Information shared with TruthaboutPetFood.com is that the Purina Waggin Train/Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treat settlement has been finalized. Purina will pay – with no admission of wrong doing – $6.5 million dollars.
This settlement was for pet illness and death linked to jerky treats sold by Purina imported from China.
The USDA states (published in 2013): “Export growth by China has been particularly impressive increasing from less than 1 percent of global exports a decade ago to 16 percent in 2012. China is now the leading pet food exporter to the United States supplying nearly half of the U.S. import market of $691 million. Chicken and jerky treats appear to be drivers behind this increase in Chinese exports to the United States.” (Note: the USDA reference to pet food includes pet treats and pet food ingredients.)
The U.S. imported $691 million of pet food in 2012 – nearly half of this would be (estimated) $350 million imported from China. Estimating that a conservative $200 million of the Chinese imports into the U.S. was jerky treats ($200 million in one year), and safely assuming Purina’s Waggin Train/Canyon Creek had the largest share of this – I’d say Purina got off easy settling for only $6.5 million with no admission of wrong doing for years of pet illness and death.
I would doubt – regardless to any legal settlement – that any pet owner who lost a pet or suffered with a pet’s illness linked to Chinese imported jerky treats – the issue will ever be settled in their hearts. There is no amount of money that causes one to forget.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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