FDA documents indicate that three top brands of chicken jerky treats may related to illnesses in dogs
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Over the weekend, I wrote about a cautionary update that the Food and Drug Administration made on their website recently regarding chicken jerky treats imported from China.
This issue isn't something new that the FDA has been investigating. For several months, pet owners and veterinarians have been filing complaints with the agency, and a common thread has been emerging: the dogs consuming chicken jerky treats.
Here's a bit of history, in case you're not familiar with what's going on.
In September of 2007 and December of 2008 and November of 2011, the FDA issued a cautionary update about an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China.
Last July, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association alerted the American Medical Veterinary Association to an issue that had a familiar ring: chicken jerky treats manufactured in China were possibly associated with an illness affecting the kidneys of dogs in Canada.
The FDA has received a total of 537 reports of illnesses in canines, including 467 reports since it issued a renewed warning about chicken jerky treats from China in November of 2011. This includes a startling 184 cases submitted so far just this year.
The plot thickens.
Internal FDA documents obtained by MSNBC by way of a public records request contain references to three popular brands of chicken jerky treats through a log of complaints collected from pet owners and veterinary doctors. The complaints indicate that the treats may be associated with kidney failure and other serious illnesses.
The brands indicated in the complaints are Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp.
The FDA is under pressure to take more action on the matter from pet owners, vets and legislators, including Ohio Democrats Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
Read today's article from MSNBC by clicking here.
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