Chinese Dog Treats Sicken Almost 1000 Animals, What Is State Of FDA Investigation?

By Amir Khan on May 23, 2012 10:21 AM EDT

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Hundreds of dogs have become sick after consuming dog treats from major manufactures, the FDA said. (Photo: Facebook)

Nearly one thousand dogs have become sick by popular brands of dog treats made in China, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Brands include Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brands produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., and Milo's Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp, according to MSNBC.

The FDA has logged over 900 instances of illness and deaths in dogs since November. Common complaints are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney failure. While the FDA sent inspectors to the plants earlier this year, the results are not yet available, according to USA Today.

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Though all of the companies maintain that their products are safe and say that none of the illnesses are related to their products, Milo's Kitchen admitted to paying one owner $100 to release all liability, according to Time. However, they denied that their product was responsible for making the dog sick.

"Following the evaluation, the veterinarian consultant concluded the symptoms experienced by the pet were not related to consuming Milo's Kitchen chicken jerky treats," Joanna DiNizio, spokesman for Milo's Kitchen, told MSNBC.

Robin Pierre, 50, of Pine Bush, N.Y, told MSNBC that Waggin' Train treats caused the death of her two-year-old pug and said that consumers have no real course of action against the companies.

"Right now the laws are protecting the rights of these manufacturers and we as victims/consumers have none," she said.

Pierre started a petition to ban the jerky treats, which currently has over 13,000 signatures.

"The FDA knows there is a link but it is undetermined as to what that link may be," the petition says, "At the slightest doubt these products should have been recalled or at the very least a warning label put on all packaging. We are seeking the removal of these products from all store shelves or warning labels put on all packaging. No animal should ever have to die due to treats."

The FDA said that the companies can recall their products at any time, but the organization cannot mandate a recall based on customer complaints alone.

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