Pet Food Recall

judithnNovember 28, 2011

I just heard from a friend of mine that many dogs and cats have died from more pet food from China. It was on MSNBC. There are several brands affected. Iams is one brand. There are some Costco brands and chicken jerky products. Please make sure you're not feeding your animal tainted food! I just started researching this and it seems like there's no control over this by the government. I don't know but it seems harder and harder to find safe food to feed pets. The recall lists are huge.

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thanks for the heads-up judith. I recently bought a big bag of chicken jerky treats for my dogs then saw a notice on another pet forum I visit about chicken/duck treats from China causing serious health problems. They're getting returned next time I'm there.

With the cost of dog treats, I'm getting ready to try something I read about, which is to take chicken hotdogs, cut them up, microwave till shriveled up, and use as training treats. Keep in fridge. At least it's human-grade food. Need to compare sodium to store-bought treats. And I'm sure the nitrates aren't good for them, but at least I won't be poisoning them as fast as with jerky treats.

Another link I found

Does anyone have a simple meat-based treat recipe that I can try? (Have several flour/pb type recipes already, do NOT have a dehydrator & not planning to buy one)

Here is a link that might be useful: msn story about jerky treats

    Bookmark   November 28, 2011 at 11:43AM
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I stopped buying any China made products---as much as possible. Especially for the dogs. Once spent half an hour searching the two toy aisles at PetSmart and found only three items or brands not made in China.

Kong products are USA made and I found several rope toys made in Mexico. Told the store manager---that was a year or better ago---no change so far.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 12:56AM
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I get my chicken jerky treats at Trader Joes. Made in the US.

Here is a link that might be useful: pet food recall list

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 10:00AM
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thanks Caligal!!! As if I need a reason to go to TJ's, love that store. And my dogs love love love jerky treats.

I did find a 'recipe' for making sweet potato jerky treats I'm going to try- slice a sweet potato into 1/4-1/3" pieces, bake at 250 for 2-3 hrs. They love sweet potatoes already, so I'll make it tonight.

HM,when we got one of our dogs, the rescue lady strongly suggested never to let them have rawhides unless they're made in USA, she said Mexican/Chinese made have arsenic or some awful heavy metal in them. And please don't blame your local store manager for the items they're carrying, they generally have very little choice in what they stock, we have to vote with our wallets and hope it has an effect.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 10:36AM
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jomuir, I freeze sweet potatoes in ice cube trays and then give as a treat or warm a cube and add to dog food. Davis loves sweet potatoes. Let me know how those jerky treats turn out.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 9:08PM
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Last night I made the sweet potato 'jerky' recipe. Easy peasy, but the sweet potatoes are kinda hard to slice w/a dull knife!

The dogs loved them, they love sw. potatoes anyway. Roxie chewed it like jerky, Forrest gobbled his more than chewed.

Will def. try yours and let you know, I'm sure they'll enjoy them, thanks for the tip!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 9:15AM
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can you post the jerky recipe, please? thank you.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 11:11AM
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The nmajor problem has been with pet foods that contain gluten products such as corn gluten. Much of this is corn gluten from China that was contaminated with puieces of metal, etc. If you read the table of contents on Kirkland (Costco) Chicken and rice dog food, there is no corn or corn gluten products in this dog food. As a matter of fact, the first four items are chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice and cracked pearled barley.

Now, there is a confusing factor about "made in America" and "packaged in America". The "packaged" thing obviously means that some ingredients come from foreign sourses. As an example, as I mentioned, the first item on the Costco brand food is chicken, but from where. Now, I have two adult Welsh Corgis who have been of Kirkland dog food for years and are both are hale and hardy.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2011 at 10:02AM
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Fori is not pleased

Remember the alar in apples scare a few decades ago where people stopped feeding their kids apples due to this pesticide? It was probably perfectly safe but at least people bothered.

Nobody is fussing now that most of our apple juice comes from unregulated farms in China. We don't even check up for people food--our pets don't have a chance!

    Bookmark   December 3, 2011 at 12:24PM
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Fori - There are plenty of people who do indeed pay attention to what they eat and what their pets eat. Consider buying local. Or at least buy from organic chain stores. And read the labels. Know what's in your food and your dogs food and where it comes from.

The chicken jerky thing has been going on for years and years. If some folks haven't figured it out by now, I wonder if they ever will. And if you base your 'food' buying on pricing - well, you get what you pay for. Cheap food is poor quality food.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2011 at 12:38PM
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caligal, were you asking me for the jerky recipe? It's super easy, just thinly slice raw unpeeled (washed) sweet potatoes, 1/3-1/4" thick. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet, bake 3 hr. at 200-250 degrees. Turn over after 1-1/2 hr.

I made another batch tonight using a mandoline to slice them, the dogs love them! They're all natural and best of all cheap. I had a second pan lower in the oven tonight, they baked up a lot faster, and they were crunching them like chips, lol.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2011 at 9:47PM
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thank you jomuir!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 5:17PM
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Ugh, my puppy has eaten half a bag of the Iams Puppy Smart to date. It's a lot more work and expensive but I may look into making her food.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2011 at 8:23AM
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