The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently issued an urgent warning concerning chicken jerky dog treats made in China. These treats may be linked to a foodborne illness though the root cause of the problem has not been identified. However, it is reported a number of dogs have already become ill after consuming these treats.
Veterinarian, Lance Blackburn said in regards to the situation, “There are animals getting sick from an unknown cause. The FDA has tested the jerky treats; they are unable to find any contaminants. They are unable to find any infectious agent. So at this point, unfortunately it’s an association and we don’t really have a true cause and effect.”
“[This situation] creates the uncertainty and creates the anxiety of how can we certify foods that are free from item X, if we don’t know what item X is.”
A concern was first noted in 2007 after 150 complaints of dog illness linked to chicken jerky products. Since that time the number of complaints has declined, but is recently climbing once again. The FDA states it is currently investigating 70 known cases of possibly related to the Chinese chicken products. The FDA is advising pet owners to check labels and avoid products imported from China.
Signs and symptoms pet’s experience are decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, increase of water consumption, and/or increased urination. If you suspect your pet may be affected please speak to a veterinarian immediately. Early treatment usually leads to a full recovery. If the cause is found to be a bad treat the FDA should be notified.