Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch voluntary withdrawal, USA

Jan 9, 2013

Vevey, Switzerland

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is voluntarily withdrawing Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold in the United States until further notice.

The company is taking this action after learning this week that the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky products.

Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch products are safe to feed as directed.

Antibiotics are used globally, including in the United States, when raising animals fit for human consumption. The antibiotics detected in these tests 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. Due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered adulteration in the United States.

Nestlé Purina has contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is carrying out an investigation of chicken jerky products. There is no indication that traces of these antibiotic residues are in any way linked to the reported problems the FDA is looking into.

The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a pet safety risk.

No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by this withdrawal. In addition, Canyon Creek Ranch dog and cat foods, which are manufactured in the United States, are not included in this withdrawal.

Once Nestlé Purina Petcare can determine how to comply with the technicalities of different regulatory frameworks, the company will work with all appropriate parties to define the best way to supply the market.

The safety and quality of our products are always the top priority for the company, and the welfare of dogs and cats is a responsibility we take very seriously.

More information

You can find more information including a detailed list of questions and answers for consumers on the Waggin' Train website

Consumers in the U.S. who want to speak to our consumer service representatives should call 1800 982 0704

For media enquiries please contact Keith Schopp at +1 314 982 2577 or keith.schopp@purina.nestle.com