U.S. dogs die from chicken jerky treats from China

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China has an abysmal track record in counterfeit products — including fake pet food (that killed American dogs and cats), fake drugs, fake milk and infant formula (that have killed Chinese babies), fake rice (mixed with plastic pellets, I kid you not), and the latest, fake electronics in U.S. weapons which endanger the lives of our troops.
After the 2007 recall of pet food made in China containing the lethal melamine, which led to the deaths from kidney failure of our dogs and cats, why are we still buying pet food manufactured in China? Is the memory of the American people so short and defective?

A reader of FotM, “Wish,” warns us about chicken jerky strips sold in Costco.

JoNel Aleccia reports for MSNBC, Nov. 21, 2011:

Chicken jerky treats may be to blame for dozens of new reports of mysterious illnesses and some deaths in dogs, prompting a renewed warning for pet owners by the Food and Drug Administration.

At least 70 dogs have been sickened so far this year after reportedly eating chicken jerky products imported from China, FDA officials said. That’s up from 54 reports of illness in 2010. Some of the dogs have died, according to the anecdotal reports from pet owners and veterinarians.

FDA officials say they have not been able to find a cause for the illnesses. Extensive chemical and microbiological testing has failed to turn up a specific contaminant and officials did not identify a specific brand of treats. They note that the reports of illness have not conclusively been tied to chicken jerky products, also sold as chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats.

The new warning follows previous FDA cautions about chicken jerky treats in 2007 and 2008. But after a high of 156 reports of illness in 2007, the number of complaints dropped. Now, it’s rising again.

Dog owners and vets are reporting that animals may be stricken with a range of illnesses within days or hours of eating chicken jerky, including kidney failure and Fanconi syndrome, a condition characterized by low glucose.

Symptoms may include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and increased urination. If dogs show any of these signs, stop feeding the animal the chicken jerky products, FDA officials said. If signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours, seek veterinary help.

Most dogs have recovered, officials said.

Illnesses can be reported to the FDA’s Pet Food Complaint site.

Allow me to ask pet-owners this question:
“Why are you feeding your dogs and cats manufactured treats? Why not give them real meat?”
I buy skinned and deboned chicken breasts, cut them into pieces,  and store them in my freezer. Each morning, I put a piece in a small glass bowl cook it for 3 minutes in the microwave, which I then feed as a treat to my two Persians. There’s no manufacturing, no additives, and no strange chemicals aside from the ones put into the feed for chickens by the corporate meat industry. My vet heartily approves, saying: “Yes! It’s real food!”

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25 responses to “U.S. dogs die from chicken jerky treats from China

  1. this happened a couple years ago with cat food also. This is just another example of what all of the ridiculous regulations from the (Commie) U.S. govt have created. They have the United States so paralyzed, we cannot do anything for ourselves. All of this by design of course. We need to do away with all of this govt. control and become self sufficient again.

    • Tina, I definitely agree that we need to take the manufacture of our dogs’ treats back from China. We started making our own Chicken Jerky after we ran across the FDA warning of 2008 about Chinese chicken treats making dogs sick or killing them. It turned into a cottage business and we now sell our TriPom Chews in 20 stores in the New England area. Our products are the only Maine Made, American Made, chicken jerky produced from whole restaurant quality chicken breasts containing NO Additives and NO Preservatives. We had to make them super wholesome as our 3 Pomeranians (our babies) taste test almost every batch.

    • There is a NEW article (December 28, 2011) on MSNBC which reports that the FDA is now saying that 353 dogs have gotten sick or died from eating Chinese chicken treats this year. The link is: https://on.msnbc.com/vKKHKK
      Personally, I think the number of dogs sick this year is well over one thousand from the number of websites I’ve visited where I have seen dogs that are ill or that have died being discussed. I am almost certain it is something the Chinese are feeding the poultry used for their treats.
      Did you know, according to Wikipedia and a New York Times article, that the Chinese fed Melamine to livestock? Melamine, as you may know, was the non-listed ingredient responsible for the pet food recall a few years ago. If you haven’t, you should search for “Melamine” on Wikipedia and read the article.
      Melamine is a principal ingredient in making Formica countertops and causes kidney failure if eaten. The Chinese were also caught putting Melamine into kids’ milk and infant formula.
      The only truly safe treat is one that you make yourself or that you buy from a company you trust. We make and sell our own chicken jerky, TriPom Chews, and only buy from other “Mom & Pop” sized treat makers that we have met or spoke with.

      • Thanks, TriPom. Actually if you had clicked on the embedded links in my post, you would see that, yes, I do know about melamine in pet food, and contaminated milk, and also plastic put in rice.

    • Update: U.S. Senator Calls FDA on the Carpet with Chinese Jerky Treats. On Feb. 6, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown sent a letter to Commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, urging the FDA to promptly pursue efforts to find the contaminant in these pet treats and ensure that they are pulled from store shelves. Google “Senator Brown FDA China” to find it. As individuals and as a business (TriPom Chews) that makes SAFE, real ‘American Made’ chicken jerky, we educate people on the dangers of Chinese treats and commend, and fully support, Sen. Brown’s efforts. Contact your Representatives in Congress at Congress.org. Together we CAN make a difference and keep our pets SAFE.

  2. Just look at the tiny lettering at the bottom of the package (you ususally need eyeglasses or magnifiers to read it) and most pet treat products are made China. I was able to find a couple made in the USA, and those are the ones I buy. HOWEVER – even some of those made here, some of the ingredients are imported! THIS WE ARE NOT ABLE TO KNOW!!! The gluten used in the pet food recall (which resulted in tens of thousands of cat and dog deaths) was from China. If they eat cats and dogs over there, do you expect them to acknowledge the regard we have for our pets here? Third world nations, third world mentality. Yet, we are not blameless, look at all the outbreaks (e-coli and salmonella) because of lack of sanitation, and lack of attention.

  3. Do a search on “how to read bar codes” – if the first three digits (counting the one furthest to the left) are 690, 691, 692, the product is made in China. I agree with June, that a lot of products are manufactured outside of the U.S., but if they are “assembled” here, they can state they were made in the USA. Read your labels and the fine print! The treats pictured say “Made in the U.S.A.” There used to be truth in advertising and a half-truth is still a lie.
    Hopefully, most of the places that carry these jerky treats have already pulled them from their shelves. If not, I’d certainly make the store manager aware.

  4. I don’t know about apple sauce, but most of our apple juice comes from either China or Argentina. I no longer drink apple juice because I don’t know where it comes from.

  5. Those people are animal haters..they probably use cats and dogs to make these…no doubt sick ones too…seems they have their grubby hands in everything here..really oddball people..imo

  6. Please allow me then to ask you a question, Eowyn~
    If you are going to give your animals real meat, then why not prepare it safely? Take a look at the evidence of factory farmed meat and purchase local, organically raised chickens, grass fed beef, etc and avoid the crap that the meat industry puts in the feed of these animals. Then, also of extreme importance, NEVER microwave the food!
    I would question the use of Saran wrap as well, especially if you keep the Saran wrap on the meat as you nuke it.
    Better to purchase quality meat and a dehydrator and make use of a rainy weekend day to prepare a bulk of healthy dried jerky treats that truly are as safe as can be.
    Thanks for your article!

  7. It is not necessary to cook meat for animals. We feed our animals raw/frozen meat. Animals eat raw meat in the wild. It helps keep their teeth clean, contains no fillers, and is about the same price as good quality dog food (that is loaded with corn.)
    https://rawfeddogs.net/ for info

  8. I always look on the package to see where the product is from. I bought frozen breaded north altantic cod only to find out it came from China. The fish was terrible had a very fishy taste which cod does not. Now I always try to find out where it comes from. Some of these countries are using insecticide that is illegal in this country. Some of them use human waste to fertilize the produce that is were most of the e-coli is coming from. All food should have were it comes from.

  9. You used as an example a bag of Nature’s Deli chicken jerky which is 100% made in the USA. We use only USDA fresh chicken breast to make our chicken jerky. Even the packaging is 100% USA. We work hard in order to compete with garbage that comes from China and sold throughout this country. Why would you attempt to even connect our product to this garbage from China?

    • My apologies. I found the image by Googling “chicken jerky treats”. The pic is now removed from this post.

    • Raymond:
      I was reading this thread and wanted to ask, since my vet just today brought this up to me. I just purchased a bag of your chicken jerky dog treats from my local Costco. My vet advised that although vendor packaging may say “Made in America” some parts of the manufacturing process and/or ingredients came from China, so when in doubt, don’t purchase. I did call the number provided on the bag, and some woman who I believe was the switchboard operator, when asked about this, carefully guarded her answers to me. Can you categorically say that nothing in these treats has anything to do with China? If so, I will continue to buy. Thank you kindly, Jim

      • I’m so sorry for your loss. I truly understand because prior to knowing about the warning, my dad had purchased WagginTrain chicken jerky treats from Costco, and our precious Yorkie consumed some over the summer. She suffered severe kidney failure in September, and after trying to save her over a two week period, she had to be euthanized. Abby was only 7. I think I am even sadder and more devastated now that I know the probable cause of her death. I would not knowingly have done this to our pet. They wouldn’t have been my choice of treats, and I haven’t been able to tell my elderly dad that they came from China. I known he thinks that since they said Purina they were from the USA.

  10. To all of you buying Costco Chicken jerky Treats from Costco. STOP NOW. My beautiful dog passed away last week from kidney failure due to giving her these treats.Worst experience ever. Please don’t lose anymore family pets due to buying something that we now know is causing harm and killed my dog. Go to your pantry and your cupboards and throw them away right now. Or better yet take them back to the store and tell them you read this letter and those Chicken jerky treats from Costco are killing family pets my Dog SNICKERS.

  11. This only goes to prove what I’ve said all along….America’s trust in all these foreign countries has been their downfall. All America has ever done is trust these countries and believe everything they say to us, even if we saw a knife in one hand, while they were shaking our hand with the other one! IDIOTS!! We have sent all our jobs to China and other countries, put our own people out of work, and continue to offer low cost, or zero-cost healthcare to all the non-Americans we allow to come into the United States of America everyday, while our own people can’t even afford healthcare, themselves. We always help out the other countries when they’re in trouble, yet when we need an ally, no one will even dare come to our aide. Now the other countries are slowly killing all of the people of the United States, one way or another, either by poisoning us with their products, or by terrorizing us! Way to go America!! Thanks for NOTHING!!

  12. Update: U.S. Senator Calls FDA on the Carpet with Chinese Jerky Treats. On Feb. 6, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown sent a letter to Commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, urging the FDA to promptly pursue efforts to find the contaminant in these pet treats and ensure that they are pulled from store shelves. Click here for the article. If the link doesn’t work or is not present, Google “Senator Brown FDA China” to find it. As individuals and as a business (TriPom Chews) that makes SAFE, real ‘American Made’ chicken jerky, we educate people on the dangers of Chinese treats and commend, and fully support, Sen. Brown’s efforts. Contact your Representatives in Congress at Congress.org. Together we CAN make a difference and keep our pets SAFE.

  13. Another product not good for dogs, I was told by a dog enthusiast, and with medical training is Greenies. They absorb much water -like a sponge.
    I have also been told by the representative at a very premium (No Purina!!) dog food company, that, while the dog food companies that use food from & manufacture in the USA, still import the vitamins they put into the food from China. I heard it first from initials RC & then I called another “premium” holistic, manufacturer who told me the same thing when I pressed the issue.

  14. We started reporting this story over a year and a half ago on Smart Health Talk Radio Show. The numbers are in the thousands for all of the dogs that have died from chicken treats from China. Gov’t finally admitted last month arsenic in our chickens and Maryland banned from their state almost immediately. Arsenic given because chickens kept in horrific conditions and arsenic keeps them alive along with daily antibiotics. Worse conditions in China. Not always on package. First three digits of UPC bar code tells country of origin. 690 – 695 are all MADE IN CHINA. (471 is Made in Taiwan. Note from Eowyn: Taiwan is NOT China!.)
    NEVER FEED YOUR PET ANY TREATS/FOOD FROM CHINA. NEVER. One story where dog died but owners did not tie to chicken treats as thought age reason, until new puppy brought in house and fed left over treats and got immediately sick. Buy organic treats instead. Recommendation for a low cost way to protect your dog from poisons, infections and harmful contaminants that can be in foods give them Nutramin 15 million year old minerals that are IONIC and can detox and kill bacteria, fungus, viruses, and parasites. Add to food and 57 minerals keep them healthy and strong while cleaning teeth. Can use on skin for itching and wound healing. Such a fine powder (one micron in size), the ionic charge will bind with damaged cells, relieve itching quickly, add a protective layer, and speed healing. Calcium Montmorillonite is only found a few places on the planet and one of the most powerful healers. Find Nutramin on Amazon about 5 cents a day.


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