A jerky treats recall is in effect for treats across multiple brands, reports the Inquisitr on Oct. 22. Over 600 pet owners and animal hospitals have reported that pets have died, leaving investigators to trace back the contaminated meat and attempt to determine how widespread the problem is.
The report of animal deaths prompted jerky treats recalls from several brands, including Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch treats made by Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from Del Monte Corp.
Close to 4,000 additional pets have been sickened. Officials are having a difficult time pinpointing the exact brand or manufacturer date because the illnesses, in some cases, go back a number of years. All effected jerky treats were made in China.
“To date, testing for contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the illnesses,” said Martine Hartogensis, deputy director for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “Despite these warnings, we have continued to receive reports of illnesses in both cats and dogs.”
Warnings have been in place since last year, but have been continuously updated. The number of sicknesses and deaths reported has fallen sharply thanks to a jerky treats recall from major brands Nestle and Del Monte.
Still, officials are no closer to finding the source, other than to indicate it originated overseas.
“We still are extensively testing treats for a number of things,” Hartogensis said. “We do seem to be getting some leads, but we still have a little bit of a ways to go.”
The Inquisitr points out:
“This has led some to believe that the treats contain a toxin not common in North America. To help diagnose the problem, the FDA has asked veterinarians to send detailed information about the cats and dogs that become sick after eating the jerky treats.The FDA has also put out a fact sheet for pet owners to make them more aware of the risks.”