Michelle Maskaly//January 9, 2013//
Michelle Maskaly //January 9, 2013//
The action comes after they learned the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky products.
This finding does not pose a safety risk to pets.
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 U.S., when raising animals fit for human consumption.
Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch products are safe to feed as directed, according to the company, but due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the U.S.
“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 regarding the recent findings, and 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, the company said..
No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by this. In addition, Canyon Creek Ranch dog and cat foods, which are manufactured in the United States, are not included in this recall.