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Recall Alert: Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Dog Treats


In the wake of massive Chinese chicken jerky dog treat voluntary recalls by Purina (for Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brands) and Del Monte (for Milo’s Kitchen) due to the discovery of 4 antibiotic residues known to be illegal in the United States, as hoped, other brands of chicken jerky dog treats imported from China are following suit and voluntary recalling their brands as well.

The next manufacturer of chicken jerky dog treats joining the nationwide product recall is IMS Trading Corp, makers of the Cadet brand of dog treats.

From the IMS Trading Corp website,

IMS Trading Corp today announced it is voluntarily withdrawing its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products 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 Cadet brand Chicken Jerky Treat products. These antibiotics 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.  Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products are safe to feed as directed and have not been linked to ANY illnesses in dogs or humans. However, due to regulatory inconsistencies among countries, the presence of antibiotic residue is technically considered an adulteration in the United States.

At first, New York State authorities requested that IMS Trading Corp remove Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky treats from retail locations only in the state of New York.  We have decided to expand this and conduct a voluntary withdrawal of these chicken treat products nationwide.

A double testing program is being established to check for these antibiotics in China (point of origin) and the United States before we consider to sell these products in the future.  Testing will be based on a scientifically sound statistical sampling program.

There is no indication that the trace amounts of antibiotic residue are linked to the FDA’s ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue (in the parts-per-billion range) do not pose a health or pet safety risk.

While the manufacturers involved in the nationwide recall of Chinese imported chicken jerky dog treats maintain that the antibiotics found in their products are not responsible for the thousands of dog illnesses reported over the past 6 years, more complete testing and evidence to that fact is warranted. The truth is, chicken jerky imported from China is responsible for the deaths of nearly 400 dogs and the illness of thousands more, with these antibiotic residues being the ONLY contamination discovered to date that isn’t also present in American-made treats that do NOT make our dogs sick.

Additionally, it remains to be discovered how extensively the chicken used to make these treats expands into other dog food production. The only way to ensure the safety and well-being of your pets is to stop feeding them foods and treats that are manufactured, sourced, or processed in China.

The melamine dog food scare in 2007, along with the Chinese government’s refusal to work with the FDA and investigators to locate the source of contamination in these treats further strengthens our position that when it comes to the health and safety of our pets, the Chinese are more concerned with their bottom line.

23 Responses to Recall Alert: Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Dog Treats
  1. Roger Price
    March 16, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    We have feeding Cadet Duck Breast from Costco for months (maybe 6 or so) and had no ill effects. Both dogs absolutely love them, but after reading some of the comments on your website we will stop giving the duck breasts and consider ourselves very lucky they didn’t get sick. Just thought you would like to know.

  2. All Tears
    February 28, 2014 | 11:32 am

    My beloved dog died on 2/24/2014 of kidney failure after eating Cadet Duck Breast Jerky for month. Tears wash my face day and night. The people who put the treats on the market are killers.
    I realy want to know what can we do here, can we all stand up as a union to report them not only for remove the treats from the market but compesation for our loss and grief?

    • Suzie Smitham
      March 12, 2014 | 3:45 pm

      I bought Cadet Duck Breast in Dec. Of 2013 from a pet store in Fort Gratiot Mich. I live in Canada. After 1 treat each for my 12 month old Boxer and 2 Cockers 11 and 7.All dogs got vomiting, diarrhea and bloody stools. I thought this weird so I waited a few days and gave 1 each to 2 of the dogs. Same thing vomiting, diarrhea ,and bloody stools . I called the company and they said no one has called and there is no recalls. Well I will return the product and get my money back and have them test this product. Clearly there is something wrong with this product . DON’T BUY THIS PRODUCT EVER.I don’t want my healthy dogs to die from this product . This has never happened to me before and then I see made in China.

  3. This is criminal!
    February 21, 2014 | 4:03 am

    My mom just had to put down her 7 year old terrier yesterday who was fed 2-3 Costco Duck Jerky Treats per day. A short time after she started feeding him the treats, he started gaining weight and then all of a sudden seemed to balloon out on either side of his body, looking like a pregnant goat, and his skin was so stretched out and very very hard. He was showing most of the classic signs of what we have just read on the FDA warnings on chicken jerky for dogs – “decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption…” My mom took him to the vet and they did a bunch of blood tests and they said it looked like kidney and/or liver failure, possibly cancer. He got to the point where he couldn’t lay down, couldn’t get comfortable, couldn’t walk, had a hard time breathing. He was suffering so much she couldn’t take it any more. We didn’t realize what we believe it was until I was packing up all his stuff today for our family’s pets to use – bed, food, water bowl, then I picked up the treats and happened to read “TREATED BY IRRADIATION” … “Not For Human Consumption” and “Wash hands with soap and water after handling any dog treat.” WHY should WE need to wash our hands after just touching it when it is supposedly perfectly SAFE for our beloved pets to EAT???

  4. Just stunned
    February 16, 2014 | 9:41 pm

    I have a 18 month old shitzue who just started getting Cadet Duck Breasts treats. After about a week of getting one every day to every other day he started having 3 minute long seizures. We have stopped feeding them and then found out that we are not alone. Going to inform our vet who is still doing blood tests to find out what the cause of the seizure. Definitely going to inform Costco too. We can’t all be wrong and this can’t just be happen chance

  5. Sandra Nolon
    December 26, 2013 | 8:13 pm

    So my husband seen a news report that Cadet Duck Treats were causing liver failure in dogs we could figure out what was happening to our dog Karma all she wanted to do was lay around and that was not like her. We stop the treats and that God she bounced back. Please tell me why is Costco advertising them in there new add that just came. 12/26/13 should some one be watch the recalls? Very disappointed that Costco would do this! If it was human consumption they would not be able right?

  6. Nadeen
    December 3, 2013 | 9:14 pm

    My shitzue started to have seizers. I started to think about what I was feeding him and realizes that the cadet duck treats bought from costco was a new recent item addes to his diet. I called costco corporate and they basically said if they are selling it it is safe. I took my dog off of this product hoping he will go back to normal he is only 5. Shame on Costco! !!!!

  7. Richard
    November 26, 2013 | 10:21 pm

    My dog is now in the vet because of the Costco, Cadet duck treats. This is the only treat I’ve been giving her and I found that as soon as I opened this new bag, my dog started having kidney failure.

  8. Buffy
    October 28, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    I fed my 7 year old Borzoi jerky treats her entire life. She died of pervasive Cancer two years ago, starting in her kidneys. UC Irvine believes it is possibly due to the treats I fed her. I feel they did not state implicitly as not to upset me. But I basically killed my love. She died a horrible death with seizures for weeks then I finally put her down. I would like to put some of these dog food makers down!!! I now have another Borzoi – he is 5 and I have been feeding him Cadet Duck Jerky until last week when I got a call informing me that my last dog most likely died from them. OMG I am poisoning my other baby. Believe me I am making my own treats from now on. :(

    • Rookie
      November 2, 2013 | 8:58 am

      My dog died I believe from eating costco cadet duck treats. I reported to costco and they on turn to manufacturer IMF which they sent back letter as if they have never heard of problem with their duck treats. I wish everybody report this problem so such treats will be removed from market to save other dogs

      • Alison Leonard
        December 16, 2013 | 6:08 pm

        My friends dog died on Saturday 12/14/2013 of kidney failure after eating costco cadet duck treats manufacturer by IMF. She only has maybe 3-4 of them. We are heart broken. She was a healthy happy 3 year old dog. We are hoping the vet is going to send this info to the FDA.

  9. Tara
    May 7, 2013 | 10:15 am

    I’ve been feeding both brands to my dog every morning for the last 10 years or so, she has never been sick. Do some dogs have an immunity to this? What happens when I run out of them, will she get sick????

    • Richard
      November 26, 2013 | 10:26 pm

      When I heard about the recalls on the buffalo and chicken brands, I figured the duck ones were fine. I fed my dog these treats for years until recently. Now, my dog is in the vet because she is having trouble with her kidney. They are not immune.

    January 23, 2013 | 11:03 pm

    i JUST BOUGHT 2 BAGS OF The cAdet little circle of CHICKEN in the recall. I am on Social security, Do I get my money ,




  11. Judy
    January 16, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    Here’s a way to make Chicken Jerky treats at home …

    Package of chicken breasts. Wash and slice into thin strips – about 1/4 inch thick.

    Bake the strips for around 3 hours at 180 degrees. The result will be the same as if it were done in a dehydrator, and there’s no need to go out and purchase one. The low temperature will dry the chicken slowly, and you’ll have a chewy result that your canine friend will love.

    Let the strips cool, out of your dog’s reach. They can be stored in plastic bags or in airtight containers, and can also be frozen for future use.

    Read more: How to Make Chicken Jerky for Dogs |

    I’ve made these for my dogs. The Sweet Potato treats are healthy and easy to make, too. Better to know what’s in your dog’s treats … and you do know if you make them yourself.

  12. Judy
    January 16, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    Rebecca, both Wagon Train and Canyon Creek Duck jerky treats can also be harmful to your dog — toss them out! Find the recall articles posted here and just don’t buy any jerky treats — including chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats.

    Here is a recipe to make your own Homemade Sweet Potato Chews –

    Wash and peel a sweet potato, organic is best if available.
    Cut dodwn the middle lengthwise.
    Then cut long lengthwise slices about 1/4 inch to 1/8 of an inch wide and place them on a single layer cookie sheet (use stainless steel for healthier cooking).
    Bake at 250 degrees for about 3 hours — flip them over halfway through if you feel like it.
    This leave them kind of chewy, but you can bake them longer (about 20-60 minutes longer) for crunchier chews. Keep them refigerated for up to three weeks. You can freeze them up to 4 months.

    You can also make your own chicken jerky treats doing the same thing.

  13. Rebecca
    January 11, 2013 | 11:04 am

    Everything I see talks about Chicken jerky treats. For Christmas a friend bought Wagon Train or Canyon Creek Duck jerky treats for my dogs. Does anyone know if these are safe?

    • Lori Jablon
      January 11, 2013 | 2:01 pm

      Stay away from these companies as everything is sourced in China.

    • Grant
      January 11, 2013 | 4:13 pm

      Only the Chicken product is being recalled at this time, but the Duck product was made in China as well.

      • carol
        January 11, 2013 | 7:04 pm

        No.Don’t feed them to your dog, those are being recalled.There are many dog treat recipes on line.You can store most for 3 months in your freezer.That’s the best way to go I believe.

      • susan larusso
        October 24, 2013 | 3:28 pm

        I gave the duck treats to my dog and they made her sick, better safe than sorry, read the labels and don’t buy anything outside of US.

    • Shawna
      March 7, 2013 | 1:37 pm

      I bought Cadet duck jerky treats for my dog. He is a 85 pound puppy. The treats have made him very ill. I bought a 2 pound bag that I now have to toss out as well as a very sick puppy. Visiting the vet today. He has only been eating the treats for a week, maybe one a day.

      • Lucille
        February 3, 2014 | 11:51 pm

        Susan what did you give her to feel better
        I gave some to my dog and he is really sick.

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