Tainted Dog Treats Pulled from Pet Store Shelves
Petco, one of the two largest pet supply stores in the U.S., has announced it will no longer carry China-made dog and cat treats by the end of the year, according to an NBC news article. The tainted treats have been linked by the Food and Drug Administration to 1,000 dog deaths and 5,000 illnesses in dogs, cats, and now three humans.
About the Chinese Jerky Treats
For the past seven years, the FDA has investigated possible links between Chinese jerky treats and illnesses but has been unable to target a specific ingredients. The treats include those made with chicken, duck, or sweet potato and can cause gastrointestinal illness, kidney failure, and Fanconi syndrome.
Of the humans who consumed the treats and became ill, two were toddlers who accidentally ingested the product. One toddler was diagnosed with a salmonella infection; the other child developed symptoms similar to those seen in dogs.
Overall, NBC says about 60 percent of the cases involved gastrointestinal illness and liver disease, 30 percent involved kidney disease, and 10 percent included other problems such as neurological and skin conditions. Fanconi syndrome was present in about 15 percent of kidney or urinary cases.
Recently, the FDA reported finding traces of the antiviral drug amantadine in Chinese-made jerky treats sold more than a year ago. The drug is used to treat Parkinson’s disease and influenza in humans. The presence of amantadine, warns the FDA, would be grounds for banning the treats in the U.S.
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