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China's Jerky Treats 'Rebuttal'

Discussion in 'Area Restaurants, Dining and Food' started by KTdid, May 19, 2014.

  1. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2006
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    Another Jerky Update - Petco Follows Suit

    Petco said Tuesday that it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China by the end of this year due to ongoing fears that the imported treats are making pets sick. Includes duck and sweet potato jerky treats. One would think they would remove the treat now but I suppose they have warehouses fully stocked with the jerky!

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn’t been able to figure out why pets are getting ill. Since it launched an investigation late last year, the FDA said it received more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses and 1,000 reports of dog death after eating Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats.

    Last week, the FDA said tests found antiviral drug amantadine in some samples of imported chicken jerky treats sold a year or more ago, but doesn’t think it caused the illnesses. The FDA said it will continue to investigate.

    Petco said that shoppers have asked the pet food retailer to stop selling treats from China. Petco said it is switching them out for treats that are made in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and South America. It started cutting down on the amount of treats it sold from China about three years ago, said Petco Vice President John Sturm. It doesn’t sell any pet food made in China.


    May 19, 2014 No Comment

    Almost seven and a half years of taxpayer money has been spent investigating jerky treats imported from China. Why has more than 1000 dogs died the treats? What is the cause of dog, cat and human illness linked to the Chinese pet treats? The FDA still doesn’t know. Another update, no answers.

    The latest FDA update on the seven year jerky treat investigation does include a few new bits of information. For starters, 3 people have now gotten sick from consuming the Chinese pet treats. A Chinese manufacturer is shown eating one of the treats (attempting to prove the treats are safe) on NBC News, however I doubt this action provides much comfort to grieving petsumers.

    The FDA did find a new drug in the treats, that has never been found (or mentioned) before. Amantadine. The report states “FDA does not believe that amantadine contributed to the illnesses because the known side effects or adverse events associated with amantadine do not seem to correlate with the symptoms seen in the jerky pet treat-related cases. Amantadine should not be present in jerky pet treats. The agency has notified Chinese authorities that FDA considers the presence of amantadine in these products to be an adulterant. FDA has also notified the U.S. companies that market jerky pet treats found positive for amantadine of this finding.”

    No mention in the recent update of exactly what brands of treats contained the “adulterant” amantadine. No mention of why consumers were not properly warned just as Chinese authorities and US importers were warned. And the recent update provided no explanation as to why no recall was issued with the discovery of this adulterant. (Questions were sent to FDA asking the names of these products and lot numbers. Also asking for explanation why consumers were not previously notified of the adulterated products.)

    And the FDA – more than seven years into an investigation – says they need pet food consumers to make certain to keep the lot number information off their jerky treat bags. As well, FDA delicately asks pet owners that should the pet die from consuming the jerky treats, to donate the body in order for FDA scientists to learn. FDA states “While we want to do everything we can to prevent pets from becoming ill in the first place, having the chance to examine tissues may fill gaps in information that can help us pinpoint a cause for the reports of injury and death.”

    No, sorry FDA. You clearly DO NOT want to do ‘everything you can’ to prevent pets from becoming ill. If you wanted to do “everything we can to prevent pets from becoming ill in the first place”…the agency would issue an Import Alert on these deadly treats from China and issue an immediate Stop Sale on all treats on store shelves.
    Nothing less than getting these deadly treats off store shelves is everything.

    The FDA has begun to work with the Centers for Disease Control “in collaborating on a study of cases reported to the agency of sick dogs compared with “controls” (dogs who have not been ill).” Interestingly, this FDA/CDC collaboration will compare “the foods eaten by the sick dogs” to the foods eaten by the control dogs (dogs that did not get sick). FDA identified 100 cases of kidney illness in dogs reported to be linked to Chinese jerky, then found 300 controls. “We then interviewed the owners of both the case and control dogs using a detailed questionnaire that included in-depth questions about the types of foods the dogs ate, as well as other factors that could lead to renal disease.”

    As with the last FDA update, this recent jerky treat update the agency provides the public misleading information about the levels of antibiotic drugs NY Department of Agriculture testing found in the treats. FDA stated “FDA scientists closely reviewed the NYSDAM findings and noted that when measurable levels of antibiotic drugs were found in the treats, they were consistently at very low levels—almost all were less than 0.0001% (< 1 part per million, or less than one inch in 16 miles).” Through Freedom of Information Act request, (as reported in January 2014), we know the above statement is not correct. In fact, NY Department of Agriculture found levels up to 8 times the legal limit of some drugs (not less than one inch in 16 miles…?).

    Just as reminder, NY Department of Agriculture complied with the legal requirements of our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by providing all test results they performed on the jerky treats and provided to FDA. And just as reminder, FDA never has complied with the legal requirements of our FOIA request. To date, the FDA is more than five months past the date required by law they should have responded to our FOIA request.

    To read the FDA May 2014 update Click Here.
    Last edited: May 20, 2014
  2. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2006
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    The Chinese government issued a statement that US consumers are “misguided by groundless suspicions” about jerky treats sourced from China. 1,000 dead pets is not groundless suspicion.

    A public statement from “the Pet Food Articles Inspection and Quarantine Branch of China Entry and Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association” complained that US pet store chains removed the Chinese sourced jerky treats from store shelves. They stated: “there is no direct evidence of a correlation between the pet snacks manufactured in China and the disease and death of pets in USA”.

    “De-shelving with no reason will result in trade losses of the importers/exporters of the two countries and cause a misunderstanding by US consumers about pet snacks manufactured in China,” “We wish the US retailers to treat pet snacks manufactured in China objectively and fairly, and US consumers not be misguided by groundless suspicions.”

    U.S. consumers were NOT misguided by groundless suspicions. Jerky treats sourced from China have been directly linked to more than 1,000 deaths of beautiful, loved family pets. Thousands more still suffer from kidney disease directly linked to Chinese sourced jerky treats.

    There is a valid reason why U.S. pet food/treat consumers want to avoid any pet product sourced from China. While China might not remember the 2007 pet food recall – where thousands of U.S. dogs and cats died and thousands more survived but suffered permanent kidney damage — we vividly remember. We vividly remember the thousands of pet deaths and illnesses linked to Chinese sourced jerky treats.


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