Chicken Jerky Dog Treats–Is the FDA Bowing to China?

Chicken jerky dog treats

About 2,200 cases of illness have been linked to chicken jerky dog treats imported from China.  It has resulted in the death of 360 dogs and one cat.

But yet, the FDA has not recalled any of these treats.  No retail stores have voluntarily removed these products from their shelves.  It is probably because these treats are big sellers for them. 

The FDA did say that they were looking into the irradiation of these chicken jerky dog treats as a possible cause of these illnesses.  Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

There is still a very disturbing question related to the investigation by the FDA of the manufacturing plants responsible for producing these chicken jerky dog treats.  The FDA officials were told by the Chinese government that they could not take samples of ingredients of these treats back to the United States for analysis.  Instead, any analysis must be done in China.

It was found that one of the 5 plants investigated had falsified the receiving records for glycerin, an important ingredient in most of the chicken jerky dog treats.

Several years ago, the FDA banned a human product manufactured in China where glycerin had been replaced by another ingredient.  That ingredient caused several deaths in Central America.

The FDA has published its analysis made in 4 of the 5 plants it investigated.  It has not reported on the fifth plant, the one that falsified its receiving records.

First of all, I don’t understand why that report has not been issued.  Secondly, I don’t understand why the treats manufactured in the fifth plant have not been banned here in the United States.

I read an article by JoNel Aleccia of NBC News entitled, “Pet jerky treat death toll: 360 dogs, 1 cat, FDA says.” Much of the information for this post came from this article.  Here is a quote from the article:

At least 360 dogs and one cat reportedly have died in the U.S. after eating chicken jerky pet treats made in China, even as claims of illnesses tied to the products have topped 2,200, federal veterinary health officials said.

Food and Drug Administration officials this week issued the first summary of reports of pet deaths linked to the jerky treats in the past 18 months, along with the strongest suggestion to date that owners might want to avoid the products all together.

“The FDA is reminding pet owners that jerky pet treats are not necessary for pets to have a fully balanced diet, so eliminating them will not harm pets,” agency officials said in an online report.

At the same time, the FDA said it will begin testing treats to see whether irradiation of the products may have contributed to reports of treat-related problems ranging from diarrhea and vomiting to kidney failure, Fanconi syndrome and death.

The entire article can be found here, and I encourage you to read it.

Do you feed chicken jerky dog treats manufactured in China?  Or do you refuse to buy them.  My advice is to not take a chance – avoid them.  Thanks for your input.

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