Nowadays, Jerky comes in many forms:
Pork, Goat, Lamb, Deer, Elk, Caribou, Kangaroo, Bison, Moose, Turkey, Ostrich, Salmon, Alligator, Tuna, Emu, Horse, Camel… (etc.)
And, I know this may sound stupid, but until recently, I wasn’t fully aware of how MODERN Jerky is made:
Modern manufactured jerky is normally marinated in a seasoned spice rub or liquid, and dried, dehydrated or smoked with low heat (usually under 70 °C/160 °F). Some makers still use just salt and sun-dry fresh sliced meat to make jerky. Some product manufacturers finely grind meat, mix in seasonings, and press the meat-paste into flat shapes prior to drying. – Thank You Wikipedia! –
Being more familiar with traditional Jerky…
…A lean meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage. Normally, this drying includes the addition of salt, to prevent bacteria from developing on the meat before sufficient moisture has been removed.
It wasn’t until the on-going Jerky recall of pet treats, that I really started to pay attention.
There are many products in the marketplace which are sold as jerky which consist of highly processed, chopped and formed meat, rather than traditional sliced, whole-muscle meat.
Thankfully, I myself do not eat Jerky, but unfortunately, I know a lot of the stuff mentioned above, went into making pet treats. Furthermore, according to the FDA:
A number of jerky pet treat products were removed from the market in January 2013 after a New York State lab reported finding evidence of up to six drugs in certain jerky pet treats made in China. While the levels of these drugs were very low and it’s unlikely that they caused the illnesses, FDA noted a decrease in reports of jerky-suspected illnesses after the products were removed from the market. FDA believes that the number of reports may have declined simply because fewer jerky treats were available.
Um, WHAT?! DRUGS?! Does this make any sense to you? Before I go off on a long and frustrated tangent, I think I’ll stop myself and keep this post short. BUT, what I will say, is this:
At tha MUNCHbox, we focus on providing limited-ingredient treats that are MADE/SOURCED in the USA; with the exception that some of our treats may be sourced from Canada, Southern America, Australia and New Zealand (NO China). The Chicken Strips and Tilapia Jerky that we carry, are pure dehydrated meat, with no additives, preservatives, hormones or chemicals (of any kind). Both treats are made in Boston, by the GOOD folks at Polka Dog Bakery.
Better safe then sorry, we strongly encourage making your own treats, not only is it fun, but there are plenty of blogs that will provide recipes/information as to how – Check-Out Our Blog Post – DIY | Dehydrated GF Duck Treats.
If you don’t have the time…we completely understand. Check out thaMUNCHbox.com!
We are in the process of procuring more Jerky treats that adhere to our high standards. In All, we hope to give you more options to choose from and more yummy surprises for your dog via mail.