Watched an infuriating report last night on Marketplace that detailed the string of pet sicknesses and deaths purportedly linked to two dog treats manufactured in China: Waggin’ Train Dog Treats and Milo’s Chicken Jerky treats. I say “purportedly” because, even though many dogs have gotten sick and, in some cases, died after ingesting these treats, no direct link has been found that proves that they were the cause of the illnesses and deaths. And, without a smoking gun, despite the massive coincidence, NestlePurina is in no hurry to pull these treats off store shelves, even as a precaution. Meanwhile, the slow-as-molasses FDA is apparently looking into the matter.
In last night’s report, an independent laboratory analysis revealed a mysterious, unidentifiable substance in the treats that are suspected of sickening/killing some of the dogs profiled. Furthermore, we were told that individuals sent to observe the treat-making process at the factory in China encountered resistance and suspicious and doctored data.
You’d think that companies like the Del Monte Corporation and NestlePurina would have the interest of their consumers at heart but, it would seem, they’re more concerned about their bottom line. So what can you do? Beside avoid Waggin’ Train Dog Treats and Milo’s Kitchen treats? Well, I for one will be avoiding ALL Del Monte and Nestle products from now on. That’s a start.
Also, head over here and sign a petition to get these treats pulled from store shelves:
Or, even better, sign a petition that would require Waggin’ Train Treat President, Nina Leigh Krueger, to actually eat her own product. Lots of spin going on at the company facebook page: Waggin’ Train Dog Treats
An interesting exchange:
Waggin’ Train Dog Treats @ Joshua- On August 15th, the FDA posted information regarding their April inspections of several Chinese facilities that manufacture chicken jerky treats for dogs. The FDA stated: “the inspections provided valuable information on the firms’ jerky treat manufacturing operations. The FDA found no evidence that these firms’ jerky pet treats are the cause of pet illnesses in the United States.” We continue to cooperate fully with the FDA and its investigation. Also, we’ll give you a call this evening to discuss. Thanks again.
Terie Vass That isn’t exactly true WT. The FDA stated that the CHinese government, who pretty much owns your contracted facilities in China (JOC Great Wall) would not allow the samples to be returned to the USA for testing, and said CHinese labs would only be allowed. The FDA investigators declined, and did not return with samples. How clean your factories are is NOT the issue really is it?? It’s WHAT is added to the chicken and WHAT the chicken was fed and you know it. How long can you keep the corp straight face without laughing, because you know what it is. The FDA has pretty good idea too, just can’t prove it. What will you say when they do prove it without a doubt? OOPS, our bad??
Waggin’ Train Dog Treats Hi Terie – Just circling back with you. Our treats are made in facilities in China that model U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for quality and safety. We ensure these facilities remain under strict safety and sanitary guidelines and are closely monitored by our quality professionals. All finished product lots are tested to ensure the safety and quality of our treats.
[Note how Waggin’ Train Dog Treats DOES NOT respond to the specific charges made by this poster, simply falling back on the company line].
Get the word out.
Continuing our trip down SGA memory lane…
“Who is that creepy old guy staring in through my window?”I wondered, catching the fella from the corner of my eye as he peered in through the slats of my office blinds. Assuming he was looking for casting (auditioning for the role of Grandpa no doubt) I stepped out into the hallway to help him out. It was only when I got a closer look that I realized that I recognized the creepy old guy. It was David Hewlett!
The make-up department had done a terrific job of aging him up for his upcoming appearance as future McKay. It was going to be one of those time travel episodes I loved so much, the kind that offered us a glimpse of the (albeit alternate) future that awaits our characters. Sheppard gone, Teyla and Jennifer dead, Atlantis abandoned, leaving a broken McKay to continue his work in the hope of, some day, setting it right. And, of course, there were the fittingly spectacular ends to the lives of two (maybe three) fan favorites: Carter going out with a bang as she sacrifices herself to take out a hive ship, and Ronon sacrificing himself alongside a most unlikely ally in Todd the wraith.
The first draft of the script ended with Sheppard stepping through the gate to inform everyone that he knew where Teyla was being held captive. At the network’s request (and it was a good one), we played out the events a little longer, actually getting them to the location before bringing down the roof – literally.