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FDA urges pet owners to report illnesses associated with jerky treats

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration put out a warning Tuesday about reports of illnesses in pets who consume jerky treats. The FDA’s fact sheet about the situation says  jerky pet treats have caused illness in 3,600 dogs and 10 cats (since 2007), including 580 that have died.

Here’s where you may file a report with the FDA about a pet food issue, or call the FDA consumer complaint line for Idaho: 800-353-3965 (toll free).

The first thing pet owners want to know is WHICH treats (I feed my dog a lot of jerky treats). Here’s what the FDA said on that:

What are the products involved?

The majority of complaints involve chicken jerky (treats, tenders, and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams.

Are there specific brands we should be concerned about?

The illnesses have been linked to many brands of jerky treats. The one common factor the cases share is consumption of a chicken or duck jerky treat or jerky-wrapped treat, mostly imported from China. Pet owners should be aware that manufacturers do not need to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products, so packages that do not state on the label that they are made in another country may still contain ingredients sourced from China or other countries that export to the U.S.




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