FDA warning pet owners about toxic jerky treats

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(KTVI) – There’s a warning about some deadly dog treats. More than a thousand dog deaths may now be linked to toxic jerky treats.

The FDA says it’s still unsure of the specific cause for the reported illness and deaths.   But most of the cases reportedly happened after pets ate chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats imported from China.

As of May 1, 2014, FDA has received approximately 4,800 reports of pet illnesses which may be related to consumption of the jerky treats (These include 1800 complaints received since FDA’s last update in October 2013).

Most of the reports involve jerky products sourced from China. The majority of the complaints involve dogs, but cats also have been affected. The reports involve more than 5,600 dogs, 24 cats, three people and include more than 1,000 canine deaths. There does not appear to be a geographic pattern to the case reports.

No specific brands have been recalled.  The FDA is reaching out to veterinarians for blood samples and other evidence to help in the investigation.

Visit the FDA.gov for more details.


  • Kornelia Terrazas

    Its about time Americans bought from America. It seems everytime we get any food stuff from China pets die. Read the label and if it says Chima by pass it. Sooner or later they will get the message. You don’t buy they don’t turn a profit.

  • patti

    I am in agreement with you. Checked the labels last night and even found some made in MEXICO. I decided to make miy own from now on. Even some of the American made treats are made with too many by products and that really scares the hell out of me. China, Mexico, Taiwan none are monitored for cleanilness I am sure, so anything could get in the mix

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