Jerky treat recall: 600 pet deaths and 3,600 fall ill, list of pet treat recalls

October 23, 2013
A jerky treats recall is making headline news Wednesday morning after a variety of jerky pet treats are included in the recall. The jerky treats that fall under this recall are all made in China and they are suspected to have caused the death of 600 pets and sickened 3,600 others, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday Oct. 23.

The Christian Science Monitor today reports that the FDA is asking for the help of pet owners whose dogs and cats have become sick after eating a jerky treat. The FDA has no idea why so many animals have gotten sick and died after eating these pet treats. They are asking that you report any sickness or death of your pet after eating these products to the FDA.

The majority of the deaths and illnesses prompting this jerky treat recall have been dogs, but a small amount of cats are included out of the 3,600 illnesses. The symptoms come on rather quickly after the pet eats one of the jerky treats:

Within hours of pets eating one of these jerky treats they can suffer from a decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea among other symptoms. These treats are sold under a variety of brand names as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit. Most of these jerky treats were made in China.

The FDA reports that severe cases of sickness after a pet ingesting a treat have occurred, which involves kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. The companies below have voluntarily recalled their products.

The Jerk treat recalls include:

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. recalled:

Waggin’ Train
Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats

Del Monte Corp. recalled:
Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky
Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats

Publix stores recalled their private brand of:
Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats

IMS Pet Industries Inc. recalled:
Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats sold in the U.S.

Other companies had removed their jerky treats from the store shelves when in January a New York state lab found evidence of up to six drugs in some of the jerky treats made in China.
You can read the entire FDA statement on the jerky treats recalls here on the FDA website.