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Friday, May 25, 2012

Pet Parents Beware

As I was reading the news off the internet, I came across this story. In one of my earlier posts, you’ll see where I talk about the recalls of dog food (and toys) made in China. Well, here we go again (not that there have been any recalls). Canyon Creek Ranch and Waggin’ Train brands produced under the parent company Nestle Purina PetCare Co., and Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats produced under the parent company of Del Monte Corp., have been linked to 900 dogs deaths since 2007. Yet there hasn’t been a recall done regarding these products.

According to Waggin’ Trains website:
“Waggin' Train Chicken Jerky Tenders are a wholesome, healthy treat for your dog. They are made with premium chicken breast filets and have only two main ingredients: natural chicken filets, and glycerin (a natural preservative to retain moisture and texture). These high-protein, low-fat treats are slow-baked to seal in the natural flavors for a healthy and wholesome snack. Chicken jerky treats are popular because they are a high-quality, great-tasting treat that dogs love.”
“These treats are made in China at facilities that are modeled after U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for quality and safety. In China, dark meat chicken is more popular with consumers than white meat chicken, and so the supply of quality, white meat chicken used in our products is more readily available for dog treats. The factories are under stringent safety and sanitary guidelines and monitored by a dedicated team of quality control inspectors, who are in the plants where the products are being produced. The benefit to our consumers is a premium dog treat at an affordable price.”

Petitions have been started by these heartbroken and outraged pet parents (Please sign below, started by Terry on A Facebook page has been created Animal Parents Against Pet Treats and Food Made in China with more and more pet parents sharing their heartbreaking stories, but all of this still doesn’t bring back their lost family members and friends.

As a pet parent myself, I can only speak for me, and never pass judgment. When Made In China has had a proven track record of toxic products and our USDA has deemed “Pink Slime” safe to consume; I make it a point to check out the products I’m purchasing. We as consumers must ask the questions and not give the companies our money, if we don’t get the right answers. Make the time to make your treats for our four legged furry babies. IT does take time, but you have the control over the ingredients, and the treats become Made With Love instead of the scary Made In China. My heart goes out to all of the pet parents and families that have lost a loved one due to the negligence of corporations out to make money for them and their stock holders instead of making quality products for consumers.

A question I ask myself is: If this is a wholesome treat with simple ingredients, why does it need to be made in China?

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