The Chinese Pet Food Chicken Product Recall Escalates

February 2013

As you may know, there have been many problems lately with Chinese produced chicken jerky and chicken treats for dogs in the United States even resulting in many pet deaths. The Chinese chicken product recall continues to escalate with more products besides chicken jerky being added.

The Hartz Corporation is now being included with the other chicken jerky and product recalls that have come previously; the most recent prior recall from January of this year. The press release below was posted on the FDA’s website on the 29th of January. What the FDA is calling “seemingly innocuous” antibiotics have shown up in no less than 10 different products from China. This has enough people in this country concerned that the large corporations involved are voluntarily pulling these products from the shelf.

We hope that the American buying public is finally receiving the message loud and clear. We have long suspected that these products from most if not all of the large US corporations selling chicken treats are the same or similar tainted jerky and treats produced in one or a few factories in China. The problem is China is like the Wild West when it comes to regulation and the pet food industry and quality control. These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and even some other countries in the European Union, but are not among approved substances for pet food in the US. So at the very least a pet in the United States has never been exposed to these substance and because of this may have less tolerance and a greater chance for an adverse reaction to them.

PLEASE STOP BUYING FOOD CANINE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR BELOVED PETS FROM CHINA! How many times will you play Russian roulette with your pet’s life? Thousands of companion animals have already given their lives so that China can continue it’s large-scale experiment on the US pet food market. Do you think it is a coincidence that multiple large corporations are having the exact same issue with supposedly completely different products? We don’t find it strange at all.

We believe the same factories are providing all of these companies in the United States with their tainted chicken based and chicken jerky products. If the Chinese would cooperate and allow the US food inspectors the freedom they need to do research, all of these questions would be answered. Until then, as we have said before, please do not feed your pets or yourself anything produced in China.

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz ® Chicken Chews ™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs

See the FDA Press Release here