Pet Food Safety: Hartz ® Chicken Chews™ Oinkies® Pig Skin Twistsby Karyn Zoldan on Jan. 26, 2013, under Animal News, Pet Health & Safety
from the press release
SECAUCUS, N.J., Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.
We are taking this action after recent Hartz testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of Hartz® Chicken Chews™ and Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken products. Even though two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues, we would rather be overly cautious by voluntarily withdrawing these products from the market.
These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S.
Last week Tucson Tails reported about the same problem with antibiotic residue on Milo’s Chicken Jerky and Purina Waggin’ Train products.
The bottom line: Be diligent about not giving your pets treats made in China. It doesn’t matter if the product is cheap or inexpensive, the majority of treats are made in China. Read the packaging. It has to say “made in the USA” not “distributed in the USA.”