chicken-jerkyYes, believe it or not those killer chicken jerky and other China made and sourced treats are back on store shelves again just waiting for their next victims!

Several brands of chicken jerky treats were pulled from shelves more than a year ago after hundreds and hundreds of instances of mysterious illnesses of dogs and numerous deaths were linked to them.  The three most named brands include; Nestle Purina’s Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, and Del Monte’s Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats.

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A Safety Alert was issued by the AMVA in Oct.of 2013 and in Jan of 2014, the FDA did issue a caution sheet;

“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to caution consumers about a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products. The products—also called chicken tenders, strips, or treats—are imported from China. FDA continues to receive complaints of sick dogs that their owners or veterinarians associate with eating chicken jerky products. FDA issued a cautionary warning to consumers in September 2007.”

But to date there have been no recalls and the toxic killer treats are back on store shelves!

Despite numerous petitions and the hundreds and thousands of complaints, illnesses and deaths associated with these treats, the manufacturers have not changed them.  They are still being made in China or with chicken sourced from China and after a brief hiatus they are back.

Now, although the loudest outcry and most information out there has been about the China chicken jerky treats, the complaints and illnesses have come from most any China made or sourced treats.  Just don’t do it!  Check your labels, warn anyone you know or see in stores.  People see these back and think they’re okay but they’re not!

Although the FDA has tested for years, they have been unable to find a specific cause;

The agency has spent years trying to find out why 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. were sickened by different brands of the treats since the agency first started getting complaints in 2007.

A reported 580 animals died out of the thousands affected. (kjrh)

This is one of the tips in the caution sheet from the FDA;

  • If you choose to feed your dog chicken jerky products, watch the dog closely. Stop feeding the product if your dog shows any of the following signs, which may occur within hours to days after feeding the product:
    - decreased appetite, although some dogs may continue to eat the treats instead of other foods
    - decreased activity
    - vomiting
    - diarrhea, sometimes with blood
    - increased water drinking or increased urination

Does this sound like something safe for your beloved furry family member? JUST. DON’T. DO. IT.

Share and warn… don’t let others turn their beloved canine companion into the next victims either!

 

 

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