With the reluctance of Chinese officials to allow United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists to inspect their pet food manufacturing plants, a number of companies ordered their own investigation of the products manufactured by their Chinese subsidiaries. Even some State governments have conducted their own tests of the chicken jerky treats. It has been a puzzle to everyone just what could be wrong with the treats.
On January 9, 2013, the FDA released a progress report on its own investigation into reports of both pet illnesses and deaths in animals that ate treats manufactured in China.
Summaries of their previous reports, inspection reports from previous FDA inspections of two chicken jerky treat manufacturing plants in China and more details about FDA/CVM’s ongoing investigation are included.
In a separate finding, the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) reported that antibiotic residues were found in chicken jerky treats from China.
The FDA/CVM says they are confident that the results found by the NYSDAM are not cause for concern and do not believe said results to be related to the reports of illnesses and deaths in the pets that ate the Chinese-made jerky treats. They are reporting that two major pet food manufacturers are voluntarily pulling products off the market.
Del Monte is voluntarily withdrawing its Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky Treats and Chicken Grillers. Nestle-Purina is pulling their Waggin Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats from retail shelves.
This is a nationwide, voluntary removal of these products, although they were still on the shelves in an Englewood, Florida, Pet Supermarket on the evening of January 9, 2013.
FDA/CVM reports that NYSDAM uses a new, more sensitive method of testing than the currently approved regulatory methods. The fact that both agencies are working together is good for everyone. As they exchange test results in the future, perhaps an actual cause of the illnesses will eventually be found.