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Food Recalls

We are occasionally alerted to potential health concerns with pet foods and treats, from potential infection like Salmonella, or from manufacturing or ingredient errors.

The American Veterinary Medical Association maintains a constantly updated list of all affected foods.

And then there’s Jerky Treats - Since 2007, the FDA has received reports of illnesses and deaths in pets associated with the consumption of jerky pet treats sourced from China.

As of December 31, 2015, FDA has received approximately 5,200 complaints of illnesses associated with consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, many of which involve products imported from China, which produces much of the jerky pet treats on the market. The reports involve more than 6,200 dogs, 26 cats, three people, and include more than 1,140 canine deaths.

We know that the illnesses and deaths reported are most often, but not always, linked to jerky pet treats sourced from China. Pet owners should be aware, however, that manufacturers are not required to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products.

The majority of complaints involve chicken jerky (treats, tenders, and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, yams, or rawhide.

We can not recommend these types of jerky treats at this time.

Additional information, as well as summaries of all the complaints since 2007 can be found here:  *FDA LINK*

And here’s even more information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):  *AVMA LINK*