More pet treats are being recalled in the U.S. because of concern over trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue found in product samples.
Hartz Mountain Corp. announced the voluntary withdrawal of two brands of treats, including Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkie Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken. The treats are sold across the U.S. for dogs.
“Even though two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues, we would rather be overly cautious by voluntarily withdrawing these products from the market,” said Sean McNear, Senior Director of Quality and Regulatory at Hartz Mountain Corporation in a prepared statement. No other Hartz products are affected by this withdrawal.
The action comes in the wake of recent recalls involving other brands of chicken jerky products. The Food and Drug Administration and New York State authorities have been investigating. New York authorities have received hundreds of complaints about jerky treats that have made pets sick and even die. One report estimated at least 360 pet deaths and thousands of illnesses.
The FDA has issued three warnings over the past five years about the possible risks associated with the treats. Affected dogs suffered kidney failure and presented symptoms that included vomiting and diarrhea.
In January, Nestle Purina PetCare pulled its Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats off the market. Milo’s Kitchen did the same with its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers Homestyle dog treats.
All Hartz® Chicken Chews™ Soft and Tenders
• 3.5oz. package UPC Number 32700-11966
• 8oz. package UPC Number 32700-11967
• 16oz package UPC Number 32700-11953
• 24oz package UPC Number 32700-11954
• 20oz package UPC Number 32700-51694
All Hartz® Chicken Chews™ Soft and Tender Bite Sized
• 5.7oz package UPC Number 32700-12856 16oz package UPC Number 32700-12765
• 16oz package UPC Number 32700-12765
All Hartz® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken
• 20 pack Pig Skin Twist Sticks UPC Number 32700-13472
• 7 pack Mini Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken UPC Number 32700-03330
• 15 pack Mini Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken UPC Number 32700-03331
• 5 pack Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken UPC Number 32700-03354
If you have these products, you are urged to contact Hartz Consumer Affairs at (800) 275-1414 or visit http://www.hartz.com. The company has also posted a question and answer page athttps://apps.facebook.com/productwithdrawinfo/.
Additionally, you can visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website for a full list of current recalls:https://www.avma.org/news/issues/recalls-alerts/pages/pet-food-safety-recalls-alerts.aspx
IMS Trading Corp to voluntarily withdraw Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat Products
No other Cadet Brand products are affected by this withdrawal
IMS Trading Corp today announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products sold in the United States until further notice.
The Company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Cadet brand Chicken Jerky Treat products. These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products are safe to feed as directed and have not been linked to ANY illnesses in dogs or humans. However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States.
At first, New York State authorities requested that IMS Trading Corp remove Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky treats from retail locations only in the state of New York. We have decided to expand this and conduct a voluntary withdrawal of these chicken treat products nationwide.
A double testing program is being established to check for these antibiotics in China (point of origin) and the United States before we consider to sell these products in the future. Testing will be based on a scientifically sound statistical sampling program.
There is no indication that the trace amounts of antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA's ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue (in the parts-per-billion range) do not pose a health or pet safety risk.
January 9, 2013 (NEW YORK) -- Two makers of pet treats are pulling products from the market because they may contain traces of poultry antibiotics that aren't approved in the U.S.
Nestle Purina PetCare is taking Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats off the market, while Milo's Kitchen is recalling its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats.
The chicken jerky products, which are made in China, may contain minute amounts of antibiotic residue, the companies said Wednesday. The antibiotics have been approved by Chinese and European Union regulators, but they are not approved in the U.S.
The companies said the treats don't pose a safety risk to pets, but they are still pulling them off the market. The recall doesn't cover other products the companies sell.
Milo's Kitchen said there is no known health risk associated with the antibiotics, but their presence means the products don't meet its standards. It said the chemicals "should not be present in the final food product."
The recalls come after the New York State Department of Agriculture detected the antibiotics in samples of the companies' products. Purina said that the regulator asked that its affected products be pulled from stores in New York.
U.S. federal regulators have also been looking into reports of pet illnesses stemming from their snacks.
The Food and Drug Administration says reports of sick pets connected to jerky treats, particularly chicken jerky made in China, have been increasing for years. The agency said in September that it had been notified of 360 dogs that died after eating jerky treats over the last 18 months and is conducting a broad investigation. No definitive cause for the dogs' sicknesses has yet been identified.
Waggin' Train and Milo's Kitchen are mentioned often in consumer complaints made to the agency, and Canyon Creek is also named in a few complaints. Purina said Wednesday that there is no indication the recall is linked to the problems the FDA is investigating.
Symptoms reported to the FDA include gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and diarrhea, as well as kidney problems, which can cause dogs to drink and urinate more than usual.
The FDA says that commercially produced pet foods contain all the nutrients that pets need, so treats are not necessary for nutrition, and commercial pet food "is very safe."
Purina is a U.S. division of Swiss consumer products giant Nestle that is based in St. Louis. Milo's is owned by Del Monte Foods and is based in San Francisco.
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