FDA: Nearly 1,000 Pets Sickened by China-Made Dog Treats

The Food and Drug Administration has received hundreds of complaints from owners and vets over certain brands of China-made chicken jerky products.

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Suddenly, “sick as a dog” isn’t so colloquial.

According to updated records kept by the Food and Drug Administration, chicken jerky pet treats from China have sickened nearly 1,000 dogs in the U.S. in recent months.

The FDA has logged 900 reports of illnesses and deaths from vets and concerned pet owners since November, when it issued warnings about health problems associated with the products known variously as chicken jerky strips, treats and nuggets.

Recorded problems stemming from the treats range from vomiting and diarrhea to kidney failure and death. The complaints have contributed to mounting pressure on the FDA to address the issue.

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Despite repeated tests, however, FDA scientists have been unable to detect any toxin responsible for the animal illnesses, officials said. And no results of a review conducted at Chinese treat manufacturing plants  earlier this year are yet available, according to FDA spokeswoman Tamara Ward.

China’s spotty record on food safety only complicates the issue: in recent years the country has dealt with numerous food scandals, involving toxic baby formula, tainted pork products, rice contaminated with heavy metals and the reuse of discarded cooking grease nauseatingly known as “gutter oil” .  In 2007, more than 100 pets in North America reportedly died after eating pet food whose China-sourced ingredients were tainted with the plastic melamine, prompting a massive recall. No wonder folks are quick to worry.

The three top brands of chicken jerky treats among those most recently cited in complaints included Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brands, produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. According to the msnbc.com report, Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch are both produced and supplied by JOC Great Wall Corp. Ltd. of Nanjing, China.

Both Nestle Purina and Del Monte brands have insisted their chicken jerky treats are sound and that any illnesses are unrelated to the products.  Officials from Milo’s Kitchen admitted paying at least one owner who complained about a sick dog $100 in exchange for a release of all liability, but it also said a veterinary evaluation revealed the dog’s symptoms “were not related to consuming Milo’s Kitchen chicken jerky treats,” according to spokesperson Joanna DiNizio.

FDA officials have said companies are free to recall the treats at any time, but regulations do not allow for products to be removed based on consumer complaints alone.

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10 comments
drkrugersup
drkrugersup

This is terrible to hear. I am a little iffy about even ordering in Chinese food anymore without having it sent to the lab. 

Dogs need natural wholesome food just like we do. Many dogs are suffering from deficiencies in vitamins and minerals which leads to arthritis, overall joint problems, and bad skin and coat problems.

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I hope no more pets are sickened by these jerky treats. Hopefully the lab reports back on what actual problem is. It could be trace amounts of many things that dogs are severely allergic to, or just bad chemicals along with unhygienic manufacturing.


oldtrail
oldtrail

If you haven't heard Milo's chicken jerky & grilled treats are being removed from sales due to antibiotics. Web site confirms it. Our dog was sickened and after talking to vet she showed signs of what the vet said would happen if affected. We should boycott Del Monte products for going to china for chicken. 

jackharp4
jackharp4

My male dog has cancer. Has had three surgeries to remove tumors, & is now in his 5th week of chemo. He used to eat ALOT of the jerky treats, more than anything else. That is the only difference between him and my female, which does not have cancer. How can they still have product on shelf that they know causes cancer??  My dogs are my kids, & I'm ready to do whatever it takes to get these off shelves!!!

donebrodie
donebrodie

My Lab just died from eating Chinese dog treats from waggin train... Was fine yesterday until we gave him some new treats. Then he got sick and one day latter he is gone. Watch out folks those treats from china will kill your pet!

pattical
pattical

I BOUGHT THE CHICKEN JERKY TREATS  FROM MILO'S KITCHEN~MY DOG WAS NOT ILL AT ALL~15-20 MINUTES AFTER INGESTING,SHE VOMITED. SHE'S A HEALTHY DOG-NEVER  VOMITS-THOUGHT IT WAS STRANGE~2 DAYS AGO, THE SAME THING HAPPENED~THE EXPIRATION DATE WAS 1 YEAR FROM NOW~I EXAMINED THE CONTENTS CLOSER~ THEY JUST DID NOT APPEAR TO BE AS "FRESH" AS THE ORDINARY BRAND THAT I BUY~I  BECAME SUSPICIOUS & GOOGLED MILO'S KITCHEN DOG TREATS & WAS SHOCKED BY THE NUMBER OF ARTICLES THAT ARE OUT THERE~ "THERE ARE REPORTED CASES OF CANINE DEATHS LINKED TO THIS PRODUCT"   MORE THAN THAT, I AM SHOCKED & APPALLED THAT THEY ARE STILL BEING SOLD IN MAJOR STORES!! THEY SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE SHELVES IMMEDIATELY & A MORE THOROUGH INVESTIGATION SHOULD TAKE PLACE! THE GOOD NEWS IS MY DOG IS OK. MILO'S KITCHEN IS VERY LUCKY THAT SHE IS~                             

jamesluff
jamesluff

You should take a look at your own food sourcs Jack.. do they contain BHA, BHT, TBHQ, Brominated or enriched flours, Nitrates, other artifical colors or chemicals??????? American Food sources by far ar the most poisonous foods in the world, because our FDA is bought and sold everyday by corporations, and the chemicals that permeate our foods above are banned in canada, and other developed European nations, because their countries still protect their people. Today, American Cancer rates are 1 in 8, in 1960 cancer rates were 1 in 20.  I won't even mentioned the diabetes or obesity epidemics that have increased hand in hand with the introduction and dramatic inclusion in almost every American food source these days.

shotei
shotei

@donebrodie 

I've had 4 dogs over the last 15 years, only one left, the other 3 all died of old age, big dogs and they all lived to be at least 15 and the one that's left is 10 years old and they all ate waggin train chicken treats every day of their life.

babbelon
babbelon

My dog died from these treats  looks like all the people who have animals with damages and that died need to get together and show Milo's Kitchens whats cooking with a fat law suit made in the good old USA. instead of getting a coupon for $2.00 off some damn dog treats.

jamesluff
jamesluff

Too early, that last sentence was supposed to reference the intro and dramatic inclusion of High Fructose Corn Syrup that spikes blood sugar constantly which stores fat, increases hunger and is tied to diabetes.

pattical
pattical

@babbelonI am so sorry for your loss, as well as others who have lost their beloved animals related to tainted pet treats. I wrote a letter to the FDA and to Milo's. They had the audacity to send me the same coupon, Really?! That speaks volumes of what it's all about to them~-SALES!-SHAME ON THEM! They NEED to be sued!