Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Treats From China

  1. #1
    Norwegian Rose Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Vikinggirl's Avatar
    Real Name
    Monica
    Country
    Canada
    Location
    Burlington, ON Canada
    Posts
    9,639
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Bulldozer and Blossom
    Likes (Received)
    2119

    Default Treats From China

    I came across this on my FB page, and wanted to share it with everyone. Treats from China were recalled and taken off the shelves just over a year ago, because they were suspected of killing hundreds of dogs, and now they are being returned to store shelves. They still haven't found the answers to the mysterious illnesses and deaths from these treats. 2 of my co-workers fed the jerky treats to their dogs, and both of them became severely ill, and both passed away due to kidney failure.




    They May Have Killed 600 Dogs, But They're Headed Back to Store Shelves


    March 05, 2014
    By Dr. Becker


    I've written many articles here at Mercola Healthy Pets about the jerky pet treats imported from China that have sickened over 4,500 pets and killed 600 dogs over the last seven years. Each time I write an update on this appalling and seemingly never-ending situation, I try to provide suggestions to readers on how to avoid potentially tainted chicken, duck and sweet potato death treats.


    A little over a year ago, and six years into the FDA's unimpressive search for answers about the tainted treats, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of residual illegal poultry antibiotics in several lots of the very same brands of treats implicated in reports of pet illness and death. This revelation prompted Nestle Purina PetCare (makers of Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats) and the Del Monte Corp. (makers of Milo's Kitchen products) to voluntarily pull their jerky products from store shelves across the country.


    Pet owners breathed a sigh of relief at the news, however, predictably, both the pet treat manufacturers and the FDA claimed the antibiotic residue was not what had sickened or killed thousands of pets. Knowing the primary motivation of huge pet food producers (Waggin' Train put $54 million in Nestle Purina's coffers last year, and Milo's Kitchen treats accounted for $60 million in sales for Del Monte), and given the FDA's unwillingness to act on behalf of pets and their families, I correctly assumed we hadn't seen the end of the jerky treat disaster.


    Potentially Tainted Treats Are Back on Store Shelves


    Here's why I've made such an effort to steer as many pet owners as possible away from these treats for good.


    According to a late January report by NBC News:


    "Two of the top-selling brands of jerky treats for pets will soon return to U.S. store shelves, a year after a nationwide recall and with government experts no closer to solving the mystery that has linked the products to hundreds of animal deaths and thousands of illnesses."


    Yes, they're back. Nestle put their still-made-in-China Waggin' Train treats back on store shelves in February, and Del Monte will return their treats to the market this month.


    For the record, Del Monte says its Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky Strips and Chicken Grillers Recipe treats are made from "U.S.-sourced meat," and Nestle has announced that in addition to their China-supplied treats, they will also introduce "new products sourced entirely in the U.S." (Important note: "Made in the USA" may or may not mean all ingredients in the product were made in the USA. As long as the product was assembled here, regardless of where the ingredients come from, manufacturers can stamp "Made in the USA" on the package.)


    Needless to say, knowledgeable pet owners, animal advocates and veterinarians aren't happy about this, since there's really no information about what changes, if any, the pet treat producers have made to their products. A veterinarian in Florida who has treated several cases of Fanconi syndrome, a serious kidney disorder linked to the treats, says she would like to see clinical trials in pets that prove the "revamped" products are safe.


    American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Declines to Take a Stand to Protect Pets


    Just a few days after NBC News reported the return of pet jerky treats to store shelves, they announced more disheartening news. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently rejected a resolution to discourage pet owners from feeding jerky products.


    According to AVMA spokesman David Kirkpatrick, "The resolution as presented is basically dead. We don't have the scientific proof to say, 'Don't do it.'"


    Dr. Kendal Harr, a veterinarian and clinical pathologist in Seattle who helped sponsor the petition for the AVMA resolution, believes the tests to identify the toxin in jerky treats don't even exist at this point in time. He says the search for the problem is like a "needle in a haystack" of potential compounds. It's moving too slowly in his estimation, and he doesn't believe there's been any real progress despite several years of FDA involvement.


    It would seem the AVMA, like the FDA, sees a clear link between the treats and sick and dead pets, but chooses not to take an official stand to protect companion animals and their owners. It's worth noting that according to NBC News, federal tax records show Nestle Purina is a minor donor to the AVMA.


    Recommendations for Avoiding Toxic Pet Treats


    There's no shortage of commercial pet treats on the market today. They come in every conceivable shape, size, smell, flavor, color and texture. The challenge is finding safe, high-quality, species-appropriate treats in a sea of products claiming to be "all-natural" and "made in the U.S.A."


    The following recommendations will help point you in the direction of selecting safe, wholesome treats for your furry family member.


    Tip #1 : Don't Overfeed Treats to Your Pet


    Dog or cat treats even very healthy ones should not constitute more than 15 percent of your pet's daily food intake, and preferably less than 10 percent. And it's best to limit them to training and behavior rewards, as a bedtime ritual, or as a "time to get in your crate" enticement - things of that nature. Treats should be offered primarily as rewards during house training, obedience training or other similar activities, and not because the rest of the family is sitting down with a bowl of popcorn to watch a movie.


    Also keep in mind that cat and dog treats are not a complete form of nutrition for your pet, and should never be substituted for balanced, species-appropriate meals. Overfeeding treats on top of daily food intake will result in an obese pet. Overfeeding treats while underfeeding balanced meals will result in a dog or cat with nutritional deficiencies.


    Tip #2 : Treats Should Be Sourced in the U.S. and Made in the U.S.


    Legally, pet food manufacturers can make the "made in the U.S.A." claim as long as the product was assembled in this country even if the ingredients are imported. So when you're shopping for safe treats, it's not enough that a product claims to be made in the U.S. You want to be sure all the ingredients originated here as well.


    The U.S. certainly produces its own share of tainted products, but as a general rule, the contaminating agent is quickly identified and these days, immediate action is taken to remove the product from store shelves.


    The chicken jerky dog treats and other treats suspected of causing illness and death in so many pets have ingredients imported from China. Despite the efforts of the FDA and independent laboratories to isolate the contaminant, nothing has been identified, and five years after the first reports of sick and dying pets, the treats are still being produced by major pet food companies and sold by major retailers. So I would certainly strongly recommend avoiding any product containing ingredients sourced from China.


    That said, I have found several excellent quality treats from New Zealand and Canada. The important point is to know and trust your treat company's commitment to purity and quality control.


    Tip #3 : Treats Should Be High-Quality


    A high-quality pet treat will not contain grains or unnecessary fillers, rendered animal by products, added sugar (sometimes hidden in ingredients like molasses and honey), chemicals, artificial preservatives, or ingredients known to be highly allergenic to pets. These criteria rule out the vast majority of commercial pet treats on the market.


    As is the case with commercially available pet foods, high-quality pet treats aren't likely to be found in big-box stores, large pet store chains, your local supermarket, or your vet's office. Your best bet shopping locally is to visit small, independent pet stores with knowledgeable staff who can answer customer questions and are competent to recommend products that make sense for individual pets.


    Most excellent quality, human-grade pet food producers typically smaller companies also make a few types of treats. So if you're already feeding your dog or cat a high-quality commercial pet food you trust, see if the manufacturer also makes treats.


    Another option is to shop online, especially if you've done your research and know exactly what you're looking for.


    Tip #4 : Offer Fresh Human Foods as Treats


    I recommend avoiding all grain-based treats. Your dog or cat has no biological requirements for the carbs in these treats, and in addition, they are pro-inflammatory.


    Consider instead living "human" foods. Berries are a great treat because they're small and loaded with antioxidants. You can also offer small amounts no more than 1/8 inch square for a cat or small dog and a 1/4 inch square for bigger dogs of other fruits (melons and apples are good fruits to start with) as well as cheese.


    Many cats enjoy bits of zucchini or cantaloupe. You can also try offering some dark, green leafy veggies as treats for your kitty. It might even keep her away from your houseplants!


    Excellent training treats for dogs include frozen peas and raw almonds, cashews and Brazil nuts (but NEVER macadamia nuts).


    Tip #5 : Prepare Homemade Treats for your Pet


    If your dog happens to be wild for dehydrated chicken strips (chicken jerky), you can make your own quite easily. Just buy some boneless chicken breasts, clean them, and slice into long, thin strips the thinner the better. Place the strips on a greased or non-stick cookie sheet and bake them for at least three hours at 180 degrees. The low temp dries the chicken out slowly and the strips wind up nice and chewy.


    Let the strips cool, and then store them in plastic bags or another airtight container. You can also freeze them.


    If you buy commercial canned food for your dog or cat, you can 'repurpose' a can for use as a supply of healthy treats. Open a can of your pet's favorite brand, preferably something with a strong aroma, and spoon out little treat sized amounts onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.


    Put the baking sheet into the freezer until the bite sized bits of food are frozen. Then move them to an airtight container and back into the freezer they go until you're ready to treat your pet to a treat! (Most dogs will enjoy the treats frozen, but you'll need to thaw them to a chewy consistency for kitties.)
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

  2. #2
    Pooper scooper
    Country
    USA
    Posts
    11,226
    Bulldog(s) Names
    7
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    2232

    Default Re: Treats From China

    @Vikinggirl Thank you thank you for posting this. I think every dog lover should read this, it's criminal that Nestle and Del Monte are putting these death treats back on the shelf. Just reinforces the importance of knowing what your bully is eating!

  3. #3
    Doggie Boutique Owner Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    xxaprilrose's Avatar
    Real Name
    April
    Country
    United States
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    905
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Jovi
    Likes (Received)
    52

    Default Re: Treats From China

    oh no! I dont understand why they would put that back on the market. that is awful.


  4. #4
    Norwegian Rose Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Vikinggirl's Avatar
    Real Name
    Monica
    Country
    Canada
    Location
    Burlington, ON Canada
    Posts
    9,639
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Bulldozer and Blossom
    Likes (Received)
    2119

    Default Re: Treats From China

    I know it's scary, my friend at work has 3 Shelties, and her middle one died last year from kidney failure from the chicken jerky treats from China. She was devastated. The vet told her one of the suspected ingredients is glycerin. I also posted something last week regarding milk bones, apparently they contain embalming fluid. WTF, it wouldn't be legal to add these poisonous ingredients to human food, so why is it allowed in our pets food and treats? They are also living creatures, their bodies and digestive organs are the same as ours and are affected by the same things that affect us, they also get the same diseases as we do, and are often treated with the same medications and treatments that are used on humans. Why is the government not stepping in and forbidding these ingredients in pet food? Why is this being allowed. It is proven to make our animals sick and causing death. Why are there not stricter laws and punishments for this? Is it because they are animals? The best treats are fruits and vegetables, a few pieces of their own kibble, or homemade, so you know what is going into them.
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

  5. #5
    Pooper scooper
    Country
    USA
    Posts
    11,226
    Bulldog(s) Names
    7
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    2232

    Default Re: Treats From China

    I totally agree with you and that is so sad about your friends dog. The thing that gets me is that they can put made in the USA or made in Canada but the company is allowed to put the poisonous chicken that was grown who knows where into that food. The glaring issue in this article is that Nestle Purina donates money to the AVMA who will not take a stand on this issue, that's scandalous and sad!

  6. #6
    Head Pooper Scooper I am an EBN Reporter
    Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    Davidh's Avatar
    Real Name
    David
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Katy, Texas
    Posts
    13,246
    Bulldog(s) Names
    BeBe, Hazel, Lucy Lu, JLO, Hillary, Henri, & Katie
    Likes (Received)
    1557

    Default Re: Treats From China

    It's a crying shame these big companies don't care about the well fair of our babies. I will not buy China crap for my bullies. We only give them Fruitables for treats, and they are made right here in the USA.
    Have a Great Bully Day.
    Member of The Bulldog Club of America, The Bulldog Club of Texas and French Bulldog Club of America.
    Bully hugs from - BeBe, Hazel, Lucy Lu, JLO, Hillary, Henri & Katie


  7. #7
    I'm not OCD....now who moved my bulldog? I am an EBN Reporter
    Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    2BullyMama's Avatar
    Real Name
    Christine
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Gilbertsville, PA
    Posts
    40,182
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Lambeau, Chelios (Frenchie), Nitschke (2004-2011) and Banks (2005-2014)
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    11516

    Default Re: Treats From China

    Thank you, Monica!


    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    There is a part of your heart not alive until a bulldog has entered your lif
    e.

    Nitschke (2004-2011) and Banks (2005-2014) -- My angels
    Thank you for all the love, fun and teachings




  8. #8
    Pooper scooper
    Country
    USA
    Posts
    11,226
    Bulldog(s) Names
    7
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    2232

    Default Re: Treats From China

    This thread really got me thinking yesterday and I sent an email to SOJO who makes the grain free treats that we've given Buster since he's been with us. I asked them if they use Duck or Lamb from China or any ingredients from outside the U.S. and this was the reply: In regards specifically to our Grain Free treats, the garbanzo bean flour and expeller pressed canola oil used will be from Canada, and all of the other ingredients present will be of domestic sources and origins- including the duck and lamb! Rest assured that no matter where our ingredients do come from, that they are held to the highest standards of quality. This means Certified Non-GMO, FDA and USDA Certified, as well as hormone, antibiotic and pesticide free!

    I was happy to read that and was surprised at how fast they replied. Buster loves these!

  9. #9
    Dog Groomer Sharon Mitchel's Avatar
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Port Townsend, Washington, United States
    Posts
    521
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Charley, a 5 year old male
    Likes (Received)
    11

    Default Re: Treats From China

    Thanks @Vikinggirl. This is important information to share.

    Charley is perfectly happy with a piece of his regular kibble, fruit or veggies. Treats are expensive. I'd rather put the extra money into quality food. So crazy these companies are allowed to sell this junk in the US.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

  10. #10
    Pet Sitter agentbunny's Avatar
    Country
    USA
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    360
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Leo & Lola
    Likes (Received)
    5

    Default Re: Treats From China

    Great thread! Thanks for posting. We now only try to only give our dogs fresh blueberries or cooked carrots as treats

Remove Ads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •