Hundreds of dogs killed by contaminated jerky treats made in
China; FDA still mystified by cause
(NaturalNews) Thousands of family dogs across the USA have been sickened by pet
jerky treats made in China, and nearly 600 dogs have died. The FDA has
issued a warning over the deadly jerky treats but has not forced any sort of
So far, the cause of the fatalities remains a mystery. The FDA says it has
tested jerky treats for heavy metals, pesticides, antibiotics, chemicals and
even Salmonella but cannot find the cause. The agency is warning pet
owners to watch their pets for symptoms of poisoning which may include
"decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with
blood or mucus), increased water consumption and / or increased urination."
Beware of pet treats made in China
Most consumers do not fully realize that pet treats do NOT have to list their
country of origin. Many pet treats are highly deceptive on their packaging,
sometimes showing a logo of the continental USA and claiming to be "made with
beef from the USA" even though the treats themselves are manufactured in China
using toxic chemicals.
The FDA has not issued a recall on the brands it suspects are causing these
deaths. This is one of the problems with the agency: it already knows which
products are killing dogs, but it has so far failed to release that information
to the public. As a result, as more and more people learn about this, all pet
treat manufacturers will suffer because consumers will shun the entire product
In truth, there are perfectly healthy, safe and even nutritious pet treats made
in the USA and other countries, yet due to a lack of labeling laws, it is
virtually impossible for consumers to know which country the pet treats they buy
are coming from.
This is why we need stronger labeling requirements that mandate the disclosure
of things like country of origin, GMOs and even heavy metals contamination.
Currently none of these things have to be listed on the label.
Even those of us who believe in smaller government recognize the important role
of government in enforcing a "level playing field" through honest labeling. Only
with this information can consumers make informed decisions about what they wish
to buy (or avoid buying).
Until that happens, countless more dogs, cats and even our own children will die
from contaminated food products. These are deaths that could have been avoided
if we only had honest labeling laws in place that, for starters, clearly list
the country of origin. While that regulation is in place for human foods, it
does not exist for pet foods.
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