So, I had previously posted an article from Dr. Jon regarding hazards to our dogs from heavy metals. I decided to ask Kong since we have noticed some of their products coming ot of China. Below is their response to me, and the email I sent them below that. Provided for your information to act on as you choose.
Thank you for your question regarding the country of origin for KONG toys
and treats. All Classic KONG natural rubber products are made in the US and
have been for over 30 years. All KONG Stuff'N Treats are made in the US and
are manufactured in FDA and USDA/APHIS approved factories. All ingredients
are of US origin with one exception: rice flour from Italy. Additionally,
all KONG Stuff'N treats are tested for quality assurance by independent USDA
approved laboratories. Together these lines represent over eighty percent of
all KONG products.
The remaining KONG products: Air KONG (tennis ball toys), KONG Plush, and
KONG Wubba are made in China. These factories are under strict KONG
supervision and have proven to produce reliable and safe products. All
imported product lines are tested by independent laboratories to prove they
are safe and non-toxic. Once products are received in the KONG warehouse
they are again subjected to strict KONG quality control procedures to
further ensure our KONG products are the finest available. No KONG product,
toy or treat has ever been involved in a recall.
16191 Table Mountain Parkway
Golden, CO 80403
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 11:38 AM
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Comments from KONG Company
Name : Ed
Pet's Name : Hershey Kisses
Email : XXXX
Comments : Kongs, AirKongs, Wubbas,
What percentage of these toy are made in China or materials from China? Are
they tested for lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals?
See Dr. Jon site relative to this quote,
'Are Pet Toys Toxic?
In the wake of the lead scare, two laboratories have conducted independent
tests on randomly selected pet items. These very qualified laboratories
include Trace Laboratories, Inc. in Illinois and ExperTox Analytical
Laboratories in Texas. Both labs **have** found lead and other toxic heavy
metals in pet items purchased from American stores.
ExperTox Analytical Laboratories tested a Chinese-made, Wal-Mart marketed
cat toy and dog toy. Both were packaged in a clear plastic wrapping with a
cardboard label and no brand name.
The dog toy, a latex, green monster, contained high levels of lead and
chromium (a cancer-causing heavy metal) and smaller amounts of other toxic
materials. The cat toy contained very high levels of the toxic heavy metal,
The lab determined these toxins were easily accessed and could be acquired
from the toy with a simple lick of the dog's or cat's tongue.
Trace Laboratories tested Paws ‚?~N Claws tennis balls purchased at a
dollar-type store. They found an astounding 27,200 ppm lead levels in the
ink on the balls. They also tested a ceramic food dish and found lead levels
at 2,890 ppm. The lead levels in both these items far exceeded the limit set
for human toys.
Should You Be Concerned?
There are conflicting opinions regarding the severity of these levels of
lead and other heavy metals in pet products. Because of the lack of federal
regulation at this time, it is up to you, the pet owner, to determine your
level of concern.
An interesting bit of information to consider: Wal-Mart actually recalled
children's toys which are quite similar to their lead-containing pet toys.
These Chinese-made, Wal-Mart children's toys are sold at a similar price,
without a brand, in packaging very similar to that containing their toxic
pet toys. If these toys are not safe enough for your children, should your
pet be playing with them?
What Can You Do?
How can you protect your pet? Talk to your veterinarian. Do your research.
Check with the manufacturers of your pet's toys; ask for proof of their
safety testing. Strongly consider discarding your pet's current products
which are made in China. When buying new products, look for items made in
the United States. Also, avoid toys made of latex, as they are more likely
to contain lead. Above all, be proactive and don't take chances with the
health of your pet.
Until next time,
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
Good to know. Thanks Ed!
They are a wonderful organization. They donate all their Kongs that don't meet their standards to rescue groups.
That's awesome information. Thank God Mickey can't have latex toys, but now I know to only stick to the rubber Kong toys.
Pretty soon I'll be resorting to having to make toys with old socks again... :-\ I don't think I could take it if he got sick or worse.