Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dog Treat Recall – Hartz Mountain Treats

Here is the latest in the voluntary recalls of dog treats:

January 25, 2013 — The Hartz Mountain Corporation of Secaucus, New Jersey, has announced it 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 antibiotic residue.
Hartz Oinkies Dog Treats

Hartz is taking this action after recent testing found trace amounts of illegal antibiotic residue in samples of the affected dog treats.

These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other countries but are not in the U.S.

What’s Being Recalled?

All Hartz® Chicken Chews™ Soft and Tenders:

  • 3.5 oz package
  • 8 oz package
  • 16 oz package
  • 24 oz package
  • 20 oz package

All Hartz® Chicken Chews™ Soft and Tender Bite Sized:

  • 5.7 oz package
  • 16 oz package
  • 16 oz package

All Hartz® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken

  • 20 pack Pig Skin Twist Sticks
  • 7 pack Mini Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken
  • 15 pack Mini Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken
  • 5 pack Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken

No other Hartz products are affected by the withdrawal.

What to Do?

If you have these products contact Hartz Consumer Affairs at 800-275-1414.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Recipe Friday – Doggy Yummy Poppers

These interesting treats are sure to please every doggy palette.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/3 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • tsp salt

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2. Simply mix together the flours and salt. Then add the molasses and mix by hand or mixer.

3. Next, add eggs and oil. Mix again. (You may have to add some water and give another mix until it has the consistency of cookie dough).

4. Sprinkle some flour a non-stick baking sheet or parchment lined tray. Use a spatula to scoop this brown goop out. Sprinkle more flour on top so you can flatten it out. Press it down to your desired thickness, cut into long strips, then chop bite sized pieces from the strips.

5. Roll into balls and place on tray. Bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes to half an hour. Roll halfway through.

Store in an airtight container for about a week, freeze after a week if there are any leftovers.

Product Review – Catit Senses Treat Maze

Want to give your cat a challenge to try to get their treats and keep them busy for hours at a time?  Well the Catit Senses Treat Maze may be just the toy for your cat.

Place the treats on different levels of the maze and your cat must reach into holes or on the top to push the treats to the feeder area.  Simple enough, but if the treats are high value for your cat (meaning if they just cannot get enough of the treat), your cat may spend tons of time trying to get the treats out and have fun playing at the same time.

Isis tried this toy and at first, she stopped playing with it and left it alone for a few days.  Then, she ended up spending a better part of a day (off and on) trying to get her treats to eat.  It was really interesting to watch her to see how she was able to get the treats (she was able to pick up some treats with her paws sort of) and move them around and how smart she is!

Final verdict: Your cat may enjoy this, try to interact with them and show them how to work the toy first.  They may try for a bit, and leave it alone for a few days.  If the treats are something they love, that should lure them back to play with the toy. The toy is sturdy and made of good materials and I did not have a problem worrying that it might break, fall over or fall apart.  I would recommend this toy with that as a caution.  It is on sale right now on wag.com.  Try it, your kitty might thank you for it!

Recipe Friday – Pumpkin Pupscicles

These cold and frosty treats are wonderful and will keep your dog busy (hopefully) for a few minutes at least!  Important: Make sure that you use 100% pure pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling, as it contains stuff dogs don’t need and can make them ill.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 15 oz can pure pumpkin puree
  • Same amount of vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

If you have several dogs, of course you can double the recipe.

 

Directions:

1. Pour pumpkin into a large bowl.

2. Fill empty can with vanilla yogurt and add to the bowl.

3. Add cinnamon.

4. Mix well.

5. Pour into ice cube tray and let freeze, or if you have molds you want to use, fill it up and freeze, then serve.

 

Dog Treat Recalls – IMS Trading Group and Publix Chicken Jerky

Instead of the product review I was going to do today, there are two new voluntary recalls.  Read on please:

January 9, 2013 – IMS Trading Corp has announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products sold in the United States until further notice.
Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats

The Company is taking this action after learning this week the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets found traces 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, but are not among those approved in the U.S.

According to the company, Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats are safe to feed as directed and have not been linked to any illnesses in dogs or humans.

However, the company claims that…

“…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.

Because of this request, the company has decided to conduct a voluntary withdrawal of these chicken treat products nationwide.

According to a statement by IMS Trading Corp…

“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.”

The announcement goes on to read…

“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.”

What to Do

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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January 11, 2013 – Publix Super Markets of Lakeland, FL has today issued a voluntary recall for Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats because it may contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue.
Publix Logo

The UPC — located on the back right-hand corner of the product — is #41415-18527 and is sold in a 3.5 ounce bag.

Where the Product Was Sold

This product was sold in Publix Grocery Stores in these states:

  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

What to Do

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Recipe Friday – Parsley Breath Treats For Dogs

Just another recipe for good breath treats for dogs.  These treats are sure to please both furbaby and human alike.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (for a gluten free recipe, you can use about 1 cup of almond or rice flour, you may have to play with the amount if the dough is too dry).
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/2 stick melted butter
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

 

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C

2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

3. If the dough is too dry add a little water.

4. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out squares, or whatev er shape you want, if you have cookie cutters that will work as well, then transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

6.Cool on a wire rack.

Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

 

Dog Treat Recall Alert – Milo’s Kitchen and Waggin Train

Two separate recalls this time, they are voluntary.  Read on to find out if it affects you and your furbaby:

January 9, 2013 – Milo’s Kitchen today announced it is voluntarily recalling its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from retailer shelves nationally.
Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

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 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 the 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.

What to Do

The company states:

“Consumers who discard the treats will receive a full refund. 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 by calling 877-228-6493.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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January 9, 2013 – Nestlé Purina PetCare Company of St. Louis, MO has today announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats sold in the U.S. until further notice.
Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Treats Logo
The company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture and 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, 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.

According to the company, 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.

The company claims 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, due to the differences in U.S. and Chinese regulations, Nestlé Purina decided to conduct a nationwide voluntary withdrawal.

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.

What to Do

For product refund or more information call the Nestle Purina Office of Consumer Affairs at 800-982-0704. Or go to http://www.waggintrainbrand.com.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Recipe Friday – Oatmeal Yums For Doggies

I hope everyone had a great holiday, mine was so good, I dropped the ball last week on posting a recipe and product review!  But I am back this week to share a great recipe for homemade dog treats!

Ingredients:

*1/2 cup – 3/4 cups oatmeal (depending on how dense you want the treats)
1/4 cup powdered milk
2 small jars beef baby food (organic is best)
1 tablespoon peanut butter (either crunchy or smooth works great)

*You can also use Cream of Wheat or wheat germ in place of the oatmeal.

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

3. Shape dough into hearts, bones, or any other doggie themed treat.

4. Place on a greased cookie sheet, or a silicone mat.

5. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Cool.  Store treats in your refrigerator for up to one week, freeze any leftovers.