On January 9, two companies announced voluntary pet treat recalls due to possible contamination with poultry antibiotic residue.
Seattle-area animal groups, including Puget Sound Pets, immediately contacted fellow animal advocates.
The chicken jerky treats were made in China and the antibiotics have not been approved for use in the United States.
Nestle Purina PetCare’s Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Jerky Treats
Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers Dog Treats
The companies state that these treats do not pose a threat to pets and that the recall does not relate to other products that the companies carry.
These pet treat recalls occurred after the New York State Department of Agriculture tested samples of the companies’ products, detecting traces of the antibiotics.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been multiple reports of pets who were sickened by pet treats, specifically those made in China.
In September 2012, the FDA was notified that 360 dogs died after eating jerky treats within an 18-month span. The FDA is conducting an investigation.
Purina is a U.S. division of Nestle that is based in St. Louis. Milo's is owned by Del Monte Foods and is based in San Francisco.
For Waggin' Train product information, consumers can call 1-800-982-0704 or visit www.waggintrainbrand.com.
For Milo's Kitchen product information, consumers can call 1-877-228-6493.
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