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http://www.fda.gov/cvm/CVM_Updates/C...sChicJerky.htm

December 19, 2008

FDA Continues To Receive Complaints about Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs and Cautions Consumers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to caution consumers of a potential association between the development of illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky products also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats. FDA continues to receive complaints of dogs experiencing illness that their owners or veterinarians associate with consumption of chicken jerky products. The chicken jerky products are imported to the U.S. from China. FDA issued a cautionary warning to consumers in September 2007.

Australian news organizations report the University of Sydney is also investigating an association between illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky in Australia. At least one firm in Australia has recalled their chicken jerky product and the recall notification stated the chicken jerky product was manufactured in China.

FDA believes the continued trend of consumer complaints coupled with the information obtained from Australia warrants an additional reminder and animal health notification.

Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be used occasionally and in small quantities. Owners of small dogs must be especially careful to limit the amount of these products.

FDA, in addition to several veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the U.S, is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA has conducted extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified any contaminant.

FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs which may occur within hours to days of feeding the product: decreased appetite, although some 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 the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi syndrome (increased glucose). Although most dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.

The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem. Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky. Veterinarians and consumers alike should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.
 

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With all the different problems with food products coming from China you would think that consumers would actually start reading where these products they are buying are coming from and not purchase products from that country. If enough consumers would take this practice as standard then the purchases of products from China would decline causing them to shape up or suffer on the global market place.
 

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Quote: With all the different problems with food products coming from China you would think that consumers would actually start reading where these products they are buying are coming from and not purchase products from that country. If enough consumers would take this practice as standard then the purchases of products from China would decline causing them to shape up or suffer on the global market place.
Food products, and just about everything else made there. As heavily as they rely on their export business, you’d think China would be trying to tighten things up a bit.
 

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Just one of the many reasons why I bake Jersey's dog treats myself. When I do buy them I go to the local dog bakery that makes everything right there. You can see the kitchen from their showroom and make special requests. Plus, I'm supporting one of my local small businesses instead of some corporation.
 

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Originally Posted By: KarebruFood products, and just about everything else made there. As heavily as they rely on their export business, you’d think China would be trying to tighten things up a bit.
I agree that more regulation is needed in China. The government has been sentencing those convicted to death--which in my opinion is just about right considering the dog and infant deaths that these corrupt scoundrels caused. BUT, even punishing them after-the-fact provides little consolation for those that lost loved ones.

UGH!
 

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Originally Posted By: Java & Lilo!I agree that more regulation is needed in China. The government has been sentencing those convicted to death--which in my opinion is just about right considering the dog and infant deaths that these corrupt scoundrels caused. BUT, even punishing them after-the-fact provides little consolation for those that lost loved ones.
Considering that ALL businesses, companies, and corporations in China are in a permanent partnership with their government sentencing their offenders to death is only creating escape goats for their political shortfalls.

I'm not trying to make this topic a political debate or conversation but when discussing different companies around the world it is nice to know how those countries associate with their businesses and companies as well as corporations doing business with in their borders.
 

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Re: Continuing FDA Warnings:Chinese-Made Chicken J

I don't disagree. I know the corruption runs deep within the country and it's economy, but those that are being punished are definitely not innocent. Their version of lobbying are straight bribes and authority looking the other way. This will NOT be the last scandal or corruption that leads to injuries/deaths in China (and others). Not sure there are any remedies as the root of the issue is greed--which unfortunately is found in any political or economic system.

/off soapbox :p
 

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Wow! I didn't know about this. Daisy and Max's favorite treats are the chicken jerky treats. They only get one a day, and I just bought a new bag yesterday. I guess they won't be getting any more.
 

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I would like to know what the brand names are to these products. In the past we've given Bodie chicken strips purchased from Target. However, we're now giving him VitaLife Duck and Chicken strips purchased from Petsmart. He absolutely loves them and has shown no ill effects from them. What we like about them is they're 100% natural meat with a very high protein content.
 

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Vitalife products are manufactured in China. If you check the product description on the Petsmart website it says manufactured in China in small print. They may be fine but I try to avoid any people or pet food that is manufactured or has components sourced in China. Sometimes its hard to track down sourcing information but if I can't find the information I won't buy the product. My concern with the chicken strips is that one batch may be fine and another tainted.
 
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