Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Urgent Pet Safety Message

Jerky treats are killing dogs and cats!

The FDA has issued a dire warning to pet owners that jerky-style chicken, duck, sweet potato or dried fruit treats made in China have been responsible for over 3,600 dog and cat illnesses and 580 deaths in the past six years. Hours after eating the treats, the pets have suffered from gastrointestinal upset, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding or organ failure, symptoms that have frequently turned fatal.

Because the treats were made in China, where there is no requirement to list every ingredient in a product, the FDA has been unable to locate the source of contamination and has been unable to issue a specific product recall. But they are continuing to investigate the problem and would like your help. They've created an online Fact Sheet with a link to a Safety Reporting Portal where you can notify them of any unusual symptoms your pet may have experienced after eating a jerky treat.

If your pet should become sick after eating any pet treat manufactured in China, do not discard the remainder of the product. Instead, contact the FDA, and keep it in its original container for up to 60 days, as the FDA may wish to sample the product. Many of these products are sold under popular American brand names, including Nestle Purina Pet Care Co. Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats, Del Monte Corp's Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats, and Publix Stores' Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats, among others.

Until the source of contamination can be identified and cured, Macaroni Kid National Family Safety recommends avoiding China manufactured jerky-style treats for your pets.

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