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BEWARE! Jerky treats made in China have sickened thousands of dogs. Yet FDA refuses to issue recall.
By BL Ochman
Although thousands of dogs have become sick and some have died after eating jerky treats made with ingredients from China, the FDA is not issuing a recall and the products are still on the shelves of pet stores across the country.
Investigators searching for the cause of hundreds of cases of illness and death in dogs that ate chicken jerky made in China have extended their scrutiny to duck and sweet potato jerkies, VIN News Service reported today. The FDA website confirms that report.
According to the FDA site and Time Magazine, the three top brands of chicken jerky treats among those most recently cited in complaints included Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brands, produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp.
msnbc.com reports that Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch are both produced and supplied by JOC Great Wall Corp. Ltd. of Nanjing, China.
Signs of illness
Signs to watch for include decreased appetite; decreased activity (lethargy); vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; and increased water consumption and/or increased urination.
The type of kidney failure associated with chicken jerky strips is called acquired Fanconi syndrome. Urine test results consistently show glucose and granular casts. Blood tests may show hypokalemia (low potassium), mildly increased liver enzymes, and acidosis, along with increased creatinine and BUN (signs of kidney disease).