Updated FDA reports on jerky pet treats
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its ongoing investigation into illness and death in pets from eating jerky treats. Reported cases continue to decline with 200 reports received between September 2015 and December 2015. From the beginning of the investigation in 2007 through December 2015, reports have involved 6,200 dogs and include 1,140 canine deaths associated with eating chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, most of which involve products imported from China. There were also reports of feline and human illnesses, although they were few in number. Imported duck jerky products have been added to the list after FDA detected antimicrobial and antiviral residues. As a result, FDA updated its existing alert to include poultry jerky-type treats.
FDA continues to caution pet owners that jerky pet treats are not required for a balanced diet and to consult with their veterinarian if they notice symptoms such as decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption, and/or increased urination.
Pet owners who believe their pet has become ill from consuming a jerky pet treat should report it electronically to FDA’s Safety Reporting Portal or phone the Washington State FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator at 800-353-3965. Not all complaints are investigated but each report adds to the body of knowledge that helps inform the investigation.