Toxic Dog Treats from China

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Barked: Wed Mar 21, '12 3:11pm PST 
I don't know if this has been posted but I read this in another forum.

I really don't know how to quote but here it is..

...."the Food and Drug Administration has fielded over 530 complaints from pet owners claiming their dogs suffered illness or death after eating jerky treats made in China.
One heart breaking story comes from Kevin and Candace Thaxton. They lost their Pug, Chansey, and a Pekingese puppy, from the Chinese dog treats. Both died from extreme pain and kidney failure.. From ABC News,” When Candace Thaxton stumbled on a Food and Drug Administration warning that there'd been an increase in complaints about chicken jerky dog treats made in China, she says she knew immediately what had happened to her beloved dogs. "I grabbed the bag of treats and turned it over," Candace said. "At first I saw it said 'Manufactured in South Carolina' so I thought I was safe. Then I looked harder and it said 'Made in China' and I just said 'Oh no.' ".......


Personally I always check the labels, if it says "made in china" I avoid using it. They cannot be trusted to make baby food that is not poisoned, and they probably have no inspections on dog food

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/toxic-treats-china-killing-us- dogs-pet-owners/story?id=15927579#.T2R3y3mDl8EAccording

Which way did- they go?
Barked: Wed Apr 11, '12 9:49pm PST 
To add to this thread, here's an article I recently found:
ALERT Vets warn of new treats from China poisoning dogs

April 6th, 2012

Despite repeated warnings issued by the FDA, veterinarians are reporting new cases of dogs developing symptoms of kidney failure (Fanconi’s syndrome) similar to dogs who have been poisoned by Chinese-made chicken jerky treats, but this time they are being poisoned with a whole new class of treats: sweet potato treats imported from China.

The brands veterinarians say are associated with the new cases of unexplained acute kidney failure are Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestle-Purina), Beefeaters Sweet Potato Treats (16 types of yam-related treats), Drs. Foster and Smith (exact item not specified in the report) and Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 types of Veggie Life brands).

It is important to remember that although the type of treat most often mentioned in the press is described as a jerky treat, the treats may also be called by a myriad of other names such as stix, chips, poppers, tenders, drumettes, kabob’s, strips, fries, lollipops, twists, wraps, bars, tops and discs (I wish I was making this up).

The report goes on to say that there is speculation the problems may also extend to pork treats and cat treats imported from China.

In 2010 the FDA issued an Import Refusal Report and later issued an Import Alert for sweet potato dog treats imported from a company in China (whose main business is, oddly, in rubber and plastic raw materials) were contaminated with a highly toxic pesticide known as Phorate.

Phorate is an extremely toxic organophosphorus compound and is among the most poisonous chemicals commonly used for pest control. It is used in agriculture as a pesticide and Phorate is identified byPesticide Action Network (PAN) and Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) as one of the “most toxic” set of pesticides known (aka a Bad Actor) in the world.

Although Phorate is known primarily as a neurotoxin and not classified as a nephrotoxin and therefore unlikely to cause acute renal failure in dogs, its presence in any food item is a disturbing indication that treats of any kind imported from China could pose a risk to the health and safety of pets and to the consumers handling them.

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Jean Hofve report on the sweet potato treats from China follows:

Sweet Potato Treats from China Causing Kidney Failure?
April 5, 2012
By jhofve77 (Dr. Jean Hofve of Little Big Cat)

On the Veterinary Information Network, several veterinarians have reported cases where dogs have developed symptoms of kidney failure (Fanconi’s syndrome) similar to dogs who have been poisoned by Chinese-made chicken jerky treats.

So far, the brands implicated are all made in China:

Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs
Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (FDA has issued a warning on this product)
Drs. Foster and Smith (exact item not specified in the report)
Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality

There was also speculation that the problem may also extend to pork products (pig ears) and cat treats made in China. Australian veterinarians have reported similar symptoms from chicken jerky treats, as well as several cases associated with “Veggie Dents,” a dog treat made in Vietnam by Virbac, an American company. Virbac recalled one batch of Veggie Dents in Australia in 2009.

The FDA still claims that there is no pending recall of Chinese-made pet treats, even though it has repeatedly issued warnings about the problems associated with chicken jerky treats since 2007.

Symptoms of Fanconi’s syndrome include:

Increased drinking and urinating
“Accidents” in the house
Reduced appetite
Weight loss
Blood and urine tests show azotemia (high BUN and Creatinine), dilute urine, and glucose in the urine (that isn’t diabetes).

Most affected dogs have recovered over time with good supportive care.

We strongly recommend that you check the source of all cat or dog treats you may have purchased, and do not give them to your pet if they were made in China. It would be best to avoid any pet food or treat products made in China, and probably a good idea to avoid all dried animal parts, because they are not heated to a temperature that will kill pathogenic bacteria.


Phorate EXTOXNET (Cornell)

Related articles

FDA inspectors are investigating jerky treat production facilities in China (poisonedpets.com)
Secret FDA document reveals test results of chicken jerky treats (poisonedpets.com)
U.S. Senator Brown Presses the FDA Over Inadequate Response to Tainted Chicken Jerky Inquiry (poisonedpets.com)
More dogs die as poisonous jerky treats remain on store shelves (poisonedpets.com)
Congressional Leaders Demand FDA Action to Protect Dogs from Poisonous Jerky Treats (poisonedpets.com)
Chicken Jerky Pet Treat Alert (poisonedpets.com)
Update: Thaxton family nightmare after dogs poisoned by jerky treats continues (poisonedpets.com)
A grieving family wants chicken jerky dog treats to be taken off the market. (poisonedpets.com)

RATS, give me- RATS!
Barked: Wed Apr 11, '12 9:54pm PST 
I have gotten to where I dont even buy treats anymore. I use human food for training treats, meatballs or cheese and for kong filler I use ground grilled turkey.


Sassy Britches!
Barked: Fri Apr 13, '12 8:03pm PST 
FDA Warns Pets Being Poisoned by Treats: Manufacturers Refusing Recall

So far, the list of brands with treats made in China that are linked to pet illness and deaths are:
Waggin Train
Canyon Creek Ranch
Booda Bones -- Aspen Pet -- SOLD BY PET EDGE
Milo's Kitchen
American Kennel Club
Ever Pet ($$ General)
Home Pet 360 -- SOLD AT FOOD LION
Walgreen's new brand -- Simple
There is another one that someone mentioned made by Nestle.
If your pet has eaten tainted treats, symptoms may include:

Decreased appetite
Decreased activity
Increased water consumption
Increased urination

If your pet is sick and you have been feeding it these treats please report it to the FDA.

For now, pet owners who find the current state of this situation unacceptable are urged by animal advocacy groups to take the following actions.

If you find the products in your store, remove them from the shelf, give them to store managers with a copy of the FDA warning, and ask that the store return the treats to the manufacturer.

Barked: Sat Apr 14, '12 3:29pm PST 
This is not going to go away until the goverment steps up and tells China they need to clean up their act. But I do not see any one with the guts in Washington to do it.

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Barked: Mon Apr 30, '12 5:01pm PST 
Here is a link from Dogswell. This post is not true... Everybody is getting on the hype bandwagon. I don't want anyone's dog to have any medical issue but if your going to make a claim... You need to back it up before you accuse... Just saying. Not a fan of any products from China which is why I refuse to shop at Wal-mart.... They are the biggest importer of products from China ... Are we encouraging people to shop elsewhere... You should. Check this link out-

UPDATE: The post on "Poisoned Pets" and other blog sites identifying DOGSWELL treats as harmful is FALSE. We have tried contacting the author, Mollie Morrissette, to no avail. She has deleted our comments and refused to issue a retraction despite being shown test results proving the VITALITY Veggie Life treats contain no pesticides or contaminants. We ask you to call us directly if you have any concerns or questions about DOGSWELL products. We're here until 5:30 PM PST Mon-Fri  888-559-8833.

Why did the FDA issue a warning related to chicken jerky treats?
DOGSWELL® appreciates the FDA’s preemptive health notification about chicken treats. We feel this will bring needed attention and education to pet parents. High protein treats (like chicken jerky) are to be used in moderation and should not replace a complete and balanced meal. We advise you adhere to the recommended feeding instructions on the back of our DOGSWELL® treats for the best intended use.

Are any of your products being recalled?
No. DOGSWELL® products have not been implicated in the recent cases. In fact, DOGSWELL® has never experienced a recall. Our high quality standards and extensive testing have always produced healthy, safe products that you and your pet can feel good about.

How do you prevent salmonella from contaminating your jerky products?
The DOGSWELL® facility is specifically designed to prevent any cross contamination. Salmonella is one of the easiest contaminants to prevent. Salmonella is killed after 23 seconds at 160 degrees. We ensure that that all of our poultry jerky products are cooked at 160 degrees for ten hours. While some manufacturers choose a quicker “flash cooking process” to irradiate their products, DOGSWELL® has chosen the slow-cooking method to provide a clean, safe treat.

Where are your products manufactured?
Most DOGSWELL® products are manufactured in the US. Some of our treats are manufactured in China, but we hold these facilities to the same stringent quality standards we maintain at our US facilities. We don't determine our source country for ingredients based solely on the country of origin; we find the best quality ingredient combined with the highest quality supplier and testing specifications.

Why are the jerky treats made in China?
China is a country where dark meat is more popular due to its inherent fat and flavor. DOGSWELL® believes it is less wasteful to obtain our white meat in China where it is abundant, rather than sourcing it domestically, where white meat is less available and held at a premium. Not only do we care about your pet's health by sourcing only the healthiest meat available, we also practice sustainability by reducing as much waste as possible.

How do you guarantee the safety of your products?
We can assure you that all DOGSWELL® products are safe. Our manufacturing facilities are designed to prevent cross-contamination and all of our products are manufactured under strict sanitary conditions. We closely monitor these facilities, and also regularly visit them to ensure the quality and safety of our products. Our co-packing plants operate under HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), a system for managing food safety. Also, U.S. - based Third Party Food Safety Auditors make announced and unannounced visits to the audit all food safety and quality systems in which our facilities have always received high scores.

How do you test your products?
Every batch of DOGSWELL® product is tested for melamine, bacteria and other contaminants. Tests have never revealed any contamination. All of our ingredients are carefully chosen and we conduct regular testing in U.S. facilities using APPA-approved methodology. Quality assurance is critically important and has been part of our standard operating procedure, and an integral part of our company, since day one. Please see below for a link to our test results.

What is the Cage-Free Difference?
Cage-free chickens are kept in barns where they can roam, scratch and perch as they please. Our chickens eat a natural diet, have plenty of room to roam, and live and grow free of stress.

To view our Quality Assurance Brochure, please click here

To view our Test Results for HAPPY HIPS Chicken Jerky, which includes Salmonella, E. coli and Melamine testing, please click here

To view our Test Results for HAPPY HIPS Chicken Jerky, which includes Ethylene Glycol and Diethylene Glycol, please click here

To view our Test Results for HAPPY HIPS Duck Jerky, which includes Salmonella, E. coli and Melamine testing, please click here

To view our Test Results for VITALITY Chicken Jerky, which includes Salmonella, E. coli and Melamine testing, please click here

To view our Test Results for VITALITY Veggie Life Sweet Potato Chews, which includes Phorate, Pesticides, Salmonella, E. coli and Melamine testing,  please click here

To view Metals Test Results for HAPPY HIPS Chicken Jerky, please click here

Barked: Tue May 1, '12 9:16am PST 
Big thanks to the above poster for the ACCURATE information. Point blank, the chicken treats have been extensively tested by the FDA and they are not finding a specific contaminant to blame, nor has a recall been issued. They are simply warning the public due to the complaints received, not stating that the treats are in any way "poisoned."

I've spoken to my vet about this and share his opinion on the matter after what I've observed working retail at a pet supply store. In fact, there is little mystery to me as to what is going on when I see how much and how often people feed them to their dogs.

These treats are literally an entire chicken breast dehydrated down into strips, and preserved with vegetable glycerin - a hygroscopic molecule. This means two things: they are a very high protein food minus the moisture content that would accompany a raw feeding, and they absorb moisture. Even for a carnivore, high protein low moisture = stressed kidneys - and while the average dog would do fine having a piece of one of these treats daily, that ISN'T how people are feeding them. Recently, the owner of a bichon confided in me that he goes through a full 30oz package of the treats a WEEK - a week!

Treats fed as treats - that is, a small, occasional reward - are by and large harmless. But when people dole out half a jerk strip a dozen times a day, there are definitely risks involved. Personally, I'll reserve my judgement and avoid panicking until I see some concrete evidence in the form of a) an identified toxic compound verified in the treats via testing by the FDA and/or b) a peer-reviewed research study in a veterinary journal. Meanwhile, I'll just keep doing what I've always done: avoid wasting my money on overpriced overseas jerky and keep feeding my dogs straight up fresh meat when I want to spoil them.

Edited by author Tue May 1, '12 9:19am PST


Akita Pals- Always.
Barked: Tue May 1, '12 10:18am PST 
We too prefer giving our dogs meat,cheese,or other home made treats rather than worry what might be on the store shelves,as others have said treats are just that,an occasional treat,not a substitute for a healthy diet.

I am the Sock- Bandit!!!
Barked: Tue May 1, '12 10:20am PST 
I'm sorry but there are vets who are honestly concerned about dehydrated (jerky) chicken treats made in China. Mine is one of them. A number of dogs have suffered, just because there is no recall yet means nothing. It took a very long time to start a recall back in 2007 when they were poisoning dogs and cats by putting melamine in their products. It takes the FDA much too long before they find the cause of any human illness caused by food and initiate a recall. Remember how long it took to trace those poisonings to peppers in salsa? The FDA blamed the tomatoes and some tomato producers almost lost their business over it. So, I don't buy much of anything the FDA comes out with at this point. NO product made in China should be considered completely safe. period. Their safety record is abismal. For both humans and animals.

I threw out the package of Dogswell chicken jerky treats that had 'made in China' in tiny print on the package. I won't buy any of the toys made there, either. My dog's health isn't worth it.
Ellie CGC

Born to be Wild
Barked: Tue May 1, '12 9:01pm PST 
Thank you Lucille. We too noticed how "subtle" the "Made in China" is on the Dogswell packaging. We do not eat any dog treats "Made in China," period.
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