Nestle Purina PetCare Company to voluntarily withdraw Waggin' Train® and
Canyon Creek Ranch® brand dog treat products
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Nestle Purina PetCare Company and its wholly
owned subsidiary Waggin' Train, LLC today announced it is voluntarily
withdrawing its Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in
the United States until further notice.
The Company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York
State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of
antibiotic residue in samples of Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken
jerky products. These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and
other major countries, including European Union member states, but are not
among those approved in the U.S. Antibiotics are commonly used globally,
including in the United States, when raising animals fit for human
consumption. Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch products are safe to feed as
directed. However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the
presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in
the United States. This finding does not pose a safety risk to pets.
New York State authorities initially requested that the Company remove Waggin'
Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats from retail locations in the
state of New York, which we have agreed to do. In addition, because of the
differences in U.S. and Chinese regulations, Nestle Purina decided to conduct
a nationwide voluntary withdrawal.
"All of us at Waggin' Train care deeply about pets and their owners, and the
quality of our products is of the utmost importance," said Nina Leigh Krueger,
President, Waggin' Train, LLC. "Waggin' Train has served millions of pets and
their owners very well. In the final analysis, our Company and our loyal
consumers must have total confidence in the products we sell and feed our
pets. Once we understand and determine how to comply with the technicalities
of different regulatory frameworks, we will work with all appropriate parties
to define the best way to supply the market."
Nestle Purina contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding
NYSDAM's findings. There is no indication that the trace amounts of antibiotic
residue are linked to the FDA's ongoing investigation of chicken jerky
products. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue (in the parts-per-billion
range) do not pose a health or pet safety risk.
No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by this withdrawal.
In addition, Canyon Creek Ranch dog and cat foods, which are manufactured in
the United States, are not included in this withdrawal.
For product refund or more information call our Office of Consumer Affairs at
1-800-982-0704 or go to www.waggintrainbrand.com.
Consumer, Nestle Purina PetCare Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-982-0704,
or Media, Keith Schopp, +1-314-982-2577, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Nestle Purina PetCare
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