Senator Urges FDA to Act Regarding Tainted Chicken Jerky Treats




FDAOne senator from Ohio is pushing for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finally take action after several recalls regarding chicken jerky treats from China.

Findavet.us first reported on the recent rash of chicken jerky recalls in the U.S. and Canada from the FDA a few months ago.

The recalls warned that dogs were developing a Fanconi syndrome-like disease that could be associated with the consumption of chicken jerky treats manufactured in China. Similar incidents were also reported in 2007 by the FDA.

Fox8.com states that U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has been joined by U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich in sending letters to the FDA commissioner urging swift action concerning “tainted” pet treats from China.

According to Sen. Brown’s website, “Brown sent a letter to Commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, urging the FDA to promptly pursue efforts to find the contaminant in these pet treats and ensure that they are pulled from store shelves. Brown asked the FDA to explain its current procedures for notifying consumers and retailers of pet food safety breaches.”

On Monday, Sen. Brown held a press conference with the pet parent of a 10-year-old Pug named Chancey who died after eating tainted chicken jerky pet treats. Kevin Thaxton’s 5-month-old puppy, Penny, also suffered life-threatening kidney failure after eating the same treats. He made the connection after seeing the FDA recall.

“Unfortunately, their story is becoming too familiar—increasing amounts of tainted pet treats imported from China leading to deaths and illnesses in our nation’s pets,” Brown wrote on his website. “We’ve seen the same story play out with the food we eat—where too often we simply don’t know where ingredients come from. It’s critical that FDA also take swift action to protect consumers and pets from these tainted foods.”

To view Brown’s full letter to the FDA, click here.

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Kara Ogushi

Contributing writer Kara Ogushi is a pet mom to two dogs and five rabbits. When she isn't writing travel tips for pooches, she's exploring new ways to share and create media.

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