Three Name Brands Top FDA List of Chicken Jerky Treats Suspects


Reports of serious illness in dogs associated with the consumption of Chinese-made chicken jerky treats continue to be filed by pet owners.
Canyon Creek Chicken Jerky Treats
Yet the exact cause of these illnesses still remains a mystery.

After extensive laboratory testing, FDA officials have been unable to uncover a specific contaminant.

So, to date, there have been no official product recalls.

However, according to a recent article posted by, FDA documents obtained by the publisher suggest a possible link to three popular chicken jerky products and their big name producers:

  • Waggin’ Train Jerky Treats or Tenders (Nestle Purina)
  • Canyon Creek Ranch Jerky Treats or Tenders (Nestle Purina)
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats (Del Monte Corp)

However, the FDA stated in its latest official bulletin:

“No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined”

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  • Sharron Benda

    I have had a bout of bloody diarrhea & vomiting with my 10 year old Yorkie from Tyson Nudges Chicken Jerky. I called and they said it is completely made in the USA. I don’t know if it is irradiated or not, but she will not be getting any more of it.

  • Richard

    I’ve noticed a lot of people are complaining about China sourced or US sourced irradiated chicken jerky. Well chicken is US sourced, NOT irradiated and comes from chicken that is fresh, never frozen.

  • Richard

    Should check out chicken jerky. US based and sourced.

  • Richard has chicken jerky. it’s fresh, never frozen, and never irradiated.

  • Richard has chicken jerky that has only one ingredient: chicken and it’s fresh, never frozen, and never irradiated.

  • Amateria

    To be honest I’m not sure why “Australia” imports, some super markets I’ve been too the sweet potatoes stock to the roof and barely anyone is buying them, why not just use those for the sweet potato treats seems like such a waste.
    The brand I thought I could trust has started sourcing their chicken from China and just because you put made in PRC doesn’t change the fact that it’s still from China.
    Their beef says Australian but most of their treats are made in PRC now I’ve noticed.

    I’ve however stopped giving all those types of treats and decided to simply stick to kibble as a treat or some healthy ingredient biscuits instead.
    I tried beef pizzle 3 out of 4 got eaten, the other one I gave to a friend to give his dog because suddenly ours didn’t like it anymore, which is too bad because that pulling she was doing with her front teeth was good as she’s got some brown patches there.

    But yeah the sweet potato really gets to me, like seriously why do you need to import that? It’s just so weird to me.

  • wvankley

    I don’t know. I haven’t had any issues with golden rewards. I guess I’ll make my own or buy something US/Canadian sourced and not irradiated in the future. We really don’t need to import this stuff anyway.

    People should be aware that many pet treats made in the US are also irradiated.

  • Emily Domney

    With salt and spices!? Not a good idea for a dog. Make your own jerky to be safe.

  • theBCnut

    Their food is processed at lower temps, but I still don’t know that it had enough taurine for cats. It wasn’t meant to be cat food.

  • Polly Hattemer

    Dog food doesn’t have enough taurine for cats. High temperature processing would get rid of a lot of the taurine, which cats need. Guess they could have added some more taurine though.

  • Crazy4dogs

    TheBCnut is right. The jerky sold for humans to snack on isn’t even good for humans! 1 serving (that’s 1 beef stick or 1 piece of jerky, most people eat more) contains almost half the recommended daily intake of sodium along with BHA, BHT, nitrates and a few other preservatives to make it extra tasty. 🙁

    You could easily make your own using a dehydrator or in the oven.

  • theBCnut

    Those are really high in salt and now days they has other junk ingredients added. It’s really easy to make jerky treats at home in your own oven. Just have the butcher thin slice whatever kind of meat you want to use(I tell my butcher to slice it for jerky) and place the meat in a single layer on a cookie sheet(parchment makes for much easier clean up), then put in in the oven on the lowest setting. Test it every few hours for dryness by bending a piece in half. When you get it dried to your satisfaction, store in the freezer whatever you won’t use within one week. I make about 10 lbs at a time and put it in several baggies and take out of the freezer as needed.