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Nestle Purina Withdraws Waggin’ Train, Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Treats

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Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and its wholly owned subsidiary Waggin’ Train LLC is voluntarily withdrawing its Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in the U.S. 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 U.S., 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 U.S. This finding does not pose a safety risk to pets, according to a company news release.

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 the company agreed to do. In addition, because of the differences in U.S. and Chinese regulations, Nestle 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 of 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.”

Nestle 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, the news release says.

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 Nestle Purina’s office of consumer affairs at 1-800-982-0704 or go here.

 

 

 

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