Nestle Purina and Del Monte Voluntarily Recall Jerky Treats

[ This is the Ninth installment in an ongoing report – click here for the earlier articles:part 1, part 2,  part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8   ]

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Today, Nestle Purina and Del Monte voluntarily recalled Jerky Treats.

The official announcement from Purina:

ANNOUNCEMENT: Nestle Purina Petcare Company is voluntarily withdrawing all Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats sold in the US until further notice.

While the products are safe to feed as directed, we’re taking action after learning this week that the NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of our products. While there is no health or pet safety risk and these findings aren’t linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of pet jerky products, we’re voluntarily withdrawing our products nationally.

No other Purina treats or pet foods are affected.

For more information, call us at 800-982-0704 or go to www.waggintrainbrand.com

The official announcement from Del Monte:

“Pet safety and consumer confidence in our products are our top priorities,” said Rob Leibowitz, general manager, Pet Products. “While there is no known health risk, the presence of even trace amounts of these antibiotics does not meet our high quality standards. Therefore, today we decided to recall both products and asked retailers to remove the products from their shelves.

“Consumers who discard the treats will receive a full refund,” said Leibowitz. “We are committed to Milo’s Kitchen® and stand by our guarantee of complete consumer satisfaction.”

Consumers with questions about Milo’s Kitchen products can get further information at 1-877-228-6493.

New York State’s Department of Agriculture informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Del Monte and Purina on Monday that trace amounts of residual antibiotics had been found in several lots of the Chicken Jerky imported from China.  After consultation with the New York Department of Agriculture and FDA, the companies decided to voluntarily recall their products.

The list of recalled products are:

  • Milo’s Kitchen® Chicken Jerky
  • Milo’s Kitchen® Chicken Grillers
  • Purina Waggin Train dog treats (all kinds)
  • Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats (all kinds)

While both companies have stated that the reason for recall is trace antibiotics, pet owners who have been fighting for a recall of these products think there is more behind the recall than meets the eye.

Terry Safranek, a Cleveland pet owner whose dog, Sampson,  died from eating chicken jerky treats pointed out that the two companies are the only ones named in lawsuits regarding the treats.

Mollie Morrisette, Poisoned Pets blogger wrote today:

I spoke today with Donna DiCesare, the administrative assistant of commercial feed division of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, who informed me that another brand, not as widely known, has also been found to have the same type of illegal drug residue on its pet treats – IMS Pet Industries Cadet brand sold on Amazon through their Rawhide Depot Storefront.

She told me that testing is ongoing and other brands that import their chicken from China are being investigated. In addition, the data from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has been shared with the Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Although Del Monte and Purina would not comment on the type of antibiotic, NBC news had a little more information.

“The agriculture agency found very low levels of four antibiotics that are not approved for use in poultry in the U.S. and one antibiotic that is approved for U.S. poultry use, but is limited to nearly undetectable levels in the finished product,” said Joe Morrissey, a department spokesman. “The antibiotics include sulfaclozine, tilmicosin, trimethoprim, enrofloxacin and sulfaquinoxaline,” he said.

Enrofloxacin is a broad spectrum antibiotic called a “fluoroquinolone”. It is approved for veterinary use in dogs and cats, however, animals with impaired kidney or liver function need to be closely monitored, as it is elimated by renal and hepatic  metabolism (kidneys and liver).

According to Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, dogs as a species have a sensitivity to sulfaquinoxaline and may develop complications.

“…this specific type of drug reaction includes blood dyscrasias, nonseptic polyarthritis, and skin rash.{R-26; 27} Dogs given sulfonamides may also develop cutaneous
eruptions, hepatitis, or keratitis sicca.{R-17; 27} Dogs have been reported to develop a hemorrhagic syndrome when doses of sulfaquinoxaline that are tolerated by many chickens are administered in their drinking water.”

VetInfo lists dangerous side effects for Trimethoprim, including anemia.  The most common signs of anemia are pale gums and tiredness, and  a low platelet level. This will increase the chances of bleeding, a loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting. Anemia can also cause joint inflammation which could lead to lameness, as well as kidney damage which can lead to an increase in thirst and urination. In addition, the site discusses allergies to Trimethoprim which can cause hives, facial swelling, sudden diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, cold limbs, scratching, pale gums and coma.

Dr. Marie from AskAVetQuestion.com stated in the wake of the recall today:

“Antibiotic residue is unlikely to cause the symptoms that were described in dogs previously sickened by chicken jerky.  Those symptoms include a variety of possible symptoms including an increase in thirst and urination, vomiting and diarrhea and even death.”

Yet the very symptoms she lists here are common adverse reactions to several of the antibiotics detected.

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C.A.Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. She has been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. She has written two books about her true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also writes a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and is a contributing editor for AnimalsVote.org. She attributes her love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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6 Responses to Nestle Purina and Del Monte Voluntarily Recall Jerky Treats

  1. sue says:

    I t is about time something was done and how many pets had to die you should have done the right thing months ago people put trust in your products

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