As they reported last week, the FDA says that 360 dogs have died in the last 18 months, after eating chicken jerky treats made in China. All in all, the FDA has received approximately 2,200 reports of pet illnesses which may be related to the consumption of the jerky treats. Cases have been reported from all 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces.
The FDA says the majority of complaints involve chicken jerky (treats, tenders, and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams. The FDA has been actively investigating the reports of illnesses, no definitive cause has been determined. Dangerous jerky treats are still being sold all across the United States and other countries to pet owners who are unaware of the cautionary warning that has been in effect since 2007. Pet owners are advised not to feed them to their pets.
There is petition that was launched online, urging the FDA and all manufacturers of chicken jerky treats imported from China to immediately halt all sales until said treats can be safely sourced and proven to no longer be dangerous to our companions. So far, there is more than 23,000 signatures and their goal is to get 50,000 signatures. If you think this is not acceptable, go to the petition site about the Jerky Treats from China and sign the petition!
Another petition was created by Rita Desollar after her beloved dog, Heidi, died prematurely. This petition with over 50,000 supporters is available at this page.