Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Pet Jerkey | FDA Summary Report
The FDA is continuing to investigate reports of pet illness and death related to jerky treats manufactured in China. They released their first summary report of their investigation last Thursday. According to the report the FDA has received approximately 2,200 reports of illnesses related to the treats, including the report of 360 canine deaths and one feline death. The FDA states that these illnesses/deaths "may be related to consumption of the jerky treats" but that "no definitive cause has been determined."
Despite the fact the FDA is not explicitly linking these illnesses/deaths to jerky treats manufactured in China at this point they seem to be implicitly implying that consumers should avoid them. The reports states that "the FDA is reminding pet owners that jerky pet treats are not necessary for pets to have a fully balanced diet, so eliminating them will not harm pets. Commercially produced pet food, which is very safe, contains all of the nutrients that pets need."
Personally I'm erring on the side of caution and avoiding any edible pet product manufactured in China. This is actually quite easy given the number of companies nowadays that manufacture their products in the United States. Of course even this isn't a guarantee as U.S. manufactured dog foods are regularly subject to recall. There are however less risks involved with products manufactured stateside as plants in the U.S. are subject to closer inspection and more stringent oversight.