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FDA Failing To Protect Pets From Jerky Treats, Nonprofit Claims

FDA failing to protect pets from jerky treats, nonprofit claims -

Food & Water Watch, a US nonprofit organization that works to ensure safe and sustainable food and water, issued a statement, in which the organization claims that the US Food and Drug Administration is failing to protect pets from potentially toxic chicken jerky treats made in China.

According to Food & Water Watch executive director, Wenonah Hauter: "Since 2007, thousands of American dogs have fallen ill or died after eating jerky treats made in China. In the past of couple days, it has come to light that Chinese government officials overseeing the factories that make the questionable treats refused to allow US inspectors to collect samples for independent analysis.

"While this lack of cooperation shows an unfortunate disregard for health and safety on behalf of the Chinese government, it's the Food and Drug Administration who has shirked its responsibility to keep U.S. citizens and their pets safe and it's the FDA who must step up and block these potentially deadly treats from harming more animals.

"The FDA waited until it received 2,000 reports of illnesses and deaths in US dogs before launching its investigation. Although the China investigation took place in April, it took the FDA four months to admit that they were denied permission from collecting samples from the Chinese facilities. As the FDA dragged its feet, the suspect treats remained on store shelves and put thousands of dogs at risk.

"What's more disgraceful than the FDA's dawdling is the fact that it has full authority under Section 306 of the Food Safety Modernization Act to refuse shipments of these treats from China now. Enough is enough. It's time for the FDA to issue an import alert on all pet food manufactured in China before more animals and the humans that love them suffer needlessly," says Hauter.


5 years later and the FDA is finally doing something. Unfortunately there have been hundreds of recalls on dog and cat foods since 2007 but many people see a recall and then forget. PLEASE make sure you are doing the BEST for your pet. Read the label and know your ingredients. Check to see if the company has ever been recalled and then ask that company what they've done to prevent that in the future. Diamond, one of the biggest offenders, hasn't done anything. Really nice for all the foods (Diamond is the plant that makes many of the pet foods - Costco's Kirkland Signature & Nature's Domain Foods, Natural Balance, Solid Gold, Chicken Soup for the soul, etc) that are still sticking with them as their manufacturing facility (Canidae was the only smart one to pull away from them).

If you are looking for a food that has never been recalled and is delivered direct to your door within 6 weeks of being made please visit Life's Abundance.



Bloating and Water Retention

When women reach a certain age, they begin to go through menopause. This is  when the body has reached the end of fertility. For the majority, menopause begins around age 50, but for some, it may start earlier.

Menopause begins with a reduction in the production of hormones  estrogen and progesterone. This reduction causes many symptoms  including: hot  flashes, flushes and/or cold flashes, night sweats, mood swings, thinning  hair, irregular periods, and vaginal  dryness.

In response to these symptoms, many woman start taking estrogen replacement  medication. A common side effect of these medications is water retention. Water retention, or edema as it’s medically known, is defined as the  accumulation of excess fluids in bodily tissues. Often, water retention  is associated with bloating,  weight gain, and frequent urination at night. One very common symptom of water  retention is fluctuation of weight. Try weighing yourself over a period of time;  if you notice weight fluctuation of around 5 lbs, chances are its water  retention.

Here are some tips to prevent water retention:

  • Exercise – This benefits almost every aspect of life.  Exercise can you look and feel younger, keep your heart healthy and help prevent  water retention.
  • Avoid salt – Excessive sodium in the blood stream can cause  water retention, so lay off the salty food.
  • Drink water – This may sound counterproductive, but many  times water retention is caused by to dehydration. Our bodies hold onto water  because it thinks we are dehydrated, so make sure to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid certain drinks – Avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol  and sugary drinks, as they may dehydrate you.
  • Eat a healthy diet – Make sure to eat enough fruits,  vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Eating Healthy can go a long way in  preventing water retention.

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Dealing With Chronic Insomnia

Insomnia can be a debilitating disorder. The National Heart Lung  and Blood Institute says that insomnia makes it hard to fall asleep, stay  asleep, or both.1

According to the Harvard Medical School, there are three types of insomnia: transient, which lasts less than a month; short-term, which lasts 1-6 months; and chronic, which lasts longer than 6 months.2

The Mayo Clinic says the causes of insomnia can include stress, a mental  health disorder, changing work shifts, travel, age, or female  hormones.3

The Harvard Medical Center comes to much the same conclusion, linking  insomnia to psychological causes and saying that chronic insomnia is  usually learned through conditioning. 4

If you suffer from chronic insomnia, the best thing to do is recondition yourself to associate your bed with  sleep and sleep only.

Use these simple tips from the Mayo Clinic to help overcome chronic  insomnia:5

  • Use your bed for sleeping only; this will lead you to associate your room  with sleep and only sleep, helping you fall asleep quicker.
  • Go to bed only if you are tired; if you do not feel sleepy, you will have a  harder time falling asleep.
  • Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day, and try to avoid napping  as much as possible.
  • Limit your caffeine intake  throughout the day, which can go a long way in helping you sleep  easier.
  • Make sure your room is dark by blocking out any lights, and maybe even  invest in blackout curtains.


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  1. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, “What Is Insomnia,”
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
  2. Havard Mental Health Letter, “Overcoming Insomnia,” Harvard Medical School.
  3. Mayo Clinic Staff, “Insomnia: Risk Factors,” Mayo Clinic.
  4. Havard Mental Health Letter, “Overcoming Insomnia.
  5. Mayo Clinic Staff, “Lifestyle and Home Remedies,” Mayo Clinic.

Bil-Jac Dog Food Recall

BiljacBil-Jac Limited Product Withdrawal

We have requested that a select number of retailers withdraw one small batch (256 cases) of 6 LB Adult Select Formula Dog Food from their warehouses and stores. We have had a few reports of mold in bags from this batch that was caused by higher moisture content in the food. We know the entire batch has not been affected, but have requested the entire small batch to be removed from warehouses and stores. Only batch number 1792-02 (Expiration 27 DEC 13) is affected, all in only 6 LB bags. Your Dog's health is of paramount importance to us, and you can continue to trust Bil-Jac for the absolute best nutrition.

Watch for additional information about  this recall at



Safeway Stops Orders For Milo's Kitchen Jerky Treats In The Bay Area & FDA Tests More Dog Treats

MiloThe FDA is expanding its investigation into possibly tainted dog treats.

The FDA has added duck jerky treats and sweet potato jerky treats to the list to test for potentially harmful chemicals.

And Safeway told NBC Bay Area today it has discontinued orders of Milo's Kitchen Chicken jerky treats to its stores nationwide. However, the store will continue the sale of the products still on shelves.

This decision comes on the heels of  thousands of complaints from pet owners,  reporting their dogs were sickened or died after eating certain chicken  jerky treats imported from China.

NBC Bay Area reported last month on a Bay Area pet owner who claims her dog died after eating Milo's Kitchen Chicken jerky treats.

Click here to view our original report

The Investigative Unit analyzed data from the FDA and found the brands with the most complaints were Nestle's Waggin' Train and Kingdom Pets.

Del Monte and Nestle say they extensively test their products for safety. Nestle even posted this video to show pet owners how the Waggin’ Train treats are made.

Kingdom Pets posts testing data on its site.  They say their chicken jerky treats come from the “same suppliers for  KFC China and McDonalds China” and have “never tested positive for known  contaminants.”

The FDA says complaints from pet owners have increased in the past nine months, but despite the complaints, no recalls have been ordered.

Extensive testing by the FDA has not linked the treats to illnesses in pets, but the agency says it continues to test samples.

Pet owners should be aware the most common symptoms listed in these complaints include vomiting, diarrhea and lack of appetite.

The FDA has just released a 97-page document updating its public database of pet owner complaints.

To view the new FDA data, click here.

To file a complaint with the FDA, click here  

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14 Foods to Never Feed Your Pet

Food-to-Never-Feed-Your-Pet-150x150Almost everyone with a pet has been guilty one time or another of feeding their
pet table scraps. When you’re eating dinner and your beloved pet gives you ‘the
eyes’, it can be nearly impossible to resist, and who doesn’t like spoiling
their pet?

Unfortunately, an occasional table scrap may be more harmful than you
Giving in may instill bad behaviors, such as begging and whining
– which I know from firsthand experience, can get very annoying. Feeding pets
table scraps for years can also lead to obesity, diabetes and overall poor
health. The odd piece of meat shouldn’t harm your dog, but there are many foods
out there that can be very harmful if ingested by your pet.

Below are some foods you should never feed your pet:

  • Chocolate, Coffee & Anything with Caffeine – Chocolate
    is an obvious one; most people know it can be very harmful if eaten by an animal
    – but coffee and caffeinated foods? All these foods contain methylxanthines,
    which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, heavy breathing, muscle
    tremors, seizures and even death. So, it is highly advisable to avoid giving
    your pet any of these substances.
  • Apricot Pits – Contain small amounts of cyanide which can
    lead to respiratory issues
  • Hops – Can cause increased heart rate, elevated
    temperature, seizures, and death.
  • Avocado – This fruit contains persin, a chemical present in
    avocado leaves, bark and the fruit itself. In pets, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and breathing troubles.
    There have even been a few reported deaths after ingestion.
  • Grapes & Raisins – Grapes and raisins are known to
    cause kidney troubles in pets.
    Avoid these fruits, especially if your pet already has kidney problems.
  • Dairy Products – Pets cannot digest milk very well; it can
    cause stomach upset and other allergic reactions, often resulting in skin irritation.
  • Moldy Foods – Can cause Vomiting, Tremors and
  • Xylitol – Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many
    forms of candy. If ingested it can cause low blood sugar and even liver
  • Onions – Onions in any form can lower a dog’s red blood
    cells, leading to anemia.
  • Mushrooms – Mushrooms are hard to identify and many can be
    poisonous to pets. Symptoms of a toxic mushrooms can include, upset stomach,
    gastrointestinal irritation, hallucination and even death.  If your yard has
    mushrooms growing make sure to remove them promptly.
  • Salt – Too much salt can cause your pet to experience
    excessive thirst and urination, so keep those salty treats to yourself.
  • Yeast Dough – It is ok to feed your dog a little bread, as
    long as it’s baked. Raw dough can expand in your pet’s stomach, causing intense pain and
  • Raw Meats and Eggs – Just like humans, animals can get sick
    from uncooked meat and raw eggs. If uncooked, these foods can harbor bacteria,
    which can lead to food poisoning.
  • Nuts – Almonds, black walnuts, english walnuts, hickory
    nuts, Japanese walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans and pistachios, can cause upset
    stomach or an obstruction in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract.  Symptoms
    generally show around 12-48 hours after ingestion and can include vomiting, muscle spasms, increased
    heart rate and a rise in body temperature.


These are just some of the foods that can be harmful to your pet, so make
sure to consult your vet before feeding your pet table scraps and contact your
vet immediately if your animal consumes any of these foods.

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Petco Issues Warning On Stainless Steel Pet Food Bowls

Stainless Steel Bowl Notice

Petco has determined that one of its foreign suppliers used stainless steel
mistakenly containing small quantities of Cobalt-60 when fabricating certain
orders of certain SKUs/models of stainless steel pet food bowls. Cobalt-60 is a
radioactive material commonly used in industrial gauging equipment and other

We don’t know for certain how it got into our product, but we believe it came
from scrap metal that had some Cobalt-60 accidentally mixed in. The affected
products were found to emit low levels of radiation.

The Cobalt-60 levels in the affected products are far below State and Federal
regulatory limits. All of the expert testing conducted on these products to date
indicates that there is no health risk to the public, to our associates or to

To our knowledge, the affected products were limited to two cargo containers
that entered the United States in late May and early June. We’ve also determined
that the affected products pose no health risk, and were and are safe to be
handled by our associates.

The issue was discovered by Customs and Border Protection agents during a
routine import screening of one of the containers. That container was held at
the port and never reached Petco. The second container had previously cleared
Customs and reached Petco’s distribution network.

Upon learning of this issue following the delivery of the affected products
to our distribution centers, we promptly retained experts to examine the
potentially affected products, and those experts determined that the SKUs
examined were safe for handling.

Out of concern that products from the second container reached our stores, we
removed from our store shelves and from our website all products from the
supplier that produced the bowls.

We have confirmed that the vast majority of all of the affected products
remain at Petco distribution centers, are quarantined outside and never reached
our stores.

We also confirmed that very few affected items were actually sold to
consumers. We are working to contact those customers to inform them of the
situation and to retrieve those particular bowls.

Petco has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a number of state
governments, and is in the process of notifying other appropriate states as we
continue to collect and verify information.

The Illinois state government did its own testing and issued a news release
stating that “a person would have to hold one of the bowls against their chest
for roughly six and a half days to receive a dose of radiation equivalent to a
single chest X-ray,” and that “these bowls do not pose an immediate health

Petco tested other stainless steel pet products it carries from other
suppliers and found no similar issues. The supplier that produced the affected
products has told us that it has already instituted special screening
procedures. We are in the process of reviewing those procedures ourselves, and
we have put a hold on future shipments until this issue is resolved.

Customers who purchased these products between the dates of May 31 and June
20, 2012, should bring it to their local Petco store for a full refund. If you
have any questions, please call Petco Customer Service at

SKU numbers can be found on labels inside and on the bottom of the bowls.

SKU 1047493
9.25” diameter; 3.75 cup

SKU 1386956
9” diameter; 3.5 cup

SKU 1047477
9” diameter; 7 cup