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FDA Warning: Toxic Treats From China = Russian Roulette With Your Pet’s Life

on December 6, 2011

We’re interrupting our usual Crazy Daisy silliness because of a new FDA warning about the dangers of pet treats imported from China. We don’t want any fellow pets or pet lovers to suffer the devastating effects of these potentially toxic “treats”.

It’s more important than ever to check the small print on that bag of treats or pet food you’re buying to make sure it wasn’t made in China. Apparently, giving your pet treats made in China is like playing Russian roulette with your pet’s life.

It doesn’t get any scarier than that, my fellow animal-lovers.

The 12/03/2011 Natural News article (you can read it in its entirety by clicking on that link) said there’s been an “uptick in adverse event reports” regarding pet treats made in China. “MSNBC reports that at least 70 dogs so far this year have been sickened or killed by chicken jerky products imported from China“. 

And those 70 are only the ones vets reported – how many more illnesses and deaths went unreported or unattributed to poisonous imported edibles?

Seriously, we have to stop this madness. Imported glass roasting pans have exploded when taken out of the oven (it happened to a friend of my mother’s), toxic toothpastes and makeup items sicken and kill people, cheap ceramic  glazes (or lack thereof) leak toxins into our drinks, and so, so much more. And now our pets are becoming victims too. But as long as we keep feeding these manufacturers’ wallets, they’ll keep mass producing toxic waste for our ingestion. Or should I say indigestion? 😉

My friend’s dog was horribly sick for a month because one of these slipped past her in a sample packet. She was just lucky her little cutie survived, but he suffered horribly with constant vomiting and diarrhea. And, of course, his human family suffered right along with him.

I’m usually a pretty easy-going sort of person who believes in the “live and let live” motto, but when manufacturers have a total disregard for the health and safety of others, it makes my blood boil and I have to take a stand. So here it is.

Don’t – buy – cheap – Chinese – imports. Your life and your pet’s life may be at risk.

I’m certainly not saying that China is the only country producing dangerous things, but they’re the ones producing an overwhelming majority of it. We have to start discouraging this wanton disregard for life and safety somewhere.

Since we can’t be sure which Chinese manufacturers use dangerous toxins in their products, we can’t take chances with any of them. Sure, there are recalls from even the most trusted manufacturers, but they’re usually unintentional and few and far between. What I’m talking about is a constant stream of deliberately cheap and dangerous goods.

Personally, I’d rather buy one item that’s more expensive if it comes from a manufacturer I have good reason to believe is safe than buy ten questionable items from any country we know exports toxins. How many more warnings do we need before we take action and protect ourselves?

And while we’re on the subject, the Natural News article also advised that we avoid any pet foods/treats with the irradiation symbol, which looks frighteningly innocent and has an earth-friendly appearance:

Radura Symbol

Natural News reports that radiation is used to blast “pathogens and viruses” out of pet foods (how and why did they get in there in the first place?!), but instead it can render pet food toxic. Several pets in Australia died from ingesting irradiated pet food; there’s a link in the article where you can read about such cases. Unfortunately, some US manufacturers use this process too, so look for the Radura Symbol and steer clear of any pet products that have it. Better safe than sorry.

My goal in writing this is NOT to point the finger of blame, but rather to help keep our beloved pets safe. If we know there’s a risk with anything, we need to pass that information along to help others so we can all make informed buying decisions. And that’s all I’m hoping to do.

25 responses to “FDA Warning: Toxic Treats From China = Russian Roulette With Your Pet’s Life

  1. 2browndawgs says:

    It is important to know where your pet foods and treats come from and how they are processed. That is why we do not order online and frequent a local mom and pop pet food store. We can speak directly to the owner and they treasure feed back from customers (and it is discounted from most other stores). They also try to stock local items.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      That’s the best way to get your dog food and treats. We don’t have a small, privately-owned pet food store nearby, but we do buy a highly rated food that we checked very carefully. You’re so lucky to have such a great place near you.

  2. Yes, yes, yes!!! I totally agree! I’m just glad the FDA is now saying this so I don’t look like the overly-cautious crazy dog lady! Ever since i read about how they manufacture rawhide, by using leftovers from leather manufacturing plants, that have been treated with formeldehyde and other chemicals. I stopped giving dingos and started giving made in us only bully sticks. I make sure they have not been irradiated as well. Yes they are very expensive, but all the cheaper bully sticks are not us made so I can only imagine what’s in them!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Good for you! I had no idea about how rawhide is made (Daisy can’t stomach it so I never looked into it), but that’s an important thing to make public. You’re not an overly-cautious dog lady, you’re a responsible pet owner who cares enough to give her dog the very best! I applaud you! 🙂

  3. barb19 says:

    Thank you so much for this information RD, and very timely in view of gift giving at this time of year. I will share your post on my FB wall, as every responsible pet owner should know the facts.
    Personally, I have never bought manufactured dog food for Poppy; I buy fresh meat that is for human consumption, and cook up some vegetables and sometimes pasta. That way, I know exactly what is going into her body.
    However, I do buy those rawhide things as she loves them, so I will check out my source before I buy next time.
    Once again, thank you so much for the warning.

  4. Hey Guys,

    Really glad you posted all of this information!! My Mum had no idea that there were so many dangers awaiting us out there – how can people put money before safety – AND – be allowed to do it!! It’s not right!!

    Thanks for looking out for us,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  5. Hi Y’all,

    Guess it’s a good thing my Human makes my treats herself.

    Y’all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  6. 2browndawgs says:

    Hi! I wanted to let you know that I am sharing the Kreativ Blogger Award with you because I really enjoy your blog. Details on my blog here:


    Have a nice weekend. 🙂

  7. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew says:

    Thank you sweet Daisy for all this great information. Hugs and nose kisses

  8. The Hook says:

    Thank God for people lie you! Your love of all animals has spread through the web and infected all your many readers and freinds everywhere!

  9. Jan says:

    China was guilty of sending medicine to their own hospitals which made people sicker than they were. Why anyone would buy something from China that could make them or their pets sick is beyond me. I guess they are just not informed.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      When I hear these things, I always wonder if people living in China are subjected to the same bad products that they export to us; you’ve answered that question. I guess they just don’t report things like pet illnesses and deaths the way we do. Thanks for your comment!

  10. Kas says:

    Oh my goodness this is scary!! Thanks for the heads up!!

  11. Bunk says:

    This is ridiculous. Thank you so much. To add to your point, one more thing we should be in the look out for are brands that say something like “made in china, distributed in u.s.a”. I love Dogswell to death because they make the best tasting treats and I really, really wish they would make their treats in America like this used to before. I think also just like you said, it is not just China. We need to be looking for specific ingredients/process used in manufacturing to put a stop to. Outrageus!

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  15. Emily Rose says:

    It is now Sept. 2012. Is there still a problem with these chicken strips? If there is why is Costco still selling them. We have a little Yorkie and the breeder recommended them to us as a little treat for her. She loves them but I will return them to Costco if there is stiil a problem. Where can you get an honest answer? What other sort of treat could we give her?

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