FDA Issues Update But No Recall on Jerky Treats from China

fdaFor the last several years, we’ve discussed the issue of jerky treats that have been making dogs sick–and resulting in deaths. This week, after more than 1,200 tests and visiting manufacturing facilities in China, the FDA still doesn’t have a cause for the illnesses–and is asking dog lovers and veterinarians for help.

According to the FDA:

To gather even more information, FDA is reaching out to licensed veterinarians and pet owners across the country. “This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered,” says CVM Director Bernadette Dunham, DVM, Ph.D. “Our beloved four-legged companions deserve our best effort, and we are giving it.”

In a letter addressing U.S. licensed veterinarians, FDA lists what information is needed for labs testing treats and investigating illness and death associated with the treats. In some cases, veterinarians will be asked to provide blood, urine and tissue samples from their patients for further analysis. FDA will request written permission from pet owners and will cover the costs, including shipping, of any tests it requests.

The FDA hasn’t specified any brands but has named potentially problematic ingredients:

The treats are sold as jerky tenders or strips and are made with chicken, duck, sweet potato, dried fruit, and in combinations of these ingredients.
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