There are now over 1,800 reports of dogs being sickened and even dying from chicken jerky treats made in China due to kidney failure. The FDA finally released their test results after msnbc.com reported that they were denied the requested information. Without confirmed contaminants, however, the FDA is unable to force a recall. There have been three federal warnings regarding possible safety issues since 2007 with the Chinese-made treats.
The main complaints center around Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch treats which are produced by Nestle Purina, and Milos Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. These products are typically sold at Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and Costco.
Many dog owners are frustrated that the makers and distributors of the treats have failed to recall the products voluntarily but one distributor, Costco, is launching their own investigation into the issue.
Craig Wilson, Costco's vice president of quality assurance and safety says that, as of yet, they have detected nothing that could explain the reports of illness in dogs. FDA officials and Costco representatives will travel later this fall to the Chinese plants that make the Costco treats. According to Wilson, Our testing program is very solid. We actually test these at a higher level than some human food.
This is a troubling situation for sure. While it makes sense to buy treats made in the USA, the news is full of recent recalls of American manufactured pet foods as well. But at least the process for rectifying those problems seems to be quicker. SomeÂ people are creating their own dog treats in response. I wouldn't be surprised if new treat companies are launched in an effort to satisfy the market demands for healthy, wholesome treats.
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