FDA Updates Chinese Dog Treats Warning


July 18 2, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has once again released another update for consumers regarding the safety of Chinese-made chicken jerky products for pets.

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

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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  • anon101

    Yes, garlic is bad for dogs. But I believe it is added to some dog foods for flavoring in minute amounts and it is over processed. Therefore possibly rendering it harmless, unless a dog is sensitive to it.
    Look at some of the other ingredients (post above yours, Pup-Peroni) Yuck!
    What are you going to do? Have you looked at the ingredients listed on the latest loaf of bread you bought, lol

  • haleycookie

    I’ve asked several dog food companies about this that include garlic. Apparently when kibble is processed it takes anything toxin out of garlic. Raw garlic is the dangerous stuff.

  • Kelly Giannetti

    Garlic isn’t good for dogs. Wonder why they put it in there then?

  • Kelly Giannetti

    So, does anyone know if “Vita Bones Chewy/bacon flavor” have ever been recalled? I just got a 3oz bag and want to check before opening. Says made in USA? But, I saw that some of the ingredients are the same as someone listed quite a ways down: soy grits, beef lung, beef liver, beef, sugar, propylene glycol, salt, natural smoke flavor, oil of garlic, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, ‘supplement’, (whatever that means by itself…supplement of?), sodium selenite, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, ethylenediamine dihydriodide…to name a few? Can anyone enlighten me on these ingredients or this snack, period? Thx!

  • John

    I should add that Elmo is half Bearded C
    ollie, half Australian Shepherd, and lethargy is NOT part of his world, at all.

  • John

    I gave our dog Elmo 1/3 of a pup peroni log and the next day he was totally lethargic. At first I did not connect the two but after a second incident, pup peroni ended up in the trash.

  • Blue Bird Vision

    I’m sorry for your loss, Norman. Especially at this time of the year without your buddy. It’s a shame that our pets aren’t safe anymore with all of these commercialized, grotesque products hiding underneath pretty plastic and false claims. For the sake of both of your dogs and others out there, please report that to BJ’s and the manufacturer of the treats!

    Since Marleigh (my dog) has been eating grain-free kibble, I stopped buying treats from the store. She went through six years of pure Hell with her diet from before: blindness, cataracts so young, body odor, seizures, spastic movement. My family and I hunt, so we decided to use some of our duck and venison for my dog’s treats to create a well rounded diet. No fillers, no chemicals, straight from the deer’s gut. The best way we can fight these pet food lords is to feed our dogs raw, but unfortunately, that alternative isn’t possible for many people.

    Celebrate with your other dog and have a merry Christmas and a happy, safe New Year. Lots of love and prayers from New Jersey. <3

  • Norman Gates

    … Dog just died eating his Christmas gift, bought at BJ’s other dog had a seizure last week after eating the sticks last week … #BeefEaters #TableFoodFromNowOn

  • Charlie

    I just bought a pack of American Nutrition Vita Bone for my girl and only realised FDA recalled the products but dates prior Jan 18 2010. Expiry date of the one I bought is Feb 2014, does it mean it is safe to consume?! Please help!!

  • losul

    can’t seem to edit anything, so I have to make a new post here;

    Note: some sites (usually overseas) refer to peanuts as “groundnuts.” Even some of the oldtimers around here still call them groundnuts also.

  • losul


    peanuts are particularly susceptible to  the molds that create aflatoxins because they are grown underground. The mold gets to peanuts not only while they are stored, but also while they are growing.

     Aflatoxins are seriously toxic and carcinogenic, especially to the liver, on the same order as dioxins, and they can build up in the organs and flesh of the the animal/person unwittingly receiving them.

    Even things like rice, olives, etc. are also culprits. 
    My belief is that it is causing a serious ongoing problem with our pets, that many may not be aware.

  • Jens

    was not aware of the aflatoxin issue, but then we give them only very little peanut butter and that not even daily

  • losul

    this one doesn’t speak specifically of dogs, but here’s Another good 


    adult humans are supposed to be much more tolerant to aflatoxins than 
    dogs, cats,rabbits, etc. There’s plenty more out there on this, 
    secondary poisoning, etc.  SERIOUS stuff. Bing works great.

  • losul
  • losul

    Hey Bob K- tried to reply earlier, couldn’t get it to go through.
    I like the idea of the recycled marrow bone with yogurt too, but I’m a little concerned about the hardness on teeth.Treats of some kind seem a necessity, for rewards or just because one can’t resist those beggin eyes.

    For my dog he readily and greedily accepts whatever kibble he is currently on, as treats. I like to dehydrate my own hi-grade calf’s liver, it’s actually inexpensive vs what it costs to buy wholesome treats. I only use small bites of the liver. I’ll probably dehydrate some different meats next time I drag the dehydrator out.

    The peanut butter I would severely limit or completely avoid though. Nearly all P.B. has detectable amounts of aflatoxin, and in many of the naturals, the aflatoxins have even been shown to exceed the FDA guidelines. Alot of dogs are most likely already  receiving at LEAST small amounts of aflatoxins in their diets without adding P.B., I wouldn’t want to add any more fuel to the fire.

    Other things in P.B.  sugar, molasses, etc. and not in naturals, but ordinary P.B.-fully hydrogenated vegetable oils such as cottonseed and  soybean, mono and diglycerides.If I don’t know too much else, I’ve studied quite a bit about the aflatoxin thing. 3 of the very worst culprits are peanuts, cottonseed, and corn.Alot of those same culprits are fed to most mainstream poultry livestock, and swine, with high amounts of aflatoxins allowable in (guidelines-guidelines? what exactly does that mean?) by the FDA, especially as they get closer to slaughter. 300 ppb is what I would call an alarmingly high amount, and secondary transfer seems a fact to be transferred from organs (especially liver), muscle tissue, milk products, even eggs.U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines are as follows:
    Aflatoxin Level
    (parts per billion)Commodities & Species20 ppbFor corn, peanut products, cottonseed meal and other animal feeds and feed ingredients intended for dairy animals; for animal species or uses not specified below, or when the intended use is not known.20 ppbFor corn, peanut products and other animal feeds and feed ingredients, but excluding cottonseed meal, intended for immature animals.100 ppbFor corn and peanut products intended for breeding beef cattle, breeding swine or mature poultry (e.g. laying hens).200 ppbFor corn and peanut products intended for finishing swine (100 pounds or more).300 ppbFor cottonseed meal intended for beef cattle, swine or poultry (regardless of age or breeding status).300 ppbFor corn and peanut products intended for finishing beef cattle (i.e., feedlot cattle).

  • Jens

    We do the peanut butter in the recycled bone. They go nuts. I like the idea of frozen yogurt….

  • Sandy

    Recycle marrow bones – great idea!

  • Bob K

     losul – There are so many other treats to feed your loved one that are healthier and less expensive.  Yogurt or perhaps a little peanutbutter, cheap liver sausage.  Some high quality canned dog food.  I love to stuff a old beef bone with other things and make the dog work to get the treat out of the center where the marrow used to be.  You can also freeze things in the bone like the yogurt to make the dog work a little more for the treat.

  • losul

    ooooh right you are Sandy, I would have probably used a bit stronger words to describe the ingredients. O.K. maybe alot stronger.

    Pup-Peroni original bacon

    Beef, Meat by-products Soy Grits, Sugar, Liver, Bacon, Salt, Propylene Glycol, Garlic Powder, Caramel Color, Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (used as a preservative), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), Onion Extract

  • Well the ingredient list isn’t very good.  After reading it, I stopped giving it a couple years ago.

  • Elaine

    Are pup peroni treats bad for dogs?

  • René

    Wampy snacks for dog are killing your dog ,it is from china and there are no control

  • Rene

    DoNt bye wampy treats

  • eminem

    Beefeaters sweet potato treats are on the list, and because they were under “beefeater usa” i didn’t check to see if they were made in china. My dog almost died, folks. 🙁 Make your own treats for them if you can…

  • EvesHumanMom

    Looks like a few members of congress are getting involved.  Article also links to other petitions, if anyone is interested:  http://news.petpardons.com/tainted-dog-treats-spur-senator-to-propose-consumer-notification-reform/

  • BryanV21

    The biggest problem is that while a lot of vets don’t know much about nutrition, they THINK they do. And at the same time most dog owners will trust those vets more than anybody else. 

    If you’ve been well educated then good for you. But if you think all, or even the majority, of vets are as educated then you’re wrong. Plain and simple… wrong.

  • Shawna

    DrKnowsBest ~~ I agree with you that SOME employees of large chain pets stores as well as some at smaller boutique type stores need better education on dog foods and dog nutrition…  However many, if not most, vets are as ignorant, if not moreso, then those very employees you mention.  And many of those pet store employees are considerably more knowledgable then many vets.

    Take for example vets that recommend Science Diet K/D (kibble to boot) for dogs in early stage kidney disease.  Or putting senior dogs on K/D or lower protein foods because they “might” be at risk for kidney disease.  Many of us know just how devestating diets like k/d are for our dogs.

    There are many vets that I would take nutritional advice from.  However there are many many many more that I wouldn’t give the time of day to when it comes to canine and feline diet.  If you are a vet with a deeper knowledge on canine/feline nutrition then Science Diet or Royal Canin then I am sure your are sought out and well worth every penny you charge when it comes to dietary information.  However, most are not.  I was on the AVMA blog and a vet on the page was bragging about feeding her dogs Purina Dog Chow.  WOW – not only would I NOT take advice from her but I would RUN AND RUN FAST THE OTHER DIRECTION…

  • InkedMarie

    Your vet may know best (I assume you are a vet but could be wrong) but mine do not (except for my holistic vet). My vets would have my dogs on food they sell. No thanks. Mine need good food, not that.

  • Hi DrKnowsBest,

    The answer to your question as to what I consider a good dog food can be found in many places throughout my website.

    For starters, please read my article, The Problem with Dog Food Reviews which can be found as a link in every one of the more than 700+ dog food reviews here.

    Hope this helps.

  • DrKnowsBest

     I would love to know what you consider a good dog food!  Veterinarians take more than 1 class on nutrition and that is who people SHOULD be listening to for recommendations for nutrition NOT wanna be vets who work at Petsmart with high school educations.  It’s hard to bite my tongue when I hear the horrible advice being doled out at my local pet stores.

  • Valc Martini

    You have to do some homework as even if the package says MADE IN USA  does not mean there isn’t one or more ingredients from somewhere else, including China.  Please contact the company and ask if 100% USA made.

  • Valc Martini

    About a month ago I emailed American Nutrition who makes Vita Snacks for dogs.  Their response was immediate but they indicated that they do acquire one or more ingredients from China.  Any company does not have to indicate an outsourced ingredient(s) and I refuse to buy Purina since they have not done a voluntary recall.  I give my dogs rice cakes as treats and carrots hoping they are not from China.  It’s awful that we allow such lax restrictions on tainted items.

  • Dsddhere

    I do not give my fur baby anything from China, or will I eat any foods out of China..

  • Spj00

    I have two dogs in the animal hospital ICU right now because of this!!!!

  • Do your dog a favor and give the dog treats from Pet’s Barn a try.  They are locally made and are great!  My dog loves them.


    They are made in texas, and have a bunch of flavors.  

  • LabsRawesome

     Thanks for the info!  🙂

  • Paulmacs4005

    If you’re looking for safe sweet potato treats, there is a canadian company called Crumps.  They do all natural liver treats as well as sweet potato treats.  it’s all made in Canada with canadian product.  I’m not sure if it’s available in the US or not.  

  • LabsRawesome

     Dr. Becker says watch out for Sweet Potato treats.                                                                    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/07/20/sweet-potato-dog-treats.aspx

  • dugitup – Canine fact checker

    Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs (16 varieties of yam-related treats):Are irradiated but do not list glycerin as ingredient.

    Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestlé Purina)Are irradiated and contain glycerin.Drs. Foster and Smith (exact item not specified):?Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 varieties):Company says products are not irradiated and do not contain glycerin.

  • Hi KMLM,

    Thanks for sharing this great (and safe) idea. I’ve taken the liberty of saving it so I can share your suggestion with others in the future.

  • Crw5856

    My dog developed Pancreatitis and I’m sure it has to do with those “china made chicken treats”. I wish I new sooner on just how bad there were. Never again ANY dog treat from china. Oh by the way she is doing great.

  • Crw5856

    I never thought about this; what a good idea.

  • KMLM

    Be safe.  Buy liver at the meat counter.  Cook it, cut it into bite-sized pieces, and refrigerate it in a ziplock bag.  You’ll know what you’re giving your pet, and most dogs love liver.

  • Ewfqefa

    go move to china

  • Ty

    I’m puzzled as to the lack of any news source or the FDA mentioning whether or not a USA source Chicken Jerky treat would be safe as opposed to a Chinese source.  As a concerned pet owner I am deciding to halt all Chicken Jerky snacks in general now because I can’t confirm that the snack itself is safe as opposed to just its source.

  • Vinlewis

    I didn’t know about the recall. Both my dogs became gravely ill and one lost her eye because of such a high fever. 

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Another dog snack from China to worry about!!!

    Sweet potato treats are now making dogs sick:


    Please everyone, don’t feed anything from China.

  • Retsillacm21

    Well with so many people not caring or not having time to care about what they’re putting into their own bodies and what it’s doing to their long term health, why would they bother to go that extra mile for their pets? It’s the same for the parents who are obese who let their children become obese because of their bad eating habits and don’t care enough to change even when they know full well that it will hurt not only their long term health but their children’s long term health.. I think people who use the excuse that premium foods cost to much is stupid anyways, I’m 21 and I’m making only about $21,000 a year, living in a tiny apartment, and yet I still manage to feed my pup the best of the best.. find other ways to save money rather than sacrificing the health of your pet.. Their are plenty of brands that are much better than beneful, pedigree, and purina that are only a little bit more expensive.. hell you go to starbucks 2 or 3 times less a month and add that money to the money you’re spending on **** dog food and right there you have much better quality food…. I just don’t get it.

  • diane

    i bought my dogs some dingo bones about a month ago.  Dingo bones have jerky treats inside them.  one of my dogs got very sick,  liver and kidney failure.   Over a week of not knowing if he would make it or not.  What concerns me is i stopped buying any treats from china.  but gave in when i saw a big sale at petsmart,  and knowing how much my dogs love dingo bones i gave in. 🙁       I have no proof  that dingo bones cause this or not.   but i have to wonder with all the dogs getting sick.  Vet could not find a cause for his kidney and liver to fail.  
    he is doing much better now.  but will never again buy any thing from china for my dogs 🙁 .  

  • Panting Pooches

    I’m a rep for one of the premium foods inside PetSmart and use my knowledge as a former vet tech to explain what poor nutrition does to pets in the long term.  I gotta tell you, a lot of people just don’t care.  Their bottom line is the price on the bag, not the price of a long healthy life for their pets.  It’s gut-wrenching for me to watch them buy cancer-causing foods…

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Retsillacm21, Great post! Keep telling your customers about the good foods, even if you’re not supposed to. I won’t tell anyone!  😉

  • Retsillacm21

    I work at PetSmart and luckily I’ve seen a huge decrease in the amount of people buying canyon creek and other treats from china. It is sad though when you see a customer buying a $10 bag of beneful, and then a huge $20 bag of treats from china.. talk about ignorant. You could easily combine these amounts and buy a premium bag of dog food………. Same goes for the people who buy the cheapest dog foods and at the same time buy Blue Buffalo treats.. it makes absolutely no sense at all. And Don’t even get me started on the hundreds of people I see daily buying Science Diet because their vet told them it was a great dog food.. and it’s not like I can say anything unless I’m specifically asked by a customer. Because who is an ignorant pet owner going to trust, their vet who’s “nutritional knowledge” comes from like 1 class sponsored and taught by Science Diet (which they obviously don’t realize), or a petsmart employee being paid a little above minimum age? I would LOVE to be a representative for one of the top dog food companies and work inside of Petsmarts and positively transition over people everyday from horrible dog foods to premium dog foods.. Being a PetSmart employee I’m not “allowed” to lean towards certain brands, when talking to customers, but that doesn’t stop me anyways.

  • Darlene

    Front Porch Dogs has responded to this epidemic of China made Dog treats with our Beef and Lamb Jerky Homemade recipe using 100% USA natural ingredients.


  • BryanV21

    I don’t think he expressed himself as best he could, but his point (which you’ve missed) is still valid.

    Chinese products are cheaper and lead to American products needing to be priced lower. In other words… if there were no Chinese products in the US, American companies would be able to price their stuff higher.

    So although having Chinese products makes it tougher for American consumers (meaning they have to search through the bad to get to the good), they do serve the purpose of keeping prices down. And as a consumer myself, I’m more than happy to do the research to save some money and heartache.

  • mason dixon

    That”s a ridiculous observation “Beetlejuice”. The price we’ve “paid” in the destruction to our industrial economy far outweighs any price advantage for consumers in this country. And no, a washer wouldn’t cost 4 grand if it was made in the US. The quality would however likely be better. And what’s this “competitor’s washers” stuff? Its still Maytag, Whirlpool, etc. brand. Most of the savings that come from outsourcing US industries to China is pocketed by corporate executives and Wall Street anyway. Stop being a brainwashed flunky for globalism. 

  • Beetlejuice

    If we banned all products from China then you would be paying crazy amounts for everything. Having certain products come from China helps keep costs down. Would you want to pay 4 grand plus for a washing machine? It would happen if we stopped getting competitors washers from China/Korea. Thats just an example. I do think pet food products should be banned though.

  • Quest

    We need to ban all China’s products from the USA.

  • My boys had all the symptoms listed on the FDA website. Had to take Rudy to the Emergency Vet, I thought we were going to lose him. I removed all treats and food made in China. They are doing great now. I only buy made in USA or make them myself.

  • Jedderm

    If they can’t find anything in the treats, they need to test the bag it comes in….

  • Krzkt

    We are going to continue to not buy any dog treats made in China. FDA aside, it’s just not worth it to risk being the first person to find out they put profits before safety again. We either make our own, or buy treats with specifically (non Chinese) sourced human grade ingredients. Our pets are too precious and vet bills are too high to risk saving a few dollars and buying Chinese.