Food Safety News has an in-depth article about the concerns over chicken jerky treats made in China.
After thousands of pet owners began speaking out about sick and dying dogs, Ohio's Sen. Sherrod Brown took the issue to the Senate floor last month.
Brown called on the FDA to accelerate its investigation of imported pet food, especially food imported from China.
“That’s the FDA’s job,” he said.
Brown said it’s a “trade issue transforming into a safety issue.“
On Nov. 18, 2011, the FDA cautioned consumers that chicken jerky dog treats from China may be associated with a rising number of dog illnesses.
The FDA says their testing found no definitive cause of reported illnesses and they continue to investigate, but they still advise pet owners who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products:
- Decreased appetite;
- Decreased activity;
- Diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
- Increased water consumption and/or increased urination.
MSNBC reported Tuesday that three big brands may be tied to the chicken jerky illnesses
The FDA has a special web page to report pet food complaints.