Chinese-Made Jerky Treats: Questions Remain

December 9, 2013

Just when I was beginning to believe that all the publicity about the dangers of Chinese-made pet jerky treats had reached the attention of most pet owners so they would stop buying these questionable treats for their pets, comes word that Waggin’ Train jerky treats are on their way back to retail store shelves.  Thank you, Purina!

Illegal antibiotics were found in those jerky treats (other brands, as well), resulting in the numerous treat brands being pulled from the market.  Here’s the problem, according to

“With other recalled or withdrawn from market pet products that are put back on store shelves, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) oversees that the manufacturer has corrected the ‘problem.’  But with Chinese jerky treats…the ‘fix’ would have to come from thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands) of poultry producers in China.”

My question:  Who is going to police these Waggin Train jerky treats to make sure they don’t still contain the same antibiotics that caused their removal from store shelves in the first place?

Is the FDA going to help?  Susan Thixton (  wrote that in late October, 2013, the FDA released a report about their 7-year investigation into the thousands of illnesses and pet deaths related to the Chinese-made dog and cat treats.  The FDA provided a document that detailed the tests the FDA claims had been done on said jerky products and the results of those tests.  This document included the test results from New York State Laboratory showing that illegal antibiotic residues were found in many of the Chinese-made jerky treats.  You can read about the results of those tests here.

But there is a problem:  The FDA document does not match the results released by the New York Department of Agriculture (NY  State Lab).  Their results showed significantly higher residue of antibiotic drugs in the jerky treats than those reported by the FDA.

Is there a gigantic cover-up by the Food and Drug Administration?  Was it just a mistake?  I certainly don’t know, but I do know enough to avoid any pet food or treats sourced in China.

There have been entirely too many reports of trouble with Chinese-made pet food and treats and too many roadblocks put in place by Chinese officials when U.S. officials want to examine their factories.  If you have any doubts or questions, read the article linked above.  In fact, the Truth About Pet Food site is a good one to follow.  Educate yourself so that your pets will stay as healthy as possible.


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