FDA Updates Consumer Information on Pet Illnesses Linked to Jerky Treats: Agency Has Received Reports of 360 Canine Deaths and One Feline Death

Fast Facts

  • The Food and Drug Administration has received over 2,200 reports of illnesses that may be related to jerky treats.
  • Over the past 18 months, the reports have contained information on 360 canine deaths and one feline death. There does not appear to be a geographic pattern to the case reports. Cases have been reported from all 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces in the past 18 months.
  • After receiving reports of illness, the FDA is now also investigating duck and sweet potato jerky treats.
  • Although the FDA has been actively investigating the reports of illnesses, no definitive cause has been determined, although it has been reported that irradiation is being looked at as a possible cause.
  • A class action lawsuit has been filed by pet owners who claim their pets were made sick or who died as a result of eating chicken jerky treats.
  • Officials from the FDA went to China to inspect facilities that make chicken jerky treat products; the results of their visit have not yet been made available.
  • FDA records show that three brands may be implicated in this issue: Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare as well as Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. (Via MSNBC)
  • The Chinese manufacturers have denied their products have caused illnesses in dogs.
  • There have been no recalls of jerky treat products.

Updated FDA Information

The FDA has updated its Q&A on this issue. We encourage you to read it to obtain the most recent facts in this investigation.

Published: March 9, 2012;    Updated: September 20, 2012

Filed Under: Recalls Warnings

Sources: FDA, news reports

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