Yes, it’s true and the FDA still claims that there is no pending recall of Chinese-made pet treats, even though it has repeatedly issued warnings about the problems associated with chicken jerky treats since 2007. Some of the treats are ones that we have been conditioned to trust as natural treats. For 5 years our dogs have been dying from known contaminated foods from China and our government will not stop the imports nor will our people stop buying the contaminated items.
Despite repeated warnings issued by the FDA, veterinarians are reporting new cases of dogs developing symptoms of kidney failure (Fanconi’s syndrome) similar to dogs who have been poisoned by Chinese-made chicken jerky treats, but this time they are being poisoned with a whole new class of treats: sweet potato treats imported from China.
On the Veterinary Information Network, several veterinarians have reported cases where dogs have developed symptoms of kidney failure (Fanconi’s syndrome) similar to dogs who have been poisoned by Chinese-made chicken jerky treats.
So far, the brands associated with the new cases of unexplained acute kidney failure are all made in China:
- Beefeaters Sweet Potato Treats (16 types of yam-related treats)
- Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestle-Purina) (FDA has issued a warning on this product)
- Drs. Foster and Smith (exact item not specified in the report)
- Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 types of Veggie Life brands).* (Note: Dogswell denies having had any reports of problems associated with this product. Dogswell did not deny that the product is made in China.)
In 2010 the FDA issued an Import Refusal Report and later issued an Import Alert for sweet potato dog treats imported from a company in China (whose main business is, oddly, in rubber and plastic raw materials) were contaminated with a highly toxic pesticide known as Phorate.
Phorate is an extremely toxic organophosphorus compound and is among the most poisonous chemicals commonly used for pest control. It is used in agriculture as a pesticide and Phorate is identified byPesticide Action Network (PAN) and Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) as one of the “most toxic” set of pesticides known (aka a Bad Actor) in the world.
Although Phorate is known primarily as a neurotoxin and not classified as a nephrotoxin and therefore unlikely to cause acute renal failure in dogs, its presence in any food item is a disturbing indication that treats of any kind imported from China could pose a risk to the health and safety of pets and to the consumers handling them.
Read the whole article here http://poisonedpets.com/2012/04/06/alert-vets-warn-about-new-treats-from-china-poisoning-dogs/
The FDA apparently think Americans are smart enough to read the reports and take action by not buying the contaminated foods. Americans buy non essential treats that kill our dogs. Come on America!!! Wake up!!! If we don’t buy the products they will not have an outlet for importing them.
ABC News has some very good points in their story http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/chinese-pet-treats-linked-900-dog-deaths-illnesses/story?id=16414600#.UGo1U_ZlRNY .