FDA: Dog Jerky Treats Causing Death and Illness May Not Indicate Product Origins in Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers about the possibility of tainted pet treats that are causing illness and death. The FDA said in their Oct. 22 report that over 3,000 complaints have come to the agency between 2007 and the end of September 2013.English: Logo of the .


The report, which can be found here, indicates that the source of the contamination has not been isolated and that is why the agency has not issued a specific list of recalled products. The reports are not isolated to a specific geographic location.

“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 report said.

Most of the products involved in causing the illnesses and deaths seem to originate with ingredients from China. That information isn’t a lot of help to consumers, because product labeling rules do not require companies to list the country of origin for specific ingredients.

The report indicates that cats and dogs have been affected. So far 10 felines and 570 canines have been reported to have died from possibly contaminated pet treats. The FDA has been logging reports from consumers which lists the pet food brands that may potentially be involved. The South River Source has gone through the report and logged them (see list below).

The FDA asks that veterinarians and consumers alike should report “cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state, or electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal.”

The FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs jerky pet treats to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products, including

  • decreased appetite
  • decreased activity
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea, sometimes with blood
  • increased water consumption; and/or
  • increased urination

According to the FDA’s February-September 2013 Report some of the treats may include (ranked by the number of reported incidents):

  • Over 20 reports
    • Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky (withdrawn from market by Nestle Purina)
  • Twelve reports
    • Dogswell Happy Hips Chicken and Vitality Chicken
  • Eight reports each
    • Canyon Creek (withdrawn from market by Nestle Purina)
  • Seven reports each
    • Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Grillers and/or Jerky (withdrawn from market by DelMonte)
  • Six Reports
    • Vitalife Chicken Tenders And Vitalife Sweet Potato and Duck Twisters
  • Five reports (each)
    • Beef Eaters Chicken Fillets
    • Cadet Gourmet Duck Breast including Kingdom Pets Chicken Jerky
    • Wagon Train Chick Jerky
    • Kingdom Pets Chicken Jerky and Duck
    • PCI Brand Chicken Breast Tenders, including Bingo Munchy Sticks Chicken Chicken Nibbles PCI Brand, Quackers 100% Natural Breast of Duck
  • ¬†Four reports

    • Dingo twist sticks, wraps and dental bones
  • Three reports

    • Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Treats
  • Two reports (each)
    • Boots and Barkley jerky strips
    • Creek Jerky
    • Dentley’s Natural Flavor Rawhide Chew Chips
    • Happy Hips Duck Breast
    • Veggie Life
    • Petsmart “Simply Nourish”
  • One report (each)
    • American Kennel Club Chicken Jerky
    • Authority Chicken Jerky Chewy Dog Treats
    • Chewmaster Hips and Joints Chicken Breast with Glucosamine & Chondroitin
    • Colorado Naturals Salmon jerky
    • Diamond Maintenance for Adult Cats, EverPet Chicken eJrky Biscuit Wraps
    • Doctors Foster and Smith All Natural Chicken Fillets Dog Treats
    • Full Moon Chicken Bacon Kitchen-Crafted Natural Dog Treats
    • Full Moon Chicken Jerky
    • Full Moon Kitchen Crafted Dog Treats Authur Pet Products Chicken Jerky
    • Good ‘n’ Tasty Triple Flavor Chews
    • Hartz Oinkies Original
    • Healthy Promise Hip & Joint with Glucosamine HCl & Chondroitin Waggin Train Dog Treats
    • Hillside Farms Chicken Jerky
    • Honest Kitchen
    • Jerky Time Treats Chicken Jerky
    • Jerky Treats Tender Strips: Del Monte Foods
    • Louisiana Alligator Jerky
    • Nature’s Balance treats Duck and Potato
    • Petshoppe duck jerky premium dog treats
    • Priority Total Pet Care Chicken Breast Jerky, Canine Prime Duck Jerky
    • Shep Chicken Jerky Tender Fillet, Happy Hips Duck Breast
    • True Chews Chicken Jerky Fillets 100% Natural


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