Publix has issued voluntary recalls of four separate Chinese-made dog treat products it sells in its stores.
Jan. 9, the chain issued recalls for Waggin' Train Dog Treats and Milo's Kitchen Dog Treats. Two days later, further recalls were issued for Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats and Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat.
“As part of our commitment to food safety, including that of our four-legged family members, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director.
No illnesses have been tied to three of the four products, but Publix customers can return all of these treats and receive a full refund of the purchase price.
The recalls come in light of the finding of antibiotics in some chicken jerky originating from China. Although deaths of dogs were being linked to Chinese chicken treats, Chinese authorities stonewalled efforts of the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterianry Medicine to investigate their products.
"Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products are safe to feed as directed and have not been linked to ANY illnesses in dogs or humans," said brand owner IMS Trading Corp in a statement. "However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States."