Many dog owners have reported that their dogs got sick and even died from eating chicken jerky dog treats made in China. As reported by abc7 News, the Chinese government has now responded and says that they will not stop the production of the jerky dog treats because the exact cause of these deaths has not been determined.
Recently, Bay Area Congressman Jerry McNerney wrote to the Chinese government asking to “consider halting production of these chicken jerky treats until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can determine whether or not the products contain tainted material.”
The Chinese government finally wrote back slamming the FDA for putting an advisory alert on its website even though the exact cause of these deaths has not been determined. The Chinese government wrote, “From the perspective of the Chinese side, there might be something wrong with the FDA’s investigation guidance.” The letter also warned not to influence public opinion and “to clear the name of Chinese pet food and eliminate the negative impact thereof on Chinese pet food trade and bilateral relationship.”
In May 2012, Rachel Chambers from Morgan Hill, California lost her dog named Cali because of China’s chicken jerky treats. “It’s been sad and hard on our family, but I think what’s been harder is to understand why almost seven months later there’s more dead dogs and nothing has changed,” Chambers told abc7 News.
Dr. Jaspal Harika, who performed the necropsy on Cali, says that he doesn’t agree with the Chinese government’s claim about the FDA. “They really know what they do. They’re one of the top scientists and research workers.” While production of these treats has not been halted and that they are still being sold, dog owners are advised not to feed them to their dogs.