Two manufacturers of treats for pets are pulling products from the market, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. The items being recalled are thought to contain traces of poultry antibiotics that aren't approved in the U.S.
The chicken jerky products, which are made in China, may contain minute amounts of antibiotic residue, the companies said Wednesday. The antibiotics have been approved by Chinese and European Union regulators, but they are not approved in the U.S.
Both companies emphasize that the treats pose no safety risk to pets, adding that the products are being pulled from the market as a purely precautionary measure.
Milo's Kitchen, in particular, stated there is no known health risk associated with the antibiotics. Yet, since the chemicals "should not be present in the final food product," the company said in a statement, the products do not therefore meet Milo’s high standards.
The recalls were announced after the New York State Department of Agriculture detected the antibiotics in samples of the companies' products.
The AP article also notes that U.S. federal regulators have also been looking into reports of pet illnesses stemming from Purina snacks.
The Food and Drug Administration advises that incidents of pet illness associated with jerky treats – and especially those using chicken and made in China -- have been on the rise. The agency said in September that it had been notified of 360 dogs that died after eating jerky treats. The FDA has been conducting a broad investigation ever since.
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