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LIVING WITH PETS (Ark Blog)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

After recent news reports regarding Pet Jerky Treats with imported chicken from China have caused illness and death to some animals, we've received an overwhelming response from our customers. We're here to put our customers at ease and rest assure that Ark Naturals and Gray Muzzle, all products including our Sea Mobility Joint Rescue in all flavors are and always will be 100% Made in the USA.

Below is a note, straight from the desk of Ark Naturals President, Susan Weiss:


For Immediate Release:

HERE WE GO AGAIN – MADE IN CHINA JERKY TREATS –

CAUSING ILLNESS AND FATALITIES

Once again, Chinese Pet Jerky Treats are causing serious illness as well as fatalities. I thought this problem was behind us, but here we go again……Once again the problem has surfaced. Purportedly, nearly 3,600 dogs the first time and now hundreds more have fallen ill or died. We wonder why retailers continue to keep these products on store shelves, on on-line sites and in pet catalogues.

I write this article today to try and reach the pet owners who have not yet heard or do not know the severity of the risk associated with Chinese jerky products for pets.

Today the phone calls and e-mails began again asking “What about Ark Naturals?”  We assure you that all Ark Naturals and now our new senior brand - Gray Muzzle, have always been made in the USA in USDA/APHIS facilities and/or FDA/OTC facilities.

Regarding the made in China products, the situation is so serious that once again the FDA has issued a cautionary statement warning of the risk in consumption by pets of chicken jerky treats imported from China. The FDA urges pet owners to use caution with regard to chicken jerky products, stating that if pet owners choose to give their pets these products to look for the following warning signs and to contact your veterinarian if these symptoms persist beyond 24 hours.

There is increasing pressure building for the FDA to take action.  Currently, the FDA’s website states that ‘scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses… and that, ‘unless a contaminant is detected and we have evidence that a product is adulterated, we are limited in what regulatory actions we can take’.   FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products, and to contact your veterinarian if these symptoms persist beyond 24 hours:

  • decreased appetite
  • decreased activity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea, sometimes with blood
  • increased water consumption and/or
  • increased urination

How to know if the products you purchase for your pet are Made in the USA?

By law, products NOT manufactured in the USA must disclose that on the label.  However, the manufacturer can print this using the smallest size print possible and can place that information in a place you may never see it unless you look carefully.

After reading this, it is my hope that pet guardians will choose not to take the risk with their beloved pets and choose pet products that are made in the USA.  We as a company feel strongly about both the quality of products made in the USA and the fact that we don’t outsource our workforce.  Please read labels.  Your pet’s life could depend on it.  

 


About Ark Naturals® and Gray Muzzle

Founded by Susan and Jay Weiss in 1996 and based in Naples, Florida, Ark Naturals® offers natural health, remedy and lifestyle products for pets.  All of Ark Naturals products are made in the USA in either USDA/APHIS registered manufacturing facilities or FDA/OTC facilities, depending on the product. Our ingredients are sourced from human grade raw material suppliers, specially formulated for pets. We guarantee our products contain no artificial additives, dyes, flavor, yeast, soy, irradiation or harmful preservatives. Ark Naturals products are veterinarian recommended and formulated and meet the exacting standards that are a hallmark of our company.

In 2012, Ark launched a second stand-alone brand known as Gray Muzzle.  Gray Muzzle products address the needs of senior pets.

Ark Naturals now has over forty different all natural pet products and is a founding member of the NASC® with an audited A+ rating.  Ark Naturals is also a member of the NPA® (Natural Products Association and APPMA®.  For distribution inquiries, product information and publicity inquiries please call Alexa Taddeo, 800.926.5100 or alexat@arknaturals.com.  Please visit our web sites www.arknaturals.com and www.gray-muzzle.com for more information.

 

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