Better check your dog’s treats. Nearly 1,000 dogs reportedly have been sickened by chicken jerky pet treats from China. This is according to a new tally of complaints from worried owners and vets submitted to federal health officials. The FDA has logged 900 reports of illnesses and deaths since November, when it warned owners about continued problems with the products known variously as chicken jerky strips, treats and nuggets.
The agency sent inspectors earlier this year to Chinese plants that make the jerky treats, but no results of those reviews are yet available. No one’s been able to find any toxins responsible for the doggy illnesses and deaths. The suspect brands include Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brands produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. Two of the manufacturers say their products are fine and are not behind any illnesses