FDA: Over 3,600 Pets Sickened, 580 Dead After Eating Jerky Treats

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than 3,600 pets have gotten sick, and 580 have died, from jerky treats that were largely imported from China, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

As of Sept. 24, the FDA had received more than 3,000 reports of pet illnesses related to jerky treats, most of which were sourced from China. The reports involved 3,600 dogs and 10 cats, and more than 580 deaths, the FDA said.

There was no clear geographic pattern to the reports, the FDA said.

Many sizes of dogs and multiple breeds have been affected, the FDA said. About 60 percent of the reports were for gastrointestinal illness – sometimes with elevated liver enzymes – while 30 percent related kidney and urinary signs, and the remaining 10 percent involved such symptoms as convulsions, tremors, hives and skin problems, the FDA said.

The FDA has launched an investigation into the illnesses…

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