FDA Still Not Sure Why Chinese Jerky Made 1,000 Dogs Sick

Pet owners think that we’re doing our pets a favor by purchasing treats for them that are just pure dried meat: no flour, no soy, no additives, just meat. But these treats may not be as healthy as they seem. Many dog owners claim that these treats have made their pets ill with problems ranging from diarrhea to kidney failure, and many animals have died. The Food and Drug Administration continues to investigate, even sending inspectors to the production facilities in China, but can’t determine what causes the illnesses.

The treat makers, which include pet food industry big names like Nestle Purina and Del Monte, won’t admit fault, but have given money to some pet owners if they drop their complaints.

“Following the evaluation, the veterinarian consultant concluded the symptoms experienced by the pet were not related to consuming Milo’s Kitchen chicken jerky treats,” a Purina representative told MSNBC.

Nearly 1,000 dogs now sick from jerky treats, FDA reports say [MSNBC]
State of denial: pet food industry veterinarian downplays toxic treats role in poisoning dogs [Poisoned Pets]

Illness In Dogs Traced To Chinese Chicken Jerky


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  1. Blueskylaw says:

    “FDA Still Doesn’t Know Why Chinese Jerky Made 1,000 Dogs Sick”

    Maybe they should test for melamime, asbestos and lead first.

    • StarKillerX says:

      My first thought when i read the headline was”

      “they’ve put melamime in baby formula, for their own children even, use lead paint on childrens toys and have been known to eat their dogs, so how much care do you think goes into things that will be eaten by dogs in other countries?”

  2. Dave B. says:

    By all means, if you want to save a buck and don’t care about your pet, feed it crap from China.

    • unpolloloco says:

      I’ll feed it some American-grown cantaloupe from Colorado instead…oh wait

    • Laura Northrup says:

      That’s the thing with these treats. A lot of them aren’t cheap at all. Often they’re the cheapest 100% meat option, but not always.

      My dog loved the Waggin’ Train jerky. They’re not the expensive, human-grade stuff, but there are a lot of cheaper things you can feed your dog if you feel so inclined.

  3. sugarxo says:

    Made in China? Nuff said….

  4. LRM216 says:

    It is not just the chicken jerky, as other dogs have gone into kidney failure and/or died eating ANY dried jerky like treats from China. I personally order my dog’s jerky from a home based couple up in Maine that dehydrates the treats at their own family run business. If it comes from China (which all of our hokey “American-made” companies buy from – check the back of any american company’s packaging and you will see “made in China,” then my animals are not fed it. This is a nightmare that’s been going on for over a year. When I questioned Petsmart why they are still selling all these products that are killing our pets and that were from China, I am told until they are told to stop selling them, they will continue. Amazing that the head dog trainer for a chain of Petsmarts here in GA told me personally “if it say “made in China – my pets don’t get it.” Hmmmmm….. that was good enough for me.

    home-type run basis

    • Velvet Jones says:

      I don’t know if it Chinese jerky or all chicken jerky. I switched to an American made brand and it still was making my dog sick. I have a feeling is just too much protein in his diet.

  5. dolemite says:

    Ugh, always a fear of mine. We used to feed our dogs whatever was cheapest, which was usually from China and contained cheap corn. After reading up on it, we switched to Taste of the Wild, which is about 3x more expensive, but has a 5 star rating. A few weeks ago we got a recall about salmonella poisoning in ToTW. Just check your code…oh wait, we keep our food in containers and throw out the bags, so we didn’t have any way to check the code. The dogs had already eaten half of the bag, and the cats had finished their bag and no one got sick, but now my faith in the brand is shaken.

    • wellfleet says:

      The recall was for Salmonella, from a possible contamination in a South Carolina facility that many brands use for processing. FYI, 100% of the vitamins and minerals sprayed on ToTW and 99% of pet food come from Chinese plants. Pet food companies, even the holistic/organic ones, use pre-mixed vitamin and mineral batches that come from China. When they say made in the US with US ingredients, that’s not exactly accurate.

    • SmokeyBacon says:

      At least they had the decency to put out a recall – it isn’t something that is required for pet food manufacturers so a lot of them don’t do it and no one knows there is a problem until hundreds of animals start to get sick and it makes the news. We have used ToTW in the past with our cats (the local store doesn’t carry it so we don’t have it easily available) and this alone would probably not stop me because they did do a recall unlike a lot of companies.

      And sadly, like Wellfleet said below, you can’t always trust the package to give the honest truth about where pet food comes from – sure it was made in America, but what is the origin of the ingredients it was made with (I hate that we don’t have that info by the way – same with everything we don’t know the origin of the ingredients for – that should be listed on products but companies don’t want us to know).

    • qwickone says:

      I feed our dog Fromm’s, which I have been really happy with. My pup seems really happy with it too and it was not part of the recall. Also, I buy our food from pet food direct dot com, which seems to have the best prices (wait until they do a “free shipping” sale).

    • AttackCat says:

      Look on their Facebook page–they know people throw the bags away. They have a map indicating which states are involved in the recall, and give other information on how you can figure out whether your bag was involved. Also, they didn’t actually have any cases–they’re recalling just to be safe. So I wouldn’t worry too much.

  6. winstonthorne says:

    Chickity China, the Chinese chicken / you have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin’ ….

    • Captain Spock says:

      Watchin X-Files with no lights on… We’re dans la maison, I hope the smoking man is in this one…

      • healthdog says:

        Like Harrison Ford I’m getting frantic / Like Sting I’m tantric / Like Snickers guaranteed to satisfy.

  7. sirwired says:

    How about mandatory Country of Origin labeling for the ingredients in pet foods? Because this $hit is getting out of hand…

  8. zibby says:

    Poison must have been cheaper than one of the usual ingredients that week.

  9. Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

    I’d be willing to bet it was because the product was stored improperly after opening. I know from first-hand experience this stuff gets moldy and funky in a hurry if it’s not refrigerated. I wonder if the FDA tested any of the jerky after it was left at room temperature for a couple of weeks?

    • crazymikie says:

      I’ve seen these treats (and bought them before I knew they were made in China) and they say nothing about needing to be in the fridge. They do say use within 30 days of opening.

  10. thor777 says:

    Are you sure it’s meat they’re eating?

    • Nobby says:

      Oh I’m sure it contained some kind of meat. Of course, many rodents and other creatures contain meat.

      • LMA says:

        I wouldn’t be so sure it was meat … there was a HUGE scandal a few years ago in China about how a major manufacturer of pork dumplings (which are apparently what virtually everyone in China eats for lunch) was substituting CARDBOARD for the pork. If I recall correctly, someone in the company was ultimately beheaded for it.

        • Blueskylaw says:

          The cardboard-bun hoax was reported in July 2007 on Beijing Television’s BTV-7 (the Lifestyle Channel) as an alleged undercover story revealing that street vendors were adding cardboard to their baozi (Chinese: 包子; pinyin: bāozi), or pork buns. In the report, footage was shown on the air that implied that local vendors were selling pork dumplings filled with a composite of 60 percent caustic soda-soaked cardboard and 40 percent fatty pork.

          On July 18, 2007 Chinese law enforcement officials reported that they had detained Zi Beijia (訾北佳), a local reporter, for allegedly faking the news report. Zi, using the alias Hu Yue (胡月),[2] is believed to have hired four migrant workers to make the cardboard-buns as he filmed.[3] BTV 7 apologized, saying it was “profoundly sorry” for the deception and its “vile impact on society.”

          On August 12, 2007, Zi was sentenced to a year in jail and a fine of $132

  11. dks64 says:

    Articles like this should push people to make their own dog treats or buy from a local store that makes them. My local feed store has Apple Carrot dog treats that are fit for human consumption. My dog loves them and I feel good about giving them to her. Only the best for our pets!

  12. Nobby says:

    Perhaps these dogs got sick when they realized the dog jerky contained…dog. I’m sure you’d get sick, too, if you were munching on some jerky and suddenly realized it tasted of human meat. Just sayin is all.

  13. osiris73 says:

    We used to feed these chicken jerky treats to our dogs and they definitely got diarrhea from them so we didn’t buy them anymore. The first couple of times we bought it, it was fine. Then one package really gave them problems.

  14. scurvycapn says:

    Even the fancier, more expensive cage free chicken jerky all seems to come from China. We started buying our dog True Chews brand chicken jerky as it is made in the USA.

  15. RiverStyX says:

    Because dogs aren’t cannibals by nature?

  16. bobloblaw says: