Friday, January 11, 2013
PSA: Dog Jerky Recall
I normally reserve Fridays for more lighthearted fare but think this is important enough to post about today. In the continuing saga of chicken jerky treats for dogs manufactured in China, several companies (Nestle, makers of Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats, and Milo's Kitchen) are voluntarily recalling select products sold in the U.S. market because they may contain trace amounts of antibiotics that are not approved in the U.S. While these antibiotics have been approved in China and Europe, and according to these companies, pose no health risks to pets, the fact that these products made it on to U.S. shelves where the antibiotics are not approved is worrisome...I can't help but wonder what else is slipping in under the radar.
For years now, as a rule of thumb, I've only purchased dog/cat food and treats that are manufactured in the U.S., with domestically sourced ingredients. Of course edible pet products made state side are also regularly recalled but I personally feel better about feeding my boys treats and food items that have been manufactured closer to home, and one would hope, products that have been subject to closer inspection and oversight by the FDA. That being said, it's also important to keep in mind that not all pet products manufactured in the U.S. are created equal. I only purchase brands that use high quality protein, no animal byproducts, and no fillers or artificial ingredients or preservatives. A few excellent brands I trust include: Merrick, Wellness, Blue Buffalo, and Get Naked.
Check out this Washington Post article for more information on the recall.