Waggin’ Train/ADI Assures Customers Chicken Jerky Treats For Dogs Are Safe

Waggin TreatsADI, 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 – 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:

“As Dog lovers ourselves, ADI Pet understands how this summer’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.

“Most 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 dogs’ 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.

“ADI Pet manufactures the Waggin’ 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 Waggin’ Train has not had a single incident of any contamination including; E coli, salmonella, heavy metals, melamine, and numerous other chemical contaminants. Waggin’ 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 Waggin’ Train Brand Chicken Jerky Treats providing healthy snacks to over 7 million dogs daily.

“Here are the facts about Waggin’ Train Brand Treats:

• Waggin’ Train brand is manufactured using human-grade food standards.
• 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.
• In the five year history of the company, Waggin’ Train has never experienced a single incident of chemical or bacterial contamination.
• The FDA has informed ADI/Waggin Train that it conducted stringent tests (heavy metals, antibiotics, Aflotoxin, melamine, e.coli, etc) on Waggin’ Train chicken jerky and found zero contaminants.
• An all natural, high protein, low fat treat like Waggin’ Train Brand chicken jerky is a healthy way to add treats to a dog’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.

“The 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 dogs’ 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.

“We stand by the fact that Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Treats are completely safe for the millions of dogs in the United States that eat them daily.”

The company has a news and information blog at www.waggintrainblog.com at which it will continue to inform the public.

ADI Pet, Inc.
(864)622-0101

105 Responses to “Waggin’ Train/ADI Assures Customers Chicken Jerky Treats For Dogs Are Safe”

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  1. pat says:

    another case of a company attempting to blame the victims. not smart.

    i love the bullet points:

    we use the same testing that poisoners of humans use.

    we have a clean bill of health from an agency that can’t find its own backside with both hands.

    doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy?

    by the way, what exactly is “natural chicken filler”?

    if Banfield is reporting problems associated with these treats to the FDA, you can bet that the number of illnesses is much higher than anybody is telling us.

  2. Nancy says:

    my pups love the chicken treats but I am afraid to give them any now, especially since they are made in China

  3. Pukanuba says:

    Oh yeah, you morons…..everyone I know feeds their dog chicken jerky for dinner. I can’t even imagine anyone using this chicken jerky for anything other than an occasional treat.

    All these people who have had sick dogs are stuffing them full of chicken jerky treats every day? Give me a friggin break. Who the hell are you kidding?

    I wouldn’t feed my dog any kind of treat made in China if a band of merry men hand-picked by me were overseeing the manufacturing. I just don’t trust anything they make over there PERIOD.

  4. straybaby says:

    nice. toss the blame to the pet owners . . . .

    seems to me, if a product is 100% natural chicken breast meat, or 100% natural chicken meat for that matter, a dog should be able to eat PLENTY and NOT get sick. the ONLY thing that should possibly happen from too high of a fat content would be pancreatitis. and theses CLAIM to be 97% fat free. why is my dog NOT getting sick when i feed her 3/4 to a lb of RAW chicken meat for a meal? simple, CHICKEN SHOULD NOT MAKE A PET ILL UNLESS IT’S BAD OR THE PET IS ALLERGIC. these treats are SUPPOSED to be 100% NATURAL CHICKEN FILLET. period. it says so right on the front of the package. 100% natural chicken fillet should NOT send pets to the vet.

    and how is it that they seem to have chicken with NO bacterial contamination . . . ?

  5. 5CatMom says:

    Received this in an email this afternoon. Please note the date, though.

    “Please forward:

    We received the following fax from Dr. Brian K. Roberts of Veterinary Specialist of South Florida:

    9/8/07
    Please forward this message all BCVMA (Broward County Veterinary Medical Association) members. Alert all pet owners to not feed their dogs and/or cats any “chicken jerky” treats. The treats in question were produced in China. We have treated a number of patients with tubular renal disease causing Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs who have eaten such treats. These patients present with symptoms of polyurina/polydypsia, vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain. They are also isosthenuric or hyposthenuric. All patients have classic biochemical markers of Fanconi: normoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, hypokalemia, glucosuria +/- ketonuria.

    It appears that this Fanconi-like syndrome is permanent and patients require change in diet and life-long therapy with Dr. Gonto’s protocol which can be found on the internet: http://basenjihealth.org/FanconiProtocol.pdf.

    Please contact Dr. Brian Roberts if you suspect a case. Minimum database labwork, venous acid-base and urinalysis should be performed. Acidemic patients with normoglycemia and glucosuria should be considered affected. Product information including the actual treat and packaging should be acquired. Dr. Roberts is collecting data to forward to Drs. Gonto and Goldstein in order to build a case for the FDA.

    Brian K. Roberts, DVM, DACVECC
    954-437-9630″

    ————————————————————————-

    I just called the number shown above and learned that Dr. Roberts is out of the office until Monday. The receptionist said that pet owners with sick pets should have their vets contact Dr. Roberts.

    Hope this helps those who may be affected.

  6. straybaby says:

    “These patients present with symptoms of polyurina/polydypsia, vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain. They are also isosthenuric or hyposthenuric. All patients have classic biochemical markers of Fanconi: normoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, hypokalemia, glucosuria +/- ketonuria.”

    nope. 100% natural chicken fillets should NOT produce these symptoms even if you go over the recommended daily treat allotment.

  7. 5CatMom says:

    Note to Waggin’ Train:

    A friend sent you an email shortly after 2:30 CDT today, but received no response. Here’s what he wrote:

    “The FDA has informed ADI/Waggin Train that it conducted stringent tests (heavy metals, antibiotics, Aflotoxin, melamine, e.coli, etc) on Waggin’ Train chicken jerky and found zero contaminants.

    Dear Waggin Train,

    Which heavy metals did you test for? Please list the names of the heavy metals. What lab tested your products? What are the findings as stated on the lab reports? Would you please post the lab report on your website?

    Thanks very much.

    XXXXR XXXXXXS

    My friend is a dog breeder, and he would appreciate the courtesy of a reply.

  8. Rocky says:

    http://www.adipet.com/Products/products.shtml

    The stuff looks gross to me.

    Does anyone have the list of ingredients. They forgot to put that information on their website.

  9. 5CatMom says:

    Waggin’ Train,

    Don’t ASSURE US. Just post your lab results and we’ll figure it out.

    Trust me. We CAN read a lab report.

  10. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    “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.”

    Yep. Sure is ironic, ain’t it? I’d say your (so far) unblemished record with regards to contamination issues from these Chinese manufacturers is more a matter of LUCK than anything else.

    It doesn’t matter what tests you perform, what kind of nicely worded assurances you print in your ads or on your packages, there are a LOT of us who will drop that bag like a hot potato if it says “Product of China” and rightly so.

    We aren’t as dumb as you seem to think we are.

  11. Louie W. says:

    Jerry Peters says: “ADI Pet understands how this summer’s pet food recalls have created a greater sense of concern about pet foods in general”

    Yes, you could say we’re concerned about $14 billion worth.

  12. 5CatMom says:

    If you want to know if these treats are safe, go to this link and read a couple of pages. A dog shouldn’t eat two treats in two days and have a grand mal seizure.

    http://www.topix.com/forum/sou.....D4MVVA/p19

    Aug 21 #397
    “I can only say that I recently bought a bag of Waggin Trails Brand Chicken Jerky Tender from Wal-Mart made in China. The second day after opeining the 32 oz. bag I gave Jacob, my minature dachsund, a treat. He got two of them, one each day. That very evening he had what I can only describe as a “Grand Mall” seizure. He lost control of his bladder and could not walk, besides his constant shaking for half an hour. These treats were from Lot # 94667. He has never had a seizure before and as you can imagine, he was absolutely terrified. He is only three years old.”

    Aren’t “seizures” a symptom of heavy metal poisoning?

  13. Katie says:

    Here we go again - blame the pet parents. PFI thinks we get hysterical and create mayhem on the Internet.

    I don’t think anyone is substituting chicken jerky treats for a full days meal for their pets. I find it interesting that if they are 97% fat free and just dried chicken why couldn’t they be a full meal. My golden is eating 12 - 16 oz of cooked chicken a day as part of her home cooked meal and she has no kidney issues, pancreatitis, Fanconi syndrome or seizures.

    What worries me; if the FDA, Kansas State, and whoever the other labs are can’t find what the contaminant is what does that say for Food Safety and Homeland Security? Doesn’t make me feel safe about what my pet eats or what I eat.

    Katie

  14. menusux says:

    http://dogblog.dogster.com/200.....cken-jerky

    “I’m also working with the one chicken jerky brand that has been absolutely PROVEN to be safe (including by the FDA!), a company whose employees, retailers and product consumers are being terribly damaged by the inaccurate things being said about chicken jerky by those who overreact to cautionary announcements.

    “Please take a moment to visit http://www.waggintrainblog.com. That’s where you’ll get much more information that the FDA has released to date.

    “Jonathan Bernstein
    for Waggin’ Train”

    But from the Crisis Management/Damage Control specialists the company has hired to do the job.

    Waggin’ Train Contacts
    Blog Owners: Steve Stern (steve@sdsternpr.com) and Jonathan Bernstein

    http://www.chemnutra.com/media.htm

    Steve Stern
    Stern And Company
    or
    Jonathan Bernstein

    http://www.sdsternpr.com/

    “Stern And Company, a Las Vegas public relations firm, develops and implements strategic and highly defined corporate communications programs for its clients.”

    http://www.bernsteincrisismanagement.com/

    “Welcome to the Bernstein Crisis Management (BCM) website.”

    If you check the link at Dogster against the comments posted at the WT blog, you’ll see there been some heavy editing going on:

    Missing in Action at WT Blog:

    “Sorry, Mr. Bernstein, but your products are made in China. Despite all your slick marketing and pummeling of “our treats are SAFE” mantra, I and many others have justifiably come to distrust ANYTHING that carries a “made in China” label. The European Union in fact is seriously considering a ban on all China imports due to the constant stream of unsafe products - pet food, seafood, toothpaste, children’s toys, baby cribs - that have been pouring out of China. My partner and I simply will not buy anything anymore that says “made in China,” regardless of the product.”

    “I have to agree with Lucy! Wagontrain brand Chicken Jerkey is made in China! When the first recall of Chicken Jerkey came out, I went and checked the bag and sure enough it showed “Made in China.” Since there was an email address for Wagontrain on the bag, I emailed them and asked them about their product and unfortunately I got an email back from them that sounded like Jonathan’s testimonial. Now I still allowing my dog to have one piece a day from the bag I have now, as she’s pretty much addicted to the stuff and thankfully she hasn’t had any problems, but once this bag is gone, I won’t be buying it again. It’s just too scary!”

    “The FDA has informed ADI/Waggin Train that it conducted stringent tests (heavy metals, antibiotics, Aflotoxin, melamine, e.coli, etc) on Waggin’ Train chicken jerky and found zero contaminants.”

    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/Chknjerky.htm

    September 26, 2007

    FDA Cautions Consumers about Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs

    I don’t see WT being singled out as not covered by the FDA warning–we have no proof re: tests but what’s on the WT blog.

    http://www.avma.org/onlnews/ja.....70917a.asp

    Jerky treats FROM CHINA could be causing illness in pets
    September 17, 2007

    “The AVMA staff has been in communication with veterinarians who believe certain brands of jerky treats FROM CHINA could be causing illness in pets.”

    http://www.avma.org/press/medi.....treats.asp

    September 14, 2007

    “The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently been made aware of several complaints from pet owners and veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats MANUFACTURED IN CHINA have been making pets sick.”

    No AVMA exceptions made for WT either.

    “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.”

    Prove it–no lab names or test results made available independent of what WT says the tests results are on their blog.

    The WT blog was, until recently, closed to public comments. It still is, unless they meet the spinmeisters’ approval.

    How about all of these comments on other message boards?

    http://www.topix.net/forum/sou.....D4MVVA/p26

    http://www.topix.net/forum/sou.....D4MVVA/p27

    http://www.epinions.com/msg/se.....247/pp_~13

    http://www.topix.com/forum/com.....LHVVL23AAQ

    http://www.topix.net/forum/sou.....D4MVVA/p28

    http://www.topix.net/forum/sou.....D4MVVA/p29

    “the market leader in pet treat safety particularly in CHINA”

    WT is from CHINA and there’s no credible evidence that this brand has been exempted from AVMA, ACVIM, or FDA press releases.

    If there were no problems with WT, Crisis Management/Damage Control specialists wouldn’t be necessary.

    http://www.hillbillysmokehouse.com/

    “We’ve been doing it for over 10 years and are the only USA company producing this all-natural super premium dog treat.”

    You don’t see these people with a need for people like Stern and Bernstein.

  15. menusux says:

    http://waggintrainblog.com/?p=10#comments

    The question is raised as to why there are so many reports of illnesses and death on other internet message boards.

    “Moderator (jonathan)

    “Please, be a responsible Internet communicator and don’t pass on rumors, stick to the facts.”

    So I shall. The fact is that WT is made in China. The facts are that AVMA’s press releases of September 14 and September 17 refer to Chinese-made jerky treats without specifying that WT is not one of them:

    http://www.avma.org/onlnews/ja.....70917a.asp

    Jerky treats FROM CHINA could be causing illness in pets
    September 17, 2007

    “The AVMA staff has been in communication with veterinarians who believe certain brands of jerky treats FROM CHINA could be causing illness in pets.”

    http://www.avma.org/press/medi.....treats.asp

    September 14, 2007

    “The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently been made aware of several complaints from pet owners and veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats MANUFACTURED IN CHINA have been making pets sick.”

    The fact is also that the FDA release of September 26 does NOT say that WT isn’t involved:

    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/Chknjerky.htm

    September 26, 2007

    FDA Cautions Consumers about Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs

    The fact is that while said test results are referred to by WT, they have never been released to the public.

    The fact is that WT lists contacts in California, Nevada, and South Carolina

    The blog directs e-mail to an ADIPet address in SC,

    http://waggintrainblog.com/?page_id=9

    The website to a GMail one in SC:

    http://www.adipet.com/Company/Contactus.shtml

    And the fact is that some sources say that WT’s been in business since 1998–others–since 2000–both longer than 5 years.

    http://www.manta.com/coms2/dnbcompany_2z2nk

    Alan Lee Distributors Inc (Adi Pet Inc)
    27315 Jefferson Ave Ste J, Temecula, CA 92590-5609
    Also Does Business As:Adi Pet Inc
    Line of Business:Manufacturer/Distributor - Pet Products
    Year Started:1998
    State of Incorporation:CA

    http://kepler.ss.ca.gov/corpda.....r=C2255895

    ALAN LEE DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
    Number: C2255895 Date Filed: 7/20/2000 Status: active
    Address: 930 TAHOE BLVD STE 802-531 INCLINE VILLAGE, NV 89451
    Agent for Service of Process: MICHAEL BLAINE BROOKS
    1445 E LOS ANGELES AVE STE 206-208 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93065

    All we have are RUMORS from their mouthpieces that WT is safe–no FACTS such as open test results to prove it.

  16. Katie says:

    Steve Stern - wasn’t he hired to do PR for ChemNutra??? way back when -

    Katie

  17. menusux says:

    Waggin’ Train Contacts
    Blog Owners: Steve Stern (steve@sdsternpr.com) and Jonathan Bernstein

    http://www.chemnutra.com/media.htm

    Steve Stern
    Stern And Company
    or
    Jonathan Bernstein

    http://www.sdsternpr.com/

    “Stern And Company, a Las Vegas public relations firm, develops and implements strategic and highly defined corporate communications programs for its clients.”

    http://www.bernsteincrisismanagement.com/

    “Welcome to the Bernstein Crisis Management (BCM) website.”

    Yep–both of them were part of the CN Crisis Management/Damage Control Team–see the CN link above.

  18. 5CatMom says:

    Here’s another site with comments about the chicken treats. You’ll notice that Johnathan Bernstein was the first one to post.

    http://carolonpets.com/blog/do.....from-china

  19. menusux says:

    This is straight from the WT blog entry:

    http://waggintrainblog.com/?p=10

    The CN Tag Team Twins–Stern & Bernstein.

  20. Rocky says:

    What about the packaging? Has it been tested for heavy metals?

    “In the pet supply sector, four of the five flexible PVC pouches tested with the XRF contained cadmium greater than 100 ppm.”

    Page 15, paragraph 3:
    http://www.toxicsinpackaging.o.....e_2007.pdf

    California is trying to reduce the amount of heavy metals going into landfills.

  21. Jenny Bark says:

    ADI, I am an Itchmo reader so I think that gives me the right to answer your press release to us. You say you use facilities & safety protocols for human food preparation, by what protocols China or American? You didn’t say who checks on you & your place? You say you use real meat & chicken, who inspected it? Is it USDA inspected & passed human grade or garbage? I think if it was human grade you would have it on the pakage. On some of your food you use liver, what kind of liver? I think if you where proud of your real liver you would say what kind & grade on you pakages.

    Is your meat & chicken just like the fish you send over? How can any of it ever be any good when your air, water & dirt is so bad?

    You must be starting to really lose money if you have to blame pet parents. I really want to thank you & China thou because thanks to your crap you call food my family including our pets are eating a lot better.

    I’m sorry you feel pain because we don’t trust you. Guess what I & a lot of others will never trust made in China or distributed by. My kids & husband are eating jerky, it’s in my freg., made by me with USDA human grade meat & chicken with a USA Nesco dehydrator. Please don’t feel sorry for my dogs because my jerky is better than yours, easy to make & cheaper than yours and we can eat it too.

    You said you where lab tested by the FDA, as the posts have already said PROVE IT, SHOW US. I hate to break the news to you but guess what most of the American people have no trust in the FDA. Where do you live that you don’t know that?

    I don’t want to close this letter to you without some suggestions to take away your pain & give you something to do to feel better about yourself. Take the money you pay your pr & spin people and all the profit you made on us dumb Americans and do some good with it. CLEAN YOUR WATER, DIRT, AIR AND TREAT THE CHINA PEOPLE RIGHT, that would help the whole world. Stop stuffing so many animals in cages waiting to be killed. Stop killing dogs and eating them. Stop hurting cats untill almost dead before killing them in boiling water while still alive before eating them. Stop skining animals while still alive to get their fur for coats & clothes that we don’t want. Start doing what is right and in about 10 or 15 years we will start trusting made in China.

  22. Jenny Bark says:

    Menusux, 5CatMom & Rocky, THANKS for the links.

  23. menusux says:

    Another interesting note–while “Jonathan” (Bernstein) appeals for everyone to stick to the facts, the blogmeisters did nothing about the fallacy of this statement incorporated into their blog comments from Dogster:

    http://waggintrainblog.com/?p=12#comments

    “Waggin’ train is made her(sic) in the United States with only US products.”

    No statements posted to correct this…..

    The statement continues:

    “My cocker spaniel sister Emmy was a victim of the menu foods fiasco with Nutro Ultra Holistic food, so our parents are very vigilant and cautious when it comes to our diet.”

    Bernstein and Stern know a lot about that, also having been the mouthpieces/Crisis Management/Damage Control people for ChemNutra, whose client for the “wheat gluten” (truly wheat flour) was Menu Foods.

  24. straybaby says:

    Rocky says:
    September 28th, 2007 at 12:36 am

    Rocky, you make an excellent point. it’s something that i think about. i’ve spent many years around pigments as an artist and am well aware of the hazards. years ago there was a book put out about the dangers of art materials. OY

    another thing about canned goods is lead sealed seams. especially products imported.

    and i’m seriously worried about our landfills after this past year’s events. talk about adding toxic waste on top of toxic waste . . . every freakin’ recall says trash the product or send it back. now i think we all KNOW what is happening with most of it . . .

  25. Carol says:

    Mr Peters———PREMATURE REPORTING WOULD HAVE SAVED 6 MONTHS OF HELL FOR MY CAT AND MY FAMILY SO DON’T THINK FOR A MINUTE ANYBODY HERE BUYS YOUR SPIN OF EVERYTHING BEING FINE. CHINA -CHINA - CHINA IS THE COMMON DENOMINATOR. CONTINUE TO BUY FROM THEM AND CONTINUE TO RISK YOUR BUSINESS. NOT ENOUGH RECALLS FROM CHINA THIS YEAR FOR YOU??? DO YOU NEED A FEW DOZEN MORE ??? BECAUSE I DON’T.

  26. Skittles says:

    I don’t know what brand of chicken jerky this post relates to.

    Jackie says:
    September 28, 2007 at 12:39 am

    “It has been determined that the problem with the chicken jerky strips is a mold spor ”

    Check out the rest of this of this post here (last post on page):

    http://www.itchmo.com/fda-caut.....4#comments

  27. Skittles says:

    Considering that the powers that be have been trying to shove irradiated foods down our throats (IMO), I thought this theory worthy of investigation. Possibly the reason for the hush-hush?

    http://reviews.ebay.com/Waggin.....0003237483

  28. purringfur says:

    SKITTLES: Thanks. A good read.

    Test to determine if Cesium 137 is in food:

    http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=a.....dt=3672319

    Katie & Menusux, good sluething on Chem-Nutra & treats connection. Thanks for the proof, Menusux!

  29. Judy says:

    Guys why is everyone upset? The FDA says it’s OK.

    WE KNOW WE CAN TRUST THE FDA RIGHT?

    I mean we know they were right earlier this year? Oh yeah anyone ever find out those last pet companies selling bad rice protein? Gotta protect the pet food companies.

  30. pat says:

    skittles, that was an excellent reference, and your theory has merit.

  31. Jenny Bark says:

    Skittles, THANKS for the link.

    Judy, boy do I agree with you. How would you like to be their kids, grandkids & etc to find out now & later what people really think of them? It’s so sad & all for $$$$.

  32. purringfur says:

    100% chicken = 100% chicken, right? Irradiation is supposed to kill viruses & bacteria, right? And not harm people or pets???????

    My dogs don’t get sick or get seizures when they eat 1 1/2 cooked chicken breasts. Ooops!!! Am I feeding them the equivalent of 6 or morechicken jerky strips per day, wayyyyy over the limit? I’d better stop then because my DOGS ARE THRIVING!

    WHAT’S WRONG with the CHICKEN JERKY???

    Read the NEW REPORT from “Gregkg” about his 3 yr. old Lab/Shepherd mix “Misty” getting sick in August (liver levels, urinating repeatedly while sleeping) under “Chicken Jerky Strips from China” thread. HE WAS USING WAGON TRAIN [gregkg’s spelling of the treat]!

    http://itchmoforums.com/dog-fo.....93.60.html

    Beautiful picture of Misty to look at too.

  33. highnote says:

    If they are so proud of their product then why didnt’ they say where it was manufactured, and where all the ingredients come from. They should show their tests they did on the product too.
    They could tell us where this chicken comes from because if it comes from China I just read an article about the bird flu and how it does not just stay in the lungs but goes into all of the chickens tissue. It was found in the reproductive organs. It was in the egg being formed from the Chicken. So it is in the eggs as well. Foreign made products made with eggs and shipped to this country would possibly be contaminated with the bird flu too. I do not know if the cooking process kills the virus. I have read if cooked it does but it is still pretty scary.
    Even if their chickens did not have bird flu, they are still raised in a filty environment and given products they should not eat. There is no telling what they have been fed all their life and what chemicals could be in them.
    They have been putting melamine in their cattle and pig food for years so there is no telling what they put in the chicken feed. It could possibly be a chemical that no lab is looking for.

  34. purringfur says:

    From what I understand, many chickens are slaughtered at around 9 weeks. Drugs have been developed to make them “market weight” (slaughtering weight) in just 6 weeks now. Imagine the garbage, drugs, fillers, & additives that can be given to a bird with the goal to make it larger as soon as possible… if it only has to live for 6 weeks till sale time!

    I’m buying a lot of free-range poultry later this fall. I can’t wait.

  35. mal says:

    Just did some reading on irradiation of foods..not a good thing IMO.

    Take a browse through these articles:

    Food Irradiation, Safety vs. Profits
    http://www.margonaut.com/irradiation.htm

    Your Right to Know: FDA Poised to Weaken Labeling on Food Irradiation
    http://www.foodsafetynow.org/food_irrad.cfm

    “Chemical by-products called “unique radiolytic products” (URPs) are created in foods by irradiation. Some scientific studies carried out on URPs link serious health risks with the consumption of irradiated foods.

    Irradiated foods are less nutritious than fresh foods because radiation damages some vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids. Normal cooking methods and storage of foods will also cause nutritional losses, but irradiation plus cooking and storage decreases the nutritional value even more. Many vitamins are obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Irradiation has been hailed as an alternative to pesticides. However, at best irradiation might replace some post-harvest uses since pesticides will still be used in the field. Studies have not been done to determine the consequences of irradiating the pesticide residues commonly found in foods.

    Irradiation will not replace many additives commonly used in processed foods. In fact, some additives need to be used in combination with irradiation to control undesirable side-effects.”

    http://www.sierraclub.ca/natio.....alert.html

    With all the GM, rBGH use, antibiotic use, growth hormone use, irradiation, etc..food has become a game of roulette as far as safety. Then throw in all the outsourcing of ingredients and production and OMG

  36. Concha Castaneda says:

    They need to stand by their product by eating it in front of media so we can see how much they trust their food sources. Nothing short of that will convince me! We make our own pet food now. I would eat it and smile. We are all eating the same at our house. If something happens to our fur babies, we will all go down together!

  37. 5CatMom says:

    I don’t use treats, but here’s a little U.S. company that makes treats in Springdale, Arkansas. Looks like they have an online store, too.

    http://www.hillbillysmokehouse.com/

    “Most of the competing products contain ingredient statements that look like the side of a paint can.”

    LOL. They got THAT right!

  38. purringfur says:

    From what I read quickly, Cobolt 60, Cesium 134 & Cesium 137 are used to irradiate foods. Cesium 137 emits both beta & gamma rays, the gamma being used to irradiate food.

    The FDA even published a report on the antidote to Cesium 137 internal contamination, which is the antidote called Prussian Blue. Prussian Bue binds with the Cesium to some extent to detoxify.

    “Cesium-137 is a product of
    fusion and is found in the fallout from the detonation of nuclear
    weapons and the waste from nuclear power plants. Cesium-137 is one of
    the most common radioisotopes used in industry.”

    http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/03-2597.htm

  39. Anonymous says:

    ——————————————————————————–
    From Public Citizen ­ a national U.S. non-profit public interest organization devoted to “protecting health, safety and democracy”. www.citizen.org

    Food Irradiation Q&A’s

    Question: Is irradiated food safe to eat?

    Answer: No.

    · Irradiated food has caused a myriad of serious health problems in laboratory animals that ate irradiated foods, including premature death, fatal internal bleeding, a rare form of cancer, stillbirths and other reproductive problems, mutations and other genetic damage, organ malfunctions, stunted growth and vitamin deficiencies.

    · Irradiation can lead to the formation of Unique Radiolytic Products (URPs), mysterious chemical compounds that have not been adequately identified or studied for their potential harm to humans. One such type of chemical, called cyclobutanones, was recently found to promote the cancer-development process in rats, cause genetic damage in rats, and cause genetic and cellular damage in human and rat cells. This chemical is a radiation byproduct of palmitic acid, a type of fat that occurs in virtually every food.

    · The World Health Organization did not follow its own recommendation to study the toxicity of URPs before proposing in Nov. 2000 that the international irradiation dose limit _ equal to 330 million chest x-rays _ be removed.

    · Irradiation leads to the formation of free radicals, which can set off chain reactions in the body that destroy antioxidants, tear apart cell membranes, and make the body more susceptible to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver damage, muscular breakdown and other serious problems.

    · Irradiation does nothing to remove the feces, urine, pus, vomit and tumors often left on beef, chicken, and lamb after processing in filthy and inhumane slaughterhouses. These conditions have worsened because government has allowed companies to increase the number of carcasses processed each hour by increasing conveyer belt speeds (more than 300 cows per hour and 100 chickens per minute). Public oversight of slaughterhouses has also been reduced.

    · Irradiation can spawn mutant forms of E. coli, Salmonella and other harmful bacteria, making them more difficult to kill.

    · Irradiation destroys vitamins, nutrients and essential fatty acids, including up to 80 percent of vitamin A in eggs and half of the beta carotene in orange juice. In some foods, irradiation can intensify the vitamin and nutrient loss caused by cooking, leading to “empty calorie” food.

    · Irradiation can lead to the formation of chemical known and suspected to cause carcer and birth defects, including benzene, toluene and methyl ethyl ketone.

    · Irradiation can corrupt the flavor, texture and other physical properties of some foods, leading to meat that smells like a wet dog, onions that turn brown, and eggs that are runny.

    · Irradiation kills beneficial microorganisms, such as the yeasts and molds that can help keep botulism at bay, as well as the microorganisms that create the aromas that tell us when food has gone bad.

    http://safeaccess.ca/research/.....iation.htm

    How much of our food and the ingredients used in pet foods/treats is irradiated?

  40. Skittles says:

    Interesting reading: Can you count how many of these foods have been recalled for some reason or another this year? Please take into account that this was written in 2001 but there is alot of info in this report. Too much to post…take a look:

    Hidden Harm by the Center for Food Safety and Public Citizen

    http://www.centerforfoodsafety.....enHarm.pdf

    “Despite a growing body of evidence that
    cyclobutanones could be harmful to human health,
    the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never
    publicly acknowledged conducting a formal analysis
    of the potential toxicity of these chemicals in foods
    that the agency has already legalized for irradiation,
    including fruit, vegetables, beef, pork, chicken, turkey,
    eggs and spices.”

    “Neither has the FDA ever publicly acknowledged
    conducting such an analysis for foods that the
    agency is currently considering for irradiation 
    including shellfish and ready-to-eat foods such as
    frozen dinners, luncheon meat, baby food, pre-cut
    salads and snack foods, which, according to the
    National Food Processors Association, comprise 37
    percent of the typical American’s diet.”

    FDA: Irradiated Food Won’t Be Labeled as Such
    By Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience’s Bad Medicine Columnist

    posted: 17 April 2007 01:41 pm ET

    http://www.livescience.com/hea.....ation.html

    USDA’s “Risk-Based” Imports Mean More Irradiated U.S. Food
    July 18, 2007

    http://www.foodandwaterwatch.o.....le07202007

    But hey, they say its okey dokey!

  41. JOE EDORE SR says:

    BY NOW, YOU WOULD THINK THAT THESE PROFITEERS WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE PICTURE.
    AMERICANS ARE FED UP WITH BEING RAPED BY THEIR OWN LEADERS OF INDUSTRY. HOWEVER.
    THESE PIMPS FOR THE CHINESE ARE TOO COMFORTABLE WITH THE SMELL OF GREEN TO DO THE
    RIGHT THING. THEY ARE RELYING ON OUR TRADITIONALLY POOR MEMORIES. UNFORTUNATELY,
    THEY WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR POLICIES UNTIL THEY FEEL THE FINANCIAL LOSS BROUGHT ON BY
    THEIR TOTALLY PISSED OFF CUSTOMERS.

    FORTUNATELY, THE BALL IS IN OUR COURT IF WE CHOOSE TO TAKE ACTION. ACTUALLY, WE
    THE CONSUMERS ARE THE ONLY ONES WITH THE POWER TO STOP OUR OWN RAPE. WE CAN START
    WITH PET FOOD AND EVENTUALLY STOP BUYING ANYTHING CHINESE. YES, IT WILL BE AN INCONVENIENCE AT FIRST BUT IN THE LONG RUN, WE WILL NEVER AGAIN HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT OUR
    CHILDREN AND OUR PETS BEING POISONED BY THESE SCUMBAGS SO THAT THEY CAN REAP IN HIGHER
    AND HIGHER PROFITS OVER OUR DEAD BODIES.

    BY NOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT CHINA AND THE DIRTBAGS WHO BUY FROM THEM COULD NOT
    CARE LESS ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEIR CHILDREN OR THEIR PETS. IT’S TIME TO STOP THEM
    IN THEIR TRACKS AND NEVER EVER FORGIVE THEM FOR WHAT THEY HAVE PERPITRATRED UPON US.

    IF WHAT YOU NEED IS MADE IN CHINA, DO NOT BUT IT. IF YOU CANNOT FIND IT ELSEWHERE,
    MAKE IT YOURSELF AND IF YOU CAN’T, DO WITHOUT IT !!!! WE HAVE BEEN SPOILED FOR FAR TOO
    LONG AND OUR OWN COMPLACENCY HAS LED TO THIS DISGRACEFUL ABUSE. WE ARE IN A POSITION TO
    FIGHT BACK AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO WIN AND WIN BIG.

    IT WILL TAKE TIME AND IT WILL NOT BE EASY BUT IT CAN BE DONE. HELL, WE MAY EVEN GET
    THE JOBS BACK INTO AMERICA WHERE THEY BELONG AND WHERE THEY ARE DONE RIGHT. AND WHERE
    THE THINGS WE BUY WON’T KILL US OR OUR LOVED ONES.

    IN VERY SIMPLE TERMS, THE SOLUTION TO OUR OWN POISONING IS SIMPLICITY ITSELF:

    IF IT’S CHINESE, LEAVE IT ON THE SHELF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Kaycee says:

    Open comment to Jonathan Bernstein (Bernstein Crisis Management):

    Just curious. After reading your comments on numerous websites and forums (regarding the Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Tenders debacle), do you EVER advise your clients that they should perhaps take the high road?

    A decent company would not try to defend themselves in such manner as they have hired you to do - if their product came up in so many places as being a culprit to ill or dead pets, they would pull the product and cooperate fully with the FDA and AVMA.

    This would lead to a much better situation regarding their reputation. As it is, my bet is that Waggin Train will fold in the next year due to their evasive tactics - and you, my friends, may very well go with them. Sometimes, you simply cannot defend the indefensible.

    For those who don’t know, Jonathan Bernstein is in the employ of Waggin Train in his capacity as a “Crisis Management” expert - http://www.bernsteincrisismanagement.com/

  43. Sandy says:

    My dog loves Waggin’ Train chicken jerky. He’ll do anything for these treats. When I gave him one from the current bag, he refused it at first. He’s never done that before! After a while he ate it, but looked like he was only doing it to please me. The next time I gave him one (not the same day), he started throwing up after he ate it. He had never thrown up from these treats before. Needless to say, I became alarmed and he has not gotten another one since.

    I called ADI. They did not take any of my info or ask me any questions. They did not ask how much of these my dog eats. All they did was tell me why their product is considered safe and that they don’t get their ingredients from the 3 companies involved in the recall. How do they figure that most people who are having problems with this treat are overfeeding, if they don’t even bother to take down any info or ask questions? My dog only ate one or two jerkys a week. Far from “overfeeding” for a 75lb dog!

    I only recall seeing one comment on one forums where someone mentioned feeding a lot of them at one time. It looks like they’re using that one person’s statement to apply to most of us.

  44. Sandy says:

    By the way, for those wondering what the “natural seasonings” in Waggin’ Train jerky are, they are: apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt.

  45. 3DogMom says:

    People are way too quick to jump on the blame wagon. A lot of dogs will eat anything they find, and owners are seldom aware of everything their dog is eating while they aren’t looking. I fed these to my first dog for over a year, one almost every day for her lunch snack. Last December, she had a complete blood workup after testing positive for heartworm. The vet said her blood work looked great. And she’s alive and well today. I still buy this chicken jerky, and still feel comfortable giving them to my dogs as treats. They eat Innova EVO dog food, occasional fresh berries, and have had all their immunizations. If they ever do get sick, I will not blame it on a random product. I will work with my vet to determine the cause beyond any reasonable doubt, and go from there.

    The only time my dogs have ever been sick is after eating some of the stuffing in their Christmas toys. Once that was out of their systems, they were fine.

    I appreciate this kind of information being published, and I hope lots of dog owners pay attention to it, but we need to be paying attention to every aspect of our dogs’ lives. Too many people are unaware of foods that are toxic to dogs (grapes, raisins, some nuts, onions, chocolate…) and probably don’t mention such little treats to their vets. It’s easy to overlook something your dog ate if you normally eat it. No big deal, right?

    Anyway, y’all do what’s best for you and your pets. If you’re concerned, talk to your vet and get some tests run. Either way, the results are worth it - if your pet is healthy, you know you’re doing ok. If the vet sees a potential problem (like liver or kidney failure) you can make changes right away to save your pet’s life.

  46. Michael says:

    I have Given the Waggin’ Train trats to my dog for a long time, IN MODERATION with on side effects what so ever. This is a treat not a substitute for regular food!!!! If yo don’t like the product, no one is forcing you to buy it! Personally I would recommend it to all my fiends!

  47. Chris Whitley says:

    Anyone who buys Waggin Train Jerky Treats is an absolute fool. They are irradiated with cancer causing agents. Would you eat anything that had been irradiated. See the little green symbol on the back of the packaging - that says it has been irradiated. That is not the only product that is irradiated - many dog jerky treats from China are.

    Don’t be smug and think it can’t happen to your dog. It can and it might.

    I have an 11 lb chihuahua and I gave her one of these treats daily (at bedtime). I truly wish I had done research when the Bestco product was withdrawn because I would not found out about Waggin Train too. Bestco (by Walmart) was withdrawn, Waggin Train wasn’t. I assumed it would never happen to Rosie. She has acquired Fanconi Syndrome - from the chicken jerky - and it may well have compromised her kidneys and shortened her life. She will almost certainly always have to have the special vitamins and supplements I have to give her due to having glucose in her urine always and we have to watch for urinary infections which are common on dogs with Fanconi Syndrome.

    So don’t sit there all smug and think it won’t happen to your dog. If these are so safe and are made with human grade meat at human grade factories why are they not suitable for humans? Any food that comes from China should be avoided!

    Any by the way, the average vet has no idea what Fanconi Syndrome is. It is a genetic disease in Basenjis. Other dogs can acquire it by eating something toxic. In this case Waggin Train Chicken Jerky.

    And why should a dog not eat two or three of these treats. What is it in them that make them unsuitable in large quantities?

  48. Chris Whitley says:

    Anyone who buys Waggin Train Jerky Treats is an absolute fool. They are irradiated with cancer causing agents. Would you eat anything that had been irradiated. See the little green symbol on the back of the packaging - that says it has been irradiated. That is not the only product that is irradiated - many dog jerky treats from China are.

    Don’t be smug and think it can’t happen to your dog. It can and it might.

    I have an 11 lb chihuahua and I gave her one of these treats daily (at bedtime). I truly wish I had done research when the Bestco product was withdrawn because I would not found out about Waggin Train too. Bestco (by Walmart) was withdrawn, Waggin Train wasn’t. I assumed it would never happen to Rosie. She has acquired Fanconi Syndrome - from the chicken jerky - and it may well have compromised her kidneys and shortened her life. She will almost certainly always have to have the special vitamins and supplements I have to give her due to having glucose in her urine always and we have to watch for urinary infections which are common on dogs with Fanconi Syndrome.

    So don’t sit there all smug and think it won’t happen to your dog. If these are so safe and are made with human grade meat at human grade factories why are they not suitable for humans? Any food that comes from China should be avoided!

    Any by the way, the average vet has no idea what Fanconi Syndrome is. It is a genetic disease in Basenjis. Other dogs can acquire it by eating something toxic. In this case Waggin Train Chicken Jerky.

    And why should a dog not eat two or three of these treats. What is it in them that make them unsuitable in large quantities?

  49. waggon train dog treats says:

    […] … That is not the only product that is irradiated - many dog jerky treats from China are.http://www.itchmo.com/waggin-trainadi-assures-customers-chicken-jerky-treats-for-dogs-are-safe-3123Communities plan 4th festivities - MLive.comAda Mahlebashian, better known around Cascade as […]

  50. Chris Whitley says:

    Yes, but this was the only one that I gave to my dog! Your treats caused Fanconi Syndrome in my chihuahua. I hear there is a lawsuit being brought against the company. I hope so!

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