Please allow me to warn readers that if they feed their dogs jerky treats that were made in China, they may be unwittingly feeding their beloved companions poison. Since 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of complaints about dogs suffering diarrhea, vomiting, kidney failure, and even dying after eating the treats.
In April, FDA inspectors went to China, but were not allowed to test samples of the jerky treats. They also learned that Chinese factories are not testing samples for contamination. Although the FDA has issued multiple warnings about feeding these treats, the jerky treat manufacturers have not issued a voluntary recall for these potentially toxic products and the FDA has not stopped them from being imported into the U.S. The treats are still on the shelves, and unsuspecting customers are buying them.
We can protect our animal companions by never giving them treats or food from China (check the package labeling to see where they were made). Apple slices, baby carrots, frozen peas, steamed broccoli, and air-popped popcorn are safe, delicious, and healthy dog snacks. Visit www.PETA.org to learn more and check out Let’s Have a Dog Party! by Ingrid E. Newkirk (available at www.PETACatalog.com) for easy recipes for “brownies,” biscotti, and other treats that dogs will love.