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Source of Tainted Pet Jerky Treats Remains Unidentified

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Concern over the safety of certain pet jerky treats has been rampant for years now, yet authorities appear to be no closer to unraveling the precise reasons why so many pets have been getting ill.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating cases of suspected poisonings since 2007, according to the New York Times. Last month the FDA updated its statistics, revealing that more than 3,600 reports of illnesses have been linked to jerky treats, plus more than 580 deaths since the agency first started its investigation. Nearly all the pets that died were dogs.

Despite the agency’s best efforts, the exact cause of the illnesses has still not been identified. According to FDA statistics: “more than 60 percent of the cases in the U.S. involve gastrointestinal illness; 30 percent, kidney ailments; and the rest, convulsions, tremors and skin irritations,” the New York Times reported. The age, breed or size does not appear to matter. Chicken is the most common ingredient in the jerky treats, but it is not the only possible reason for the illnesses. Some treats also contain duck, yams and dried fruits.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is also investigating. Officials discovered low levels of antibiotic residues in some jerky products, and in January they asked for a voluntary recall of several brands, including Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky treats, both distributed by Nestlé, the New York Times reported. It is also possible that the problem may be outside of the U.S. because many of the treats are manufactured in China. disclaimer: This article: Source of Tainted Pet Jerky Treats Remains Unidentified was posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 9:45 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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