FDA Warning on Chicken Jerky Treats For Dogs From China-Truth!

FDA Warning on Chicken Jerky Treats For Dogs From China-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

A warning from the Food and Drug Administration of a potential canine health risk that says that illness in dogs may be associate with consumed chicken jerky treats that are imported from China.

The Truth:

The warning is real but no brand names have been listed, according to the notice released on November 18, 2011 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The warning can be found on the FDA web site.  Click for warning.

The  FDA warning said that in “the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. These complaints have been reported to FDA by dog owners and veterinarians.” 

In September 2008 the FDA issued a similar warning regarding imported chicken jerky products for pets after they received a number of complaints.  Incidents of affected canines began to drop in 2009 but started rising again in late 2011, which sparked a second warning from the government agency.

It also warned that “Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.”

updated 11/29/11