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FDA warns about chicken jerky treats

An increase in consumer complaints led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday to release another cautionary statement about chicken jerky products for dogs imported from China and sold as “tenders,” “strips” or “treats.”

“The FDA continues to receive complaints of dogs experiencing illness that their owners or veterinarians associate with consumption of chicken jerky products,” the statement said.

The FDA and several veterinary diagnostic laboratories are investigating whether there is a connection, DVM 360, a veterinary news magazine, reported.

Dog owners who feed their dogs chicken jerky products are asked to watch for these signs: decreased appetite (although some dogs may continue to consume the treats to the exclusion of other foods); decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea (sometimes with blood); and increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

If a dog shows these symptoms, and signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours, owners should consult their veterinarian.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time December 23, 2008 at 6:27 am

China again. Fowarded the alert to others. Thanks for posting.

Comment from Marie
Time December 23, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Besides Mars products, is there a company linked to this specific product? I just bought some product similar to this and want to make sure it isn’t the same!

Comment from cynthiad
Time April 11, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I want to let everyone know that there is a chicken jerky that is made in the good ole USA, from human-grade 100% USDA chicken. You can check it out at Kona’s Chips, a site that also contains a lot of other useful information about the problems.