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Despite FDA warnings and pet deaths, pet food companies wonít recall treats
PetSitUSA ^ | 2/7/11

Posted on 02/09/2012 11:23:11 AM PST by EBH

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China.

Now, four months later, pets are still dying from these treats. And, since the FDA testing has been inconclusive, the pet food companies that sell them aren’t recalling them. Again, that’s even though many pets are dying. Some of the pet food companies involved include well known pet food brands Purina and Dogswell.

Because tests by the FDA are inconclusive, pet treat manufacturers are not required by law to recall their products, and none of them have volunteered to do so. But given that the tests have not pinpointed the contaminant does not mean it is not contaminated. The FDA issued a warning to pet owners in November, 2011 in regards to this issue.

The question many are asking is how many dogs will have to die before the products are recalled? It is already estimated that the dead and dying are numbered at more than 500. This number does not count all of the cases that have not made the connection yet between a pet’s illness and the treats. The treats are causing kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome, with some cases resulting in death; others, in chronic kidney disease...

...At a news conference today in Cleveland, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich both petitioned the FDA to step up their investigation. They both called for the Food and Drug Administration to take immediate action ...

(Excerpt) Read more at petsitusa.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: china; corruption; doggieping; dogs; fda; fraud; kittyping; petfood; pettreats
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1 posted on 02/09/2012 11:23:22 AM PST by EBH
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To: EBH

Can someone please tell me why the eff we still import ANYTHING from that cesspool known as China??


2 posted on 02/09/2012 11:29:12 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: EBH
Because tests by the FDA are inconclusive...

That is the problem ... the FDA is making tests that don't prove anything.

How would you respond to "We have inconclusive evidence that your job may be hurting someone ... so we think you should return your paycheck for the year"? You'd probably tell them to go fly a kite (or something a little more blunt). I know I would.

Before you ask a company to throw away $million$ of dollars; you had better to be able to conclusively show 'Why'. The FDA has failed to do this very basic task.

3 posted on 02/09/2012 11:31:38 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: EBH

Linda The Dog just LOVES her Stuffed Animal Squeak Toys. She has played with them so much that they are destroyed, so now it is time for replacements. I have gone EVERYWHERE and can’t find a toy that is NOT made in china. Doesn’t ANY American Company make these any more? I REFUSE to buy ANY product made in China. Not even for my Dog who doesn’t understand world politics.


4 posted on 02/09/2012 11:31:49 AM PST by left that other site
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To: surroundedbyblue
Any food product you buy from China is likely to be poisonous.

Any metal product you buy from China is likely to have irradiated metals.

ANY product you buy in China was made by slave labor in some of the most brutal conditions imaginable.

DO NOT BUY FROM CHINA.

5 posted on 02/09/2012 11:34:32 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Hodar

You know that’s the problem and so do I.

But an inconclusive test just means they have not been able to identify the contaminate. Doing the wrong tests for the wrong things will give you false results.

But...the November Warning holds some brevity here. They would not have issued a warning for nothing, they just have not solved the puzzle yet.


6 posted on 02/09/2012 11:37:07 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: allmendream

I 100% agree with you. But, it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy anything NOT made in China.

As much as I thought Donald Trump was a jackass with this presidential bid, he was spot on when he said our loss of manufacturing to China is one of our biggest weaknesses. Not many DC types have the guts to admit that, let alone do anything about it.


7 posted on 02/09/2012 11:37:27 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: left that other site

Try etsy.com for handmade toys.


8 posted on 02/09/2012 11:38:39 AM PST by txmissy
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To: left that other site

You can make them by hand from socks and old fleece shirts. However, the plastic ‘squeaks’ are probably made in China.

Check out thrift stores for used stuffed animals and insert the ‘squeaky’. Save some money;)

p.s. The reason dogs love to destroy them is to stop the squeaking.


9 posted on 02/09/2012 11:39:00 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: left that other site

http://www.make-and-build-dog-stuff.com/homemade-dog-toys.html


10 posted on 02/09/2012 11:41:26 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: txmissy

I use plain old hooves. Dogs love them and they are cheap.


11 posted on 02/09/2012 11:42:18 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: surroundedbyblue

Indeed.


12 posted on 02/09/2012 11:44:05 AM PST by Calliecat
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To: left that other site

Try here....

http://www.dogtoys.com/madeinusa.html

and you are welcome!


13 posted on 02/09/2012 11:44:22 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

Messed up our dog big time. Pooping blood all over. This was after one or two weeks of giving them to her. On the other hand she loved them.


14 posted on 02/09/2012 11:45:45 AM PST by bkepley
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To: txmissy; sodpoodle; EBH

Wow! Thank You! What a wonderful response from my fellow FReepers!


15 posted on 02/09/2012 11:47:00 AM PST by left that other site
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To: EBH

Thank you so much for this post. We have a bag of the Waggin Train chicken jerky treats in the cupboard!!! I am usually good about checking for the “made in china” tag but missed it on these. Thankful my yorkies didn’t care for them.
We lost our cairn terrier Callie last year, fine one day and deathly ill the next. Now I wonder if it was because of something like this. :(


16 posted on 02/09/2012 11:48:41 AM PST by AirForceMom (Molon Labe)
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To: EBH

The melamine deal that the Chicoms sent us as a protein additive (also missed by the FDA) killed our great Pyrenees that was the best coyote deterrent we’ve ever had. Never forget the ChiComs are commies first and always.


17 posted on 02/09/2012 11:48:56 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: allmendream

Something Made in USA could mean that it was assembled in USA with parts made in china.

See, the jeans may have been sewn in USA, but where does the fabric come from?

It’s getting depressing.

Time to look into how our grandparents lived.


18 posted on 02/09/2012 11:55:36 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: AirForceMom

I am sorry to here about your Callie.

Return the Waggin Train treats to the store. Most stores are allowing a “credit.”

I am an owner of a pet type business and was shocked when a client last week showed off a huge box of treats they had ordered online for their 9 month old lab. Yeah...he got an earful from me.

Monday after checking into my “claims,” he apologized for his disregard. They opted to toss the chicken jerky treats out. In our area in December a family lost their dog to kidney failure and the new puppy they had just gotten is still fighting with kidney issues.


19 posted on 02/09/2012 12:00:38 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: AirForceMom

You are welcome.

It is not like the stores that sell this stuff are hanging the Warning on the shelf.

I am happy to here they didn’t like them!


20 posted on 02/09/2012 12:03:46 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: goseminoles

hooves, antlers...all good!


21 posted on 02/09/2012 12:04:40 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

Thank you. We have had 3 family dogs get sick and pass suddenly last year, all of them pretty young.
I am letting everyone know to lookout for chinese made ANYTHING.


22 posted on 02/09/2012 12:06:50 PM PST by AirForceMom (Molon Labe)
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To: EBH

Thank you. We have had 3 family dogs get sick and pass suddenly last year, all of them pretty young.
I am letting everyone know to lookout for chinese made ANYTHING.


23 posted on 02/09/2012 12:07:10 PM PST by AirForceMom (Molon Labe)
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To: allmendream

Our people in charge have pretty much made it impossible to buy from anyone but China.

China can also route their poisons through other countries without having to put their name on it. We don’t have a chance in hell. Some small things, like dog toys we might be able to make ourselves...until they make that illegal.

Just like in the near future we will be MADE to have checking accounts at banks with fees paid to the government just for having one. Your SS check will have to go straight to the bank, another fee.

Just like the healthscam. We pay out the AZZ and get less freedom, less privacy, less ownership.


24 posted on 02/09/2012 12:15:01 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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To: AirForceMom

I am sorry to hear about your Callie. My wife and I just lost our Rat Terrier, Muffy in a similar fashion. One night last month we went to bed and she was fine. When we woke she was paralyzed. It was so sad. She was 13 but seemed to be in good perfect health.

Like you, this has me wondering the same...


25 posted on 02/09/2012 12:16:34 PM PST by bbernard
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To: EBH

This is Bullsh!t.

I broker several million lbs of dog treats from all over the world per year and am aware of no evidence whatsoever pointing to imported chicken treats causing animal fatalities.

FDA has been looking into this for some time and have found nothing difinitive.

Why should the companies recall the product when even the ultra reactive FDA can state nothing with confidence.

If you’re worried, don’t buy the treats.


26 posted on 02/09/2012 12:23:01 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: EBH

Even before this happened we always checked the label. Nothing ever from China or Mexico.


27 posted on 02/09/2012 12:26:04 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: surroundedbyblue
Can someone please tell me why the eff we still import ANYTHING from that cesspool known as China??

If it were not for the chinese products we could place all US made products in a single 2,000 sq ft retail store.

28 posted on 02/09/2012 12:26:13 PM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: traderrob6

I’ve noticed many products are now saying, “Distributed by so & so company”, without saying where the products are made.


29 posted on 02/09/2012 12:28:19 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

Better not buy Shrimp, Talapia, etc at your grocery store as the vast majority comes from China and surrounding countries.


30 posted on 02/09/2012 12:30:13 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: aimhigh

“I’ve noticed many products are now saying, “Distributed by so & so company”, without saying where the products are made.”

True. Most Chicken based treats, Beef Rawhides and Jerky products are coming from China.

The only company that I know that’s producing finished product using exclusively domestic suppliers foor raw material is Jurassic Pet out of Rockford Illinois.


31 posted on 02/09/2012 12:35:11 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: left that other site

This link might be helpful.
http://www.toysmadeinamerica.com/dogs.html


32 posted on 02/09/2012 12:45:57 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: brytlea

Thank You, dear Dogggie loving Fellow FReeper! :-)


33 posted on 02/09/2012 12:49:25 PM PST by left that other site
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To: sodpoodle; left that other site

Some dogs love the crunchy sound of a water bottle in a sock or if you can sew you can make a little more elaborate stuffed critter. There are some DIY instructions out there (google something like “Crunchy Water Bottle Dog Toy”). You can buy the toys premade, but I notice they are imported. You can check those out first and just make your own. I know my puppies always loved to play with water bottles. Of course, I’m not sure where the bottles are made and the safety of them is a whole other thing.


34 posted on 02/09/2012 12:56:12 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: EBH

Oh, you beat me. I should have known.


35 posted on 02/09/2012 12:57:04 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: brytlea

That might work! I just made a sock toy with a tennis ball, but Linda is not amused because it doesn’t squeak. But a water bottle on the other hand makes some real good noise! I’ll try it!


36 posted on 02/09/2012 1:00:23 PM PST by left that other site
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To: fella

Horrible. I would be so angry. In fact, it wasn’t my dog and I’m angry.


37 posted on 02/09/2012 1:01:48 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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bump!


38 posted on 02/09/2012 1:07:48 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: left that other site

Welcome, I was pretty late to the party tho. BTW here is a fun and easy recipe that is basically the same as that expensive frozen treat you can buy your dog. Mine loves it.
http://eatitanyway.com/cook-it/pauli-pops/

Not a dog toy, but... :)


39 posted on 02/09/2012 1:10:22 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: sodpoodle

Whoo hoooo! Thanks for the link!


40 posted on 02/09/2012 1:11:17 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
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To: left that other site

I have friends whose dogs are nuts about those water bottle toys.


41 posted on 02/09/2012 1:13:12 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: fella
Chinese melamine killed my parent's beloved cocker spaniel and losing that dog almost killed my dad, as his heart was utterly broken when he lost his girl.

Since then, I've learned to read the labels and NEVER buy any dog food or treats from China. There are several very fine dog foods made here in the USA, but American made rawhide is tough to find. Even things like CET products are made in Mexico now.

I keep looking, though. I can't think of a single thing I've done in this life that would justify the love and devotion my dogs seem to have for me, but I try to earn it by giving them the safest, best quality food and treats available.

42 posted on 02/09/2012 1:19:15 PM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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To: GBA

http://www.americanmadedogtoys.com/americanmaderawhide.aspx


43 posted on 02/09/2012 2:18:09 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: traderrob6

Family Shares Warning About Treats After Dog’s Death http://fox8.com/2012/01/09/family-shares-warning-about-treats-after-dogs-death/

chicken Jerky treat linked to dog deaths, illnesses
http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/chicken-jerky-treat-linked-dog-deaths-illnesses/nFkCG/

FDA Continues to Caution Dog Owners About Chicken Jerky Products

Additional Information

FDA Cautions Consumers about Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs2

Preliminary Animal Health Notification - Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs3

Caution to Dog Owners About Chicken Jerky Products4

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm280586.htm


44 posted on 02/09/2012 2:36:58 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

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45 posted on 02/09/2012 2:38:50 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: txmissy

tried that link, said domain for sale.


46 posted on 02/09/2012 3:02:02 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: allmendream

I have stopped buying anything that comes into contact with food..from china..mugs, dishes,etc pots and pans.

I bought some dishes from Poland, Italy or best yet from the USA.

the dog food I buy is from Blue Buffalo..all made in this country.i think Newman’s Own also is produced in Calif. and meets organic standards. I am taking no chances with me or my pupster!Sure, it might be a little more costly..but vet bills or the loss of my pupster is way more costly for me.
For bones, I go to the butcher and get her marrow bones, which she eats raw ( NOT cooked!).


47 posted on 02/09/2012 3:31:41 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (NEWT in 2012)
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To: goseminoles; devolve; ntnychik; joe6pac

[I use plain old hooves. Dogs love them and they are cheap.]

Lol, that reminds me of years ago when we would have someone come to groom the horses hooves. My little dog, back then, would try to eat them and I would stop him.

I buy all Purina products and have never had a problem.


48 posted on 02/09/2012 4:08:50 PM PST by potlatch
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To: bbernard

I am sorry to hear about Muffy. Callie went downhill so fast, within hours. At first we thought she had gotten into rat poison or something but she never went outside off leash. Just shocking when they go so fast.


49 posted on 02/09/2012 4:22:10 PM PST by AirForceMom (Molon Labe)
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To: traderrob6

Would you eat them?


50 posted on 02/09/2012 4:39:23 PM PST by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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