Alert: Jerky Treats for Pets

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Last updated April 10, 2014

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In January 2014, two brands of jerky treats for pets that had previously been withdrawn from sale were reintroduced. This renewed concerns among pet owners and veterinarians about commercial jerky treats.

There are still many unanswered questions about commercial jerky treats for pets. Until more is known, Bigger Road advises pet owners to find alternative treats for rewarding their furry friends.

The brands, Canyon Creek Ranch (owned by Nestle Purina) and Milo’s Kitchen (owned by Del Monte Foods Corp.), were voluntarily withdrawn, after independent testing found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics in the jerky products.

Although believed to be unrelated to reports of adverse health effects associated with commercial jerky treats, the antibiotics are not approved for use in the United States.

Reports of pet illness and death associated with commercial jerky treats have seen circulating since 2007 – mostly, but not exclusively, attached to products manufactured in China.

To date, a causal link between jerky treats and reports of illness has not been established, and ongoing independent product testing has not identified any contaminants in the products that would cause the reported symptoms. Product withdrawals due to unapproved antibiotics or possible salmonella contamination are not believed to be responsible for the symptoms being reported.

There are still many unanswered questions about commercial jerky treats for pets. Until more is known, Bigger Road advises pet owners use alternative treats to reward their furry friends.

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