dog health forum: Pet jerky treat death toll

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Sep 14, 2012 9:33 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Pet jerky treat death toll: 360 dogs, 1 cat, FDA says.

At least 360 dogs and one cat reportedly have died in the U.S. after eating chicken jerky pet treats made in China, even as claims of illnesses tied to the products have topped 2,200, federal veterinary health officials said.
Food and Drug Administration officials this week issued the first summary of reports of pet deaths linked to the jerky treats in the past 18 months, along with the strongest suggestion to date that owners might want to avoid the products all together.
“The FDA is reminding pet owners that jerky pet treats are not necessary for pets to have a fully balanced diet, so eliminating them will not harm pets,” agency officials said in an online report.
At the same time, the FDA said it will begin testing treats to see whether irradiation of the products may have contributed to reports of treat-related problems ranging from diarrhea and vomiting to kidney failure, Fanconi syndrome and death.

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Sep 30, 2012 8:18 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thanks for sharing, I read something similar on NPR online. I buy no food or other supposedly edible products from China. I think I may have sent a note about this to the membership previously, but you may do so again if you want to.
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Sep 30, 2012 4:25 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Sorry for the repetition. My senior brain remembers your warning now. Hubby bought some vitamins and calcium for me recently at Dollar General and they told us when we called their main offices that all of those products are made in the US. Since it didn't say so on the bottles, I wouldn't take them until I knew that they weren't made in China. Neither our pets nor our family needs to put things in their bodies that are made in China.
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