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Pet Chicken Jerky Recall Due to Risk of Salmonella

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  1. Toni

    Pet chicken??? Why did the headline say pet chicken?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      That was from the press release.

    2. Greg

      It’s not ‘Pet Chicken’, it’s Pet ‘Chicken Jerky’.

  2. Dorothy Sinkler

    I just saw on the Internet that there was a recall of Royal Canin dry dog food. This has me very concerned because my dog is on Royal Canin Urinary Dog food. She eats the wet food during the day and I give her the dry food as treats since she is not allowed any other treats.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Do you have a link? If you have any further information – please send to me.

      1. Peter

        A link to FDA page regarding a 2007 Royal Canin “dry pet foods” recall is captioned through web search engines as posted in June 2013.

        1. Susan Thixton Author

          I couldn’t find anything new either – thanks for searching Peter!

  3. Iva Kimmelman

    HI Susan,

    Alas, another issue with chicken jerky? Really?
    Not going to feed any of that anytime soon.

    I have a question for you……
    Chicken Meal definition please.
    I thought I “knew” what it is based on knowledge from 1988, but now, not so sure.
    Three definitions from different distributors, food reps etc over the last three days:
    1.Chicken Meal: chicken meat with all water removed (my knowledge from 1988)Very expensive to put in pet foods.
    2.Chicken Meal: human grade chicken carcass with tendons, meat removed (will have some meat still attached) for human food industry and all guts removed (heart and liver for human food industry)remainder sold as byproduct.
    3.Chicken Meal: grade b human quality chicken carcass with skeleton, meat attached. Skin, organs and anus removed.Grade b means chicken was damaged during slaughter, fell on floor in processing plant, etc so not fit for human comsumption.
    Which is it. These are three different processes as far as I can tell!

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Definition of chicken meal…
      AAFCO definition of chicken meal falls under Poultry meal; duck meal and turkey meal would have the same definitions. Simply put, chicken meal is chicken with moisture removed. Chicken meal is a rendered (cooked) ingredient that can include muscle meat, skin and bone. It does not include chicken/poultry heads, feathers, feet or entrails. The poultry/chicken used to make the chicken meal ingredient is not required to be USDA inspected and approved; specifically stated in the definition as “suitable for use in animal food”. This ingredient could consist of almost 100% chicken/poultry meat cooked (to remove moisture – prior to cooking of pet food itself), it could consist of mostly chicken/poultry skin and bones cooked, or it could consist of a mix somewhere in-between. There is some science that links high levels of bone in meat meal ingredients to bone cancer. Click Here to learn more.

      The official definition of chicken meal (poultry meal) does not include the requirement it must be sourced from slaughtered animals; this is confusing. Chicken by-product meal (poultry by-product meal) and chicken by-product (poultry by-product) definitions do include the requirement sourcing must be from slaughtered animals. In other words, by its official definition, this ingredient can include animals that have died prior to slaughter (illegal per federal law for human and animal foods).

      Chicken can be a quality ingredient if it is sourced from a USDA inspected and approved bird and if it includes meat (not just skin and bones).

      So the answer to your question – is all three can be ‘chicken meal’ – and the pet food consumer has no clue given them which one is included in their pet food.

  4. Adrianne Emers

    I heard on NPR that soon we will import chicken from China for human consumption. Good for Chinese trade, bad for us with dangerous pet foot lack of regulation /oversight that killed my beloved terrier with melamine. Buyer beware. Be vigilant in avoiding pet products consisting of products grown, packaged or derived from any ingredient Chinese sourced.

    1. Peter

      But the issue runs deeper than you suggest, since dog and cat guardians really CANNOT avoid Chinese-sourced ingredients in pet foods. Virtually all bulk vitamins used in pet manufacture are sourced from China. It is wrong for any pet food manufacturer (some of the most “important” ones do it) to assert that their ingredients are US sourced. It virtually cannot be true.

      Chinese culture favors dark meat, and that leaves white meat available at low cost, since it is not regarded as valuable in China. So most “jerky” products are manufactured in China. And look where we are. And look where the FDA is– or more frankly, is not– on this issue.

      What really has to happen is for consumers to simply demand the end of China-sourced ingredients, and this should mean, immediately: vitamins. If manufacturers understood that we would simply stop purchasing their products, change would come. The problem is, there is virtually no alternative… the question has to be acknowledged, why is that? The answer is probably, money, that there has been no profit motive to change the “system.” The Chinese have “cornered the market” on vitamin supplements. So we should all ask, how can WE change this?

  5. Travis

    So people were getting salmonella due to their pets eating these treats? This is scary, I tend to shop at a Blue Seal in my area. I’ll keep an eye out for any China based products.

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