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Antibiotic residue leads to recall of dog treats

January 29, 2013

ST. LOUIS — Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. and its wholly owned subsidiary Waggin’ Train LLC recently announced they are voluntarily withdrawing Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in the United States until further notice.

The company is taking the action after learning that the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets 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.

No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by this withdrawal.

For more information, call 1-800-982-0704 or go to www.waggintrainbrand.com.

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