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Report into Animal Jerky Deaths Released, Investigation Continues

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an update on its investigation into pet illnesses and deaths associated with jerky pet treats from China.
More than 3,000 complaints were received by the FDA of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involve more than 3,600 dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths.
Many of the brands were removed from the market in January 2013, after a study detected low levels of antibiotic residues in those products. The FDA, however, believes this is unlikely to be the cause of the illnesses. 
An evaluation is being performed by the FDA to determine the possibility for low levels of the antibiotics to cause illness in dogs when fed over a length of time. This process may take many months to complete. In the meantime, our investigation continues to evaluate all potential causes for illness from the jerky pet treats.
The FDA has not yet identified a cause for the reported illnesses. They will continue to work with the manufacturers and distributors of the treats and China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to investigate potential sources of contamination or causes of illness in pets. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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