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Jerky treat mystery: Nearly 600 pets dead; still no source, FDA says
NBC News ^ | 10/22/13 | JoNel Aleccia

Posted on 10/22/2013 10:48:04 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Nearly 600 pets have died and more than 3,600 have been sickened in an ongoing, mysterious outbreak of illnesses tied to jerky treats made in China, federal animal health officials said Tuesday. 

Most of the cases have been in dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes, although 10 cats have been sickened, too. The pace of the reported illnesses appears to have slowed, but federal Food and Drug Administration officials are now seeking extra help from veterinarians and pet owners in solving the ongoing puzzle.

“To date, testing for contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the illnesses,” Martine Hartogensis, a deputy director for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in the new report. “Despite these warnings, we have continued to receive reports of illnesses in both cats and dogs.”

The new numbers are up from some 500 deaths and 3,200 illnesses tallied in January, but the rate of reports has fallen sharply since then, mostly because two of the largest sellers of pet chicken jerky treats announced recalls tied to the presence of unapproved antibiotic residue detected in the products.

FDA officials don’t think that antibiotic residue is the big problem that has stumped the agency since 2007, when pet owners started reporting their animals were suffering gastrointestinal and kidney problems after eating the popular jerky treats.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: chickenjerky; deathtoll; fda; foodsupply; kittyping; madeinchina
Sad news. Thanks to anonymous tipster for the link.
1 posted on 10/22/2013 10:48:04 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Joe 6-pack; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..

2 posted on 10/22/2013 10:48:49 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

that’s terrible


3 posted on 10/22/2013 10:50:27 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Confirming my adage: “Never put anything from China in your mouth.”


4 posted on 10/22/2013 10:52:03 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("So the minimum plan for obamacare is 100 bucks a month I like you Obama but nigga I'm broke")
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http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm280586.htm


5 posted on 10/22/2013 10:53:49 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Those things are like crack to my dogs. I bought a dehydrator and make my own now. They were a little apprehensive of the homemade ones at first, but now attack them like the Chinese ones. And I know what is going into them, at least after I buy the chicken.


6 posted on 10/22/2013 10:54:16 AM PDT by Yogafist
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To: Uncle Miltie

Wonder if it taste like chicken.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3082026/posts


7 posted on 10/22/2013 10:54:16 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Slings and Arrows

My mother has a nasty little old mutt that pisses on the floor and bites people. Hope there’s still some Chinese jerky on the shelves somewhere.


8 posted on 10/22/2013 10:55:49 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Jerky treat mystery: Nearly 600 pets dead

Made in China. Mystery solved.

9 posted on 10/22/2013 10:58:54 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Some of the problems might be caused by food more fit for humans. Other problems could be caused by lack of exercise and other deficiencies shared with the owners of such pets.


10 posted on 10/22/2013 11:02:16 AM PDT by familyop
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m sure the chicken being imported from China for human consumption will be much safer, it will be labeled “made in America”.


11 posted on 10/22/2013 11:04:06 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Slings and Arrows

Imagine the meat in china that is deemed unfit for the table and is relegated to pet food. There’s your answer.


12 posted on 10/22/2013 11:05:21 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The return of Melamine? The Chicoms sold it as a protein supplement (it fooled the chemical analysis) for pet food. It killed our Great Pyrenees in a slow horrible way, The Chicoms have a long history of poison to draw from, kind of makes you wonder what’s in all that other stuff they sell to us.


13 posted on 10/22/2013 11:06:31 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: Slings and Arrows
mysterious outbreak of illnesses tied to jerky treats made in China

Nothing mysterious about it It says right there- "made in China."

14 posted on 10/22/2013 11:09:20 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Slings and Arrows

wth haven’t they recalled these things? They are only junk food.


15 posted on 10/22/2013 11:09:26 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Gadsden1st

Beat me to it.

How long before it’s dead people from Chinese imported chicken.


16 posted on 10/22/2013 11:09:30 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: silverleaf

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/firms-withdraw-chicken-jerky-pet-treats-over-antibiotics-1B7910919?franchiseSlug=healthmain


17 posted on 10/22/2013 11:10:59 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

We have been suspicious of any food products coming out of China and took our animals off of these things long ago.


18 posted on 10/22/2013 11:18:38 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for the American politburo!!)
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To: silverleaf; Slings and Arrows

After the zillions of incidents involving these things, why do people even still buy them for their dogs?

When go through the ‘jerky aisle’ at the pet store, I’ve got my arms and hands pressed tightly against me, as though I were walking through a forest of poisonous plants.

I won’t even buy other things for my dogs that have been in contact with the bags of jerky.


19 posted on 10/22/2013 11:19:24 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Slings and Arrows

No mystery; “made in China” says it all.


20 posted on 10/22/2013 11:20:19 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: arthurus

Posted my #20 before I saw yours. GMTA! :)


21 posted on 10/22/2013 11:21:46 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Never, never, EVER buy any foodstuff made in China. They are the worst food adulterers going. I don’t care if it is dog food, cat food Chinese noodles for human consumption. NEVER!


22 posted on 10/22/2013 11:23:44 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Undetectable food additive causing illness and death?
From China?
Hmmm...


23 posted on 10/22/2013 11:25:59 AM PDT by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: Slings and Arrows
I've been feeding my dog the Hill's Science Diet Jerky Treats, both chicken and beef.

-PJ

24 posted on 10/22/2013 11:31:01 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

Also, we use no dishes made in China.

Lead poisoning can occur when food or drink is consumed from incorrectly fired china and pottery.


25 posted on 10/22/2013 11:31:37 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless Americad)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Testing undetectable ingredients on dogs?


26 posted on 10/22/2013 11:35:10 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Yogafist

know what is going into them, at least after I buy the chicken.”

You might have to rethink this now that our chicken is going to go from U.S. processors to China before it comes to the grocery store near you.


27 posted on 10/22/2013 11:35:57 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Can we trust anything from China?


28 posted on 10/22/2013 11:41:47 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: fella

I am positive I lost a dog to this. It was terrible. She was fine one and then 12 hours later, she was gone.


29 posted on 10/22/2013 11:42:12 AM PDT by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; FReepers



Stay alert


You heard it here first, FReepers


30 posted on 10/22/2013 11:48:41 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. - Aristotle)
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To: Jimmy Valentine
If you shop at Aldi's....better read those labels!


31 posted on 10/22/2013 11:51:23 AM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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To: Uncle Miltie

“Confirming my adage: “Never put anything from China in your mouth.””

Or on your skin. See “Poorly Made in China” by Paul Midler


32 posted on 10/22/2013 11:53:29 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Wondered why Winchester eyes have looked *slanty* lately. Thanks for the ping &SA. Now I know.


33 posted on 10/22/2013 11:55:04 AM PDT by Daffynition (*$17,000,000,000,000*)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I quit using treats from China about 2 years ago. Fool me once . . .


34 posted on 10/22/2013 12:16:21 PM PDT by Wicket (1 Peter 3:15 , Romans 5:5-8)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Strictly FYI:

The Chicken Jerky Treats I have been purchasing have been exclusively at Costco under the Kingdom Pets Label

www.thekingdompets.com

Also, for those that don't know, baked Salmon skin is a very good treat. Just be sure to read up on why raw salmon is deadly to dogs and ensure it's cooked.

While I plan on trying to make my own treats eventually, I've been lucky enough to never have purchased any of the recalled treats.

I'm not going to delve into the 'made in china' vs. elsewhere other than to say you can't even trust the 'organic' label in some cases. At least Kingdom Pets is obtuse about their regular product testing (see link on their site above).

35 posted on 10/22/2013 12:27:40 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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Cute poochie. Seriesly.


36 posted on 10/22/2013 12:34:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I've said before and I'll say it again. It would be more humane to drop your dog off at a cop shop for target practice than feed them anything from China.
37 posted on 10/22/2013 12:46:14 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
In related news:

Are We Crazy? USDA To Label Chinese-Processed Chicken As ‘Made In America’
38 posted on 10/22/2013 1:00:32 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Looking for my generations Lexington and Concord.)
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39 posted on 10/22/2013 7:58:16 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

And that is exactly why our poochies only eat the special dry and wet food the Vet prescribed..WD and ID wet food, for dogs with sensitive tummies..that is what our boys eat and they love it..made in the USA


40 posted on 10/22/2013 8:33:23 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Slings and Arrows; All

I can’t believe people are buying these things for their pets after all these years.
It started more than 5 years ago.


41 posted on 10/22/2013 8:51:53 PM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: Slings and Arrows

We give our four dogs fake cheese slices for treats. They love them, and it is cheaper than buying doggie treats that can harm them.


42 posted on 10/22/2013 8:58:56 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Rusty0604

Please tell me you left off the “/Sarc” tag.


43 posted on 10/23/2013 2:30:21 AM PDT by verga (Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis)
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To: pax_et_bonum
Also, we use no dishes made in China. Lead poisoning can occur when food or drink is consumed from incorrectly fired china and pottery.

Not to hijack the thread, to much, but years ago there was also an issue with ceramic ware from Mexico. It had a high lead content in the glaze.

44 posted on 10/23/2013 2:33:37 AM PDT by verga (Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis)
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To: verga

Are We Crazy? USDA To Label Chinese-Processed Chicken As ‘Made In America’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3082026/posts


45 posted on 10/23/2013 6:55:52 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

This country is getting more and more F——d up every day.


46 posted on 10/23/2013 10:31:04 AM PDT by verga (Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis)
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To: pax_et_bonum

You are absolutely right! As ornamentation, all right. As a serious food dish? No way!


47 posted on 10/23/2013 11:26:34 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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