We reported at the end of 2013 that Chinese-made jerky treats had killed 600 dogs as well as caused 3, 600 illnesses. Sadly, the American Food and Drug Administration recently stated that these numbers have increased to 1,000 and 5,000 respectively.
Once more the blame is put on jerky treats produced in China which contain low levels of antibiotics, as Fox News reports:
The FDA is still unsure of the specific cause for the reported illnesses and deaths, but most cases reportedly occurred after the pets had eaten chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats imported from China.
The FDA has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to figure out what foods may be contributing to pet disease. The study will compare the foods eaten by sick dogs to those eaten by dogs who haven’t gotten sick, in order to determine if the jerky is really the culprit.
So far, testing of jerky pet treats from China revealed low levels of antibiotics as well as the antiviral drug amantadine in some chicken samples;
[Image credit: @Dog Gone Jerky]
By Aliaume Leroy