Black Friday Protests Planned at Walmart Nationwide, Opposing Toxic Dog Treats

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According to Food Poisoning Bulletin, pet safety advocates have been pleading to Walmart and Sam's Club stores across the country to remove Chinese chicken jerky treats that have been linked to more than 360 pet deaths and 2,200 illnesses since 2007 for Black Friday's sale.


In March, the FDA released a warning that three brands of chicken jerky treats manufactured in China were causing deaths and illnesses in dogs: Waggin' Train jerky treats or tenders produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders (also produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.) and Milto's Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats produced by Del Monte Corp.

In August, the FDA visited the manufacturing facilities in China. They were not allowed to test the ingredients in the treats; however, the FDA has not stopped the importation of the products.

The letter sent to the chairman and president of all Walmart stores stated the following:

"While we believe the quickest way to resolve this matter is for FDA to issue an Import Alert against these products from entering U.S. commerce, the next best solution is for good corporate citizenship and for retailers to stop carrying these products voluntarily until there is a concrete cause for these illnesses found. This is not the first time that China has been implicated in a pet food scandal. As you may recall, thousands of pet owners contacted the FDA in 2007 after reporting that their pets either became ill or died after they ate pet food that was contaminated with melamine. The wheat gluten imported from china with which the pet food was made was intentionally spiked with melamine in order to give a false reading of the level of protein in the ingredient."

The organizations Truth About Pet Food and Poisoned Pets are deeply concerned that Black Friday shoppers will head to Walmart and Sam's Club stores and unknowingly purchase these Chinese jerky treats. They are inviting pet owners to post messages on their social media accounts to raise awareness about Walmart's contaminated treats.

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stop buying products oversseas - we can do all of it here if we try. One day we will be saluting another flag here if we keep this up with the foreign crap.

November 21 2012 at 10:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

We lost a beloved Shepherd from the last Chinese addition to our 'American' pet foods... namely ALPO canned. When will our government crack down on the Chinese killing our pets? I will never buy a single pet item or pet food at Walmart again... until they take poison off of their shelves! AND people.. dogs don't always get sick right away. It can be weeks later than kidney problems show up!

November 21 2012 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carol Landolfo

I admit, we buy the Jerky treats but the Turkey, not the Chicken after I read this a while back. Altho neither of our dogs got sick on the chicken ones. I'm glad its being put out there for all to be warned of the poison dangers.
So when is Walmart and other big name stores going to take the Hartz, etc. brand of flea and tick meds off their shelves?? it clearly states "not for animals or humans"?

November 21 2012 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carol Wilbanks

I was not aware of all this until the owner of the Paws and Claws Bed and Breakfast gave us a list of treats that have been harmful- we actually had some of them in our dogs bags of food and treats!! I threw them away.

November 20 2012 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jerky Treat Caution

Please join the social networks and get the word out to other pet owners. I wish I had know about this before my young dog was a victim. After 2 months of eating these treats daily he was diagnosed with kidney disease. I am currently making his life comfortable, injecting him with daily fluids and hand feeding him. He was an extremely healthy 7 year Boston. His days are numbered I I will need to put him down in the near future.

November 20 2012 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brandt Hardin

Black Friday is a moral sacrilege to our founding history as Americans. Every year, human lives are claimed by a feverish frenzy of glutinous greed as shoppers are driven to the brink of insanity by the eccentricities of this circus. Shopping should never be a sport nevertheless the most dangerous one. No life is worth a gaming console, computer or any electronic device. Read about the true meaning of the Harvest and Thanksgiving at

November 20 2012 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are lots of pet foods and treats that are made in the USA. But you have to go to a healthy pet store to get them. ( Totally worth it) just stay away from walmart and sams! Cheap fillers and No nutrician at all! If you love your pets do your research. No wheat, corn, soy or by products!. Dogs are carnivores, they dont eat wheat or corn in the wild. I feed grain free, and mine are so healthy!

November 20 2012 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pawnation please tell the rest of the story like why these products have not been taken off the market. The FDA and many other labs have tested these products. Todate they are at a loss as to why the pets are dying. Testing had been going on for years now and no toxins or any substance has been found that would cause these deaths. Would I feed my pets these treats, no but many do with no ill effects.

November 20 2012 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was in Walmart last week and could not find one single dog treat NOT made in China. Needless to say, I did not buy any dog treats.
My vet warned me 22 years ago to avoid dog chews and catnip made in China because of problems reported way back then. And yet over 20 years later, nothing has been done about it.

November 20 2012 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ANY food, cosmetic, or other item that goes onto or into your body that comes from China should be avoided. Their track record of safety is dismal.

November 20 2012 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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