Nestle Purina: Recall Chicken Jerky Treats Made in China
  • Petitioning Bonita Tillman, Manager, Corporate Communications

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Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Bonita Tillman, Manager, Corporate Communications
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Keith Schopp, Vice President, Public Relations, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Customer Advocacy
Waggin' Train
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Christopher Cowell
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Kelvin Hawkins
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Kristine Stein
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Bill Salzman
Vice president Veterinary/Natural Foods Businesses; Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Ms. Jorje Quinn (Vice president Veterinary/Natural Foods Businesses; Nestle Purina PetCare Company)
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Jill Wente, Director of Public Relations, Nestle Purina (Nestlé Purina PetCare Company)

Nestle Purina: Recall Chicken Jerky Treats Made in China

    1. Terry Safranek
    2. Petition by

      Terry Safranek

      Brooklyn Hts., OH

I lost my best friend Sampson on Friday, January 13, 2012. He died 9 days after ingesting the last food he ever ate: Waggin’ Train “Wholesome” Chicken Jerky.

I’ve since learned that we were part of a known epidemic. To date more than 2,200 cases of illness and death are attributed to chicken jerky treats made in China. Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch -- both Nestle Purina brands -- are the lead offenders in the continued sale of chicken jerky dog treats.

The most shocking part is that the FDA has known about this for years, and has even increased their warnings as recently as November, 2011.  They have researched thousands of cases, and the cases are mounting.  Mine is now one of those that they are investigating. Although the FDA cannot FORCE a recall except in cases involving drugs or infant foods, the companies responsible should protect their customers and voluntarily recall the products in question until a definitive cause is found.

I need you to help me convince Nestle Purina PetCare Company to take chicken jerky treats made in China off the shelves until they can be proven safe.

Despite warnings from the FDA and the leading veterinary associations in the U.S. and Canada, Nestle Purina has refused all accountability, instead placing blame on people like me who have lost their companions. If their treats were safe, as they repeatedly claim, death and illness would never have been the end result for so many.

I have joined a wonderful Facebook group called “ANIMAL PARENTS AGAINST PET TREATS MADE IN CHINA!”  When I joined in January, there were a dozen members.  Two months later there are over 6,000. The awareness of this horror is growing because so many have or know of a horror story involving CHICKEN JERKY TREATS.

No animal should ever have to die due to “treats.” How many thousands of grieving pet owners still have no idea what sickened or killed their pet? As long as these products are still on the shelves, the suffering will continue.

Please go to the Petition Updates Tab for important links to our Facebook, to the current FDA warning, and other informational links.  

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    News

    1. JERKY PET TREAT DEAL: MAKERS AGREE TO $6.5 MILLION FUND

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      WE WON! TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT, please join Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made In China for details and all of the latest news!

      http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/jerky-pet-treat-deal-makers-agree-6-5-million-fund-n119021

      Jerky Pet Treat Deal: Makers Agree to $6.5 Million Fund

      Two of the nation's biggest makers of jerky treats blamed for deaths and illnesses of thousands of pets have agreed to create a $6.5 million fund to compensate dog owners who believe their animals were harmed, according to terms of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit announced Friday. Nestle Purina PetCare Co.

    2. No!!! They're back!!! Please spread the warning far and wide!

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer
      No answers: Jerky treats back in stores as pet mystery lingers

      Jan. 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM ET Two of the top-selling brands of jerky treats for pets will soon return to U.S. store shelves, a year after a nationwide recall and with government experts no closer to solving the mystery that has linked the products to hundreds of animal deaths and thousands of illnesses.

    3. WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO!

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      There are other brands of jerky treats still in stores, such as Dogswell and AKC who continue to source their chicken from the exact same Chinese facilities as Waggin' Train. And there's no way for shoppers to know these treats could be deadly. That's why I'm asking you to sign this petition asking the FDA to post consumer warnings on store shelves. They have the ability to force retail stores to post warnings about products that are under investigation for being potentially harmful, but they do not enforce it. Right now, warnings for ANY products that have been reported to be linked to illnesses and deaths are only listed on the Reportable Food Registry on the FDA website. We need the FDA to do more: To require a simple letter posted on shelves, near the product, so that we can make educated choices while shopping. I sincerely thank you for sticking with me as we move forward together to make a difference. Please sign and share! It’s so important.

      FDA: Post consumer warnings where we can see them!

      Every day, every person in this country faces potentially lethal food products. You and your loved ones are at risk every time you bring home...

    4. Reached 75,000 signatures
    5. It happened. Nestle Purina DID Recall Chicken Jerky Treats Made in China!

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      On the exact anniversary of the day that I learned why my buddy was dying, Nestle Purina issued a voluntary recall of all chicken jerky treats made in China, and Del Monte did also. RIP Sampson. I can just imagine your happy dance at the rainbow bridge.

      Please check out these links:

      FDA UPDATE ON JERKY TREATS 01/09/2013
      http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm334944.htm?source=govdelivery

      FDA REPORT REGARDING JERKY PET TREATS AND ILLNESSES 01/09/2013
      http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ProductSafetyInformation/ucm334915.htm?source=govdelivery

      WAGGIN’ TRAIN OFFICIAL RECALL ANNOUNCEMENT
      http://www.waggintrainbrand.com/

      MILO’S KITCHEN OFFICIAL RECALL ANNOUNCEMENT
      http://www.miloskitchen.com/assets/psds/Milos%20Kitchen_Final.pdf

      Firms withdraw chicken jerky pet treats over antibiotics
      By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News
      http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/09/16433840-firms-withdraw-chicken-jerky-pet-treats-over-a

    6. Check out Terry and Sampson's story in this video:

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer
      Lost Dogs

      Lost Dogs is a short film about thousands of dogs who got sick or died after eating toxic Chinese jerky treats*. Watch it. Share it. Save a dog's life. http://bixbipet.com/take-action/ *Chinese treats have been found to contain melamine, copper sulfate and other poison ingredients, but scientists are still trying to identify the specific toxin(s) responsible.

    7. LOST DOGS, a video short

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      Please watch and share this video that includes my story - let's make it go viral to spread awareness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

      http://www.lostdogsfilm.com/

    8. FDA Allows Pet Deaths to Mount While Awaiting Scientific Certainty

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement criticizing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for failing to adequately protect domestic pets.

      “As the FDA waits, it has to decide who pays the cost of the uncertainty. Will it be the dog treat manufacturers, who refuse to issue a recall on their own and make even more money in doing so? Or will it be beloved dogs and cats who pay with their health and their lives and whose owners receive no real warning about the danger posed by dog treats?

      “By allowing the treats to stay on the market as the years-long investigation drags on, the FDA is guaranteeing more pets will die. Why?” said Kucinich.

    9. FDA Update August 7, 2012

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      THIS time they have released some of the testing data - but only a small sample.

    10. FDA Update July, 18, 2012

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      They all know. Nestle-Purina, Del Monte, the FDA. They all know.

    11. FDA data dump shows few toxins in jerky treats; complaints rise to 1,800

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      The tragedies just keep on coming. One Thousand Eight Hundred. Every single one a devastating horror. When, oh when, will this stop?

    12. Chinese Pet Treats Linked to 900 Dog Deaths, Illnesses

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      The number of tragedies keeps on climbing: Nestle Purina, do you care?

    13. FDA Investigates Safety of Chicken Jerky Treats Made in China

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Terry is interviewed by CBS Denver.

    14. Life-threatening dog illness linked to imported treats

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      In a statement from the FDA: "Currently, the FDA continues to urge pet owners to use caution with regard to chicken jerky products.”

      “There is nothing preventing a company from conducting a voluntary recall,” adds the FDA.

    15. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio has been fighting for our cause!

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      This is super cool! It's the video of Sherrod Brown (from the hearing posted below) reaming FDA Commish Margaret Hamburg regarding the safety of food from China, specifically these "treats" . Go to about 50:00 minutes in, and watch his whole 5 - 10 minutes. Or the whole thing!

    16. Nestle Sued by Dog Owner Claiming Treats Killed Pet

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Dennis Adkins’s 9-year-old Pomeranian, Cleo, became sick and died of kidney failure last month after eating Waggin’ Train’s “Yam Good” chicken-wrapped treats, according to the complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Chicago.
      “Waggin’ Train has spent millions of dollars in promoting trust and confidence among consumers in its pet food products,” Adkins said in the complaint. “The product was not wholesome, was not nutritious and was unhealthy.”

    17. Nestle-Purina, Waggin' Train, Canyon Creek Ranch: Can you hear us now?

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart. This is an incredible milestone is our fight to give voice to the voiceless. I'm in awe.

    18. Reached 50,000 signatures
    19. On Easter Day ...... I can hear barking from Heaven..

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      40,000 Strong! (woof, woof) Through the tears, thank you.

    20. Reached 40,000 signatures
    21. Dog Jerky Deaths With No FDA Recall Prompt Campaign Against Nestle Purina

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, this is from the HUFFINGTON POST! I am so proud and humbled by all of this response. Animal lovers are THE best people in the world.

    22. Reached 9,000 signatures
    23. FDA INSPECTORS PROBE PET JERKY TREATS IN CHINA

      Terry Safranek
      Petition Organizer

      This is a great development! Senator Sherrod Brown's and Congressman Dennis Kucinich's offices confirm that our FDA is actually investigating in China to find the toxic contaminants. It is more important than ever to keep up the pressure on Nestle Purina!

    24. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • madison carreiro MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD
      • 8 days ago

      the dog I grew up with, Boldamar died after eating these treats. the was like a brother to me. He suffered from internal bleeding caused by these treats. he could hardly walk because it hurt him... he was only 9... he was a beautiful rottwiler. he had never hurt anyone. he would have protected us with his life. we now have another rottwiler and we only feed him usa made, organic treats.

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    • Denise DePalma UNION CITY, NJ
      • 21 days ago

      If it's going to make my pets sick and cause their death, I DO NOT want any of this stuff on the shelves!

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    • Tom Dysart PINE MOUNTAIN CLUB, CA
      • 27 days ago

      This is really important. Please help.

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    • Jennifer Carreiro GAITHERSBURG, MD
      • 29 days ago

      I lost our beloved Rottweiler to the same Treats Made in China

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    • John Duczek KAPUNDA, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      too much contaminated food coming from china

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