ADI, the manufacturer of Waggin’ Train brand of treats, sent Itchmo this statement this morning in regards to their pet treats:
Is chicken jerky the issue or feeding too much the problem?
ADI Pet Anderson, SC â€“ September 26, 2007 –
In response to a statement issued by the FDA regarding the potential association between over feeding chicken jerky in general and the reported 70 complaints of dogs having illnesses like diarrhea and vomiting, Jerry Peters, President of ADI Pet, Inc. issued the following statement:
â€œAs Dog lovers ourselves, ADI Pet understands how this summerâ€™s pet food recalls have created a greater sense of concern about pet foods in general. This concern for safety, in some cases, may be a contributing factor to overfeeding treats and more specifically healthy treats like chicken jerky that is high in protein and low in fat rather than maintaining a balanced diet with a dog food that would provide a dog the total daily nutritional needs.
â€œMost of the complaints that have been reported to ADI are from dog owners who have far exceeded the acceptable norm of treat feeding, generally considered only 5% of the dogsâ€™ daily intake. If Dog owners have reviewed chicken jerky ingredients they may feel that a diet of predominately of chicken jerky is a suitable substitute for Dog Food and of course that is not appropriate.
â€œADI Pet manufactures the Wagginâ€™ Train Brand of treats using facilities and safety protocols for human food preparation so that the highest quality can be maintained for our pets. In addition, our treats have been tested extensively by FDA as well as third party laboratories and Wagginâ€™ Train has not had a single incident of any contamination including; E coli, salmonella, heavy metals, melamine, and numerous other chemical contaminants. Wagginâ€™ Train Brand was founded on delivering natural, meat-based treats that dogs love and has a history of providing safe treats without EVER having a single recall or contamination over its five year history of selling millions of pounds of Wagginâ€™ Train Brand Chicken Jerky Treats providing healthy snacks to over 7 million dogs daily.
â€œHere are the facts about Wagginâ€™ Train Brand Treats:
â€¢ Wagginâ€™ Train brand is manufactured using human-grade food standards.
â€¢ Waggin Train Chicken Jerky is continuously tested by independent laboratories that are highly reputable and conducting the food safety testing for KFC, McDonalds, Red Bull, Coca-Cola, and P&G, to name a few.
â€¢ In the five year history of the company, Wagginâ€™ Train has never experienced a single incident of chemical or bacterial contamination.
â€¢ The FDA has informed ADI/Waggin Train that it conducted stringent tests (heavy metals, antibiotics, Aflotoxin, melamine, e.coli, etc) on Wagginâ€™ Train chicken jerky and found zero contaminants.
â€¢ An all natural, high protein, low fat treat like Wagginâ€™ Train Brand chicken jerky is a healthy way to add treats to a dogâ€™s daily diet, but should not be substituted as a meal and especially should not be given as a primary food to sick dogs because it is simply more palatable.
â€œThe concern caused by premature reporting has alarmed the many dog owners who have come to trust our product safety and who feed their dogs appropriately. We are the market leader for this type of product, so of course we are pained by the fact that many pet owners are concerned about their dogsâ€™ favorite treats. Since we are also the company who has, we believe, been the market leader in pet treat safety particularly in China, this is painfully ironic.
â€œWe stand by the fact that Wagginâ€™ Train Chicken Jerky Treats are completely safe for the millions of dogs in the United States that eat them daily.â€
The company has a news and information blog at www.waggintrainblog.com at which it will continue to inform the public.
ADI Pet, Inc.