Smokehouse Dog Treats (Update)

Before I begin here are today’s links:

First a blog by a puppy Ahava would love to meet. The human Buppy the Puppy owns was a classmate of mine in highschool.

And now a link that’s relevant to today’s topic:
“”What should you be feeding your pets? … from healthiest down to the nutritional dregs.”

A few days ago in my entry about my German Shepherd Dog, Ahava, I wrote glowingly about Smokehouse Chicken Treats for dogs. But I was wrong. This story got almost no publicity when it broke:

PetSmart, a national pet-product retailer with 38 stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties, has voluntarily pulled two brands of jerky-style pet treats made in China while federal investigators continue to explore if such products are making dogs sick.

PetSmart spokeswoman Jennifer Ericsson said all flavors of Pet ‘n Shape and Smokehouse Pet Products jerky-type treats — including poppers, tenders and chips — have been taken off the shelves and stored “as a precautionary measure” while the company conducts its own tests.

The company’s decision followed a warning about such products issued last Thursday by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the nation’s leading professional group for vets. The Food and Drug Administration also confirmed last week that it was investigating jerky treats for contaminants.,0,6130730.story

Today 90% of the world’s vitamins and supplements are made in China, a country with few regulations or the oversights that exist in all Western countries.

Growing China produces most of world’s vitamins
China has cornered the global market for vitamins, and it is assuring a jittery world market that its tablets are safe.
SHIJIAZHUANG, China — If you pop a vitamin C tablet in your mouth, it’s a good bet it came from China.
In less than a decade, China has captured 90 percent of the U.S. market for vitamin C, driving almost everyone else out of business. Chinese pharmaceutical companies also have taken over much of the world market in the production of antibiotics, analgesics, enzymes and primary amino acids. — Miami Herald (url expired)

Most Synthetic Vitamins Are Now Made in China

“You may be surprised to know that China is actually one of the largest exporters of many drugs and vitamins. About 90 percent of all Vitamin C sold in the United States is from China, for example. They also produce 50 percent of the world’s aspirin and 35 percent of all Tylenol. Ditto for the majority of Vitamins A, B12 and E.
“Hot on the heels of the poisoned pet food scandal, and reported instances of toxic food and toothpaste, all eyes are now turning toward the Chinese vitamin market. How safe are they?
“The industry in China appears to be split between top-notch operations and bottom-of-the-barrel producers. Since the United States does not require country-of-origin labels for any of our drugs, foods or supplements, there is no telling where that vitamin you are taking came from.”