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2012-09-15 05:05:46 PM  
This is why you feed your dog bacon for a treat.
 
2012-09-15 05:58:49 PM  
fark..i feed my dog those chicken treats. They are "sticks". I guess i should stop. Grrrrr
 
2012-09-15 05:58:52 PM  
And I've been eating them for months.
 
2012-09-15 05:59:30 PM  
Ok dumb question.

What the fark are we importing god damn chicken jerky? I'm unemployed I'd work my balls off at a dog treat chicken jerky plant.. Seriously.. Why the fark do we import such stupid farking shiat?
 
2012-09-15 05:59:45 PM  
Pretty much everything in Wal-Mart is Made In China. Take the hint. Buy your pet food & treats from a real pet store and read the damn label.

/Fromm Family for my Chow-Chow
//best damn food on the market
 
2012-09-15 06:03:17 PM  

KrispyKritter: Pretty much everything in Wal-Mart is Made In China. Take the hint. Buy your pet food & treats from a real pet store and read the damn label.

/Fromm Family for my Chow-Chow
//best damn food on the market


I read the label on everything. If "China" shows up anywhere, I put it back.

/or "Russian" on frozen fish
 
2012-09-15 06:03:28 PM  
Melamine?

And who the fark gives jerky treats to a cat??
 
2012-09-15 06:06:39 PM  
This has been a known issue for quite a while. Stop buying your pet foods & treats from Walmart, people!
 
2012-09-15 06:07:46 PM  
It's my automatic assumption that anything made in China contains melamine dipped in lead and cadmium.
 
2012-09-15 06:10:11 PM  
That's why I only give my dog home-made chocolate covered chicken bones as a treat.

You can't trust them Orientals. I hear they go pee pee in stuff.
 
2012-09-15 06:11:03 PM  
The real question is... why do we import and buy Chinese crap? I mean they have already been shown to try and poison our children, does it really surprise anyone that they would poison our pets? WAKE UP. China does not care about us at all. Quit buying their crap.
 
2012-09-15 06:11:20 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: fark..i feed my dog those chicken treats. They are "sticks". I guess i should stop. Grrrrr


Consensus from some of the other threads seems to be that if they didn't get sick, it should be okay, however, if you are the unlucky person who gets a "bad bag", your dog would get really ill rather quick.
 
2012-09-15 06:12:08 PM  

atomic-age: It's my automatic assumption that anything made in China contains melamine dipped in lead and cadmium.


Sure, but it's 17 cents cheaper at WalMart than the yankee-made stuff from your local guy
 
2012-09-15 06:12:20 PM  

MaoTenDoo: This has been a known issue for quite a while. Stop buying your pet foods & treats from Walmart, people!


Not just Walmart though, these treats are in the box Petstores too (Petco/PSP/Petsmart); if you don't have a local place you might run into most of these things.
 
2012-09-15 06:12:33 PM  
About frakking time something official happened. We heard about this 5 months ago!
 
2012-09-15 06:13:18 PM  
What. The. Fark.

Just dumped the Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky in the trash. Hadn't looked at the label until I read this - Made in China. Fark that. We used to buy a different brand of treats that were made here in the US. Don't know why that got switched.

Fark. So pissed off right now.
 
2012-09-15 06:15:29 PM  

Kuroshin: What. The. Fark.

Just dumped the Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky in the trash. Hadn't looked at the label until I read this - Made in China. Fark that. We used to buy a different brand of treats that were made here in the US. Don't know why that got switched.

Fark. So pissed off right now.


This is just the free marketplace. Anger at this is flirting with communism.
 
2012-09-15 06:16:26 PM  
bought shiate like this once years ago. upon opening the package the dog treats smelled like motor oil. i threw it away thinking the shipper doesn't care how everything is packed on a container ship from asia and at worse has motor oil spilled on the outside packaging or just maybe seeped inside so don't buy discount store dog food again. i never thought the stuff could be nuggets of death the moment they dropped off the factory conveyor belt.
 
2012-09-15 06:17:48 PM  

KrispyKritter: Pretty much everything in Wal-Mart is Made In China. Take the hint. Buy your pet food & treats from a real pet store and read the damn label.

/Fromm Family for my Chow-Chow
//best damn food on the market


Problem is, made in America does not necessarily mean the ingredients are sourced in America. You could very well buy a product labeled made in America but still have ingredients in it imported from China. Without an internet connection it's pretty much impossible to verify a products source. The packaging generally won't be useful in determining that a product is also sourced in America.
 
2012-09-15 06:17:50 PM  

whither_apophis: I read the label on everything. If "China" shows up anywhere, I put it back.


Ditto. Before I buy any dog treats I check to see where they're made. If it's China, then hell no. Even supposedly quality brands that make other treats in the US usually get chicken jerky from China.
 
2012-09-15 06:20:38 PM  

styckx: Ok dumb question.

What the fark are we importing god damn chicken jerky? I'm unemployed I'd work my balls off at a dog treat chicken jerky plant.. Seriously.. Why the fark do we import such stupid farking shiat?


meintx2001: The real question is... why do we import and buy Chinese crap? I mean they have already been shown to try and poison our children, does it really surprise anyone that they would poison our pets? WAKE UP. China does not care about us at all. Quit buying their crap.


It is because of the Corporations, always looking to maximize profit and minimize expenditure, shipped all your jobs over to China because the stuff can be made at slave labor wages, and since you don't have a good job to afford quality products anymore, all you can do is buy the cheap crap.
 
2012-09-15 06:21:24 PM  
Most pet food in this country is made by a small handful of conglomerates who all source from china in one way or another.

Good luck.
 
2012-09-15 06:21:36 PM  
If they are less wholesome than I think, the treats must actively chase down dogs and strangle them.
 
2012-09-15 06:22:24 PM  

Korzine: KrispyKritter: Pretty much everything in Wal-Mart is Made In China. Take the hint. Buy your pet food & treats from a real pet store and read the damn label.

/Fromm Family for my Chow-Chow
//best damn food on the market

Problem is, made in America does not necessarily mean the ingredients are sourced in America. You could very well buy a product labeled made in America but still have ingredients in it imported from China. Without an internet connection it's pretty much impossible to verify a products source. The packaging generally won't be useful in determining that a product is also sourced in America.


Chinese chicken isn't necessarily a problem. It's the industrial processing with no proper QA that is the problem.

Wife just did some diligence on this and found that apparently only the chicken jerky for Milo's Kitchen is made in China.

Doesn't matter. Not taking any more chances. Plenty of local treats available, made from local meat sources. Essentially, beef jerky dog treats should just be regular jerky with lower sodium and no allium. Loads of local suppliers of exactly that.

Fark China. Fark them forever.
 
2012-09-15 06:22:35 PM  

akula: whither_apophis: I read the label on everything. If "China" shows up anywhere, I put it back.

Ditto. Before I buy any dog treats I check to see where they're made. If it's China, then hell no. Even supposedly quality brands that make other treats in the US usually get chicken jerky from China.


I guess I am confused as to why. It was my understanding that the US was sending chicken feet aplenty TO China for Chinese consumption. Are we exporting chicken just to have them poison it and send it back?

It really says something about our country that we allow our food, drugs, and vitamins to be sourced from China. I truly believe this is a low-level stealth war to weaken / hurt us coupled with a spy mission to find out just how farking stupid and lazy we truly are.
 
2012-09-15 06:23:24 PM  
I saw this one.

It's people, right?
 
2012-09-15 06:23:32 PM  

styckx: Ok dumb question.

What the fark are we importing god damn chicken jerky? I'm unemployed I'd work my balls off at a dog treat chicken jerky plant.. Seriously.. Why the fark do we import such stupid farking shiat?


Remember, this is China.

www.funnyandjokes.com
 
2012-09-15 06:25:04 PM  
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2012-09-15 06:28:34 PM  
My god - it's full of lead!

stop eating shiat from china - and that goes for you, too, walmart!
 
2012-09-15 06:31:28 PM  
Just bought some Happy Hips and they aren't cheap, bought at a sorta upscale grocery, Harris Teeter. GD it, made in China.
 
2012-09-15 06:31:36 PM  
Crap. I've been feeding Mr. Frodo these treats for almost six months now. I only bought them because they're cheap and the pieces are pretty big. On another note, it's hard to buy anything that's not made in China. I was trying to find some cookware a few months ago and the best I could do between Wal-mart, Kmart, Target or sears was made in China, handles/lids made in Phillipines(at Target).
 
2012-09-15 06:32:42 PM  
It doesn't have to come from China to have major issues. Diamond Pet foods has been in the middle of a massive recall from the Gaston, SC plant for most of the year due to Salmonella contamination that has led to 49 confirmed cases and 10 hospitalizations. Recalled brands include Diamond, Apex, Taste of the Wild, Kirkland (aka Costco brand), Canidae, and Natural Balance. Avoderm also just issued a recall notice for Salmonella a few days ago (its made in CA).

/Oh, did you think those were dog cases? No silly, nobody tracks those. Those were HUMAN cases and hospitalizations because they simply touched the food.
//http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/dog-food-05-12/index.html
 
2012-09-15 06:38:09 PM  
And it's pretty much exactly this shiat why I've generally refused to buy ANY pet consumables that are from China or have ingredients sourced in China or are even manufactured in the same plant as pet foods known to source ingredients from China ever since the melamine-contaminated pet food mess some years back.

(And yes, I even avoid "manufactured in a plant where other pet food brands use Chinese ingredients" pet foods because there WERE cases where premium pet foods with no Chinese-sourced ingredients were getting contaminated with melamine via cross-contamination from the pet-food milling equipment (because of prior runs of OTHER pet foods which DID use Chinese-sourced additives which contained melamine)--it came out that a surprising number of "premium" pet foods were milled and bagged/canned at three major pet food manufacturers, with Menu Foods being particularly implicated. Innova and Blue Buffalo and Wellness got specifically hit with this, which led to Blue Buffalo buying their own plant and Wellness moving their operations to Eagle Pack.)

/lost a cat to melamine poisoning from a supposed "premium" cat food, so I'm probably more neurotic about food for my present kittehs than I am about my own food
//if a local pet food company isn't available in your area, the Pet Food List and PetSitUSA recall list are your friends
 
2012-09-15 06:41:26 PM  
On the plus side, in a few generations our pets will be able to eat anything.
 
2012-09-15 06:42:14 PM  

styckx: Ok dumb question.

What the fark are we importing god damn chicken jerky? I'm unemployed I'd work my balls off at a dog treat chicken jerky plant.. Seriously.. Why the fark do we import such stupid farking shiat?


Three reasons:

1. Salaries of employees.
2. Taxes.
3. The EPA.
 
2012-09-15 06:42:33 PM  
To be fair, 300 of the 360 dogs who were killed were killed to make the dog treats.
 
2012-09-15 06:43:21 PM  

Kuroshin: Plenty of local treats available, made from local meat sources. Essentially, beef jerky dog treats should just be regular jerky with lower sodium and no allium. Loads of local suppliers of exactly that.


THIS.

Our dog gets made-in-US prescription dog food due to his Addison's disease, and has thrived on it, so I trust it. For treats, he gets marrow bones from a local butcher shop, and raw veggies (also organic and locally grown). He loves it all. 

/happily snoozing on my lap
 
2012-09-15 06:46:33 PM  
I feed my dog only free-range, organic, vegan, carbon-neutral, locally-produced, non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free, undyed, whole-grain, sustainable, no-corn-syrup, fair-trade, artisinal, minimally-packaged, non-irradiated, heirloom, human flesh.

He says he likes the taste and wants me to kill again!
 
2012-09-15 06:47:11 PM  
Death toll: 360 dogs, 1 cat and god knows how many senior citizens.
 
2012-09-15 06:47:36 PM  

Miss Stein: Kuroshin: Plenty of local treats available, made from local meat sources. Essentially, beef jerky dog treats should just be regular jerky with lower sodium and no allium. Loads of local suppliers of exactly that.

THIS.

Our dog gets made-in-US prescription dog food due to his Addison's disease, and has thrived on it, so I trust it. For treats, he gets marrow bones from a local butcher shop, and raw veggies (also organic and locally grown). He loves it all. 

/happily snoozing on my lap


Out of pure curosity, what food is he on? I'm a veterinarian and never heard of Addison specific dog food and can't imagine the physiology behind it unless they're somehow incorporating the steroids into the food.
 
2012-09-15 06:50:36 PM  
My parents' dog was one of the early jerky treat deaths. She hasn't been reported to the FDA because it was a while ago and we don't have the treat brand or her vet records, so her situation not of any use to them. They bought her this huge jar of chicken jerky discs, and it honestly never occurred to me to look at the origin. I vaguely remember that there were American flags on the label or something.

They had to keep her diet totally grain-free due to allergies, and finding cheap grain-free treats is surprisingly difficult. They were excited to find these at a closeout store. Of course, the $2,500+ in vet bills for kidney failure negated any cost savings.

My dog ate the treats too, but only when we were visting so she wasn't exposed so much.

I miss that dog. Don't feed your pets shiat from China.
 
GBB
2012-09-15 06:51:10 PM  
Me Chinese
Me play trick
Me sell dog treats
that make 'dem sick.
 
2012-09-15 06:53:30 PM  

Raymo853: Kuroshin: What. The. Fark.

Just dumped the Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky in the trash. Hadn't looked at the label until I read this - Made in China. Fark that. We used to buy a different brand of treats that were made here in the US. Don't know why that got switched.

Fark. So pissed off right now.

This is just the free marketplace. Anger at this is flirting with communism.


And it should correct itself. It's amazing.
 
GBB
2012-09-15 06:54:15 PM  

real_kibo: I feed my dog only free-range, organic, vegan, carbon-neutral, locally-produced, non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free, undyed, whole-grain, sustainable, no-corn-syrup, fair-trade, artisinal, minimally-packaged, non-irradiated, heirloom, human flesh.

He says he likes the taste and wants me to kill again!


www.technologytell.com
 
2012-09-15 06:54:29 PM  

big pig peaches: To be fair, 300 of the 360 dogs who were killed were killed to make the dog treats.


You know, I was looking at some pictures of dog meat being processed in China, and there was some jerky-type stuff. That was around the time this story was breaking. I thought to myself: how farked up would it be if the meat that was killing North American dogs was actually dog meat?

The factories aren't THAT dumb, of course. Unintentionally killing a few customers, sure, but not offending those customers' owners like that.
 
2012-09-15 07:01:58 PM  

styckx: Why the fark do we import such stupid farking shiat?


Because cheap oil makes it profitable to drag cheap crap across the Pacific.

Fiji bottled water? IT'S FAKING WATER IN A PLASTIC BOTTLE but we expend how much oil to move it across the planet???

Cheap oil, like cheap meth, has caused a dysfunctional addiction to low-quality trade.
 
2012-09-15 07:06:22 PM  

Darwin's Prophet: Out of pure curosity, what food is he on? I'm a veterinarian and never heard of Addison specific dog food and can't imagine the physiology behind it unless they're somehow incorporating the steroids into the food.


My apologies, I didn't state that very well. He takes steroids for the Addison's, and we feed him Hill's W/D because of the tendency to gain weight due to steroids. As you know, it's low fat and easy to digest. He has gastro issues. The marrow bones are only for extra special treats. The veggies (he also gets no-salt canned green beans) are his usual treats.

It was an on-the-ball veterinarian that caught the Addison's disease, and we're very grateful, as we would have lost him otherwise. It was that close.
 
2012-09-15 07:06:40 PM  
I'm broke as all get out, but I will be damned before I knowingly purchase anything from China. I especially avoid anything that is to be eaten or used to eat, such as dishes, utensils or cookware. It's a pain in the butt to spend a bunch of time reading labels, but I will just have to keep doing it. As mentioned earlier, what really ticks me off is the number of items sourced from China, but assembled elsewhere.

I bet old Sam Walton started spinning in his grave when his heirs dropped the Made in America sources for the Chines made crap.
 
2012-09-15 07:09:53 PM  

Miss Stein: Darwin's Prophet: Out of pure curosity, what food is he on? I'm a veterinarian and never heard of Addison specific dog food and can't imagine the physiology behind it unless they're somehow incorporating the steroids into the food.

My apologies, I didn't state that very well. He takes steroids for the Addison's, and we feed him Hill's W/D because of the tendency to gain weight due to steroids. As you know, it's low fat and easy to digest. He has gastro issues. The marrow bones are only for extra special treats. The veggies (he also gets no-salt canned green beans) are his usual treats.

It was an on-the-ball veterinarian that caught the Addison's disease, and we're very grateful, as we would have lost him otherwise. It was that close.


Ahh that makes a lot more sense. Yes Addison's is called "the Great Pretender" because it presents with such vague signs and doesn't always have typical bloodwork changes. The changes after treatment are really dramatic though.
 
2012-09-15 07:18:34 PM  

Acharne: Acharne: Raymo853: Kuroshin: What. The. Fark.

Just dumped the Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky in the trash. Hadn't looked at the label until I read this - Made in China. Fark that. We used to buy a different brand of treats that were made here in the US. Don't know why that got switched.

Fark. So pissed off right now.

This is just the free marketplace. Anger at this is flirting with communism.

And it should correct itself. It's amazing.

Raymo


Well as long as we remove all the regulation on the pet food industry. That is the reason they have to cut corners and include spoiled meat and used industrial cleaners in the food products.
 
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