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    When is this nightmare going to stop? Now another company is recalling their food!

    Jamie Tully
    Victoria Hofsted

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Cincinnati, Ohio -- March 30, 2007 -- Eight In One, Inc., a division of United Pet Group, Inc., is voluntarily recalling nationally all lots of Dingo® CHICK’N JERKY treats due to Company concerns that the jerky treats have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. The Food and Drug Administration is aware of this recall.

    The products affected were sold at Target, PetSmart and other retailers. The products subject to this voluntary recall are Dingo CHICK’N JERKY 3.5 oz. and 8 oz. for dogs and Dingo Kitty CHICKEN JERKY 1.5 oz. for cats and Dingo Ferret CHICKEN JERKY 1.5 oz for ferrets.

    Laboratory testing has shown that some samples of these chicken jerky treats were contaminated with Salmonella. The company is recalling all these products out of an abundance of caution.

    Salmonella can potentially be transferred to people handling these pet treats, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella can have some or all of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers..

    Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Apparently well animals can be a carrier and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

    The company has received one report of Salmonellosis in a dog. There are no reports of human illness.

    These products are being removed from retail stores. Consumers should immediately stop feeding these treats to their pets.

    Consumers who purchased any of the above-identified CHICK’N JERKY TREATS should discontinue use of the products and should discard the unused portion. Consumer can obtain information on receiving refunds by contacting the Eight In One consumer affairs department at 1-888-232-9889.

    Retailer and other inquiries into this recall should also be directed to the Eight In One consumer affairs department at 1-800-645-5154 x 3.

  • #2
    That is a good reason not to feed raw chicken products.
    If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!


    • #3
      yea, but a least this company isn't doing an " investigation " first and waiting 6 weeks to do a recall. so let's give them some credit.
      Certified Master Pet Tech Pet CPR, First Aid and Care Instructor
      "Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation." Henry Ward Beecher US Congregational Minister 1813-1887


      • #4
        So this doesn't even have anything to do with the other recall? Wow, that's awful that two recalls are going on at once. What is this world coming to? I've never known so much sickness and devastation. I was just talking to my mom about this. We know 4 people pretty close to us that were diagnosed with serious cancers or brain tumors, one guy we know was killed in a boating accident, 2 people we know were diagnosed with ALS. This is so awful, now all the foods being so tainted. I wonder if it could be in the human foods too? Any ideas?
        No Fur, No Paws, No Service.


        • #5
          fda doesn't BELIEVE the tainted wheat gluten got into the human supply. but what makes you wonder is that the supplier for 8 in 1 is also in china. i will be reading labels with more diligence than usual.
          Certified Master Pet Tech Pet CPR, First Aid and Care Instructor
          "Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation." Henry Ward Beecher US Congregational Minister 1813-1887


          • #6
            Salmonella doesn't have to be added to meat products to contaminate them. It's already there. Especially poultry. And it doesn't make a bit of difference if the poultry came from China, or across the street. That's why they're always telling you to wash your hands well after handling raw meat, to keep a seperate cutting board to use for meat, and to cook poultry well done before eating it. It's also why you can't get an egg cooked "over easy" in a restaurant in some states.


            • #7
              Originally posted by workingchihuahua View Post
              fda doesn't BELIEVE the tainted wheat gluten got into the human supply. but what makes you wonder is that the supplier for 8 in 1 is also in china. i will be reading labels with more diligence than usual.
              If you want to read some articles that will really make you wonder go to


              • #8
                New info on Menu foods recall by waggin tails

                New Information on Menu Foods Recall from Waggin Tails
                Dear Waggin Tails Customers

                Since we wrote you last week about the pet food recalls, we have heard from many of you who are understandably confused and concerned about what to feed your animal companions and which brands you can trust. We apologize for the length of this email, however there is much information to provide you with. We have suspended sales of numerous brands and have provided that detail below.

                We want to clarify one point, which seems to have been misunderstood from our last email. Menu Foods produces all types of pet food, from grocery economy brands to the best holistic brands. This is the same in both the human food world and pet food world. The fact that high quality holistic brands are being made by Menu Foods is in no way an indication that they are somehow not the quality you previously perceived them to be. Manufacturers develop recipes, source ingredients, set quality control standards and then give that formula to a co-packer or producer such as Menu Foods who makes the product to their specifications. Very few companies actually manufacture their own product, especially smaller holistic and organic brands.

                The brands that we carry have been and will continue to be leaders in the holistic pet food industry. It would be a tragedy for anyone to conclude from this recall that all pet food is the same. There is nothing that could be further from the truth. In fact, we feel confident that in the end, we will all find that this recall was caused by inferior sourced ingredients by economy minded manufacturers.

                However, in that there is still no conclusive explanation from the FDA or the AVMA of what happened and why, we will continue to suspend sales of any product made by Menu Foods for any Manufacturer (even if they do not contain wheat gluten). We need to be clear that these brands are NOT recalled. As soon as there is definitive information about the exact nature of the contamination, we will reinstate the brands temporarily taken down from our site

                We do feel 100% confident that the manufacturers we carry on our website have your pet’s health as their number 1 priority and make products with that mission in mind. Having said that, we will be asking very hard questions about quality standards and give you our word that any product made by a company that either cannot or will not answer those questions will be permanently taken down from our site. In the coming weeks, we will be posting each company's quality assurance statement on our site so that you can be aware of where the product is made, where the ingredients come from and what quality control measures are in place.


                John Gigliotti
                Waggin Tails


                Where Foods are Made by Brand
                Below, you will find actual statements from each manufacturer. This is a combination of information we obtained directly, as well as from the website.

                We encourage you to check their website, as they update it regularly. We found their information to exactly match our findings. We have copied this information from their site, so that we would not risk a heavy amount of traffic to them which could potentially down their site.

                Abady Dog Food Company, Ltd. (verified with company president 3/28/07)

                No products made by Menu Foods
                Products do not contain wheat gluten
                All ingredients are from US suppliers
                Most products are manufactured in their own facility
                Food that is outsourced is manufactured with Abady formulas
                Artemis - Holistic Pet Food (verified by company 3/26/07)

                Do not use Menu Foods but will not disclose name of manufacturer.
                All ingredients are from the USA except New Zealand lamb.
                They test every batch and submit a sample to the USDA for testing.
                Test for proximates, salmonella, bacteria.
                No wheat corn, soy, or wheat gluten is used in their products
                Back to Basics (verified by company 3/30/07)

                No products made by Menu Foods (have never used Menu)
                Manufactured by Chenango Valley Pet Foods in Sherburne, NY, a USDA inspected Facility
                No wheat, soy, gl! uten pro ducts of any kind, sugar, fillers or byproducts
                No Chemicals or Artificial Preservatives
                All human-grade ingredients
                All ingredients are from US suppliers - suppliers do not outsource for their ingredients
                Rigorous testing is performed due to finished product export to other countries.
                Manufacturer of Back to Basics is not amongst the dry foods being investigated for possible melamine contamination
                Blue Buffalo (verified by company 3/27/07)

                Brands include BLUE for dogs, and Spa Select for Cats
                No products made by Menu Foods (have never used Menu)
                Products do not contain wheat gluten, soy, or corn
                All ingredients from US except lamb from New Zealand
                They do not manufacture food in their own facility. Manufacturer is confidential but they have their own vets and staff on location at all times and ingredients are tested before and after each run.
                Blue Seal (verified by company 3/22/07)

                Brands include Blue Seal, Bright Life, By Nature, Life Stages
                Menu Foods manufactures Blue Seal - The Loaf Style wet, but it is not involved in the recall.
                Menu Foods is not used for any of their other products.
                Breeder’s Choice (verified by company 3/27/07)

                Brands include Active Care, Advanced Pet Diets Select Choice, AvoDerm Select Cuts, Health Food for Dogs, Pinnacle
                Canned manufactured by Menu Foods, and American Nutrition
                The only products manufactured for them by Menu Foods are AvoDerm 3oz. can and Pinnacle canned dog & cat food
                The only product they use wheat gluten in is Active Care cat treats (healthy joint treats)

                Canidae (verified by company 3/28/07)

                Brands include Canidae and Felidae
                No products made by Menu Foods
                All ingredients are grown in the US and are also processed here.
                No wheat gluten is used in their products.
                All products are free of corn, wheat, soy and all grain fractions
                Canine Caviar (verified by company 4/2/07)

                No products made by Menu Foods
                Products contain no wheat or corn.
                Ingredients are inspected by USDA and approved for human consumption.
                All ingredients (except lamb & venison) are consistently sourced from U.S. companies and farms.
                Lamb and venison come from New Zealand and raised in a free-range environment.
                “All our products (except cat food which has corn gluten meal in it, which we maybe changing) are gluten free.”
                There is no corn, wheat or soy in our products.
                For more info on their ingredients, see the Canine Caviar website.
                Kibble is manufactured at a private plant in Texas
                Diamond Pet Foods (verified by company 3/28/07)

                Brands include Diamond, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Nutra Nuggets, Premium Edge, Professional Pet Food
                No products made by Menu Foods
                All foods contain US and Canadian ingredients
                Manufacture their own dry food
                Canned foods made by American Nutrition
                Eagle Pack (Spoke directly with John MarsmanDirector Of Nutritional Services)
                Brands include Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Eagle Pack Super Premium, Hy-Dration, Prism
                Loaf style canned food is made by Menu Foods to their unique formulas, but not part of the recall.
                They do not use any “ingredients that are common to the recalled product.”
                Products contain no wheat gluten.
                No ingredients from China
                Duck Meal is from Europe and is EU Certified.
                Anchovy and Sardine from the Humboldt Current area, Salmon from the Pacific Ocean.
                Only non US ingredient is lamb meat imported from New Zealand and/or Australia.
                Onsite lab tests incoming ingredients and finished food
                USDA/APHIS inspected and EU approved

                Evolve Pet Food (Verified directly with representative 3/28/07)

                Brands include Evolve, Hi-Tor, Pet Gold, and Triumph
                Fromm Family Foods (verified via website 3/25/07)

                Canned foods are NOT made by Menu Foods.
                Canned foods made in China in a human food plant without wheat gluten or other grains.
                Canned food made with 100% pure meat, duck, chicken & fish, NOT reformed meat.
                No by-products used in their dog and cat foods.
                Fromm Family Foods does not test on animals.
                Products are all-natural. Products made with binders to make reformed meat and products which use wheat gluten are NOT considered all-natural by their standards.
                Merrick Pet Foods (verified by company 3/29/07)

                Their only brand is Merrick
                No products made by Menu Foods
                All Merrick foods, dry, canned, and treats are made in their own
                All ingredients are from the US
                Products do not contain wheat gluten
                Natura Pet Products (verified with company 3/24/07)

                Brands include Innova, Evo, California Natural, Healthwise,
                Mother Nature, Karma Organic
                Manufacture their own dry food, using their own formulas
                They use only US suppliers - no ingredients come from China
                or other foreign countries.
                They use no corn or wheat products (including wheat gluten)
                Wet foods made by Menu Foods (S. Dakota plant) but not involved
                in the recall.
                Natural Balance (verified by company 3/27/07)

                No products made by Menu Foods.
                Dry food is manufactured at Diamond, with Natural Balance machinery, by Natural Balance employees. Natural Balance personnel are the only ones to work with the machines and products. Diamond packages the products.
                Canned food is manufactured at American Nutrition in Utah, with Natural
                Balance machinery, by Natural Balance employees. Natural Balance personnel are the only ones to work with the machines and products. American Nutrition in Utah packages the products.
                Products contain no wheat gluten.
                All ingredients are from the US except for lamb and venison from New Zealand.
                Food is tested before and after production.
                Please note: Diamond has confirmed that they manufacture dry food for Natural Balance. Additionally, American Nutrition has verified that they manufacture canned food for Natural Balance.

                title="Nature's Variety Pet Food">Nature’s Variety (verified by CEO 3/27/07)

                Brands include Nature’s Variety, Nature’s Variety Prairie, and Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct.
                Canned foods made by Menu Foods but not involved in the recall.
                Dry foods are outsourced, but not by Menu Foods.
                Frozen and freeze-dried raw foods are made in house.
                All grains used are of US origin, except flax seed, which they get from Canada.
                No wheat gluten is used in their products, or in the plant that manufactures their dry foods.
                Newman’s Own Organics (verified by company PR firm 3/30/07)

                At least some products made by Menu Foods but not involved in the recall.
                Products not produced in the suspect Menu Foods plants.
                Products do not contain wheat gluten.
                All ingredients are certified by Oregon Tilth
                PetGuard Organics (spoke directly with nutritionist 3/28/2007)
                · Will not disclose where their food is made. Claim this is proprietary information.

                Precise (verified by company 3/22/07)

                Verified their products are not on the recall list but when asked if they use Menu Foods to manufacture any of their products, was told that information was “confidential.”
                Premium Edge

                See Diamond Pet Foods
                Royal Canin (verified by company 3/28/07)

                Brands include Canine Health Nutrition, Feline Health Nutrition, Kasco, Sensible Choice, as well as prescription available through veterinarians.
                Menu foods is used for a limited number of foods
                They also have their own production facility
                They do use wheat gluten in some products, but they do not use the supplier linked to the Menu Foods recall.
                Solid Gold Health Food for Pets (verified by company 3/29/07)

                No products made by Menu Foods.
                Dry food made by Diamond.
                The Honest Kitchen (verified by company 3/28/07)

                No products made by Menu Foods.
                Food is contracted to company manufactures human food. The Honest Kitchen is the only pet food they manufacture.
                All ingredients are human grade and domestic
                Products to not contain wheat gluten, soy or corn
                Timber Wolf Organics

                Has not yet provided any information
                Wellness (verified by company 3/26/07)

                “Menu does make some of our canned cat and canned dog foods. They make
                OUR recipes according to OUR quality standards.”
                “We have procedures in place to clean between each run of food that is produced. We also inspect the plant regularly to audit their procedures. Since we take our quality very seriously we go above and beyond what is expected in the industry. We are happy to tell you that we require our facilities to pass an audit by Cook & Thurber, a HUMAN FOOD auditing firm.”
                Other manufacturers are used besides Menu Foods.
                Products do not contain wheat gluten, corn or soy, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.
                Wysong (verified by company 3/27/07)

                Menu Foods is used for 2 canned products but not involved in recall. These are Au Jus (chicken, duck, turkey, NOT rabbit) and Stew & Gravy (beef & chicken)
                All other foods manufactured in their own facilities (2 factories) in the US.
                No wheat gluten is used in their products.
                All products are from the US


                • #9
                  hound lover
                  thank you for the article.
                  what i meant is that food coming in from chinese plants MAY not be up to standards.
                  Certified Master Pet Tech Pet CPR, First Aid and Care Instructor
                  "Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation." Henry Ward Beecher US Congregational Minister 1813-1887


                  • #10
                    no problem for the article. im passing along all my info i get from my raw diet list im on. and yes my dog eats raw chicken all the time...he is perfectly fine too.
                    i just posted another article concerning this recall...its called the trail of the tainted wheat gluten. i dont know if it has been posted yet. but keep an eye out for that one.


                    • #11
                      HoundLover, that's really great info. Thanks for that post.