Questions and answers about the pet f...

Questions and answers about the pet food recall

There are 830 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.

Taina

Albuquerque, NM

#477 Aug 22, 2007
Holly7540 wrote:
Read the press release 8-21 from Adipet. Their product is not one that has, or ever has, been recalled. Be sure you know your stuff before you scare everyone. See press release http://sev.prnewswire.com/agriculture/2007082... #
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Oh, and by the way....this press release was written by ADI Pet inc. Of course it is going to claim Waggin Train is safe. Please check your facts and sources before convincing everyone a treat is safe when the FDA disagrees.
Polly - MN

Sauk Rapids, MN

#479 Aug 22, 2007
I just find this Crazy!! I've been trying to figure out why my 90 lb Collie (5 years old) has had diarrhea for the past 3 weeks. As most ALL of us dog owners, we care what we feed our babies...My Kaycee has allergy problems and he is on a very natural dog food. As far as treats I want the most natural for him as well. I used to buy a chicken jerky from Pet-Smart in Minnesota and they stopped carrying it...I bought the last 5 bags, because Kaycee just absolutely LOVES them!!! I didn't know what I was going to do when I ran out...My Sister in-law works at Wal-mart and called me to tell me they just started carrying a brand "Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Tenders"...I was so excited, I ran out and got 2-32 oz Bags- Vender Stock #77732 (Maple Grove, MN - Super Wal-Mart). Kaycee was happy, but started having MASSIVE diarrhea problems...accidents all over. I watch him closely for odd things like that, because of his allergies...And was beside myself on what was going on with him. I was ready to call the Vet and my husband told me of Wal-marts "PULLING" dog treats off the shelves...so before I called, I went on-line and saw the brands...NOT Waggin Train chicken jerky tenders...BUT saw immediately that it was made in China!!! My husband is in food delivery and said in the past, that only a few companies actually make the food, they just "PACKAGE" under different brands. With everything going on recently with China products...anyone with doubts....Just don't feed it to your Pets!!!!!!!
Vicki - Port Huron- MI

United States

#480 Aug 22, 2007
Last Sunday our 7 month old olde english bulldogge was vomiting all day fron the Waggin Trail Chicken Jerky treats. I got them at the local Sam's club last week. We also have another bulldogge that threw up yesterday and an 11 year old Dalmation had diarrea today. The bulldogges now have very soft stool. I called our local Sam's club and they are refunding the bag. We are going back using the money to purchase chicken and round steak and using our dehydrater to make our own treats. MADE IN THE U.S.A!! Please everybody needs to start not buying things from China, we need to bring things back to the US.

“Sexy”

Since: Jun 07

United States

#481 Aug 22, 2007
Bottom line is.
If you care about your pet,like I do .
You will stop now from giving them anything made in China, regardless of what the company says.
Its not worth the risk in my opinion.
They are going to continue to lie until they are caught,then still lie.
kind if Clinton-like
Kathleen

Elmhurst, IL

#482 Aug 22, 2007
I too have been feeding my guys Waggin Trail, they love them. I have not had the problems noted above, thank God. My lot started with a 94 number (if I go get the bag now, they will want some). My dogs are 11, 10 and 1 so if they were going to have problems I would think it would have hit all of them since two are really old and one is really young. However I too am scared now because if the older ones were to get ill I'm not sure they would survive. So add another name to the st of those that will no longer be giving my dogs these treats. (But Belvedere's going to be REALLY p'd off.) Guess he'll just have to deal with it.
Patty-OH

Cincinnati, OH

#483 Aug 22, 2007
Polly - MN wrote:
I just find this Crazy!! I've been trying to figure out why my 90 lb Collie (5 years old) has had diarrhea for the past 3 weeks. As most ALL of us dog owners, we care what we feed our babies...My Kaycee has allergy problems and he is on a very natural dog food. As far as treats I want the most natural for him as well. I used to buy a chicken jerky from Pet-Smart in Minnesota and they stopped carrying it...I bought the last 5 bags, because Kaycee just absolutely LOVES them!!! I didn't know what I was going to do when I ran out...My Sister in-law works at Wal-mart and called me to tell me they just started carrying a brand "Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Tenders"...I was so excited, I ran out and got 2-32 oz Bags- Vender Stock #77732 (Maple Grove, MN - Super Wal-Mart). Kaycee was happy, but started having MASSIVE diarrhea problems...accidents all over. I watch him closely for odd things like that, because of his allergies...And was beside myself on what was going on with him. I was ready to call the Vet and my husband told me of Wal-marts "PULLING" dog treats off the shelves...so before I called, I went on-line and saw the brands...NOT Waggin Train chicken jerky tenders...BUT saw immediately that it was made in China!!! My husband is in food delivery and said in the past, that only a few companies actually make the food, they just "PACKAGE" under different brands. With everything going on recently with China products...anyone with doubts....Just don't feed it to your Pets!!!!!!!
My dog started eating The Waggin Train Brand Chicken Jerky with this same Lot #(from Hamilton Ohio Walmart) and had horrible diarrhea for days. It wasn't until I saw on the news about the recall. Something stinks in China.
anonymous

Albuquerque, NM

#484 Aug 22, 2007
Vicki - Port Huron- MI wrote:
Last Sunday our 7 month old olde english bulldogge was vomiting all day fron the Waggin Trail Chicken Jerky treats. I got them at the local Sam's club last week. We also have another bulldogge that threw up yesterday and an 11 year old Dalmation had diarrea today. The bulldogges now have very soft stool. I called our local Sam's club and they are refunding the bag. We are going back using the money to purchase chicken and round steak and using our dehydrater to make our own treats. MADE IN THE U.S.A!! Please everybody needs to start not buying things from China, we need to bring things back to the US.
I would watch your dog for a few days, the time frame from digestion to actual sickness could be a few days. Once you refund the bag you may lose a good sample that could have been sent to the FDA and could lose the ability to get reimbursed vet bills if a problem does occur. At minimum, keep some sort of proof of purchase just in case.
Dawn Guffey

Latrobe, PA

#485 Aug 22, 2007
Gary wrote:
FDA responded to my inquiry!
They asked all the needed questions to investigate Waggin Trail's Jerky Chicken.
Gary
Did you ever hear back from the FDA? I had a 11.5 year golden retreiver that I put to sleep last week. She had a nasty bout of diarhera about 2 weeks ago and then she stopped eating and starting vomiting bile and then couldn't get up and wasn't going to the bathroom at all.
Polly - MN

Sauk Rapids, MN

#486 Aug 22, 2007
Dawn Guffey wrote:
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Did you ever hear back from the FDA? I had a 11.5 year golden retreiver that I put to sleep last week. She had a nasty bout of diarhera about 2 weeks ago and then she stopped eating and starting vomiting bile and then couldn't get up and wasn't going to the bathroom at all.
So sorry to hear about your retreiver...I don't even want to think about that happening to my collie...I'm so glad this is out in the open, so we can prevent more sickness and death to our family members.
kmchr

AOL

#487 Aug 22, 2007
Joe wrote:
Did you trace it to Beefeaters? My dog has cancer and she has been eating those strips for a few years. Hmmm
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our dogs 5 of them, plus my daughters 2 and a personal friends dog have all been eating these treats (Waggin' train and other Walmart brands) and have all been very ill, two were hospitalized with dehydration from vomiting, diarrhea and not eating...at first the vet said it was an allergy with tonsillitis...turned far more serious...turns out the treats were the common link...
Dawn

Latrobe, PA

#488 Aug 22, 2007
Polly - MN wrote:
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So sorry to hear about your retreiver...I don't even want to think about that happening to my collie...I'm so glad this is out in the open, so we can prevent more sickness and death to our family members.
I think we all better wake up and smell the coffee. I gave my dog the waggin trail treats for 3 weeks and then she is so sick I had to put her to sleep. I bought these treats because it looked like it was just plain chicken breasts. But now I find out that they are contaminated.

Since: Aug 07

AOL

#489 Aug 22, 2007
Betsy wrote:
This is the reply to my e mail to the Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Tenders people, Adipet, Inc. My Yorkie has been eating grasss and refusing food for two days since eating one chicken strip. They say they are safe......
Dear Concerned Pet Owner:
-- NONE of the Waggin’ Train Brand pet treats have been recalled --
Regarding our Chicken Jerky Tenders:
Waggin' Train Brand Chicken Jerky Tenders are completely safe and should not be confused with the other two brands of chicken jerky that are being pulled from Wal-mart’s shelves. We have NO association with the Pingyang Pet Product Co. or Shanghai Bestro Trading Co. nor do we purchase our ingredients from the same supplier.
As American joint-owners of the factories, ADI Pet is completely familiar with and confident in the exceptional quality-control protocols that we have in place for the processing of our Chicken Jerky Tenders and other Waggin’ Train Brand products. We are intrinsically involved in all aspects of the manufacturing process.
Please be assured that we sell thousands of bags of this product each week and have never had a recall on our product. Over the past five years, approximately 50 million pounds of the Waggin’ Train Brand Chicken Jerky Tenders have been consumed (without incident) by thousands of dogs nationwide. Based upon this excellent track record, we truly regard this product as safe for pets of all sizes.
All of the raw material that we use to make the Chicken Jerky Tenders is fresh, 100% premium chicken breast tenderloins and natural seasonings. Our "natural seasonings" are simply apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt.
The Chicken Jerky Tenders contain no grain fillers, no wheat gluten and no rice protein additives. Nor do we use artificial preservatives, colorings nor flavorings of any kind.
All Waggin’ Train Brand products are sterilized by irradiation, based upon USDA safe sterilization guidelines. The sterilization process eliminates the possibility of contamination by any potentially harmful microbes including E.coli and Salmonella.
Because chicken is a regulated product, the USDA regularly pulls samples from incoming containers of product, for laboratory testing. We have never had a positive test for product contamination.
Our facilities are regularly inspected by SGS, which is one of the largest international inspection companies in the world. Costco, Sam's Club and Wal-Mart contract with SGS, for inspections, to ensure that the products are being processed, based upon USDA processing guidelines.
Please be assured that when you give your pet Chicken Jerky Tenders, you are providing your pet with the highest quality chicken pet product that is available in the marketplace.
For more product information and to view our current Press Release and FAQ's, please go to our website: http://www.adipet.com/
Regardless of what you are saying that Waggin" Train Treats are safe, I have proof that hey are not!
John

Lincoln, NE

#490 Aug 22, 2007
I just purchased the Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders last Thursday for my two little dachshunds. I only gave my dogs three treats within five days and both became violently ill with vomiting and diarrhea. When my littlest one became ill, I didn’t even consider the chicken jerky tenders until two days later my other dog became ill hours after having half of a jerky. It was then I realized over the past five days, the only new variable was the chicken jerky tenders and everyday I gave my dogs a little jerky subtle symptoms would appear resulting in them both being violently ill. Both of my dogs are on the mend after receiving very aggressive treatments for bacterial infections. I contacted ADI and offered my bag for testing, but I haven’t received a response. I also contacted Sam’s Club and was told that their buyer would be informed, but the product hasn’t been recalled. Our ordeal has been an extremely painful and terrifying experience. It has also been very expensive too. If you’re giving your dogs the chicken jerky tenders, please watch them closely. It’s our responsibility to protect our loved ones.

Lot# 933737
labmom nj

Goshen, CT

#491 Aug 22, 2007
Last Thursday evening my 13 year old lab ate Waggin Train Jerky purchased at Costco in East Hanover or Wharton NJ. She appeared to be a happy and healthy dog although she was starting to have some issues with stairs. Shortly after eating the jerky she drank an entire bowl of water and then vomited. During the night she paced and circled. She then had a bout of diarhea. She finally settled down for a few hours. At approx 6:30 AM Friday morning I took her for a walk. After about 5 minutes or so, she just collapsed. She could not get up, could not even raise her head. We were out of town and about a 1/2 hour from Cornell. We took her to the Cornell Emergency clinic where she died.

I had been feeding her jerky treats for more than a year and she was fine. Did the jerky cause her sudden death? I may never know.

I did not hear about this issue until after we returned home on Monday. I never thought to tell the vet at Cornell that she ate jerky treats. I was asked numerous times if she could have gotten into anything toxic.

I contacted ADI Pet - too long of a story to post all of the details but they basically told me that there was nothing wrong with their product. I begged them to consider that perhaps there was a bad batch out there and they should look into it. I was told that if it would ease "MY" mind, they would take down the lot number.(LIKE THEY WERE DOING ME SOME SORT OF FAVOR - MY DOG WAS DEAD) Sorry for yelling. I suggested that they should want to ease their own minds and conscience.

I contacted Costco headquarters and they were very polite and seemed concerned. At least the person I spoke to had an idea of what customer service is about. She opened a file and said someone would return my call. I received a call today and I am told that they have contracts with their suppliers which require the suppliers to investigate complaints. I am told that ADIPet will be contacting me for additional information and that they will have to report back to Costco. We will see.

I called the FDA in NJ - The NJ office has had other complaints about the Waggin Train jerky. I hope they follow up and I suspect they will.

My purpose in writing is not to bash any company ... heck, my dog loved that treat. I just think there is too much of a coincidence. I hope that Costco will remove the product from the shelves until the issue is somehow resolved. I truly hope that everyone reading this will refrain from feeding this product until there is proof one way or another.

Opie

Spokane, WA

#492 Aug 22, 2007
We have been purchasing the “Kingdom Pets Original Chicken Jerky" from Costco. The label reads "Made In China" under the UPC barcode. Obviously, we are never going to give this to our dog again.

I am trying to determine if the Kingdom Pet Jerky is manufactured in one of the same plants as jerky from Pingyang Pet Product Co. or Shanghai Bestro.

I went to their website http://www.thekingdompets.com and found this message “Kingdom Pets is an independent company and is not associated with Shanghai Bestro. Our chicken jerky treats are made of 100% real chicken breast fillet. We do not use wheat gluten in our products. Our products are processed under USDA and FDA guidelines and are specifically treated to be bacteria free. There contains NO melamine and NO salmonella. Our chicken jerky are safe and not on recalls. We stand by our products 100%”

Can anyone help me determine if this jerky comes from the same plant? None of the recent news reports mention any specific lot numbers or date codes. Similar labels or lot numbers may indicate if these are manufactured in the same plant.

Details from my bag:

Product Name: Kingdom Pets Original Chicken Jerky
Net Weight: 3.0 LBS.
Ingredients: Chicken Breast
Warnings: Not for Human Consumption
For your protection, this product was processed at temperature over 75 deg C/167 deg F
World Health Organization (WHO) deems chicken meat save from Avian Influenza if cooked at 70 deg C
Claims: No Artificial Colors or Preservatives
Treated With Irradiation For Your Safety (written in blue/green circle above lot #)

Feeding
Guidelines: Reward your beloved dogs with Kingdom Pet’s Original Chicken Jerky every day. For smaller dogs it is suggested to break the jerky into bite-sized pieces for easy consumption and enjoyment. Remember to plenty of fresh water while feeding the jerky.
Guaranteed
Analysis: Crude Protein (Min)....70.00%
Crude Fat (Min)………..2.00%
Crude Fat (Max)……….2.80%
Crude Fiber (Max)…….0.20%
Sodium (Max)………….0.40%
Moisture (Max)……… 14.00%
Item Number: 168728
UPC: 8 84713 00020 1

Best Used By: 2009.1.01
Lot No. YT205 CPD6B131

If you have bags of chicken jerky from Pingyang Pet Product Co. or Shanghai Bestro please compare the information, especially the lot numbers, which may contain the plant code.

There are numerous companies and various labels to pay attention to including: Bestros Chicken Jerky Strips, Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky Tenders Dog Treats by ADI Pet Inc.

The labels on all of these products are all so similar that I think these products, including the Jerky from Costco, come from the same plant in China.

Example: These are the Product details for Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky Tenders:
“Reward your special dog with delicious Waggin's Train Brand, Chicken Jerky Tenders, daily. We suggest tearing Chicken Jerky Tenders into bite size pieces, so your pet can fully enjoy the taste he or she loves! Always provide your pet with plenty of fresh water when feeding treats or chews”

Compare the text for Waggin’ Train to Kingdom Pets. The text is almost the same.

If you see anything that may link Pingyang Pet Product Co. or Shanghai Bestro products to Kingdom Pets, please let us know. We all need to know if this jerky comes from the same plant. Costco may need to inform their customers soon to save more pets.
jay

San Mateo, CA

#493 Aug 22, 2007
Last wednesday my chihuahua was euthanised due to kidney failure.He was at the vets on iv fluids for 5 days. i had been giving him costco chicken jerky treats for the last year.Did the treats kill him?He started three weeks ago with severe vomiting.Iasked my vet what he thought about the wal mart recall.he couldnt say it was a cause.im calling the fda . i have two bags here.
labmom nj

Goshen, CT

#494 Aug 22, 2007
The bag I am concerned about was Waggin Train Lot # 94349 and Vendor Stock #169728

The vendor Stock # is printed on the bag - the lot number is a sticker. I have another bag with the vendor # 933737, lot # 94096.

Interestingly enough, the bag that is lot 94349 is much darker in color - brown with yellow grain lines while lot 94096 is a reddish color.
Mindy

Lake City, FL

#495 Aug 22, 2007
I just bought a bag of Waggin' Train Jerky Treats for my 13 pound Schnauzer last Thursday. The lot#94677. She has been eating 1 or 2 a day since with no signs of illness, thank God. Naturally, she won't be getting any more of these treats; but my thought is that there must be some contaminated batches out there. I am in Colorado, it seems like the illnesses are more toward the East. I was unable to get to Sam's for a couple of weeks, and she had to go without for awhile. Now, I feel lucky that we may have missed that window of contaminated product. Neverthe less, the company should be more anxious to enact the recall. I can't believe they think the press will be worse for them in the long run.
Buck

United States

#496 Aug 22, 2007
Lot 933737 of "Waggin' Train Brand Chicken Jerky Tenders" seems to be associated with diarrhea and vomiting, according to posts. Lot 77732 has not been a problem to date. Anyone else having the "933373" problems with lot 77732?
S Gray

AOL

#497 Aug 22, 2007
Just as most of you i have fed my three Boston Terriers Wagon Train Chicken Jerky Tenders. No diahrea or vomitting. But, one of my dogs started having cluster seizures. After three sleepless days and nights of Bit-Bit being on an IV drip at home and heavy sedation have they stopped. She also did'nt eat or drink for those three days. I learned about this recall today.
rest assured , I will be talking to the vet tommorrow. I wonder if this could be from the treats?
S Gray

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