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Unread 02-17-2012, 01:02 AM   #1
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This story just keeps occurring and will not go away. The lastest seems to involve Waggin' Train chicken jerky treats:

"Sallie Des Biens said she bought some Waggin' Train chicken jerky treats at a grocery store for her daughter-in-law’s dog, Major.
After Des Biens fed Major a few treats, the dog went into liver failure and died.
"My daughter-in-law is a med student and couldn’t be home when her dog died. I feel so guilty," Des Biens said. "I don’t have any pets, and mistakenly assumed if you could buy something at any store, it must be safe."
Des Biens did some research and discovered other cases where chicken jerky was suspected in animal poisonings.
In fact, the FDA issued a warning in November: "In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China.
FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products: decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination. If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours."
The warning said most dogs have recovered but some, like Major, didn’t survive.
Tests are being conducted on the products, but they have not been recalled.
Waggin' Train, the brand Des Biens said she bought, is standing its product. On its website, the company said "Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders are a wholesome, healthy treat for your dog. They are made with premium chicken breast filets and have only two main ingredients: natural chicken filets, and glycerin."
The company admits its treats are made in China, but says the facilities meet USDA standards."


Some chicken jerky treats may be poisonous to dogs | wfaa.com Dallas - Fort Worth


"Pet owners and veterinarians are reporting that animals have been stricken with a range of symptoms within hours or days of eating chicken jerky treats, including serious problems such as kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome, a condition marked by low blood sugar. The illnesses appear tied to imported Chinese chicken jerky products, also sold as chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats. FDA scientists have worked for months to detect a source of illnesses, Ward said. Samples have been tested for drugs, poisons and mycotoxins, as well as for heavy metals and certain chemicals.
Still, the source of the problem remains a mystery and no specific brands or products have been named or recalled in connection with the illnesses, FDA officials said."

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Oh heck Janice that's bad I do hope the authorities recall them as it can be very serious even though they can't identify the source of the contanimant(s) I personaly would stop buying these products till the problem is rectified! Thanks for the warning
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I urge everyone to do their homework and make sure you research the treats that you buy. I did when there was a recall of dog food a few years back. I thought reading the labels would be enough, but it's not. I used to buy Milk Bone treats for my dogs because the label says they are made by Del Monte in California. BUT Del Monte procures wheat gluten from China! Of course this is one of the ingredients in their cat and dog treats. Del Monte also owns private labels such as Ol' Roy, Dollar General, and Gravey Train. Then there is Pounce cat treats as well. If you think reading the label is good enough, think again. I make my own treats. Thanks again Janice for the sweet potato treat recipe. My dogs (and me) love them! It doesn't take a lot of time to make your own, and the cost savings is so worth it.

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You are so right Dee! We have to be very carefull with dog treats and even dog food! Cuase a lot of time we don't really know whats in them Nipper sill has carrots and they are so cheap for quite a big bag and you know what is in carrots, just carrots I always rinse them first under cold running water top and tail them and they are good to go!
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Bigboy, my Chi just loves carrots. Of course being so small, I have to cut them up in tiny pieces, but one carrot lasts a few weeks. You should really try the sweet potato treats that Janice posted. Be careful though... you'll like them too!

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I never buy food made in China. As I mentioned in a previous topic (about researching product before you buy), I believe China has low manufacturing standards and I don't trust any product that comes out of that country, especially edibles.

well, i'm glad you mentioned Waggin' Train as an offender. does anyone know if there's a website that lists all companies that manufacture their product overseas?

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What has been more helpful than a list of products made overseas (with all the negative press, I don't think companies are in any big hurry to advertise that fact) has been to research those that are both sourced and manufactured in the US.One company that does source and produce here is Plato's. This is the company from which I ordered the duck treats and Thinkers treats for Chessie.

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Hmmm, my dog has been throwing up recently, and back in December she did it a lot! We suspected it was the treats, but our vet didn't seem too concerned with it....perhaps I should warn my parents about buying the same ones!

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Kali, JGLI made an excellent point. Just because the listing on the back says it's made in the US, some of the main ingredients are sourced overseas. Those ingredients are purchased overseas and shipped to the US, and then the product is manufactured. Most companies will answer an e-mail. Go to their web site and look for the "contact us." Send them an e-mail asking if their ingredience are sourced in the US or overseas. You'll not only get a reply, but you'll get lots of coupons for their products.

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This is a recall list from the AVMA.

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