Questions and answers about the pet f...

Questions and answers about the pet food recall

There are 829 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 19, 2007, titled Questions and answers about the pet food recall. In it, Newsday reports that:

Q: What brands and types of pet food are being recalled? A: The recall involves Ontario-based Menu Foods' "cuts and gravy" style cat and dog food packaged from Dec.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Newsday.

Beth

AOL

#373 Aug 21, 2007
Does anyone know for sure if the Waggin Train Jerky Tenders have been pulled from the shelves, or not? My three yorkies eat them every day.
Nika

Villas, NJ

#374 Aug 21, 2007
Since most people don't check under my created heading, "MY pet food alert," then I will pass this info along under this heading:

As my never-ending pet food research and inter-action continues, be aware that some, perhaps a lot of pet food companies are still going to import ingredients for pet foods from China...because the ingredients are cheaper.

To scrutinize pet food ingredients and pet food companies, a very informative w/s is:
http://www.thepetfoodlist.com

Scroll down to companies listed from A to Z.
This info, however, is not up to date.

Pet parents should be inquisitive as to who formulates the foods, but the formulators - let alone not mentioning credentials - are not always mentioned...in fact, vague to none.

Between importing cheap ingredients, the continuous inclusion of toxic additives and preservatives, and most pet food companies - directly or indirectly - prioritizing their focus on their bottom lines instead of the animals' best interest, please don't be fooled into thinking that the pet foods are safe now. This includes the naturals, organics, and holistics that are under pressure now to change their misleading labeling.

And as always, the "New & Improved" means NOTHING!...nothing except an attempt to gain pet parents' confidence in the pet foods for the sake of the companies "healthy" bottom lines.

Please read and learn about those ingredients for the sake of your "babies."

Jay P

Covington, KY

#376 Aug 21, 2007
my shih-tzu loves these treats more than me. We just bought a new 32oz bag two days ago. 4 days ago my dog was vomiting with convulsions i thought he was gonna die. now i have an explanation. Ill never willingly buy anything from china again
Caglac

Kapolei, HI

#377 Aug 21, 2007
Mine have the same problem. Lot no: 94711, purchased from Walmart in Huntington Beach, CA 8/19/2007.
Caglac

Kapolei, HI

#378 Aug 21, 2007
My girl would not eat her dinner and had the runs for four hours. I made her ground beef and rice. She at that and the runs stopped. The next morning she seemed good again, but I don't know what the long term effect will be. I stopped giving her the Waggin Train Chicken Tenders this morning and will be returning the bag to Walmart for a refund.
jennifer

United States

#379 Aug 21, 2007
my dad's dog is at the vet now from adi pet "WagginTrain" chicken jerky
Stacy Fisher

Fairview, NJ

#380 Aug 21, 2007
I really need to know if it's only the Bestro's Chicken Jerky Treats that are poisonous to dogs,
and not the the Waggin Train Brand. becuase i have
3 female huskies that i always feed the Waggin Train Brand Chicken Jerky Tenders to, just about every single day, and i don't see their health deteriorating, so hopefully that is the case.
For now i am going to stop feeding them the chicken treats until they really know what one was causing the illness.
I can't tell you how fed up i am with thigs stickered made in China!

“smart@ss...that' s me!!!”

Since: Jan 07

Bohemia

#381 Aug 21, 2007
Beth wrote:
Does anyone know for sure if the Waggin Train Jerky Tenders have been pulled from the shelves, or not? My three yorkies eat them every day.
Please scroll back to page 15 post #294 and #295 there is information regarding Waggin Train Jerky Tenders
Stacy Fisher

Fairview, NJ

#382 Aug 21, 2007
Beth wrote:
Does anyone know for sure if the Waggin Train Jerky Tenders have been pulled from the shelves, or not? My three yorkies eat them every day.
Yes, i have 3 Husky dogs that eat the Waggin Train Jerky Tenders everyday as well, and i don't see them getting sick.
So they might Not be the culprit, it might be the Bestros Chicken Tenders that are tainted.
Jim
paula

AOL

#383 Aug 21, 2007
Gary wrote:
FDA responded to my inquiry!
They asked all the needed questions to investigate Waggin Trail's Jerky Chicken.
Gary
Gary, can you tell me how to get in touch with the FDA? Both of my dogs were deathly ill and are still not recovered. My tiny Maltese now has liver damage and I suspect this may be part of the reason. They have been battling diarrhea for almost 5 weeks, and I had begun to think the chicken tenders were at fault when the Maltese refused to eat them. Last night our daughter gave one to our papillon and he became violently ill with vomiting. They both got ill from the last poisoning, thank God it was only one packet of food that was fed to them - usually I feed them Wellness formula food or California Natural. Even if you read lables, you can't tell if any component of the food comes from China or elsewhere. I would really like to get in touch with the FDA - our poor little dogs are suffering and the bills for the dogs are mounting.....
Kate

New York, NY

#384 Aug 21, 2007
This is posted on The ADI Pet website today:

Latest Press Release: Tuesday. Aug. 21, 2007


Safe for Use: ADI Pet, Inc. Announces All Waggin’ Train
Brand Pet Products Are Safe for Use
Corona, California.

ADI Pet, Inc. wants to inform consumers that the pet food recall by several manufacturers
does not include any Waggin’ Train Brand pet products or any ADI Pet products.

• NO Waggin’ Train Brand treats contain Rice Protein’ All treats produced under the Waggin’ Train brand name are completely safe and are not involved in the recent recalls for pet food items containing Rice Protein”

• All Waggin’ Train Brand Chicken Jerky is 100% guaranteed to be safe and free from any and all micro-organisms, such as salmonella, E-Coli, etc.

• Waggin’ Train Brand treats, including Chicken Jerky Tenders, are completely safe and should not be confused with other brands of chicken jerky.
o Waggin’ Train Brand Chicken Jerky is produced in a facility that utilizes human food grade preparation and is further sterilized after being packaged, based upon USDA safe sterilization.
o All Waggin’ Train Brand Chicken Jerky is 100% guaranteed to be safe and free from any and all micro-organisms, such as salmonella, E-Coli, etc.

• Waggin’ Train Brand treats that contain grains including wheat and wheat gluten are also 100% safe
o ADI Pet uses all human grade ingredients that are appropriately tested, analyzed and certified.
o As human grade ingredients, all grain including wheat and wheat gluten are procured from a certified/inspected independent source that is NOT of the same supply as competitive animal treat companies which have been recalled.
o 100% of All Waggin’ Train products are also sterilized (USDA standards) to provide an additional measure of food safety not required by law but deemed responsible corporate policy by ADI Pet for all Waggin’ Train brands.

Chris Weinberg, ADI’s Chairman states;

“The safety of our Waggin’ Train Brand pet treats/chews has always been our top priority and will continue to be so in the future.”“All ADI Pet products, sold under the Waggin Train Brand name are manufactured at certified facilities.“

“The recalls by other manufacturers underlie the reasons we have always placed the strictest guidelines on the testing and monitoring of all our ingredients,” said Chris Weinberg.“Our factories are compliant with the strictest Quality Control protocol and we understand the importance of consumers having access to this.”

ADI Pet Quality Control Protocol:

1. All of the ingredients are human food-grade and of the highest quality. All grains and flour ingredients are certified as safe by FDA standards.
2. All deliveries of grains, flours and wheat gluten are accompanied with a qualified certificate of laboratory analysis.
3. All meat ingredients are real meat and food-grade. We use no meat by-products, nor anything less than food-grade meat in all of our pet treats.
4. As a matter of policy (not required by FDA standards) we provide an additional measure of safety. All ADI Pet products are sterilized by irradiation, based upon USDA safe sterilization guidelines. This process eliminates any possibility of contamination by any potentially harmful microbes. A certificate of sterilization is maintained for each batch of products.
5. Every container of product entering into the U.S. must pass through FDA, and USDA review. The USDA does laboratory testing of the products as well, to ensure the quality and safety of the pet treats.

Shortly after the public announcement by Menu Foods, ADI Pet contracted additional analysis to be conducted by independent labs within the US. The results of these tests will be made available to the public on the ADI Pet website.“We will do whatever is necessary to assure the consumer of the exemplary quality and complete safety of all Waggin’ Train Brand pet treats,” states Mr. Weinberg.
anita davidson

Portage, MI

#385 Aug 21, 2007
we have been giving our dog chicken jerky tenders
for a couple of years and she has not been sick,should we guit feeding her these?they are from china and we feed her a least 4 a day...
Kathy

Salem, OR

#386 Aug 21, 2007
Which upc on Jerky Tenders are they recalling?
JOHN

AOL

#387 Aug 21, 2007
WAL-MART ARTICLE....WALMART PULLED TWO BRANDS OF CHICKEN TENDERS (WAGGIN TRAIN IS NOT LISTED)...SEE ARTICLE BELOW

Wal-Mart quietly stopped selling two brands of dog treats in July, after customers voiced concerns that the Chinese products may have caused their pets to fall ill, a company spokeswoman confirmed Monday, but no recall has been announced.

Spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said the world's largest retailer started pulling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading on July 26. Galberth said Wal-Mart also placed a computerized block on all cash registers to prevent workers from selling the products.

"When we took it off shelves at the end of July, we pulled it based on the customer feedback so we could do testing prior to announcing anything publicly," Galberth said. "That's why did not make a public announcement — it was still going through the testing process."

Wal-Mart's action follows a massive pet food recall in March, when retailers began pulling products made in China that included the chemical melamine — a contaminant that's a byproduct of several pesticides.

Galberth said she did not know what the specific customer complaints were about the dog treats, nor when the testing would be done.

Galberth said she did not immediately know if the treats were sold at every Wal-Mart store.

"We are diligently testing this product," she said.

Philadelphia television station WPVI reported last week that a woman claimed her 2-year-old Chihuahua died after eating Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips. The station reported that an autopsy found the dog died of an infection caused by toxic bacteria.

Wal-Mart released a statement on the dog treats Monday night after a call from The Associated Press. In the statement, the company said it encouraged any customer who bought one of the products to return it to the nearest store for a full recall.

"We will continue to work with the supplier to assure that the highest safety standards are met — our customers expect nothing less from Wal-Mart," the statement read. "More importantly, our thoughts are with anyone whose pet may have become ill after consuming this product."

The Food and Drug Administration did not list the two products on its recall Web site Monday. Officials with the FDA did not immediately return a request for comment late Monday night.

This is the second quiet recall for the Bentonville-based retailer this year. In May, Wal-Mart pulled sets of baby bibs from stores after the products tested positive for high levels of lead. An advocacy group that tested the bibs said they, too, were made in China.
brenda

Sunset, TX

#388 Aug 21, 2007
My baby passed this last Friday, the only treats she has ever eaten was the Waggin Trail Chicken Jerky Tenders, all her life she was happy and healthy, and in a matter of less than two weeks with several trips to the vet she could not be saved.
Imagine my horror to see that these all natural chicken treats she loved so much came from China,

Please stop feeding your pets these treats, as I have not been able to stop crying over the loss of my toy Shih Tzu. I would hate for someone else
to suffer the pain of feeling resposible for their loved ones death.
dogs4kids

Detroit, MI

#389 Aug 21, 2007
anita davidson wrote:
we have been giving our dog chicken jerky tenders
for a couple of years and she has not been sick,should we guit feeding her these?they are from china and we feed her a least 4 a day...
Well I think I'm going to stop just to be on the safe side. Back in March my dog had horrible vomiting, diarrhea, blood in her stool, infamed colon (found out from x-rays), etc. and I know we were feeding these treats regularly back then. I don't know if that's what the cause was or not, but I'm not going to take the chance anymore.

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/ is a great resource for quality pet foods.

We are currently feeding our dog California Natural Chicken Meal & Rice because of her allergies.
Kate

Cranford, NJ

#390 Aug 21, 2007
brenda wrote:
My baby passed this last Friday, the only treats she has ever eaten was the Waggin Trail Chicken Jerky Tenders, all her life she was happy and healthy, and in a matter of less than two weeks with several trips to the vet she could not be saved.
Imagine my horror to see that these all natural chicken treats she loved so much came from China,
Please stop feeding your pets these treats, as I have not been able to stop crying over the loss of my toy Shih Tzu. I would hate for someone else
to suffer the pain of feeling resposible for their loved ones death.
I'm soo sorry to hear about your loss. How old was she, and what was the vet's suggestion as to the cause of death?
Sandy

Milwaukee, WI

#391 Aug 21, 2007
Why is it you find out about these problems whenit is too late? The lables on the dog food and treats don't even say where they get their chicken from. I had emailed Waggin Trailos and was assured that the process was totally safe.
prema in IN

Louisville, KY

#392 Aug 21, 2007
I give my dog Wagging Trail chicken strips. He didn't have a problem so far. I got a new bag yesterday and I am worried now. I looked at the Waggin Train one and it says it is produced in California. Does anybody know for sure what brand is bad?

For regular diet I feed him Innova nad never had a problem. I was so relieved when they recalled several brands a while ago to find that Innova is not among them.
michele_tx

Dallas, TX

#393 Aug 21, 2007
On Fridya my lab started vomiting, had diarrhea, blood in her stool....I was worried sick and took her to the vet first thing Saturday. She's now on medication for the next couple days, but it makes me sick to think I am the reason she's been sick. I've purchased these treats for months and she loves them, now I just don't know what to think. All I can say is that I will no longer be giving these treats to her.

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