Pet food recall: chicken breast and duck breast jerky under the Breathies, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Veggie Life, Vitality, and Vitakitty brand for Dogswell and Catswell
This was posted on the Dogswell website:
A Letter from Company Spokesperson, Brad Armistead
Dear Fellow Pet Parent:
At Dogswell, our number one priority is the safety of our products and the health of our canine and feline customers. We strive to make and sell only the highest quality treats and food with added vitamins that provide great taste and functional benefits such as improved hip health, skin and coat health, and other benefits.
During routine testing of our products, the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) discovered that a sample of our Dogswell Happy Hips Chicken Breast Jerky contained trace amounts of an antibiotic residue that has not been approved for use in the United States. It is important to note that this antibiotic is accepted for use in other countries (including the European Union), and there is no evidence that products containing trace amounts of this antibiotic pose a health risk for pets or humans. (Blogger: Fails to mention what antibiotic)
Since we were notified by the NYSDAM the week of July 22nd, we have made the decision to voluntarily withdraw Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky under the Breathies, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Veggie Life, Vitality, and Vitakitty brands that are labeled with a “Best Before” date of January 28th, 2015 or any earlier date. The vast majority of these products were distributed before March 1st of this year. No other products are affected.
Since January, we have been using state-of-the-art testing procedures to ensure that our chicken and duck products do not contain these or other unapproved antibiotics. All chicken and duck breast jerky products with a “Best Before” date of January 29, 2015 and later have been fully tested for and do not contain these antibiotics.
It is important that you know that all Dogswell and Catswell products remaining on the market are safe to feed as directed.
We have issued a press release to make our consumers like you aware of the situation. We also identified the stores that received the product, and contacted them to destroy any affected products in their possession (if any).
We are doing everything we can to resolve this situation quickly and ensure that our consumers like you can feel confident feeding Dogswell and Catswell products to their companions, as we do here.
To learn more about the affected product, we invite you to read our frequently asked questions. If you would like to speak with someone live, you can call us at 1-888-559-8833 or email us at email@example.com. If we are unable to get to your call or it is after hours, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
We thank you, our valued customers, for your understanding, and we hope to be able to regain your trust.
Source – with FAQs -
(Blogger’s note: My friend brought my dogs a small bag of Happy Hips chicken jerky. I had to use a magnifying glass to find that it was “made in China.” I returned the treats to the store for a different product.)
In March 2012, Tucson Tails contacted Sunflower Market to find out why they still had Dogswell Happy Hips chicken jerky on their shelves. (That product is made in China.) This was during the height of problems with chicken jerky complaints made in China.
We are aware of these concerns and have been assured that the Dogswell Chicken Treats we sell are safe and tested regularly for harmful contaminants. We will continue to monitor these and if they are ever found to be unsafe in any way, we will remove them from our shelves immediately. Thank you for the info and concern for these items. Please feel free to contact me or Dogswell directly with any additional comments of concerns.
Grocery Category Manager
Sunflower Farmers Market
20430 N. 19th Ave. Suite 230
Phoenix, Arizona 85027
In February 2012, Tucson Tails wrote:
This is disturbing. The FDA continues to caution consumers about a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products. The products—also called chicken tenders, strips, or treats—are imported from China. As of that date, the FDA did testing and has not identified any contaminant.
In April 2012, Tucson Tails wrote about chicken jerky lawsuits
Even though Nestle-Purina and Waggin’ Train LLC received complaints of more than 500 incidents for which dog treats containing chicken jerky imported from China were causing dogs to become sick or die – they did nothing but put a warning on their website.
On February 8, 2013, the Truth About Pet Food website wrote about these rumors that some of the mega corporations like Nestle Purina and Del Monte that make pet food jerky (made in China) were in negotiations to dumb down these pet food products and allow certain antibiotic residues. The antibiotic residues found in the Chinese treats are allowed/legal in China, but not allowed/illegal in the U.S.
On January 16, 2013, Tucson Tails wrote a blog post: According to Food Safety News, the New York Department of Agriculture found traces of unapproved antibiotics used on chickens that made its way into the Chinese-made food products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted 285 tests and couldn’t find any problems.
Since 2011, more than 1,000 pet owners in the U.S. have reported dogs falling ill or dying after eating Chinese chicken jerky treats. A similar spike occurred in 2007.
Both Purina and Milo’s Kitchen are voluntarily recalling chicken dog treats nationwide due to the potential that the products may contain trace amounts of residual antibiotics.
One thing is certain I personally lost all trust with Del Monte after the Milo’s debacle. When Del Monte bought out Natural Balance, my dogs were switched to another brand of dog food (made in the USA but sourced who knows where?) in a New York minute.