEAK UP AND LET THEM KNOW TOO.. TELL ALL YOU KNOW.. AND LETS GET THIS SILENT BOYCOTT KNOWN ACROSS THE US!!!!!… THEY CANT ARREST YOU FOR NOT BUYING THE PRODUCTS OR WARNING OTHERS TO NOT BUY THEM.. 

  • oneida

    READ THE REPLY THAT I I WROTE TO MARTHA.. I EXPLAINED IT THE BEST I COULD.. GOD BLESS..

  • Marie

    Uhhhh….so….according to your other posts, canned meats are okay, but not raw meat or canned pet food.

    Sure. No problem. *backs away slowly*

  • oneida

    PLEASE.. DON’T FEED YOUR PETS RAW MEAT…. THAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS AND IGNORANT THING YOU CAN DO…

  • oneida

    TRY CANNED TUNA FISH, CANNED SALMON OR MACKERAL, AND CANNED CHICKEN FOR PEOPLE..ITS BETTER THEN  (( ANY )) BRAND OF CANNED CAT FOOD, OR DOG FOOD ON THE STORE SHELVES…THEASE CANNED MEATS CAN B FOUND AT ANY OF THE CHEAPER STORES.. LIKE DOLLAR TREE, FAMILY DOLLAR TYPE STORES.. GOD BLESS..

  • oneida

    GOOD FOR YOU… KEEP UP THE GREAT FIGHT TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR PETS HEALTHY..LETS ((ALL)) DO OUR SHARE IN THE CHINA FOOD AND MEDICINE SILENT BOYCOTT… GOD BLESS..

  • oneida

    the nasty pet foods are still being imported, just like the bad medications, and human food products… because..are u ready people???…. the united states –GOVERNMENT–ALLOWS IT!!  …there are plenty of check poiNts and security to stop the bad stuff from comming in.. but only a (( small )) portion of the products are  looked at .. so alot of  bad products are getting thru.. china says.. usa , you owe us sooo much money, that you have no choice but to take our products.. but as consumers, WE DON’T HAVE TO BUY THEM.. … DO U UNDERSTAND THIS?? WE AS CONSUMERS HAVE TO BE VIGILANT AND READ THE LABELS, AND MAKE OUR CHOICES TO LEAVE THE CHINA PRODUCTS ON THE STORE SHELVES..CUZ THEIR –NOT GONNA PULL THEM OFF– BUT IF WE DON’T BUY THEM..AND THEY JUST SIT ON THE STORE SHELVES AS WE LOOK ELSEWARE TO BUY SAFER PRODUCTS, THEN WHAT??…(((( ITS CALLED A SILENT BOYCOTT OF ALL THE CHINA PRODUCTS THAT CUNSUMERS REFUSE TO PAY FOR..)))) AND HOPEFULLY AT SOME POINT OUR GOVERNMENT WILL COMPLY WITH US AND REFUSE THE IMPORTED POISON PRODUCTS..GOD BLESS ..

  • oneida

    the purina brands that aren’t associated with nestle are what i look for.. (( see the small print on the bak of the bag..)).. but their hard to find since most all the purina brand dry foods read purina/nestle.. but there hasnt ben any recalls on the purina dry foods that ive known for the 9 years that ive had my labby.. only the treats/bisquits.. that had the purina/nestle on the (made by) label in the back small print…i like the fit n trim or the little bites just to be safe, but the ingredients arent the best.. it gets a low rateing, but i make my baby the homeade mix..rice, barley, grnd chickn, sweet-potato, slice carrots  (from the can-drained)..and fresh blueberrys wen i can afford them..my 2-seinor labbys love the food, and cant get enough of it..i make enough to last a week at a time..i am a scared and skeptical pet owner, and i pay out alot of what little money i get on fixed income to keep my pets healthy and happy..i hope this helps all of u.. and GOD bless u all and yr beloved pets..

  • oneida

    try rice, barley and ground chiken.. the ground chiken comes packed like the ground hamburg in a roll shape.. use the juice-but dilute it with cold water first so its not too greasy.. yr dog will like it..i give my 2 SEINOR  labbies purina fit n trim dry kibbles seperately after the rice mix meal.. they love it.. i was giving them the taste of the wild salmon and the canidae platinum for like 3 months before i found out the recall.. their ok tho.. p.s.  DONT GIVE YOUR DOGS  (( ANY THREATS OR FOODS MADE IN CHINA !!! )) –AT ALL !!– PLEASE PEOPLE….!! LOOK AT THE SMALL PRINT ON THE BAKS OF THE TREAT PAKAGES…GOF bless you all and yr pets….geo..

  • Norm

    The only time my dogs ever got sick was from eating the
    Chinese chicken breasts jerky. NO MORE CHINESE TREATS!!Their treats are now just small handfuls of their dried dogfood. They don’t know the difference and it saves me money!

  • Lagrettas

    Purina

  • Elise

    Wheat is genetically engineered since the 1990′s.  It is affecting humans with celiac disease and people needing to eat a gluten free diet.  Now it is affecting dogs too.  Next all of the corn will be GMO too.  People need to wake up!

  • Guest

    I, too, am a Fromm fan.  Love their vibe and my dogs love their food!  16 yr old on Fromm Gold Senior and 2 yr old on Fromm Gold Adult.  Couldn’t be happier :)

  • Pawsfordc

    I called Wellness today (may 8th)…on the dog food, they said it was ”just” their puppy food, and that it was a voluntary recall?    I just stared feeding my 5 yr old lhasa Wellness, after taking her off of Innova.   She doesn’t like the recipes I tried to make her from scratch.   Most recipes called for oatmeal, and she doesn’t like it.  

  • Equiuga

    Myrasal, Fromm has never had a recall and they are made here in the US and they also own their own plant. I have my 4 old Lab pup on Fromm Gold LBP and she is doing great!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Myrasal,

    Yes. There are hundreds of dog foods that have never had a recall. Dog food recalls are inevitable and unpredictable. So, it’s only a matter of time before many of them also become involved in a recall.

    Can anyone predict which ones they might be?

  • Myrasal

    Is there a dry dog on the market that has never had a recall?  If I knew I would put my dogs that brand.

  • Martha

    Why in the world are we (THE USA) still accepting and allowing CHINA to import their poisoned pet food here????? I am appalled because my poor Jack Russell Terrier was deathly sickened a couple of years ago (and almost died) from their nasty poisoned wheat that American companies foolishly bought (probably because it was so cheap)…..where are our laws that protect consumers and our pets????? I am angry!

  • Needlewielder

    All that has been said  is true.  That’s the reason I give my dogs a home cooked diet.  When I did use kibble, I fed Flint River Ranch, and never had any problems with it.

  • Lauralee97

    We shouldn’t have to click onto every article to find out what is dangerous to our pets. There should be a list, with a picture of the product, keep it plain and simple.

  • daisy1999

    You hit the nail on the head.  Just had this discussion with someone.  Remember the listeria from the melons last year that sickened/killed all those people? You can subscribe to the food recalls with the FDA, I would prefer not because then I wouldn’t want to eat anything.  There are ones nobody ever hears about all the time.  How can we and our pets really be safe?  Well, I guess we would have to raise it/grow it all ourselves.  Even then…

  • daisy1999

    I was going to say to post over on Wellness, but I see it is the catfood and this site is for dogfood.  But, I think there is one for catfood.  I believe the only recall Wellness ever had was on a catfood.  Worth checking with other cat owners that feed this.

  • cairnmommy

    Recently I fed my two older cats Wellness.  By the end of the bag, they were listless and grump.  Their fur looked just awful.  Normally, the play and chirp and one would never know they are over 15.  I switched to Acana and I can not believe the difference.  

    I feed the dogs [four cairns] Acana and they do really well, also raw beef and chicken, veggies form the garden.  So, has anyone else had this sort of experience with Wellness?

  • Bob K

     Bea – The US food supply is not all that great – Mad Cow, eColli, Salmonella etc…… Just Google Food recalls in the US and you will see the US also has major problems.  The US slaughters horses and hundreds of dogs and cats are euthanized daily are we really that different? 

  • Bea Grayson

    Why does the U.S. continue to purchase foods (be it for human or pet consumption) since we cannot trust one  thing that comes from that country?  THEY EAT DOGS THERE !!!!

  • daisy1999

    Those things are EVERYWHERE!  I didn’t take notice before well because I wasn’t looking, but honestly just about every store that sells pet products here sells those (minus the private owned pet stores).  I want to start putting warning signs up myself on the shelves!!!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    I shop at Sams Club and through it all they’ve never taken any Waggin Train off the shelves and they sell the big 2 pound bags of jerky! And the duck ones sometimes.

  • daisy1999

    I guess as long as nobody can “figure out” what it is thats making the dogs sick, the FDA is just going to leave it up to the companies.  And, apparently they aren’t interested in people’s sick and dead dogs-just their money!  Otherwise, they wouldn’t still be selling them.  So, its up to the consumer to stay informed and to pass the word along to others that might not know to help keep their pets safe.

  • Joan-pieroni

    I don’t understand this because so many pets have died after eating these dog “treats”