Manufacturers of chicken jerky treats that have been the cause of illnesses and death in thousands of pets have been given the green light to bring these products back to market, after they voluntarily withdrew them in January 2013.
The FDA states,
“We know that the illnesses and deaths reported are mostly linked to jerky pet treats sourced from China. Pet owners should be aware, however, that manufacturers do not need to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products.”
This same watchdog agency “noticed a sharp drop in the number of complaints since several treat products were removed from the market.”
Nestle Purina Pet Care, the parent company of Waggin Train, whose chicken jerky treats of the same name were found to contain high levels of illegal antibiotics by New York’s Department of Agriculture.
On average – half of the Chinese jerky treats tested by NY Department of Agriculture during December 2012 and January 2013 were adulterated.
Why didn’t FDA explain this to the public in October 2013? Why didn’t the FDA tell the public that 50% of the Chinese treats NY Department of Agriculture tested were found to be adulterated?
The chicken jerky problem is merely a warning that self-reliance is more important than ever. You remember the pets dying in large numbers from eating kibbles all seemingly unrelated to one another in 2007?
Raw feeders didn’t have a problem in 2007.
You need to be the smart one, the one who’s informed, educated, and making wise decisions for those pets you love and care for.