Over 500 dogs are KNOWN to have died from these treats, yet because the investigators haven't been able to pinpoint a quantifiable contaminant the manufacturers refuse to put out a recall and have not changed their manufacturing processes.  The numbers are likely higher, as many dogs may have become ill or died that the families never reported or made the association with these products.

This link gives you a full list from the AVMA of all manufacturers and recalls and also reported problem foods that haven't been recalled. You'll be amazed at some of the names on here including Wellness, Purina, Diamond, Iams, Blue Buffalo, Royal Canin...
http://www.avma.org/petfoodsafety/recalls/

One name you won't find on that list  is Life's Abundance!  It has never been recalled and their products have never been associated with causing illness in pets.  Their manufacturing processes meet the FDA's guidelines for human consumption and they give a full accounting of where all their ingredients originate.  Other than organic chicken and lamb imported from New Zealand, every ingredient in Life's Abundance comes from right here in the US, from Human Grade Food Quality sources.

Read on for the latest atrocity committed by the pet food industry...

FDA Warns Pets Being Poisoned by Treats: Manufacturers Refusing Recall
Ariel Wulff February 7, 2012

Bella in New York, Chansey, Ginger and Sampson in Ohio, Shelby in Pennsylvania, Sarge in Tennessee, Venus in Washington, Sherma, Tundra, Gracie Mae, Chester and Anna Claire; this is just a handful of victims of the latest deadly danger to pets.

Animal owners are once again at the mercy of pet food companies, as their pets are being poisoned by the very people that they trust to keep them healthy. Once again, claim pet owners, their beloved and innocent family members are dying from eating food items that US companies are importing from China.

Pet owners went through a similar scare in 2007, when the biggest dog food recall in U.S. history <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_pet_food_recalls#Affected_brands> came in the wake of thousands of dead and dying pets. That year the FDA received reports of approximately 8500 animal deaths, including at least 1950 cats and 2200 dogs who died ! after eating contaminated food.

The 2007 recall effected brands ranging from budget labels like Olí Roy <http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ol-Roy-Complete-Nutrition-Dog-Food-20-lb/10898788> to top shelf brands like Royal Canin <http://www.royalcanin.us/> . Eventually it was determined that the contaminant was melamine <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine> , a product made in the production of plastics, and that the products had all been imported from China.

This time, there is no recall. The poisoned products are still stocked on store shelves across the country, with no indication that they will be removed any time soon. Dogs varying age from puppies to seniors have been falling ill and dying and the only thing the dogs have in common is that each of them ate dog treats imported from China.

The FDA is aware of the connection and is investigating, but so far they havenít been able to pinpoint the contaminant.

ďFDA, in addition to several animal health diagnostic laboratories in the U.S., is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. FDAís Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VLRN) is now available to support  these animal health diagnostic laboratories. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA continues extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant.Ē

Because tests by the FDA are inconclusive, pet treat manufacturers are not required by law to recall their products, and none of them have volunteered to do so. But given that the tests have not pinpointed the contaminant does not mean it is not contaminated. The FDA issued a warning <http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm280586.htm> to pet owners in November, 2011 in regards to this issue.

The question many are asking is how many dogs will have to die before the products are recalled? It is already estimated that the dead and dying are numbered at more than 500. This number does not count all of the cases that have not made the connection yet between a petís illness and the treats. The treats are causing kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanconi_syndrome> , with some cases resulting in death; others, in chronic kidney disease.

Four months has passed since the FDA warning yet the treats are still being sold, and pets are still dying.

When Purina <http://www.purina.com/> began to receive calls from customers whose pets had become ill after eating their Waggin Train
<http://www.waggintrainbrand.com/> jerky treats, they initially discussed financial settlements, but when the FDAís tests came back with inconclusive results, Purina took all offers off the table. Some consumers who have posted about petís illnesses on other pet food manufacturers websites and Facebook pages have been banned from posting there any longer.

At a news conference today in Cleveland, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown <http://www.sherrodbrown.com/> , and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich <http://kucinich.us/> both petitioned the FDA to step up their investigation.  They both called for the Food and Drug Administration to take immediate action to put a stop to their policy that allows dangerous pet treats and pet foods to remain on the market and to put an immediate stop to its continued sale.

If your pet has eaten tainted treats, symptoms may include:
* Decreased appetite
* Decreased activity
* Vomiting
* Diarrhea
* Increased water consumption
* Increased urination
If your pet is sick and you have been feeding it these treats please report it
to the FDA
<https://www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov/fpsr/WorkflowTimeout.aspx?metinstance=4815A34AF656FF5D624E9F6F9F53E6E3163BDDB1>
.

For now, pet owners who find the current state of this situation unacceptable are urged by animal advocacy groups to take the following actions.
* Download the FDA warning here
<http://www.yelodoggie.com/FDA_nov11_statement.pdf> , and print some copies.

* If you find products in your store that are from China or have been linked to death or sickness in pets, supply the store with the printed info sheet and ask that they verify the safety of their products.

Editorís Note: A previous version of this article listed Kirkland as one of the companies currently being targeted by pet owners over the recent wave of pet deaths and illness and has since been removed. The information collected regarding Kirkland was from a 2007 recall that was erroneously included due toconfusing dates on the FDA site that can be found here
<http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls/detail.cfm?ID=V-091-2007>
. We regret any confusion this may have caused and have removed Kirkland from the current list.

Editorís Second Note: A list of companies with ties to Chinese manufacturers was included in this article and has since been removed. This was done in an attempt to encourage pet owners to investigate their food choices for their pets, and allow them to engage in meaningful dialogue with pet food suppliers in a more constructive and level way.

About the author: Ariel Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. She has worked in animal rescue for more than 24 years, authoring the book Born Without a Tail.

 

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