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The Honest Kitchen® Voluntuntairly Recalls Limited Lots

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

info@thehonestkitchen.com

THE LOTS OF OF VERVE®, ZEAL® AND THRIVE® PRODUCTS RECALLED DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

SAN DIEGO – February 21, 2013 –

The Honest Kitchen today announced that it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No other Honest Kitchen batches, production dates or products are affected.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The Company is taking this action after learning that one of its raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of humangrade parsley that may contain Salmonella. The batch of parsley was shipped to the Company in 2012 and used in the production of five lots of finished Honest Kitchen products.

The Honest Kitchen regularly tests for Salmonella and other pathogens as part of its quality control process and has not received to date any reports of illness associated with these lots of products. Nonetheless, the Company is proceeding with this action in order to ensure the full safety and quality of its products.  “We are committed to providing the highestquality humangrade food available to our customers’ pets,” said Lucy Postins, founder, CEO and CMO of The Honest Kitchen. “While our quality control tests did not find evidence of Salmonella in any of our finished products, we are accountable for everything we make, and are taking precautionary action to ensure the safety and integrity of our products.”

To see the lots being recalled, go to: http://goo.gl/wKpCu

Kaytee Pet Products Recalls Several of their Bird Treats and Greens

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Kaytee Pet Products, a Central Garden & Pet company, has issued a voluntary recall due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Click here to view a full list of recalled products.
According to Kaytee’s website, their parsley supplier was notified of possible Salmonella contamination from the parsley flakes that were utilized during production. Although, Kaytee did not have a positive Salmonella test finding, they feel that a recall is necessary to protect both pets and their owners.
It is important to remember that if your pet had contact with the recalled products, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional for further assistance. Owners are also advised to watch for those same symptoms in themselves and family members who may have handled the pet’s food.
Consumers who purchased the affected products are urged to call Kaytee Customer Care at 1-800-KAYTEE-1 (1-800-529-8331). Be sure to have a copy or picture of the UPC Code, Best Before Date, and store receipt from the package ready to verify that the product is part of the recall to receive a Recall Return Response form.

 

Source: Kaytee.com

Kasel Associates Industries Recalling Certain Pet Treats Due to Salmonella Contamination

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 21, 2013 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Kasel Associates Industries Inc. is recalling all pet treats it manufactured from April 20 through Sept. 19, 2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella. Kasel has issued three previous recall notices for specific products manufactured during this time period.

The move comes after the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested a retail sample of a Kasel pet treat product and found it to be positive for Salmonella. Based on FDA’s follow-up inspection at the firm, FDA found that all of the finished pet treat product samples and 48 out of 87 environmental samples collected during the inspection tested positive for Salmonella. More than ten different species of Salmonella were found in the firm’s products and manufacturing facility, indicating multiple sources of contamination.

While there are no reports of human illness, FDA has received a small number of complaints of illness in dogs who were exposed to the treats. Because of the multiple positive tests for Salmonella, and the production practices and conditions observed at the facility during the inspection, FDA believes that there is a reasonable probability that pet treat products manufactured in the facility from April 20, 2012 through September 19, 2012 are contaminated with Salmonella.

Both people and animals can contract Salmonellosis from handling or eating contaminated products. People handling dry pet treats should thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with the treats as well as any surfaces exposed to these products.

Consumers who have any of these products, or who are unsure of the manufacturing date of their pet treats, should dispose of them in ways that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot access them, such as placing them in a securely lidded garbage can.

The Kasel-manufactured products are sold at various retailers, including Target, Petco, Sam’s Club and Costco. Most of the products have a two-year shelf life.

All of the products were made in the U.S. This action is not related to FDA’s ongoing investigation of jerky pet treats made in China.

Salmonella is a public health risk and is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness. Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with the products subject to this recall should contact their health care provider immediately.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to become severely ill from Salmonella infection. The bacterium can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in these vulnerable populations. Most healthy individuals recover from Salmonella infections within four to seven days without treatment.

As with humans, dogs who are elderly, very young or have impaired immune systems are more vulnerable to Salmonella infection.

Product Name Distributors Lot/Best By Date UPC
12 PK Natural Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092910
12 PK Smoked Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092927
16 oz Chicken Chips Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263800291
16 oz Chicken Jerky Petco, Kasel, Menards 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263800291
16 oz Pork Jerky Petco, Kasel, Menards 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263700157
16 oz Salmon Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263900151
25 PK Natural Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092903
4 oz Beef Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263801175
4 oz Chicken Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263800178
4 oz Lamb Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263510176
4 oz Salmon Jerky Petco, Kasel 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 647263900175
7 PK Natural Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092934
7 PK Smoked Pig Ears Petco 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 800443092941
BIXBI Hip And Joint Beef Liver Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018106
BIXBI Hip And Joint Chicken Breast Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018083
BIXBI Hip And Joint Lamb Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018120
BIXBI Hip And Joint Pork Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018144
BIXBI Skin & Coat Beef Liver Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018021
BIXBI Skin & Coat Chicken Breast Jerky Treats 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018007
BIXBI Skin & Coat Lamb Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018045
BIXBI Skin & Coat Pork Jerky 5oz BIXBI 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 091037018069
Boots & Barkley Assorted Natural Parts 32oz Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 490830400086
Boots & Barkley Beef Bully Stick 12″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043165
Boots & Barkley Beef Bully Sticks 6ct Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899189
Boots & Barkley Beef Knuckle Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899172
Boots & Barkley Beef Ribs 2ct Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899196
Boots & Barkley Braided Bully Stick 5″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043110
Boots & Barkley Chicken Jerky 16oz Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043325
Boots & Barkley Chicken Jerky 8oz Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043400
Boots & Barkley Chicken Stuffed Beef Femur Bone 6″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043202
Boots & Barkley Flossie 6-8″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239043103
Boots & Barkley Pig Ear Strips 8oz Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239403440
Boots & Barkley Pig Ears 12ct Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899158
Boots & Barkley Pork Femur Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 647263899165
Boots & Barkley Smoked Beef Femur Bone 3″ Target 20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN 085239403495
K9 Chicken Breath Fresh Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507117
K9 Chicken Breath Fresh Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507100
K9 Chicken Calming Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507094
K9 Chicken Calming Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507087
K9 Chicken Coat Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507070
K9 Chicken Coat Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507063
K9 Chicken Digestive Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507155
K9 Chicken Digestive Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507148
K9 Chicken Healthy Weight Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507179
K9 Chicken Healthy Weight Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507162
K9 Chicken Jerky 16oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507032
K9 Chicken Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507018
K9 Chicken Jerky 8oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507025
K9 Chicken Joint Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507056
K9 Chicken Joint Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507049
K9 Chicken Senior Jerky 15oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507131
K9 Chicken Senior Jerky 5oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125507124
K9 Hip & Joint Chicken Strips 8oz Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 669125990445
Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky 2.5lbs Sam’s Club 04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN 647263800208
Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky 3lbs Costco 04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN 647263800215
Nutri-Pet 16oz Natural Filet Strips Nutri-Vet 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 76-0081
Roasted Pig Ear Dog Treats 28oz Sam’s Club 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN 681131857246
TDBBS, Inc Beef Lobster Tails 1ct TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Bulk
TDBBS, Inc Buffalo Hearts Sliced 3 lbs TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Bulk
TDBBS, Inc Chicken Jerky 16oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Hearts of Lamb 4oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Knee Caps 25 Ct TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Bulk
TDBBS, Inc Lamb Jerky 4oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Pig Snouts 25ct TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Bulk
TDBBS, Inc Pork Jerky Strips 16oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Turkey Cubes 4.5oz TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown
TDBBS, Inc Turkey Jerkey Sticks 6ct TDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks 04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN Unknown

Nature’s Variety: voluntary recall of one batch of INSTINCT® RAW ORGANIC CHICKEN FORMULA for dogs and cats

Friday, February 15th, 2013

QUALITY ASSURANCE NOTICE:  Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets.  The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13.  This includes:

• UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag

• UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case

• UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag

• UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 – Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section.  The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada.  No other products were impacted.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving a consumer complaint.  The source of the issue was identified and resolved.  To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.

Reed Howlett, CEO of Nature’s Variety, stated, “At Nature’s Variety we take quality and safety very seriously.  We believe that under all circumstances, the health and safety of pets comes first.”

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns.  Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature’s Variety Consumer Relations team at 1.888.519.7387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. Or, click here to email us directly.

For media inquiries, please contact Jeff Dezen at JDPR by phone (864.233.3776, ext. 11) or email (jeffd@jdpr.com).

 

Inspection of Chinese poultry-processing plants may signal opening for imported poultry for human consumption

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
FDA continues to investigate pet illnesses associated with Chinese chicken products.
Jan 25, 2013 DVM News Magazine
The export of poultry from China to the United States is currently prohibited–past food safety concerns, bird flu outbreaks, and even the frequent turnover of Chinese officials are all cited as reasons for the continued ban. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) spokesman, “FSIS is currently working with the Chinese government to develop a timeline to inspect poultry-processing plants in that country.” Some reports indicate that those inspections could be conducted in late January or early February in an apparent step toward lifting the U.S. ban on Chinese poultry.

Although banned from the U.S. poultry market for people, China does export chicken for pet food. But these products have been problematic in recent years. Since 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted extensive testing on chicken jerky treats of Chinese origin. As of Dec. 17, 2012, the FDA has received 2,674 reports involving 3,243 dogs, including 501 deaths, and nine cats, including one death.

Much to the dismay of affected pet owners, the FDA has yet to indentify a contaminant or cause for illnesses associated with chicken imported from China and therefore will not enact a recall. It has issued a warning to pet owners of the possible dangers of feeding pets products such as Nestle’s Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch treats and Del Monte’s Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats. Presently, Milo’s Kitchen’s Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers treats are voluntarily recalled due to the unrelated discovery of trace amounts of prohibited antibiotics on these products.

Politically, the planned inspections could relax tense trade relations between the United States and China, which have been embattled in negotiations for the past seven years. China is anxious to export poultry, and the United States is interested in reversing China’s 2003 ban on American beef. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, representing U.S. ranchers and beef producers, estimated last year that the U.S. could be exporting $200 million of beef to China per year if the ban was lifted.

However, it seems one ban won’t be lifted unless the other is as well.

Hartz Mountain is voluntarily withdrawing its Chicken Chews and Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

SECAUCUS, N.J., Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.

 

We are taking this action after recent Hartz testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of Hartz Chicken Chews™ and Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken products. Even though two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues, we would rather be overly cautious by voluntarily withdrawing these products from the market.

These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Based on the FDA’s review of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) results, there is no evidence that raises health concerns, and these results are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illnesses FDA has received related to jerky pet treats.

Immediately upon learning of this finding, Hartz contacted the FDA to share our test results and execute a nationwide voluntary withdrawal.  There have been no known illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products.

“Upon learning about the nationwide voluntary withdrawal of several other brands of chicken jerky products through media reports, Hartz acted immediately to begin additional testing to determine if the same unapproved antibiotic residues were present in our products,” said Sean McNear , Sr. Director of Quality and Regulatory at Hartz Mountain.

There is no indication that the trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products produced in China. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a health or pet safety risk.

No other Hartz products are affected by this withdrawal.

If you have these products contact the Hartz Consumer Affairs team (24 hours/day 7 days/week) at 1-800-275-1414 for a product refund or go to www.hartz.com for additional information.

SOURCE The Hartz Mountain Corporation

Publix Issues Voluntary Recall on Private Label Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

LAKELAND, Fla. —         Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats because it may contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue. The UPC, located on the back right-hand corner of the product, is 41415-18527 and the product comes in a 3.5oz bag. This product was sold in Publix grocery stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“As part of our commitment to food safety, including that of our four-legged family members, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “To date, there have been no reported cases of pet illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department, Monday-Friday, 8a.m. – 7p.m., at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com/contact.”

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 157,000 employees, with 2011 sales of $27.0 billion. Currently Publix has 1,067 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/11/3178484/publix-issues-voluntary-recall.html#storylink=cpy

IMS Trading Corp to voluntarily withdraw CADET Brand Chicken Jerky Treat Products

Friday, January 11th, 2013

No other Cadet Brand products are affected by this withdrawal

IMS Trading Corp today announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products sold in the United States until further notice.

The Company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Cadet brand Chicken Jerky Treat products. These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S.  Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products are safe to feed as directed and have not been linked to ANY illnesses in dogs or humans. However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States.

At first, New York State authorities requested that IMS Trading Corp remove Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky treats from retail locations only in the state of New York.  We have decided to expand this and conduct a voluntary withdrawal of these chicken treat products nationwide.

A double testing program is being established to check for these antibiotics in China (point of origin) and the United States before we consider to sell these products in the future.  Testing will be based on a scientifically sound statistical sampling program.

There is no indication that the trace amounts of antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue (in the parts-per-billion range) do not pose a health or pet safety risk.

MILO’S KITCHEN VOLUNTARILY RECALLS CHICKEN JERKY AND CHICKEN GRILLERS HOME-STYLE DOG TREATS

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

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.

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company to voluntarily withdraw Waggin’ Train® and Canyon Creek Ranch® brand dog treat products

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

St. Louis, Missouri, January 9, 2013 . . . Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and its wholly owned subsidiary Waggin’ Train, LLC today announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in the United States until further notice.

The Company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky products. These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Antibiotics are commonly used globally, including in the United States, when raising animals fit for human consumption. Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch products are safe to feed as directed. However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States. This finding does not pose a safety risk to pets.

New York State authorities initially requested that the Company remove Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats from retail locations in the state of New York, which we have agreed to do. In addition, because of the differences in U.S. and Chinese regulations, Nestlé Purina decided to conduct a nationwide voluntary withdrawal.

“All of us at Waggin’ Train care deeply about pets and their owners, and the quality of our products is of the utmost importance,” said Nina Leigh Krueger, President, Waggin’ Train LLC. “Waggin’ Train has served millions of pets and their owners very well. In the final analysis, our Company and our loyal consumers must have total confidence in the products we sell and feed our pets. Once we understand and determine how to comply with the technicalities of different regulatory frameworks, we will work with all appropriate parties to define the best way to supply the market.”

Nestlé Purina contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding NYSDAM’s findings. There is no indication that the trace amounts of antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue (in the parts-per-billion range) do not pose a health or pet safety risk.

No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by this withdrawal. In addition, Canyon Creek Ranch dog and cat foods, which are manufactured in the United States, are not included in this withdrawal.

For product refund or more information call our Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-982-0704 or go to www.waggintrainbrand.com