Jerky Pet Treats Cause More Than 500 Animal Deaths

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), despite a January, 2013 voluntary recall jerky pet treats continue to sicken animals around the country.

Since 2007, jerky treats have been linked to more than 3,600 dog and 10 cat illnesses, 580 of which died.

In a public statement, the FDA said that more than 1,200 jerky treat samples have been tested for a variety of chemical and microbiological contaminants, along with tests for nutritional composition. However, the cause of the outbreak is still unknown. Severe cases involved kidney failure, internal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder diagnosis. Symptoms include decreased appetite and activity, vomiting and diarrhea. Some pets have exhibited symptoms just hours after eating chicken, duck, and sweet potato flavored treats.

A complete recall of all jerky pet treat products has not been made due to insufficient evidence, but the FDA is asking veterinary offices to track and provide detailed information on animals they believe have been affected by the tainted treats, including providing the animal’s blood and urine test results.

Each day the Food & Drug Administration announces voluntary and involuntary recalls on products that could affect consumers, and sometimes it includes those that may harm pets.