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FDA Cautions Against Chicken Sticks for Dogs

FDA Cautions Against Chicken Sticks for Dogs

The FDA has issued a caution against chicken treats for dogs.  These morsels, also  sold as chicken tenders, chicken jerky, and chicken strips, may be associated with severe to fatal illness in dogs.

The bulletin was issued after a noticeable increase in consumer commentary around this type of dog food.  Both veterinarians and private dog owners have been steadily bringing these complaints forward since October, 2010.

Two earlier warnings

An original caution was issued in September of 2007 and then again in December of 2008.  The number of complaints dropped, and the FDA thought the warning had been heard.  Since there are so many new complaints, a second warning was issued.

Many of these products are produced in China and a caution is issued to check the country of manufacture.  This is an ongoing problem for the FDA.  Domestic products are regulated, even within pet foods, but many supplements are produced out of the country.  And sadly, China has a long history of food and toy gaffes that have proven fatal to American and Australian consumers.  And, in China,  there is no requirement to warn consumers when an ingredient changes, even if the ingredient is dangerous.

These treats are not meant to be the sole component of a pet’s diet, but a supplement only.  Watch for treats produced domestically as a better option for your loved pet.

In the interest of our furred friends, DogFoodAdvisor has published a list of what to look for within a few days of feeding your pet these treats:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased activity
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (sometimes with blood)
  • Increased water consumption
  • Increased urination

if you see any one of these symptoms in your pet, please get a blood test.  Most dogs recover, but more than a few have not.

The FDA has provided a list of phone numbers to call, or you can simply go to the website.

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6:25AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I've always been suspicious of dog treats from countries that are known for their flagrant abuse of proper measures that would make food to the standards that the FDA imposes on our own manufacturers here in the USA. Beef hide fashioned into dog chew bones with a knot on either end came from diseased cows, which made pets die from exposure. I used to buy only chew toys who had "Made In USA" within the body of the package label or outside of box. Thanks to NAFTA and GATT, being made in the USA and to FDA standards are no longer sought after on the pet and food store shelves. Why I wouldn't be surprised if the foreign manufactures use traces of dope to get the dog high and crave for more chew toys. Further more, if you wished to go into the dog chew toy business, you are forced to go out of the United States to get your product made there and sold here. But let's not stop to post the comment yet.
Did you know that most generic drugs are made in China, India, and south of the boarder. This means that FDA rules are not in play for the manufacturer. In order to understand the pharmaceutical drug business you need to understand how a pill is made. The actual pills or oral liquid medicines are made with flavor enhancers to cover the bitterness of the medicine. Preservatives may also be added to the mix. Then the medicine (Milligram's or Milligram units) is put into the flavor enhanced powdered slurry and compressed by a die to make the pill, or added to the flavor enhanced and pre

5:01AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

An old article, but remains current; tx.

4:36AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Such a shame...these are my dog's favorites...I'm going to have to learn how to make my own chicken jerky for him now. Thanks for the info.

6:30AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

thanks for sharing :)

7:33AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Most pet food is disgusting - have you ever read the ingredients? Most brands have exactly the same lists and they are stomach turning. I'm careful of what I eat and as my pets/companions are dependent on me, I'm even more careful with what they eat and it's not easy as their food is easily worse than most human food from supermarkets.

1:34PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

The Chinese are no different than the western world was before the present system; which is not saying much. After all, everyone is so busy chasing King Profit and we aren't Chinese and it's just an animal why should they be denied? It's a quick buck fix even though it is myopic. It's not like we in the Western world have been angels. We treated First Nations and the Chinese brought here to work on building our railroads pretty badly. It's called greed and we all suffer from it at times, some more than others.

5:32AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Looik Veronika. You can't have it both ways. Are you trying to say that because they approved aspartame, they are therefore wrong or corrupt in NOT having found contaminants in Chinese dog treats? Or are you saying that because they have issued a warning, while saying that there is no evidence, that they are wrong here too?

The thrust of your answer seems to be that one can't trust them either way. So why bother even heeding the warning - unless it's chauvinism....

4:13AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

I would like to answer/question this comment:

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For goodness sake. Don't you people actually do any research before shooting your big mouths off? Or is it just an excuse for racism and chauvinism?

The FDA site states explicitly that no contaminants have been found to date in treats etc imported from China. Explicitly.

It also states that the phenomena reported can be explained by other doggy conditions and are not caused by the Chinese treats.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/fda-cautions-against-chicken-sticks-for-dogs.html#ixzz1fTN7MIRG"

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FDA is NOT ALWAYS right (research the following example):

In the spring of 1997, a report aired on "60 minutes" outlining how the manufacturers of aspartame bought influence with the FDA to get their product approved.


After 16 years disapproval the FDA approved aspartme, even so research proofs, that it is dangerous !!! ???

2:35PM PST on Dec 2, 2011

From the FDA website, not from the sensationalist article:--

FDA, in addition to several animal health diagnostic laboratories in the U.S., is working to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VLRN) is now available to support these animal health diagnostic laboratories. To date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. FDA continues extensive chemical and microbial testing but has not identified a contaminant.

The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem and its origin. Many of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating chicken jerky.

1:03PM PST on Dec 2, 2011

"Many of these products are produced in China and a caution is issued to check the country of manufacture. This is an ongoing problem for the FDA. Domestic products are regulated, even within pet foods, but many supplements are produced out of the country. And sadly, China has a long history of food and toy gaffes that have proven fatal to American and Australian consumers. And, in China, there is no requirement to warn consumers when an ingredient changes, even if the ingredient is dangerous."
So, do you still defend Chinese imports??

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