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Class Action Lawsuit Blames Jerky Treats Made in China for Pet Deaths

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After at least 1,000 dogs have become ill or died in the United States, allegedly because of jerky treats made in China, dog owners in eight states have come together to form a class action against Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart, Costco, and Target.

Illinois resident Dennis Adkins filed a lawsuit in federal court after his Pomeranian Cleo died after eating Waggin’ Train “Yam Good” treats. That lawsuit, which adds six more plaintiffs from across the country, seeks to  join another federal lawsuit filed by a Connecticut family whose Boston terriers, Toby and Max, died after eating Nestle Purina chicken jerky treats.

The brands most cited in complaints by veterinarians and pet owners are Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch by Nestle Purina, and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats by Del Monte Corp, MSNBC reports.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently refused to release their results from inspections of the plants in China where the treats are made saying the release would violate trade secret and confidential commercial information laws. The FDA also said that a release could interfere with enforcement proceedings. The agency performed several tests but has been unable to identify any reason for the problems in pets, which have ranged from vomiting to kidney failure and death.

Nestle Purina spokesperson Keith Schopp said, “We believe the claims made in the suit to be without merit and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves. We can say that Waggin’ Train products continue to be safe to feed as directed.”

The lawsuit seeks to represent all U.S. pet owners who have purchased any chicken-containing dog treat made or sold by Nestle Purina and imported from China over the past four years. disclaimer: This article: Class Action Lawsuit Blames Jerky Treats Made in China for Pet Deaths was posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 9:23 pm at and is filed under Product Liability Lawsuits.

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