The FDA just released a very minimal information jerky treat investigation update. For more than eight years, pets have been dying and sickened from Chinese jerky treats. And the FDA still can’t determine why.
Since early 2007, the FDA has received reports of sick and dying pets relating to Chinese manufactured jerky treats. The ‘adverse event reports’ total more than “5800 dogs, 25 cats, three people, and include more than 1,000 canine deaths.”
As reminder – based just on what was reported to FDA – on average…
For the last 8 years, 1 dog has died every 3 days linked to Chinese manufactured jerky treats.
Based just on what was reported to FDA –
Every day for the last 8 years, 2 dogs have become ill linked to Chinese manufactured jerky treats.
This recent report from FDA states for the six months between October 2013 to May 2014 – the agency received 270 complaints of sick or dying pets linked to China sourced jerky treats. Some of the brands mentioned (during this time frame) are Kingdom Pets, Waggin Train, Cadet, Milo’s Kitchen, and Beefeaters. Several diagnoses are confirmed Fanconi syndrome.
The new FDA announcement states “The agency continues to caution pet owners that jerky treats are not required for a balanced diet, and encourage them to consult with their veterinarians, both prior to feeding treats and if they notice symptoms in their pets.”
China made jerky treats have killed 1 dog every 3 days for 8 years – and the FDA only issues this marshmallow caution. To the contrary, FDA issued the bold warning “Raw Pet Food Diets can be Dangerous to You and Your Pet“. Raw pet food is declared “dangerous”, yet China made jerky treats linked to more than 1,000 pet deaths is only cautioned because they are not required for a balanced diet.
And finally, the latest update from FDA states “The FDA continues to devote significant resources to this investigation…” As of today (February 20, 2015)…2,971 days have passed into this FDA investigation of Made in China jerky treats. It’s an FDA record – the longest investigation in FDA history without a resolve.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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