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Del Monte Recalls Potentially Spoiled Corn Sold in 25 States

Del Monte Recalls Potentially Spoiled Corn Sold in 25 States

The popular canned vegetable producer says their corn wasn't properly sterilized—and could make you very ill.

More than 64,000 cases of Fiesta Corn are being recalled after manufacturer Del Monte Foods says they weren't sterilized properly. If consumed, they could lead to potentially life-threatening foodborne illness.

The Food and Drug Administration reports that the voluntary recall was launched due to "under-processing," which is a deviation from the regular sterilization processes used by manufacturers for commercial food production. Del Monte Foods says that the cans of corn in question could spoil on the shelf, or contain potentially dangerous organisms, pathogens, or bacteria.

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Federal safety agencies have yet to report any illnesses or deaths associated with the recall, but there's still potential to get sick so Del Monte Foods is asking shoppers to immediately dispose of the corn, or return it to a point of purchase for a full refund.

Tips for avoiding foodborne illnesses:

The product is called "Fiesta Corn" and contains red and green peppers. It was shipped across the United States as well as 12 international destinations, mostly across Central America. Those living in Alaska, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin could be affected.

The 15-ounce cans have the UPC code "24000 02770" printed directly on the label, and have expiration dates ranging from August to September of 2021. For more information and help clearly identifying the product in question, visit the FDA's official recall posting.


Del Monte Foods Inc. is recalling more than 64,000 cases of canned corn because the corn did not go through the entire sterilization process and could cause life-threatening illness if eaten.

The company recalled 64,242 cases of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers due to under-processing, the company told the Food & Drug Administration on Wednesday.

The deviation from the commercial sterilization process could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, Del Monte Foods said.

That in turn could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed, the company says.

There have been no reports of illness associated with the products.

The 15.25-ounce cans of corn have the UPC number � 02770” on the label.

The cans will also have “Best if Used By” the following dates:

  • August 14, 2021
  • August 15, 2021
  • August 16, 2021
  • Sept 3, 2021
  • Sept 4, 2021
  • Sept 5, 2021
  • Sept 6, 2021
  • Sept 22, 2021
  • Sept 23, 2021

The product was sold in 25 states, including New York.

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Let’s take a look at some of the worst ingredients on a cat food label.

We’ll start out by identifying specific ingredients that tell you a lot about the quality of the food.

As a general rule of thumb, remember that the first three ingredients on the cat food label should be meat. If corn, peas, or rice are in the first, second, or third spot on the cat food label, pass up that product.

Remember that ingredients are ordered by weight.

Ingredient splitting is a common tactic used to create the illusion of a higher meat concentration. If a food contains multiple variations of corn, for example, it’s possible that, if all the corn ingredients were lumped together, they would be the first ingredient on the list.

Pea Protein, Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, and Other Types of Plant Protein

Cats require 22 amino acids to stay healthy and can synthesize only 11 of them. The remaining amino acids, called essential amino acids, must come from their food. For this reason, cat food should be at least 30% protein.

But not all protein is equal each protein source varies in biological availability. Eggs have a biologic value of 100, while feathers have a biologic value of zero. Cats thrive on animal protein because it is highly metabolizable and nourishing.

Plant protein sources are cheaper and help to round out the guaranteed analysis, but they are less biologically available than animal proteins. Plant proteins and other types of less biologically available protein are processed inefficiently by the body, increasing the burden on the liver and kidneys.


As true (obligate) carnivores, cats have virtually zero natural carbohydrate requirement. Cats can survive and thrive on a diet with as little as 1-2% carbohydrate calories. Nevertheless, most dry cat foods are between 30-45% carbohydrates. Cat food labeling currently doesn’t display carbohydrate content. If you would like to know the exact percentage of a specific food, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer or use this carbohydrate and calorie calculator to determine the percentage yourself.

Common high-carbohydrate ingredients include corn, wheat, potatoes, rice, and oats.

Animal By-Products

People often experience a visceral reaction to the idea of animal by-products in their cat’s food and assume that because stomachs, intestines, udders, and chicken heads are disgusting to humans, they’re equally inappropriate for feline consumption.

But this sense of nausea is misplaced and directed by a fundamental misunderstanding of feline nutrition. Cats are predators who eat almost every part of their prey, consuming feet, eyes, noses, fur, and skin that humans would find appalling.

It’s not the “ick factor” that should make us avoid by-products. The problem lies in regulation and management.

You’ll find by-products labeled in a variety of ways, but all fall into two basic camps. The distinction is important.

Generic by-products are indicated by vague names such as meat by-products, meat and bone by-product meal, meat by-product meal, and animal by-product meal.

Named by-products appear on the ingredient list as chicken by-products, turkey by-products, pork by-products, chicken by-product meal, and so on.

While neither type is ideal, generic by-products are worse. They may include animals who were already dead from euthanasia, diseased animals, or disabled animals on drugs.

An EPA document from 1995 describes how meat rendering plants source raw materials: “Independent (rendering) plants obtain animal by-product materials, including grease, blood, feathers, offal, and entire animal carcasses, from the following sources: butcher shops, supermarkets, restaurants, fast-food chains, poultry processors, slaughterhouses, farms, ranches, feedlots, and animal shelters.”

We know nothing about the uniformity of biological availability of any by-product. Certain parts of the animal carcass are highly biologically available, while others, like beaks and feet, are virtually non-metabolizable. In other words, animal by-products are an unreliable and inconsistent protein source for your cat.

Another issue with non-specific animal content is the potential for introducing allergens to your cat’s food. Animal by-products are made from unspecified parts of unspecified animals. They could contain sheep and beef, or may be made with pork that makes your cat sick.


This seaweed-derived ingredient is a naturally effective binder and thickening agent that comes with a troubling history. It can create inflammation in the body, leading to a variety of serious complications including fetal toxicity, ulcerative colitis, immune suppression, and yes – cancer.

While some voices in the scientific community contradict the claims about carrageenan being dangerous, there’s not enough evidence to dismiss them entirely. We just don’t know whether it’s harmful or not.

BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin

These chemical preservatives have been linked to organ disease, cancer, and skin problems. It’s easy to avoid BHA and BHT by selecting foods preserved with mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E).

Ethoxyquin is more stealthy – while it’s often not added to pet food itself, it can sneak a ride in with fish meal.

Because of the risk of dangerous preservatives entering the food at various points on the supply chain, it’s important to choose a transparent, communicative company that closely monitors their suppliers.

Artificial Colors

Several controversial dyes are used in cat food. These include Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 40, and caramel color. Although they’re generally considered safe, these dyes have been linked to behavioral problems in children and may cause cancer in mice. They have no nutritional benefit for your cat, so if you have any doubts about the safety of these artificial dyes, there’s no reason to use them.

Add Del Monte's Fiesta Canned Corn to the Growing List of USDA Recalled Foods

Another day, another warning to check your kitchen for potentially dangerous foods.

Del Monte Foods is recalling over 64,000 cases of its Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red and Green Peppers after learning it could cause life threatening illnesses if consumed. To date, there have been no reported consumer complaints.

The corn did not complete the sterilization process, the company informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That could result in contamination, which could lead to the illnesses.

Consumers who have bought a 15.25-ounce can of this particular corn product are being encouraged to look for the UPC code 24000 02770 as well as a “Best if Used By” date within the dates of either Aug. 14-16, 2021 Sept. 3-6, 2021 or Sept. 22-23, 2021.

The product, says Del Monte, was distributed to 25 states: Alaska, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The cans were also distributed to 12 other international locations— Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, El Salvador, Haiti, Guyana, Uruguay, Aruba, Panama, Saint Lucia, and Suriname.

This year has seen several major food recalls. Earlier this week, the USDA recalled 29,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean Sausage. JBS Tolleson has recalled over 6,000 tons of beef since October. Cargill was forced to twice recall meats, once in August and more in September. And Kroger issued a warning in May when there was the threat of plastic contamination.

K A S H R U T . C O M ©

KROGER brand PEARLED BARLEY with Sell By date JUL 06 19, which is currently being sold in local Kroger stores, has been found to be infested, and should not be used without checking the product carefully. Shake the dry barley in a strainer over a white surface (not plastic, which creates a shine and static) and check the surface for any infestation. Or place a small pile of barley - about two ounces at a time - on a white paper plate (not plastic) with a very good overhead light that illuminates the plate. Use a finger or a fork to drag a small amount of barley away from the pile, spreading that barley in a single layer. Visually inspect the spread-apart barley, looking for webbing, black insects and white or tan worms between or under the kernels. Repeat this until the entire pile has been checked. Then do the same for the rest of the barley in the package. After checking, it is advisable to thoroughly rinse before use. Consumers who store barley or other grains for extended amounts of time are advised to store these products in the refrigerator or freezer in order to prevent infestation.

Kosher LA Advisory - SUPA Coffee

SUPA Coffee 1173 S Robertsons Blvd will no longer be Kosher certified as of 1/7/19
From SUPA owners: 'After careful and difficult consideration, we will no longer be continuing our kosher certification at our coffee shop for the foreseeable future."
"In order for us to survive, we have to make some necessary changes that will make it very difficult for us to stay kosher- i.e. adding various hot food, diversifying our pastry program, adding boba/premium teas."
"We really loved the experience of learning about the religion and practice'

Kosher Alert IN.POWER Organic Whey Powder

IN.POWER Organic Whey Powder, Calton Nutrition, North Venice FL has an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union does not certify IN.POWER Organic Whey Powder. Some of their packaging bears an unauthorized OU symbol. Corrective actions are being implemented.

Kosher Alert ShopRite Trading Sparkling Grape Juice

ShopRite Trading Sparkling White Grape Juice UPC#411006102 and Sparkling Red Grape Juice UPC# 411006101, Wakefern - Keasbey has an unauthorized OU:
Due to a printing error ShopRite Trading White & Red Sparkling Grape Juice mistakenly bears the OU symbol. These products are not certified and are being withdrawn from the market.

South African Kosher FAQ and Kosher Alerts: Bokomo Otees Bubblegum flavoured multigrain toasted cereal with marshmallows Staffords Creamed Horseradish Honeyfields Choc dipped cones Milo Bars

  • Bokomo Otees Bubblegum flavoured multigrain toasted cereal with marshmallows erroneously bears a Beth Din logo. The company is aware of this error and is in the process of correcting it.
  • Staffords Creamed Horseradish is incorrectly labelled parev. This product is in fact milchik. The company is aware of the error and have apologised. They are in the process of rectifying the labels.
  • Honeyfields Choc dipped cones are incorrectly labelled parev. This product is in fact milchik. The company is aware of the error and have apologised. They are in the process of rectifying the labels.
  • Milo Bars are Kosher with or without the Beth Din logo ONLY when produced in South Africa. Please check wrappers when purchasing as imported Milo Bars are now available locally.

Kosher Alert: Western Family Cookies

Please be advised that Western Family brand Tea Cookies and Cookie Bites bear an unauthorized Kosher Check logo and are not certified kosher by The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of BC.

Kashrut alert - from SOPHIA’S PITA CHIPS

December 31, 2018 from the COR Detroit:

PITA CHIPS from SOPHIA’S BAKING CO. in 7 oz. clear plastic containers are not Kosher and do not bear the K-COR symbol. Only those Sophia’s products that bear the K-COR are Kosher (not Pas Yisroel).

Kashrus Alert: NIBBLES & NUTS GIFT BASKETS and TRAYS (Oak Park, Farmington Hills MI)

January 13, 2016, reissued November 22, 2017 and reissued again on December 31, 2018 - from the COR Detroit:

NIBBLES & NUTS GIFT BASKETS and TRAYS (Oak Park, Farmington Hills, MI) bear a sticker on some stating “All products in this box or basket are Kosher”. Please be aware that these baskets and trays have no Kosher certification and are prepared without any Kashrus supervision, and therefore should not be accepted as Kosher.

Kosher Alert - Schnucks bakery products

December 31, 2018 from the OV Kosher:

Please look carefully at Schnucks bakery products for the D-designation. In transitioning to the new OVK logo some labels have a very small D printed next to the OVK logo. Corrective action is being taken.

Kosher Advisory - Pita 'N Go Boca Raton, FL

December 27, 2018 from the OU:

Pita 'N Go in Boca Raton is not certified by the Orthodox Union. Their website FAQ’s asks “are you kosher” and is answered with statements about the OU and the Orthodox Union. The Orthodox Union did not endorse the publication of these statements on the Pita N Go website.

Which Stores Sold Onions Recalled For Possible Salmonella?

The newest Salmonella Newport outbreak has sickened at least 396 people in 34 states and has hospitalized 59. The outbreak is potentially linked to red onions sold by Thomson International. Those onions were recalled last week. But which stores sold the onions recalled for possible Salmonella contamination? And are products made with those onions recalled?

According to recall notices posted on their web sites, ALDI, Food Lion, Giant Eagle/Market District, Kroger, Publix, Stop & Shop/Giant Food Stores, Smiths, Fry’s, Fred Meyer, and Walmart allegedly sold these onions under various store names and brand names, and some were used to make other products such as salads and stir fries.

In addition, Taylor Farms is recalling meat and poultry products made with these onions that were sold at HEB stores, Walmart stores, and others in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Those items include Chicken Salad Deli Snack, Marketside Southwest Style Salad with Chicken, and Taylor Farms Cheddar Cheese & Chicken Salad Snack Tray, among others.

And Costco recalled red onions and products made with them on August 7, 2020. The onions were sold at various stores in different states around the country.

Red and yellow onions packaged by Progressive Produce sold at some Trader Joe’s and Ralph’s stores on the west coast were recalled on August 10, 2020.

On August 11, 2020, Spokane Produce Inc. recalled Saddlin’ Up Salsa and Salsa Verde products that were made with the recalled Thomson International Onions.

The recall notices state that these onions, along with products made with them, should not be sold. We don’t know if any of these stores sold any onions potentially linked to the outbreak. Most of these recalls specifically state that no illnesses have been reported in association with their recalled items.

ALDI, in partnership with Onions 52, recalled red, white and yellow onions from select stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Sweet onions were removed from select stores in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The onions were also available through Instacart orders. More details on the recalled onions:

  • Sweet onions were packaged in a 2 pound bag, with UPC number 033383602912 in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • Red onions, also packaged in a 2 pound bag with UPC number 033383601014, White onions sold in 2 pound bags with UPC number 033383600512, and Yellow onions, sold in a 3 pound bag with UPC number 033383600024, were sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Food Lion has recalled all varieties of onions that have come into contact with the red onions that are potentially contaminated with Salmonella Newport. The recalled items are jumbo red onions sold between May 24 and July 31, and jumbo white onions, jumbo yellow onions, and three pound bags of yellow onions sold between May 24 through August 1. The onions were sold at select Food Lion stores in the produce section.

The recall also includes sliced red onions and stir fry vegetables that were prepared in-store and sold in the in-store cut fruit and vegetable department at the same select Food Lion stores between May 24 and July 31, 2020.

Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle is recalling prepared foods and deli items that were made with the recalled. You can see the long list of recalled items at the Giant Eagle recall page at They include Pepper Steak over Rice, Cajun Style Chicken, Zucchini Pancakes, MD Caprese Salad, MD Buffalo Chicken Salad, MD Greek Salad with Balsamic Dressing, Berry Salad for Two, Cucumber Salad, Italian Hero, Sheet Vegetable Pizza, and Lemon Almond Chicken Salad, among others.

In addition, Giant Eagle/Market District recalled onions that were sold since June 6, 2020. They include bulk and bagged Spanish onions with PC/PLU/NC number 4093, bulk and bagged white onions with PC/PLU/NC 4663, and bulk and bagged red onions with PC/PLU/NC 3286 and 4082.

Kroger, Smiths, Fry’s, Fred Meyer

Kroger is recalling red, white, small yellow onions, and Kroger yellow onions for solid at Kroger, Smiths, and Fry’s stores for possible Salmonella contamination. The onions listed below were sold between May 11, 2020 and August 3, 2020 at Smiths stores. They include:

  • Yellow onions small, with PLU number 4665 and purchase dates May 18, 2020 through July 6, 2020.
  • White onions – medium, with PLU number 4663 and purchase dates May 11, 2020 through August 3, 2020.
  • Red onions with UPC number 11110-18222 in 2 pound bags, with purchase dates May 11, 2020 through August 3, 2020.
  • Kroger yellow onions with UPC number 11110-91682, sold in 3 pound bags with purchase dates May 11, 2020 through August 3, 2020.

These onions were recalled from Kroger stores in Texas and Louisiana, Fry’s, and Smiths stores:

  • Vidalia onions and yellow jumbo, with PLU number 4166 and purchase dates June 13, 2020 to June 23, 2020.
  • Red onions with UPC number 11110-18222, packaged in 2 pound bags and sold through June 13, 2020 through June 23, 2020.
  • Sweet onions import medium, sold in 5 pound bags with UPC number 33383-60283 and purchased from June 13, 2020 through June 23, 2020.

These items were sold at Krogers stores in the Greater Memphis area in Tennessee, and in Arkansas Mississippi Western Kentucky North Carolina Virginia Eastern West Virginia Eastern Kentucky Southeastern Ohio and Fred Meyer stores. The purchase date for all of the below products are May 15, 2020 through August 1, 2020.

  • Red onions jumbo with PLU 4082
  • While onions – medium with PLU number 4663
  • Yellow onions – small with PLU number 4665
  • Red Onions in 2 pound bags with UPC number 11110-18222
  • Yellow onions sold in 5 pound bags with UPC number 11110-18223
  • Kroger yellow onions sold in 3 pound bags with UPC number 11110-91682
  • Kroger white onions sold in 2 pound bags with UPC number 11110-91684
  • Kroger white onions sold in 2 pound bags, with UPC number 33383-60051

Publix Super markets is recalling red onions packaged by Del Monte Fresh Produce that is associated with the Thomson International Inc. recall because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The red onions were sold in bulk merchandise displays in the produce department of Publix stores in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The bulk red onions have the product look-up number (PLU) 4082. All lot codes shipped to Publix in the month of July are recalled.

Stop & Shop/Giant Food Stores

Stopo & Shop and Giant Food Stores are recalling items made with the Lancaster red onion products. They include:

  • Lancaster Kabob Kit in 30 ounce packages, with UPC number 081305501884 and codes 8/8 and 8/11
  • SB Corn Cob Kabobs in 24 ounce packages, with UPC number 068826755664 and codes 8/9 and 8/13
  • SB Grill Veg with Mushroom in 21 ounce packages, with UPC number 068826754362 and codes 8/7, 8,8, 8/9, and 8/10
  • SB Stir Fry Blend in 14 ounce packages with UPC number 068826755342 and codes 8/8, 8/9, 8/10, and 8/12
  • SB WH Mushroom Kabob Kit in 17 ounce packages, with UPC number 068826754361 and codes 8/7, 8/9, 8/11, and 8/12
  • Store Brand Diced Red Onions sold in 8 ounce boxes, with UPC number 68826716310 and codes 8/9, 8/10, and 8/13

Walmart stores are recalling red, white, yellow, and sweet onions from 1,500 Walmart stores in 26 states. The states where those stores are located are Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

If you purchased any of these recalled onions linked to the Salmonella Newport outbreak, do not eat them. Throw them away in a secure garbage and, or take them back to the place of purchase for a refund. You should then clean the area where you stored the onions and wash your hands well.


Does cooking the onions kill the salmonella or not? I can’t imagine everyone falling ill is eating them raw. I know salmonella is killed by high temperatures but haven’t seen anything regarding that in relation to this particular outbreak. Thanks.

Yes, cooking to a temperature of 165°F does kill Salmonella bacteria, as long as every tiny bit of food actually does reach that temperature. But the problem with using a product contaminated with pathogens is the possibility of cross-contamination. If a contaminated food comes into contact with a food contact surface in the kitchen, or another food that is eaten without cooking, someone can still get sick. That’s why experts tell people to discard any food that is recalled for contamination.

Natures Recipe Dog Food Coupons 2021

The average price for their products vary from one formula to another depending on the quality of the ingredients and the product line. A 30-pound bag of traditional Adult Chicken Meal & Rice dry food is fairly affordable at $40 or so. Their Pure Essentials dry foods, however, are a little more expensive – they average $55 for a 24-pound bag. Grain-Free dry foods cost about $50 per 24-pound bag and Special Needs formulas cost about the same for a 30-pound bag. Their canned foods range from $1.50 to $2.50 for 13.2-ound cans and 2.75-ounce cups cost about $1.50 each. Though their products can be pricey, you can save money with Nature’s Recipe dog food coupons you can find online or on the brand website.

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7. Worst Chinese Dish

P.F. Chang&rsquos Combo Lo Mein

1,968 calories - 96 g fat (12 g saturated) - 5,860 mg sodium

Lo mein is normally looked at as a side dish, a harmless pile of noodles to pad your plate of orange chicken or broccoli beef. This heaping portion (to be fair, Chang&rsquos does suggest diners share an order) comes spiked with chicken, shrimp, beef, and pork, not to mention an Exxon Valdez-size slick of oil. The damage? A day&rsquos worth of calories, 1 ½ days&rsquo worth of fat, and 2 ½ days&rsquo worth of sodium. No meat-based dish beats out the strip.

Jerky Treats (and more) Reportedly Causing Kidney Failure in Dogs

Please avoid all commercial jerky treats., even those made in the U.S. with U.S. ingredients. These products may also be called Chicken Tenders, Strips, or Treats. Avoid other imported treats as well. Chicken jerky and other dehydrated treats (duck, sweet potato) imported from China (and maybe Thailand, and now even some made in the United States) have been linked to kidney disease in dogs, though the cause has not yet been identified and no treats have been recalled.

Update July 2017: Gambol Pet Products, one of the Chinese companies making jerky treats associated with pet illnesses and deaths, is opening a plant in California to make "made in USA” pet treats using U.S.-sourced natural ingredients. See Chinese Jerky Treat Manufacturer Opens Plant in US for more info.

Update March 2016: New warning from the UK. This article gives a good overview of the problem world-wide: Vets in the UK warn: Jerky treats from China are dangerous, cause kidney problems in dogs, including one possible cause (hypersensitivity to sulfonamides) and treatment (Gonto Protocol).

Update March 2015: Veterinarians are now seeing reports of the same Fanconi-like syndrome in dogs who have consumed jerky treats made in the United States with U.S. ingredients. See the following for more information:

Update February 2015: See Reports of jerky pet treat illness ebb in U.S. for a concise overview of what we currently know.

Update March 2014: After the recall last year (see below) due to illegal antibiotic residue, some companies have decided to change their strategies (see Manufacturers confident in revamped chicken jerky products for more info). Their new products will be introduced in March 2014. I would still advise avoiding these treats until the cause has been identified (e.g., both products below still contain glycerin, a possible culprit):

  • Milo’s Kitchen (made by Del Monte, now called Big Heart Pet Brands) will reintroduce its Chicken Grillers and Chicken Jerky Recipe treats in March 2014, along with a new product, Burger Bites. The company decided to reformulate the products and source 100 percent of its meat from the United States, exiting China completely.
  • Waggin’ Train treats are made by Nestlé Purina, which has decided to continue manufacturing Chicken Jerky Tenders in China, but will now use a single chicken supplier and a single manufacturer in China that’s part of a U.S.-based company. They are also phasing out their Canyon Creek brand name, which was much the same as Waggin' Train, and introducing two new products made in the U.S. with domestic ingredients: Jerky Duos and Smoky Jerky Snacks .

Petco also announced in May 2014 that it will stop selling any pet foods or treats from China by the end of the year. PetSmart followed a day later, promising to remove these items from their shelves by March 2015.

Avoid feeding chicken jerky strips (or any other treats) from China to dogs until we know conclusively that they are safe. Note that these products often appear to be made in the US, but if you search carefully, you'll often find "Made in China" in tiny print somewhere on the bag. If in doubt, call the company and ask not only where the treats are manufactured, but the source of their ingredients as well.

In September 2012, the FDA announced yet another warning about chicken jerky treats causing kidney failure in dogs. This has been going on since 2007. The cause remains unknown, but reports are increasing. See the following for more information from the FDA:

  • Jerky Pet Treats
  • FDA Issues Update on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation (February 2015) (May 2014) (October 2013)
  • Questions and Answers Regarding Chicken Jerky Treats from China. (FAQ)
  • How to Report a Complaint about Jerky Pet Treats (10/22/13) (1/9/13)
  • FDA Report Regarding Jerky Pet Treats and Illnesses (1/9/13)
  • FDA Investigates Animal Illnesses Linked To Jerky Pet Treats (9/14/12) (updated 7/17/12) (updated 4/16/12)

Signs to watch for include decreased appetite decreased activity (lethargy) vomiting diarrhea, sometimes with blood and increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

The type of kidney failure associated with chicken jerky strips is called acquired Fanconi syndrome, Fanconi-like syndrome, and acquired proximal renal tubulopathy. Urine test results consistently show glucose and granular casts. Blood tests may show hypokalemia (low potassium), mildly increased liver enzymes, and acidosis, along with increased creatinine and BUN (signs of kidney disease). Some dogs also have hypophosphatemia (low blood phosphorus) that may continue even after the dog has otherwise recovered (treatment involves electrolyte supplementation).

If your dog develops these signs and test results while being fed chicken (or other) jerky treats, contact your state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Consumer Complaint Coordinator. See How to Report a Pet Food Complaint for more information, and Consumer Complaint Coordinators for a state-by-state list of who to contact. Please provide as much information as possible, including the specific product name, lot numbers, veterinarian's report and diagnosis, etc.

Also ask your vet to report the incident. See Jerky Pet Treats - Veterinarians for information and instructions specifically for vets. Veterinarians may also submit samples to the University of Georgia for free testing. See UGA veterinary lab offers free testing for jerky-related illness and death for more info (vets only).

Veterinary Information Network (VIN) announced in January 2013 that they are joining the search for the cause of jerky-associated illness in dogs, but they want to hear only from veterinarians. If you believe your dog became sick or died as a result of eating jerky treats imported from China, ask your vet to contact VIN solicits jerky-associated illness reports for more information.

If you're looking for safe jerky treats, I recommend making your own jerky using a dehydrator or a warm oven. See Super Simple Chicken Jerky for a recipe.

Class action lawsuits:

  • Pet owners find lack of chicken jerky recall, FDA warning unacceptable (includes update on one class action suit)
  • Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Nestle-Purina and Walmart over Waggin’ Train Dog Treats
    • A settlement agreement with Nestle Purina and Waggin' Train was reached in May 2014. See Bittersweet Settlement and this Press Release for more information. Also see Pet Jerky Treat Deal: Six Things You Need to Know for details about who is included and how to file a claim.

    June 2014: Normerica Repackaged, Re-Dated Stale Dog Treats, Say Ex-Employees. Two ex-employees say that a Canadian warehouse routinely repackaged outdated, moldy, and bug-infested products from China for resale in stores, including Loblaw and Costco. Brands involved include VitaLife, Canyon Creek, and President's Choice.

    October 2013: Study: Dog treats likely culprit in Australian outbreak. A report published in the September 2013 issue of the Australian Veterinary Journal concluded that chicken jerky treats causing Fanconi-like syndrome, also referred to as acquired proximal renal tubulopathy, probably contained a toxic substance. The study also found possible links to pig ears from pigs raised in Australia, and in a few cases to diet only (no treats), where dogs with these symptoms responded to a diet change.

    January 2013: Most companies importing chicken from China have recalled or withdrawn them from stores due to finding illegal antibiotic residue. It's unlikely that this antibiotic residue is the cause of the kidney failure that the chews have caused in some dogs, though it's possible that a sensitivity to sulfa antibiotics might explain why some dogs are affected and others are not. These treats are likely to return to the market once this issue is resolved. See the following for more information:

    8/17/12: Pet treat investigation expands beyond chicken jerky . FDA is now investigating duck and sweet potato jerkies as well. Article also has additional details about chicken jerky, including, " In a sampling of about 270 complaints the FDA recently posted online, more than 20 brands are identified. The most cited is Waggin’ Train, referenced in about 75 complaints. Second is Kingdom Pets [Costco's brand] with 25 mentions, followed by Milo’s Kitchen, named in 15. "

    4/12/12: It's not just chicken jerky -- now dried sweet potato treats imported from China appear to be making dogs ill as well. There is even speculation that the problems may extend to pig ears and cat treats from China as well. These are the brands that have been mentioned so far:

    • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs
    • Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (FDA has issued a warning on this product)
    • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality

    3/17/12: Susan Thixton at Truth About Pet Food has uncovered some interesting information about melamine and a possible link to jerky treats that have been making dogs very ill: Is it Melamine Again?

    3/13/12: MSNBC reports 3 brands of jerky treats have more "priority 1" cases reported to the FDA: Waggin’ Train, Canyon Creek Ranch, and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats. See Nestle & DelMonte jerky treats may be to blame for pet illnesses on the PetSitUSA blog for more information.

    2/11/12: Could diethylene glycol be the toxin in chicken jerky that is causing illness and death? See FDA Silence is Telling on Susan Thixton's Truth About Pet Food site for more information.

    Nov/Dec 2011: Fanconi syndrome in four non-basenji dogs exposed to chicken jerky treats. Study published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.

    9/24/09: Incidence of Fanconi-like kidney disease in dogs in Australia appears to have ended after two products were removed from the market. The products were Supa Naturals Chicken Breast Strips, made by KraMar in China, and VeggieDents dental treats, made by Virbac. See Following product recalls, Fanconi-like syndrome outbreak abates in Australia for more information. See Update October 2013 above for more information from Australia.

    5/28/09: Researchers in Australia have discovered several cases of unexplained kidney disease that was not associated with chicken jerky strips, but which may be associated with dental chews instead. The chews are called Veggie Dents and are made by Virbac. If your dog develops kidney disease and has eaten these chews recently, you or your vet should contact the FDA to report it. See New mystery arises in cases of Fanconi-like syndrome for more information. These chews were recalled in Australia the week of 6/1/09. See VeggieDent Chews Recalled in Australia.

    9/13/07: The AVMA issued a statement warning people of complaints that multiple brands of jerky treats imported from China have been causing kidney failure in dogs. The FDA is investigating these claims, and have ruled out melamine as a possible cause. Also see Potential New Threats: Updated Information for Veterinarians for the ACVIM's treatment recommendations.

    Here's the rest of the story: On August 20th, 2007 it was learned that Wal-Mart had quietly removed Chicken Jerky treats made by two Chinese companies from their shelves on July 26th, due to complaints about the treats making dogs ill. No recall has been issued. Wal-Mart is no longer selling the treats, but other stores, such as K-Mart, are still doing so. The brands that were removed are Bestro and Pingyang Pet Product Co. On September 14th, PetSmart removed various Smokehouse brand treats from their shelves due to reports of pets becoming ill. No recall has been issued. This product is reportedly being investigated by Cornell, but information is available only to vets, not to the public. Note that these companies have since returned to selling jerky products imported from China.

    It is possible that other brands of chicken jerky may also be affected, such as the Kingdom Pets brand sold at Costco, and the Waggin' Train brand, which are also imported from China, as there are unconfirmed, anecdotal reports of dogs becoming ill after eating them, though no testing has been done. One person contacted me to say that her dog began having seizures after she started feeding Waggin' Train chicken jerky treats. The seizures continued once or twice a week for a year, until the owner eliminated all dried chicken treats, at which point the seizures stopped. See this article for another report on Bestro Chicken Jerky making dogs ill and leading to at least one death (read the comments at the bottom of these stories for even more information). The Pet Food Tracker site also has information on the many online reports of non-recalled dog treats suspected of causing illness/deaths (including Waggin Train which has not been pulled).

    I have heard one report of dogs becoming ill (vomiting, diarrhea, Inappetence) from two different brands of chicken jerky made in the US.

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    Recall Report: Week of September 26, 2016

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    This week saw a recall on bread products, recalls on cranberries, recalls on frozen onion rings, recalls on beef products, recalls on canned spaghetti, recalls on field peas and green beans, recalls on lemon poppy seed muffins, recalls on smoked salmon, recalls on ice tools, recalls on chicken nugget products, recalls on pool alarms, recalls on bicycles, recalls on tripod stools, and recalls on salad.

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