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Tainted Treats? Ohio Senator urges federal action to protect beloved pets

Following an increase in tainted pet treats from China leading to animal deaths and illnesses, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take quick action to protect consumers and pet owners.

The Thaxton family lost their pug, Chancy, his kidney failed.

"She was our family pet for ten years. She was one of my babies, one of my kids."

The Sefranek family lost their dog, Samson, a dog they saved from the pound, also to kidney failure.

"He was our everything."

Both families believe their dogs died from eating Waggin Train chicken jerky dog treats. Made in China.

"To have an animal go through this and have the owners subjected to this is just wrong," said Senator Brown.

Senator Brown sent a letter to the FDA Monday urging them to take quick action on this issue. There have been 300 complaints nationwide about the chicken jerky made in China.

The treats are still on the shelves, so consumers need to be very careful.

Pet Food Institute Issues Statement on Chicken Jerky Treats

Members of the Pet Food Institute consider the health and safety of America's cats
and dogs to be our highest priority. PFI members are committed to producing safe,
healthful and nutritious food products for our pets. We care deeply about the well being
of the country's dogs and cats, support the Food Safety Modernization Act
(FSMA), and follow all federal and state laws, regulations and requirements. PFI
members continuously work closely with FDA to ensure a safe supply of all pet food
products.

 

What the recent FDA statement says about chicken jerky treats for dogs

On Nov. 18, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an update about chicken jerky treats for dogs.  Consistent with their prior 2007 and 2008 statements, the FDA stated: "To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause of reported [dog] illnesses.  FDA continues extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant."  The statement further says that "Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky." 
 
No chicken jerky dog treat products have been recalled in the United States.   The FDA continues to advise dog owners that chicken jerky products are treats, and therefore should not be substituted for a balanced diet, and that treats are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.
 
What the AVMA says about chicken jerky treats for dogs

The June 22, 2011, statement from the AVMA is consistent with the FDA in stating that "a definitive cause-and-effect link has not been established."  The AVMA further states, "Based on very preliminary information, it appears that this problem is more likely to occur in small-breed dogs that are fed these treats regularly and/or in amounts exceeding the label-recommended frequency or amount."   

About the Pet Food Institute (PFI)

The Pet Food Institute is the voice of the U.S. pet food industry. PFI represents the companies that make 98 percent of the commercial cat and dog food in the U.S. marketplace.  PFI provides complete and accurate information to Congress and state legislatures; state and federal regulatory agencies; the media and the public on the role of pets in our society and on the way the pet food industry supports the health and well-being of pets. 

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FDA and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have stated the
following key facts regarding chicken jerky treats.
What the recent FDA statement says about chicken jerky treats for dogs
On Nov. 18, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an update
about chicken jerky treats for dogs. Consistent with their prior 2007 and 2008
statements, the FDA stated: "To date, scientists have not been able to determine a
definitive cause of reported [dog] illnesses. FDA continues extensive chemical and
microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant." The statement further says
that "Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating
chicken jerky."
No chicken jerky dog treat products have been recalled in the United States. The
FDA continues to advise dog owners that chicken jerky products are treats, and
therefore should not be substituted for a balanced diet, and that treats are intended
to be fed occasionally in small quantities.
What the AVMA says about chicken jerky treats for dogs
The June 22, 2011, statement from the AVMA is consistent with the FDA in stating
that "a definitive cause-and-effect link has not been established." The AVMA further
states, "Based on very preliminary information, it appears that this problem is more
likely to occur in small-breed dogs that are fed these treats regularly and/or in
amounts exceeding the label-recommended frequency or amount."
About the Pet Food Institute (PFI)
The Pet Food Institute is the voice of the U.S. pet food industry. PFI represents the
companies that make 98 percent of the commercial cat and dog food in the U.S.
marketplace. PFI provides complete and accurate information to Congress and
state legislatures; state and federal regulatory agencies; the media and the public on
the role of pets in our society and on the way the pet food industry supports the
health and well-being of pets.
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