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Congress to meet about safety of ingredients from China for pets and people

A few of the pet treats made in China causing pet illness.
A few of the pet treats made in China causing pet illness.Dog Heirs

The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China is holding a hearing on Tuesday June 17, 2014 regarding the safety of ingredients and products imported from China meant for human and animal consumption, according to NBC News.

“Pet Treats and Processed Chicken from China: Concerns for American Consumers and Pets” will consider the issues of tainted pet treats pulled from pet stores and the virus that killed millions of piglets in the U.S.

After PetSmart and Petco both pulled from its shelves pet treats with ingredients made from China, Congress finally took notice.

For years, consumers have made complaints regarding their pets becoming ill, and in some cases, dying, because of jerky treats made with chicken from China. Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fielded thousands of these complaints, there has never been an official cause-and-effect explanation. Many consumers learned to stay away from treats made in China.

The FDA has been investigating the toxic pet treats since 2007 and has received about 4,800 reports of illness and 1,000 dog deaths. The congressional commission also admits to the possibility of a link between China and a virus that killed over seven million piglets across the U.S.

The commission is made up of members of Congress and the administration. Witnesses for the hearing will include Daniel Engeljohn from the Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety and Inspection Service and Tracey Forfa from the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.

The safest thing to do is never buy pet treats with ingredients imported from China.

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