FDA: Reports of pet illnesses, deaths related to jerky treats going back to 2007
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners feeding their beloved animals chicken jerky treats after reports of illnesses and deaths that may be related to the treats since 2007.
The FDA says they have received reports involving more than 3600 sick dogs and 10 sick cats, including more than 580 deaths, which may be related to the consumption of the jerky treats from multiple brands.
Though the FDA has seen a decrease in the amount of complaints from pet owners and veterinarians since February 2013 saying their animal became sick after ingesting the jerky products, they are still receiving new complaints.
Most of the complaints are linked to jerky products sourced from China, according to the FDA.