Jerky Treats Imported from China Linked to Pet Illness
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that a pet illness linked to jerky treats manufactured in China is one of the most perplexing outbreaks it has ever encountered.
On Wednesday, the FDA asked pet owners and veterinarians to notify the agency of any cases of dogs or cats getting sick after eating the treats, which have caused at least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats to fall ill since 2007. According to the announcement, 580 pets have died as a result of the tainted treats.
Although the agency didn't name any specific brands, the FDA did say that the majority of cases involved jerky treats that were manufactured in China. However, product testing and inspections of the Chinese factories that manufacture the treats and has thus far failed to reveal the cause of the illness.
Veterinarians who report new cases of the illness may be asked to send blood, tissue and urine samples to the FDA. If so, the government would cover shipping costs.