Jerky Treats Killing Hundreds of Dogs, Thousands Affected

The FDA has No Idea Why Jerky Treats Are Killing  Hundreds of Dogs

600 dogs and 10 cats have died after eating the  treats.

By Laura  Stampler

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About 500 dogs and nine cats died from the Chinese treats as of January.

But in spite of running more than 1,000 tests and visiting multiple  manufacturers, the FDA still isn’t sure what it is in the chicken, duck, and  sweet potato jerky that is making the animals sick. “To date, testing for  contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the illnesses,” said  deputy director for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine Martine  Hartogensis.

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Milo’s Kitchen withdrew some of its popular dog  treats in January after New York state agricultural official found potential antibiotics contamination. Maybe stick to making  your own dog treats for now.