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Reference Desk January 2013

FDA Update on Jerky Treats

    January 9, 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA/CVM) released today a progress report on its investigation into reports of illnesses and deaths associated with jerky pet treats from China. The report includes a summary of adverse event reports received by FDA through August 2012, Establishment Inspection reports from FDA’s inspection of two chicken jerky manufacturing plants in China, and details about FDA/CVM’s ongoing investigation.

    In a separate move, FDA/CVM is also working with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) on that agency’s finding of antibiotic residues in chicken jerky treats from China. Correspondingly, Del Monte, the company that makes Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky Treats and Chicken Grillers, and Nestle-Purina, the makers of Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats have both initiated a nationwide removal of these products from the market.

    While FDA/CVM is confident that the NYSDAM results do not raise health concerns, and are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illness FDA has received related to jerky pet treats, the agency commends Del Monte and Nestle-Purina for withdrawing these products from the market in response to this product quality issue. FDA/CVM also welcomes the new information gained by NYSDAM’s testing, which uses a new, reportedly more sensitive method than current validated and approved regulatory methods. CVM looks forward to a further exchange of information with NYSDAM about this new method.

    FDA/CVM reminds pet owners that jerky pet treats are not necessary for pets to have a fully balanced diet, so eliminating them will not harm pets. Commercially produced pet food, which is very safe, contains all of the nutrients that pets need.

    Source: FDA

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