Milo's Kitchen chicken jerky treats recalled (the notice from their website below). As one veterinarian wrote me, "So they will withdraw it for antibiotic residue, but not for dying dogs?" No one knows for sure if it is this antibiotic residue found in some chicken jerky treats has caused some pets eating chicken jerky treats made in China to become sick, and some even drying, as I've been writing about.
Here's an update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine.
For many months now, in an effort to explain the illnesses and deaths, the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine had sent experts (including independent experts) to China. some were turned away at Chinese factories. Other experts just weren't able to discern the problem, which has - till now - prevented a recall.
Many have written me in the spirit of what this pet owner said, "Bottom line, we should never trust anything made in China, for our pets or ourselves. If it says 'made in China,' don't buy it."
But what if it doesn't say 'made in China?' Even products made in America might have ingredients sourced in China. Currently, there's no way for consumers to know for sure.
This chicken jerky treat issue has gone on for well over a year. Public officials have asked for the products to be recalled, and the Chinese to explain, without much affect. Purina and Delmonte (and others making chicken jerky treats from China) could have pulled their products from shelves earlier. Finally, they did. after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in some chicken jerky treats form China.
This is the notice, word per word from the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company Waggin' Train site:
Below is what Milo's Kitchen announced.
San Francisco – January 9, 2013 – Milo’s Kitchen® today announced that it is voluntarily recalling its
Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from retailer shelves nationally. No other Milo’s
Kitchen® products are affected.
On Monday, New York State’s Department of Agriculture informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) and the Company that trace amounts of residual antibiotics had been found in several lots of Milo’s
Kitchen® Chicken Jerky. After consultation with the New York Department of Agriculture and FDA, the
company decided to voluntarily recall Milo’s Kitchen® Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers, which are both
sourced from the same chicken suppliers.
The use of antibiotics to keep chickens healthy and disease-free while raising them is standard practice in
poultry production for both human and pet food. However, the antibiotics found in the products were
unapproved and should not be present in the final food product.
Milo’s Kitchen® has a comprehensive safety testing program in place for its products from procurement
through manufacturing and distribution. Part of that program involves extensive testing for a wide range of
substances commonly used to ensure the health of chickens. However, Milo’s Kitchen® did not test for all
of the specific antibiotics found by the New York Department of Agriculture.
“Pet safety and consumer confidence in our products are our top priorities,” said Rob Leibowitz, general
manager, Pet Products. “While there is no known health risk, the presence of even trace amounts of these
antibiotics does not meet our high quality standards. Therefore, today we decided to recall both products
and asked retailers to remove the products from their shelves.
“Consumers who discard the treats will receive a full refund,” said Leibowitz. “We are committed to Milo’s
Kitchen® and stand by our guarantee of complete consumer satisfaction.”
Consumers with questions about Milo’s Kitchen products can get further information at 1-877-228-6493.