Two pet product manufacturers have voluntarily recalled chicken jerky treats after the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in the products.
St.Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Company and its subsidiary Waggin' Train recalled Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in the United States. No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by the recall. Canyon Creek Ranch dog and cat food are not included in the recall.
The use of antibiotics to keep chickens healthy and disease-free while raising them is a standard practice in poultry production for both human and pet food. However, the antibiotics found in the products were unapproved and should not be present in the final food product.
San Francisco-based Milo's Kitchen has also recalled some of its jerky treats. The company recalled its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from retailer shelves nationally. Trace amounts of residual antibiotics were found in several lots of the jerky.
"While there is no known health risk, the presence of even trace amounts of these antibiotics does not meet our high-quality standards," said Rob Leibowitz, general manager of pet products at Milo's Kitchen. "Consumers who discard the treats will receive a full refund."