Pet Treat Manufacturers To Develop Feeding Guidelines

There is still no conclusion of why there have been over 70 complaints to the FDA that dogs became ill from eating chicken jerky products. Pet owners continue to look for answers of why their pets became sick or died from simply eating chicken jerky treats.

In response to pet owners’ complaints, some pet treat manufacturers and retailers are putting something different on their package label — recommendations on how many snacks a day should be given to dogs. Some manufacturers suggested that pets were possibly getting sick because owners were overfeeding them or using treats as their regular pet food.

Similar to what is on pet food, some companies, like ADI Pet Inc. and Smokehouse Pet Products, will be placing feeding instructions based on an animal’s weight for pet treats.

“The problem with high-protein treats is that dogs really, really like them because they taste good. I may like hamburgers for the same reason, but I shouldn’t eat 10 of them a day,” said Jerry Peters, president of ADI Pet Inc., makers of Waggin’ Train brand jerky treats.

PetSmart developed feeding guidelines in conjunction with Smokehouse Pet Products, a product they pulled off the shelves in September, and veterinarians, based on a pet’s weight. The feeding table is in stores now and will be put on Smokehouse labels by early next year.

Some say since the FDA has not found anything definitive in their investigation and that there is no scientific evidence that proves overfeeding is a factor, these new labels are premature.

“Making changes without a solid basis for the changes at best would be ineffective; at worst, it could … magnify a problem a problem if a problem does exist,” said David Syverson, pet food committee chairman for the American Association of Feed Control Officers.

Syverson said that instructions are not required for treats that are not part of a pet’s daily diet because “since treats are really junk food for pets, in a manner of speaking.”

In other chicken-jerky related news, more reports of sick pets continue. Cathy von Haartman, a Seattle resident, said that one of her dogs became ill after eating chicken jerky treats.

“She vomited up the jerky and then she was sick for about four days. She wouldn’t eat. She was very lethargic and when she slept it looked like she was having seizures,” von Haartman said.

Dr. Jayne Jensen, a veterinarian, tells pet owners to feed treats sparingly and to be careful about where the treats are coming from.

“Read the labels very thoroughly. Look where they are from. A lot of these come in with kind of an American name on them, but they’re actually produced overseas. And as we’ve seen from previous experience, overseas products may not be as safe as ones that are made here,” said Jensen.

Source: Sun-Sentinel, KIROTV

(Thanks menusux)

40 Responses to “Pet Treat Manufacturers To Develop Feeding Guidelines”

  1. Sharon says:

    Here’s an idea for y’all. Don’t feed your pets treats made in China. Don’t buy your pet food and treats at Petsmart or Walmart. Pets don’t need treats just like fat people don’t need candy. It’s not necessary.

  2. furmom says:

    Let me get this straight, high protein is like junk food for pets? Then how come my dog and cat are thriving on fresh human grade meat, fish, and bones for many months now, but they get skin, urinary, coat, ear problems when they eat commercial pet food? How come I’m too afraid to feed my dog the nice Jerky Junk Treats I bought (even one) because I thought they wouldn’t have the problems of the kibble bagged food? It’s chicken isn’t it? How bad can that be? My dog has at times lived on plain old human grade chicken, so what’s in this jerky stuff that made pets sick?

  3. furmom says:

    Oh, and somebody better go tell the wolves and bears that their high protein diet is like junk food, they should go to the store and get some kibble, it would be so much better for them.

  4. Pukanuba says:

    furmom: Thanks for that comment about the wolves……made me laugh out loud. I’ll go looking for some wild animals to give them the news……if they don’t eat me first.

    I can’t believe the stupidity of them putting instructions on treats as to how many to give our babies……this is the biggest bunch of BS I have ever heard in my life……makes me very angry too. You can take the person who knows NOTHING about animals & has their first dog…..I can’t even imagine that they would feed their dog chicken jerky all day & think that’s a well-balanced meal. Give me a friggin break you guys. Just because we are pet parents does not mean we are exceptionally dumb or naive enough to buy all your foolishness. Why don’t you just pull your product & leave it off the shelves until you determine where the problem lies & FIX IT……

  5. menusux says:

    Some thoughts here–everything you read about Fanconi’s syndrome says it is caused by one of three factors–heredity, by another disease or by something you ingest with toxic substances in it.

    If overfeeding is the reason, dogs should be showing up with nutritional deficiencies since these are not a balanced diet. Yet we see no reports of Fanconi’s being caused by nutritional deficiencies. So if it’s not in the genes or not caused by another disease, we’re left with the something toxic ingested choice.

    http://itchmoforums.com/news-r.....6#msg31666

    See that Smokehouse has the following feeding guidelines:

    “Maximum daily Smokehouse amounts for dogs under 12 pounds:

    one-half piece of chicken tenders, or duck and sweet potato tenders;

    two pieces of chicken-breast tender snacks, duck tenders or chicken poppers; and four pieces of chicken or duck chips.

    “For details on larger dogs, consult the product labels.Amounts may vary for other brands, and according to animal health and other conditions.”

    Note that duck and sweet potato treats have NOT been formally mentioned by either FDA or AVMA. These are Made In China, and here they are with Smokehouse’s feeding guidelines…

    Also note that there are NO feeding guidelines for Smokehouse’s Turkey treats, which are Made in the US:

    http://itchmoforums.com/your-p.....2#msg25992

    “thx for that list on the smokehouse treats. I have a bag of turkey breast from the same company but bag states Made In U.S.A”.

    We also see that WalMart has discontinued carrying the Shanghai Bestro/Pingyang Pet Factory chicken jerky treats–

    “Officials with Wal-Mart, the discount chain that removed two brands of Chinese-made jerky treats in July, said the company has no plans to restock those items. One was from Shanghai Bestro Trading and one from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. (Note: same company)

    Feeding Guidelines for Made in China Treats is like the “dilution factor” discussed re: melamine.

  6. mikken says:

    Menusux raises very valid points. Too bad the manufacturers are busy pointing the finger at pet owners (They feed too many treats! It’s their fault!) rather than dealing with the real issue of food safety.

    Much better to slap a sticker on a package to tell you not to feed to much of something (because of toxicity levels? Nooooo, that’s certainly not it) than to address reality. Certainly more economical for them, anyway!

  7. Louie W. says:

    Well, if they can create feeding guidelines, they must have found out what’s in the treats. And it must be some nasty stuff.

    “Maximum daily Smokehouse amounts for dogs under 12 pounds:
    one-half piece of chicken tenders, or duck and sweet potato tenders”

    What a bunch of BS!

  8. Guthrie says:

    Agree Louie, it’s BS. I have four kids (grown). I never gave them 12 bags of M&M’s and called them fed for the day. Of course, all through these recalls we’ve watched them blame the customers. If the burgers aren’t cooked to shoe leather it’s the customer’s fault for getting E. coli. Duh, I thought the food should be sold in good condition to begin with, stupid me. No lemon laws for the food industry I guess.

  9. 5CatMom says:

    Why don’t they just say that the treats are loaded with toxins.

    They can’t control the toxins, so they want pet owners to control the amount of toxins fed.

    There’s that dilution factor again. Hope everyone raises lots of H - - L
    over this.

    Human food will be next!

  10. Rocky says:

    I want to be really safe, so the amount we feed our dogs will
    be ZERO.

  11. Pukanuba says:

    Rocky…..I second that…….but let me go one step further……the amount I feed my dog of ANYTHING from China is & will be ZERO……& that goes for her mommy, too…….

    Guthrie…..you cracked me up with your comparison of kids & M&Ms…..but you do have a valid point…..

  12. Nora and Rufus says:

    Yes. The Commercial Pet Treat (Jerky and any other toxic treat) Makers blaming the consumer is just so infuriating and ridiculous. The treats were toxic enough to kill some smaller dogs and older and sicken some other average size dogs. In fact one of the local dog owners I discussed this very matter with approx 2 months ago at the Dog Park said his female lab mix (around 60 lbs) was sickened by the Waggin Train Chicken Jerky treats he purchased at WalMart (made in China) after just 3 days of treats in the evening. Not feeding to excess, just regular treat feeding 1 or 2. She vomited, and ran a low grade fever, and seemed to be urinating alot. He said her breath smelled so bad it would knock you over from 7 feet away. He then heard of the recalls and threw the poison treats away. Her symptons then cleared up! Those symptons my friends are some of the first signs of kidney problems and failure. What he told me was enough to raise the hair on the back of my neck and it brought back awful scary memories of pre recall times back in late 2006 and early 2007!

  13. straybaby says:

    are they for REAL?! WTF?!

    and since when is poultry a HIGH protein treat?! give me a freakin’ BREAK! are they REALLY saying the same meat i feed my cats and dogs will be deadly when i make it into jerky and feed it that way?!

    *runs screaming from the room*

  14. Jenny Bark says:

    They are so full of Sh!!. Why don’t my dogs & kitty get sick on my homemade chicken, turkey & beef jerky? Why don’t the pets on my MOW route get sick? I’ll tell you why it’s because it is human grade USDA inspected & keep in the frig., not full of your toxins that hurt pets. Where is the AVMA & what use are they?

    Imo you are just balancing the amount of pets that get sick against the amount of money you make because you know how much the pets like them. I hope to God that money mever means that much to me. Imo the people who produce & sell this garbage is just too sick to take up space on this earth.

    To the people who are buying turkey jerky please be careful. I can’t prove what I am going to say, all you have is my word & I know you don’t really know me but my word is good. I had my Kitty for her check up & my vet has had 4 dogs with F.S., one of them was only getting turkey jerky. she called the company & they told her they can’t get enough American so they have to use some from China they have no choice. She does not want me to use her name but is telling everybody not to buy any jerky because it is all garbage. This is from a vet I have had for a lot of years & never use to believe in home feeding but now does. She didn’t tell me what company she called. I’m sorry I can’t prove anything but I just had to tell you what I was told, I love animals too much not to. Do what you want with my information.

  15. KimS says:

    Obviously the company line is infuriating. That being said, the only thing a responsible pet owner can do is be proactive and if chicken or any onther kind of jerky is killing animals then don’t feed it to yours. Simple.
    In general, people feed too many treats to their animals. They are fine without it. It’s indulgant and unfortunately the American way. How about rewarding your pet in more loving way like a nice long walk, throw the ball around, a good scratch behind the ears. Food is a terrible reward unless your goal is to become enormous.
    We are responsible for the well being of our pets. Big business is in it for themselves. The quicker we accept this the better.

  16. Lis says:

    These guidelines being announced now does look like CYA B.S.

    However, many people, especially first-time pet owners, really don’t have a good sense of how many treats is good for their pets. Adding sensible feeding guidelines to packages of treats is not, in itself, a bad idea.

    Sadly, if it’s true, as appears to be the case, that they’re adding “feeding guidelines” only to Chinese-made treats, that does rather suggest that they at least have an idea why Chinese chicken jerky is making pets sick, and that it’s not “over-feeding” in any sense except that any amount of feeding products from China to pets is “overfeeding” of that product. They may not have found the exact problem, but they’ve gotten a handle on what’s the level of feeding that prevents problems from showing up quickly enough to be tied to the treats.

  17. Guthrie says:

    STOP BLAMING THE CUSTOMER! All food should be safe. I don’t care if it’s overfed or not. People need to stop blaming the victims and blame the producers. Food that makes animals sick shouldn’t be out there. We have stopped feeding bad food to our pets. The a$$holios ( Dennis Leary’s song) need to stop selling it. Stop blaming the customers.

  18. Cathy says:

    So I guess, based on how much per day is allowed, they are saying:

    1. if you have a dog that you are training, don’t use their treats
    2. if you have a dog doing agility, don’t use their treats
    3. if you have a dog that hunts, don’t use their treats
    4. if you have a dog that herds, don’t use their treats

    Pretty much sums it up — DON’T USE THEIR TREATS

    What kind of idiots are they? Do they think that all people use treats as junk food for dogs? Is it even worth it for them to sell a product that you should use only on an EXTREMELY limited basis? I think NOT. If you have working or sporting dogs or dogs in training, you need treats - LOTS of them.

    Does anyone know if any of the reported illnesses from these treats were from high activity dogs? They require lots of extra protein and calories.

  19. menusux says:

    Let’s look back at the PetSmart removal of Smokehouse treats:

    http://www.itchmo.com/smokehou.....elves-2869

    “Here is the SKU list of the Smokehouse Brand dog treats that have been pulled off of PetSmart shelves:

    7856525052 5108696 Chicken Chips 1lb.
    7856525053 5108692 Chicken Chips 8oz.
    7856525092 5108693 Chicken Poppers 8oz.
    7856525093 5108698 Chicken Poppers 1lb.
    7856525134 5108691 Chicken Tenders 8oz.
    7856525137 5126536 Chicken Breast Tender Snacks 1lb.
    7856525138 5126535 Chicken Tenders 2lb.
    7856584255 5126702 Duck Breast Tenders 8oz.
    7856584256 5126534 Duck Breast Tenders 1lb.
    7856584257 5126532 Duck Chips 1lb.
    7856584258 5126531 Duck and Sweet Potato 1lb.
    7856585808 5108695 Chicken Tenders 1lb.”

    All Made in China. Now let’s compare which products now have “feeding guidelines”.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/bu.....2986.story

    “Maximum daily Smokehouse amounts for dogs under 12 pounds:

    one-half piece of chicken tenders, or duck and sweet potato tenders;

    7856525134 5108691 Chicken Tenders 8oz.
    7856525138 5126535 Chicken Tenders 2lb.
    7856585808 5108695 Chicken Tenders 1lb.

    “two pieces of chicken-breast tender snacks, duck tenders or chicken poppers; and four pieces of chicken or duck chips.

    7856525137 5126536 Chicken Breast Tender Snacks 1lb.
    7856584255 5126702 Duck Breast Tenders 8oz.
    7856584256 5126534 Duck Breast Tenders 1lb.
    7856525052 5108696 Chicken Chips 1lb.
    7856525053 5108692 Chicken Chips 8oz.
    7856584257 5126532 Duck Chips 1lb.
    7856525092 5108693 Chicken Poppers 8oz.
    7856525093 5108698 Chicken Poppers 1lb.

    “For details on larger dogs, consult the product labels. Amounts may vary for other brands, and according to animal health and other conditions.”

    Fine–there were 12 Smokehouse MIC items taken from PetSmart’s shelves on September 14, 2007. They were put back on their shelves 2 weeks ago. They got there because PetSmart, Smokehouse and unnamed veterinarians developed “feeding guidelines” for the products. Every one of them which were removed were Chinese-made and now are back with “feeding guidelines” for those Smokehouse, Made in China products only.

    Turkey is high-protein just as much as chicken and duck are, yet there have been no “feeding guidelines” announced for the Smokehouse turkey treats, which have been made in the US:

    http://itchmoforums.com/your-p.....2#msg25992

    “thx for that list on the smokehouse treats. I have a bag of turkey breast from the same company but bag states Made In U.S.A”.

    http://itchmoforums.com/your-p.....0#msg31540

    Check the link above for Smokehouse’s wanted to buy ad on AliBaba:

    “We are specifically interested in dried chicken treats. We also have interest in all other pet products.

    Company Name: smokehouse pet products
    Business Type: Manufacturer
    Product/Service: Dog treats, beef, pork, lamb
    Company Address: 11850 sheldon st, los angeles, California
    Legal Representative/Business Owner: zelko majstorich”

    The link also shows how informative the Smokehouse website is–to the point where there’s no list of the products they sell.

    “Feeding guidelines” for only those products Made in China is a red flag right there–all brands of these products should be off the shelves and not just at PetSmart.

    Certainly NOT a W-M fan, but have to give them some credit–they have discontinued carrying the Shanghai Bestro/Pingyang Pet Product chicken jerky treats instead of allowing them to be sold with “feeding guidelines”. Hope they’ll do the same with the Waggin Train brand.

  20. Carol R. says:

    Something no one has mentioned is how these treats are stored before and after they are opened. I moved to Hawaii from Seattle, and have discovered that I cannot handle pet food the way I did in Washington. I have seen spoilage of both jerky treats and ‘cookies’, and have started repackaging them and refrigerating and/or freezing them. It’s either that or only buy really small, really expensive packages.

    Be sure to check the color of the chicken jerky treats you use. Any darkening, or blotchy appearance could indicate they are no longer safe to eat. Keep treats tightly covered too, to prevent insects from infesting them with who knows what.

    No, these poisonings are not the fault of the consumer, only. But there are a lot of unaware &/or ignorant pet owners who put their pets in harms way thru thoughtlessness.

    FYI, I no longer am buying treats made in china.

  21. straybaby says:

    KimS says:

    “In general, people feed too many treats to their animals. They are fine without it. It’s indulgant and unfortunately the American way. How about rewarding your pet in more loving way like a nice long walk, throw the ball around, a good scratch behind the ears. Food is a terrible reward unless your goal is to become enormous.”

    my pets get treats every day. there is NOTHING wrong with giving treats to pets. ESPECIALLY ones that are supposed to be natural and pure meat! food is NOT a terrible reward and being indulgent is not the issue here. toxic products ARE. if this were some greasy fried twinkie we were talking about, i might agree they weren’t healthy for pets, but i would not agree treating is bad for pets. STOP blaming the consumer. you are no better than the manufacturers when you do.

    and NO, my pets are NOT enormous and that is NOT my goal in giving them treats.

  22. Katie says:

    My dog, a survivor of the pet food poisoning, eats 10 or 11 Wet-Nose dog treats on her daily walks. She weighs 48lbs. She hasn’t gotten sick on those treats - PFI. Daily for her meals she consumes 10 to 14 oz of cooked chicken breast plus veggies,fruit and some brown rice. Hasn’t made her sick - PFI.
    Dogs thrive on protein, need protein. PFI: guess you haven’t consulted a “real” vet nutritionist. We do bloodwork every 2 months (to make sure the PFI poison hasn’t done any long term damage) - blood work has been great on home cooked meals and natural organic dog treats.

    Sounds to me like the PFI and FDA have determined how much toxin and what kindof toxin is in the treats. Then they found a scientist that told them what amount the “dilution factor” would be and went running to the CEO and told them how to still sell the product.

    I agree with you all. My dog is getting Zero toxin. No China treats, toys or food.

    Katie

  23. Pukanuba says:

    My dog USED to get one chicken jerky a day…….I have other cookies but they are all-natural, not the crappy commercial stuff. She USED to get a few cookies plus a piece of jerky. On the ingredients, it showed chicken breast & seasonings…..now will somebody please tell me how the hell can chicken breast & seasonings be causing animals to get sick, unless it’s seasoned with arsenic. Either the chicken was rotten to begin with or the radiation process is doing something to the product. I trusted it because it didn’t have a lot of junk in it……past tense “trusted” it. Wouldn’t feed her chicken jerky now on a bet. Sad because she absolutely loved them.

    I agree with all of you…..blaming us is getting a little old. If we were given a lot of choices for our little kids & the food was safe from toxins or contaminants, we wouldn’t need any foolish guidelines for feeding. I don’t think much of anything for animals is safe right now. Too many ingredients are being imported & we have no way of knowing exactly what is in their food, treats or even vitamins……

  24. Julina says:

    Everyone has said everything I wanted to say so eloquently. I would like to add though that after losing my healthy, young, lab mix “Isis” after she consumed some dry pet food, Purina One, which I just happened to buy at Petsmart, because I have a membership at Sam’s Club and both had just been built in my town. I knew it had something to do with Petsmart. I can’t begin to tell you how many people I have met who purchased the food at either WalMart or Petsmart, whose pet either became ill or died from the food. Walmart and Petsmart and Sam’s Club for that matter are all the same company and noone is gonna tell me that they are not guilty of knowing the food was contaminated and doing nothing about it, my gut told me that I shouldn’t have purchased the food from Petsmart, I just knew something was up. While I was trying to understand how a perfectly healthy dog would go down this fast, the one thing I knew that had happened that was different is I bought the same food she’d always eaten but I bought it from them instead of where I usually shopped. I am furious that they would try to do this ridiculous side step and actually believe that we would not see right through them. Just how stupid do they think we are? They have not and will not get another dime from me, ever. It relieves me to see the support on the board even from those of you who have not lost a pet. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If we don’t let them forget about it and make it clear we will not tolerate it then this won’t have to happen again to other innocent, trusting animals. All of these animals that suffered and died because of their greed and neglect deserve reparation and justice. Justice will only be done when the laws are changed to protect the animals and when those who are liable for this are held to full accountability.

  25. KimS says:

    straybaby says: STOP blaming the consumer. you are no better than the manufacturers when you do.

    OK, keep your shirt on, I’m not the enemy for goshsakes. I feel horrible that everyone is going through this.
    I am as infuriated as you about how lame these manufacturers are and I too am tired of everything being made in China all the time.

    But if there are animals dropping dead from chicken strips, then stop feeding them chicken strips. MAKE YOUR OWN JERKY.
    I’m not blaming the consumer at all.
    I was just pointing out that there are healthier ways to treat animals besides letting them eat treats. I understand that they LOVE treats and the jerky SHOULD be well made.
    However since it’s full of toxins and you know that and still feed it to your pet then who do you blame?

    Complaining about it is not making it go away. After almost a year of this recall BS, you should forget about the notion that complaining to the internet is helping anything.

  26. Chris says:

    Smokehouse has switched to US distributors for their chicken. You will see product labeling stating such more and more that it is made in the USA. Prices on these items will soar. The reason chicken from China has been used vs US chicken is that the Chinese consumers prefer dark meat, and more preferably pork and the white meat was their waste. Now pork prices are rising and families can’t afford pork and are starting to eat the white meat. So it will not be as readily available. Chinese producers also seem to stray away from hormone induced feed, unlike the US, so their chicken is said to actually be healthier. But once they switch to the US chicken it will be one more thing for people to complain about…hormones. Though they’ve been used for years…reason Doctors think kids are developing faster. But hey…it’s only our children.

    Chicken jerky like Smokehouse, PCI, etc are overfeed by consumers. There are several people I know that have chi’s that won’t eat anything but crappy Lil’ Caesars or Beneful. They rather give them the chicken jerky then those foods. I have a consumer that comes in our store and buys a 2 pound bag of the chicken jerky’s WEEKLY to feed 2 dogs in their household on top of the regular food. I told him…this is only suppose to be a treat..that bag should last more than 1 week if you’re only using 2 strips a day.

    Guidelines do need to be added to the products because not everyone uses common sense.

  27. Don Earl says:

    What they’re doing is setting things up to make cross claims of what is called “contributory negligence” when they’re sued. As in, “Sorry pal, your 12 pound dog died because you didn’t cut the jerky in half as instructed. It’s all your fault.”.

    The pfpsa.org project has some of these treats at ExperTox now and hopefully will have some results back this week.

    The puzzle is there just plain isn’t much that goes into these treats. It’s chicken, apple cider vinegar, salt and sugar. Supposedly the FDA has tested for metals and the usual germs and molds. The products are, however, irradiated.

    According to several articles I’ve run across, the irradiation process can turn the fats in meat into dangerous free radicals. At the same time, I haven’t been able to find anything that would suggest these free radicals would cause the kind of symptoms associated with the treats that have been described by pet owners.

    It’s a mystery. It does appear to be dose dependent, as suggested by the above article.

    Hopefully the lab will be able to come up with some answers. Even if we draw a blank on this round, I think it is a given that if the manufacturers are saying a whole piece of jerky is dangerous for a small dog, they’re basically saying the treats aren’t safe. Period.

    Who wants to buy something that only poisons their pets a little bit?

  28. menusux says:

    Chris says:

    November 4th, 2007 at 9:38 am

    “Smokehouse has switched to US distributors for their chicken. You will see product labeling stating such more and more that it is made in the USA.”

    Smokehouse apparently will buy from anyone if the price is right:

    http://www.alibaba.com/company/10184268.html

    “We are specifically interested in dried chicken treats. We also have interest in all other pet products.

    Company Name: smokehouse pet products
    Business Type: Manufacturer
    Product/Service: Dog treats, beef, pork, lamb
    Company Address: 11850 sheldon st, los angeles, California
    Legal Representative/Business Owner: zelko majstorich”

    “The reason chicken from China has been used vs US chicken is that the Chinese consumers prefer dark meat, and more preferably pork and the white meat was their waste.”

    WT hype-you’ve switched the brand pitch:

    http://www.adipet.com/General/FAQ.shtml

    “We discovered the average person in China prefers dark meat (i.e. legs, wings, etc.) and as a result we can buy the white meat breasts and tenderloins from chickens grown for human consumption at a fraction of the price available elsewhere. ”

    “Chinese producers also seem to stray away from hormone induced feed, unlike the US, so their chicken is said to actually be healthier. ”

    So healthy that China is still unable to export it to the US for human consumption. They also stray toward feed “additives” like melamine…

    “But once they switch to the US chicken it will be one more thing for people to complain about…hormones. Though they’ve been used for years…reason Doctors think kids are developing faster. But hey…it’s only our children.”

    Not buying this at all because organic chicken is available readily–every market has an organic poultry section. File complaints re: medicated feed with FDA with citations; if there’s proof re: hormones and early child development, it will be investigated. And if things are healthier in China, why is OASIS full of refused seafood products because of non-US approved antibiotics in them, salmonella contamination, etc?

    “Chicken jerky like Smokehouse, PCI, etc are overfeed by consumers.”

    And while there would be reason to see nutritional deficiencies because of this in the dogs of those who do, there’s no medical evidence at all that Fanconi’s is caused by nutritional deficits. If you can rule out genetic causes and Fanconi’s secondary to other diseases, the only choice left is ingesting toxic substances.

    “Guidelines do need to be added to the products because not everyone uses common sense.”

    Lack of common sense re: overfeeding chicken jerky should not cause Fanconi’s. The guidelines should have been with these products all along, then–not suspiciously and suddenly appear after illness and death reports and appear for only those Smokehouse items Made in China.

  29. Sandi K says:

    “Making changes without a solid basis for the changes at best would be ineffective; at worst, it could … magnify a problem a problem if a problem does exist,” said David Syverson, pet food committee chairman for the American Association of Feed Control Officers.

    This from the article above…….god knows making changes in advance of killing more pets is unheard of. Dont any of these companies learn from the recall? If you are getting reports that there are numerous sick or dead pets after eating your product, pull it off the shelves and look into it. Dont gamble on further pets lives. Anytime I see statements from AAFCO or PFI, they are always defending their product, not the pets that its being fed to.

  30. Purringfur says:

    Does anyone know what kind of irradiator machines these various companies are using? And, radiation poisoning can be caused by heavy metal exposure/ingestion (mercury, lead, cadmium, plutonium, uranium, etc.)

    One Chinese company, the one that said it got its chickens from veterinary offices, said it used GAMMA RAY irradiation to kill viruses, etc. Gamma rays come from Cobalt-60. Do we know what radioactive substance(s) was/were used and what irradiation method was used? Cobalt-60, (rather than Caesium 134 or 137), is by far the preferred substance for food irradiation.

    One type of gamma irradiator using Cobalt-60, instead of irradiating packaged food on pallets, keeps the Cobalt-60 submerged in a pool of water, and the food to be irradiated is placed in a hermetically sealed “bell” chamber. The chamber is then lowered into the pool of water for irradiation. Apparently, the water absorbs all of the irradiation. Does anyone know if the food is packaged or unpackaged before being placed in the chamber? With this submersion process, there is no need to shield anything/anyone from radiation. With the pallet method, I believe shields need to be in place to protect the workers/other objects from the radiation. Maybe I’m wrong??? I’m trying to understand this process.

    If the bell chamber leaked or the seal was weak, allowing the irradiated water in, what would happen to the food?

    I know nothing about irradiation and don’t know if this has anything to do with the foods at all… just sharing some info on an alternative method for irradiation that does not irradiate the packaged foods on pallets for several minutes.

    Are there any scientists here?

    Here is information on a Cobalt-60 Disaster from China Central TV, 2006:

    http://www.cctv.com/program/na.....0229.shtml

    “The Effects of Ionising Radiation on the Kidneys” - www.cea.fr

    http://www.cea.fr/var/cea/stor.....a050gb.pdf

    Irradiation of Animal Feed (Includes Pet Treats), 2001:

    http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/.....01074.html

  31. Purringfur says:

    Here’s the part where it says treated with Gamma Ray… On itchmo, “CnnDuke” cites this letter from Bestros Chicken Jerky, which outlines the process it uses to make its chicken jerky treats:

    Dear Customer:

    There is lots of production recall, but not our production, you could visit web at: http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_dog.html . to find the list of recall production names. If you still have any question, pls feel free to contact us at : info@bestros.com

    To our valuable customers who purchased Bestro¡¯s Roasted Chicken Jerky Treats :
    According to WHO (World Health Organization),The H5N1 virus is sensitive to heat. Normal temperatures used for cooking (70¡æ or 158¨H in all parts of the food) will kill the virus. For more details about Avian influenza (¡°bird flu¡±), please visit the web page below:

    How were the Bestro¡¯s Roasted Chicken Jerky Treats made?

    1) Materials only derived from the vet. office & department of agriculture approved farms & slaughterhouse.
    2) Roasted under 75¡æ-85¡æ (167¨H-185¨H) for more than 10 hours.
    3) Go through our unique microwave system under 120¡æ (248¨H) to ensure the CORE temperature meets the minimum standard of 70¡æ (158¨H) to kill the virus in ALL PARTS.
    4) Treated by irradiation (Gamma Ray) to eliminate the harmful bacteria.

    http://www.itchmo.com/fda-cont.....reats-2967

  32. Anonymous says:

    You know it’s funny. I have 4 dogs under 12 pounds. I cut the jerky in half (the one time I did buy them) for them (without any one telling met that either BTW), However, even on that amount, I was starting to have problems with dogs that were pooping in the wrong place (couldn’t seem to get outside in time) and some diarrhea but with the number of dogs I have I wasn’t really sure who was having problems (of if more than one were, which I suspected). I stopped given even 1/2 a jerky and it cleared right up. This was right before the recall. Personally I don’t think even 1/2 a jerky is safe for a dog under 12 pounds.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Would, by chance, that apple cider vinegar contain apple seeds?

    Is the sugar cane, beet or from some other source?

    Do a search on the words marine life microplastics pollution

    Melamine might not be as innocuous as it seems.

    Are the treats irradiated in the package? If so, is the packaging affected?
    There are experts in the field that could probably tell you if they knew the composition of the package.

  34. Anonymous says:

    DITTO: Sounds to me like the PFI and FDA have determined how much toxin and what kindof toxin is in the treats. Then they found a scientist that told them what amount the “dilution factor” would be and went running to the CEO and told them how to still sell the product.

    DON E: What they’re doing is setting things up to make cross claims of what is called “contributory negligence” when they’re sued. As in, “Sorry pal, your 12 pound dog died because you didn’t cut the jerky in half as instructed. It’s all your fault.”.

    The pfpsa.org project has some of these treats at ExperTox now and hopefully will have some results back this week.

    THANK YOU DON KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK

  35. Dorene says:

    I make my own liver cookies as training/reward treats — just puree liver in the food processer with an egg and pumpkin, then add enough oat flour to make a thick paste, pour onto a cookie sheet and bake — you’ve got a balanced treat for a dog that tastes good enough to be a training treat.

    After the pet food recall, I’ve started giving my dog more “scraps” — if it’s a whole food (whole wheat bread, cheese, etc that fell on the floor) that she likes, I give it to her to eat and then just cut back on the kibble that day. Seems to work — she’s not gaining weight and the recall training is going very well!

  36. Dog Care Tips says:

    Dog Care Tips

    I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting

  37. Amazing Cooking Guide says:

    Amazing Cooking Guide

    I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting

  38. Bella,Poisoneed Yorkie/Smokehouse says:

    Bella is my dog and the dog responsible for the SmokeHouse attention which began Sept 07 with our vet, Dr. Richard Goldstein. It is only because SmokeHouse chicken tenders were the ONLY change in Bella’s diet since she was a year old. She is now three and a half years old and four pounds.
    Because I had not ever contributed to or read blogs I was unaware of how well known Bella’s story is until pet owners begain contacting me from around the country. Some thanking us for bringing attention and saving their dogs, others sadly had lost their dogs or are nursing severely ill small dogs. The smaller the dog, the faster they become ill and die. All symptoms are consistent across the board right down to the need for force feeding after the pets become dehydrated, beyond lethargic, etc. The most frightening thread is behavior indicating addiction to the Smokehouse garbage. A dog won’t eat anything for days or weeks, but show them a SmokeHouse treat and they’re struggle to get to it. Earlier tests showed some of these treats contain a substance used for pain control in human beings. HELLO! WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT PAIN KILLER WARNINGS? THEY ARE HABIT FORMING, AND CAN LEAD TO ADDICTION. SO HOW DO YOU THINK ANY BIT OF THAT SUBSTANCE AFFECTS A SMALL DOG???????
    YES, ADDICTION. If a dog becomes addicted, and they do, that in turn drives sales up. Wicked, wicked people at SmokeHouse. They also lied to more than one inquirer telling them they never heard from anyone complaining about a Yorkie named Bella, never heard our name. LIES! I have written communications from Lisa Kahn which prove otherwise. The same Lisa Kahn that claims she never heard from us. I have numerous communications from Pet owners who were rudely dismissed by Kahn telling them things such as “enough dogs hadn’t died for this to matter”. She also claimed she tested this toxic junk on fifteen dogs. Oh sure she did, small dogs, large dogs, how much did she feed them? Doesn’t matter there is little to no credibility with those people. Think SmokeHouse and Pet Smart who pushes the SmokeHouse product, is in the business of keeping pets healthy? Think again.
    S. Fishel

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  40. Tammy says:

    People stop picking big name manufacturers. Most of them own food manufacturing plants and use their left over sludge for their dog food plants. Did you all know Delmonte has a dog food plant? Procter and Gamble own Iams now. It’s a place to dump their left over garbage in. My dog developed diabetes off of Kibbles and bits, also beneful. I have been feeding my dogs chicken, beef and vegetables for 2 years. I also developed treats coming on the market that will be safe for all dogs. They are all natural. I decided something safe had to be on the market. My company name is Canine Cusine Good Dog Treats


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