Hundreds of dogs killed by contaminated jerky treats

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Hundreds of dogs killed by contaminated jerky treats made in China; FDA still  mystified by cause.

(NaturalNews) Thousands of family dogs across the USA have been sickened by pet  jerky treats made in China, and nearly 600 dogs have died. The FDA has issued  a warning over the deadly jerky treats but has not forced any sort of  product recall.
So far, the cause of the fatalities remains a mystery.  The FDA says it has tested jerky treats for heavy metals, pesticides,  antibiotics, chemicals and even Salmonella but cannot find the cause. The  agency is warning pet owners to watch their pets for symptoms of poisoning which  may include “decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea  (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption and / or increased  urination.”
Click  here to view the FDA’s fact sheet on contaminated jerky  treats.
According to USA  Today, the deadly jerky treats “come mostly from China,” and the number of  dogs sickened or killed by these treats has been rising all year.
The  treats causing this epidemic of death, says USA Today, are “made of chicken,  duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit.”

Beware of pet treats made in China

Most consumers do not fully realize  that pet treats do NOT have to list their country of origin. Many pet  treats are highly deceptive on their packaging, sometimes showing a logo of the  continental USA and claiming to be “made with beef from the USA” even though the  treats themselves are manufactured in China using toxic chemicals.
The FDA has not issued a recall on  the brands it suspects are causing these deaths. This is one of the problems  with the agency: it already knows which products are killing dogs, but it has so  far failed to release that information to the public. As a result, as more and  more people learn about this, all pet treat manufacturers will suffer because consumers will shun the entire product category.
In truth, there  are perfectly healthy, safe and even nutritious pet treats made in the USA and other countries, yet due to a lack of labeling laws, it is  virtually impossible for consumers to know which country the pet treats they buy  are coming from.
This is why we need stronger labeling  requirements that mandate the disclosure of things like country of origin,  GMOs and even heavy metals contamination. Currently none of these things have to  be listed on the label.
Even those of us who believe in smaller  government recognize the important role of government in enforcing a “level  playing field” through honest labeling. Only with this information can consumers  make informed decisions about what they wish to buy (or avoid  buying).
Until that happens, countless more dogs, cats and even our own  children will die from contaminated food products. These are deaths that  could have been avoided if we only had honest labeling laws in place that,  for starters, clearly list the country of origin. While that regulation is in  place for human foods, it does not exist for pet foods.

Beware of anything edible from China

Not everything from China is bad  for you, but China has already won a reputation for producing the most  contaminated, polluted and dangerous foods and nutritional supplements in the  world. In the natural products industry, China has a strong reputation for  producing “highly toxic” raw materials that often fail quality control  tests.
The FDA is, at least, doing something good in this area by  spot-checking imported raw materials for dietary supplements. We experienced  that directly as the FDA, a few weeks ago, took samples from some superfoods we  had just imported from South America. They ran heavy metals tests and  contaminants tests on these materials and, after two weeks, gave our materials a  clean bill of health.
Believe it or not, I actually support this kind  of spot checking of raw materials. It is one of the rare useful things the  FDA actually accomplishes, and it’s a program with direct benefits to the health  of the American population. In truth, we actually need more testing of foods,  ingredients and other products being imported into the USA and sold as pet  treats, superfoods, dietary supplements, and so on. Contamination of imported  products with heavy metals, banned pesticides and other chemicals is  shockingly widespread, and as I’ve witnessed firsthand in the industry,  some retailers and marketers conduct no quality control testing  whatsoever before selling products to the public.
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