Secret FDA Report Detailing Testing of Chinese Jerky TreatsTripom Chews has just learned that Susan Thixton of TruthAboutPetFood.com has obtained a document outlining what the FDA has been testing Chinese jerky treats for--since 2007.

Susan is a Pet Food Expert, Watchdog Against Pet Food Companies, and a Published Author. Her website is the most valuable resource we have ever found to guide us on feeding our dogs safe foods and treats.

We subscribe to Susan's newsletter, own her book "Buyer Beware: The Crimes, Lies and Truth About Pet Food", visit her website often, and subscribe to her Petsumer Report--an online pet food information database providing subscribers with vital information on over 2,500 dog foods, cat foods, and pet treats (new products added each month).

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Article: FDA Testing of Jerky Treats by Susan Thixton

Written By: Susan Thixton
Susan's Website: TruthAboutPetFood.com
Date of Article: 3-5-2012
Direct link to the article here: FDA Testing of Jerky Treats

This document, confirmed as valid by the FDA, which was leaked by a confidential source in the US Congress shows the history of test on chicken jerky treats since 2007.

 

 

I've been provided with a document sharing what the FDA has been testing for - since 2007 - on jerky treats. Up to mid-November, 2011, the FDA had received 353 reports of illness or death believed to be related to the jerky treats (in 2011). From mid-November to present, the number of complaints reported to FDA has almost doubled to 596 (in less than three months). And this is what the FDA has been doing...


One hundred thirty four samples tested in 2007. Everything from Vitamin D toxicity, to propylene glycol, to melamine. Four samples tested positive for propylene glycol.

In 2008, 2009, and 2010 reports of pet illness had decreased, the FDA tested 23 samples with no results.

In 2011, as reports of pet illness made national headlines, the FDA tested 84 samples. The largest segment (64) was tested for Salmonella. (Though it is not common for Salmonella to cause Fanconi-like symptoms in dogs).

So far this year (2012), the FDA has tested 130 samples. All 130 sample results state "Results Pending". Fifty-eight samples are being tested for metals and/or organic compounds; seventy-two samples are being tested for DNA analysis. (I have not a clue why the FDA would do 72 DNA analysis on these treats.)

To view the FDA testing document, Click Here.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has recently been in contact with the FDA on this issue. A phone call to his Washington office - for an update - should be returned by the end of the week.

In December 2008, KraMar Pet Products voluntarily recalled Supa Naturals Chicken Breast Strips in Australia due to 15 reported illnesses to the company (though it is very possible more pets were effected). The treats were believed to cause Fanconi-Like Syndrome - the very same illness reported in dogs today in the US. University of Sydney researchers issued a national alert regarding the treats, but a legal threat banned them from making any further public comments.

Just a few short weeks ago, a Facebook group - Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China - had just over 100 members. Today they have close to 2,200 members. They are even organizing a protest of stores that continue to sell the imported jerky treats on April 1, 2012. Please, join in.

Please, please, please - don't be tempted to purchase treats (or food for that matter) when you don't know the country of manufacture or the country of origin of ingredients. If you are in a store and you see someone buying jerky treats, please warn them that reports of sick and dying dogs are pouring into the FDA.

 

Article: Leaked FDA Document Shows Lack Of Proper Pet Treat Testing by Ariel Wulff

Written By: Ariel Wullf
Susan's Website: www.PetPardons.com
Date of Article: 3-5-2012
Direct link to the article here: Leaked FDA Document Shows Lack Of Proper Pet Treat Testing

This document, confirmed as valid by the FDA, which was leaked by a confidential source in the US Congress shows the history of test on chicken jerky treats since 2007.

 

 

An FDA document leaked this week from a confidential source within the US Congress details the chronological timeline of tests that the agency has performed on chicken jerky treats since 2007 – tests which many pet owners say have ignored some of the most potentially lethal substances possibly responsible for the rash of pet illnesses and deaths.

The FDA has been aware of problems with chicken jerky imported from China since they started receiving reports in 2007 from dog owners about pets that grew ill or died after eating the treats. 2007 was the year of the massive pet food recall when over 8,500 pets died from eating tainted pet food.

In 2008, 2009 and 2010 the number of complaints decreased, but in 2011 reports began to surface again. In the first two months of 2012 the number of complaints has doubled those received since 2007. It is clear that again there is a correlation between treats from China and illnesses and deaths of pets. Since issuing their update in November of 2011, the FDA has received approximately 529 complaints regarding possibly tainted treats.

The newly leaked FDA document raises more questions than answers.

The list details tests have been performed for known toxins such as vitamin D toxicity, melamine and diethylene glycol (antifreeze). The document also indicates that tests were performed for various molds and microbiological contaminants, as well as salmonella and formaldehyde. None have been conclusive in pinpointing any particular source of the contamination.

Of these tests, all have been negative or within the FDA’s accepted range of being below toxic levels, even in samples which contained trace amounts of diethylene, propylene or ethylene glycol. According to the Poisoned Pets website “Approximately 1100 shipments of bulk glycols are received in the United States per year, yet despite the growing cases of deadly contamination, the FDA currently only tests for the fluid formulas. In other words, if the adulterated glycerin is on a product or in a product it is highly unlikely it will ever be discovered.”

The report indicates that the tests for melamine, and mycotoxins, (toxic substances formed by certain molds that grow on plant materials which are known to be toxic to the kidneys,) have all been negative.

Many of the FDA tests have looked for toxicants that do not actually cause the symptoms that pets are exhibiting. Salmonella and molds do not cause kidney failure or acquired Fanconi Syndrome, yet the FDA has tested for these two possibilities at least 84 times while ignoring other potentially life saving tests.

Heavy metals are one of the primary causes of acute renal failure, but heavy metal tests had not been performed until this year. The document states that results of those tests are still pending. Heavy metals include: antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, cerium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gallium, gold, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, platinum, silver, tellurium, thallium, tin, uranium, vanadium, and zinc; all of which can cause acute renal failure in subjects exposed to toxic levels.

Of the 130 chicken treat samples that the FDA has already tested this year, fifty-eight are being tested for metals and/or organic compounds; seventy-two are being tested for DNA analysis.

Results from these tests are still pending.

The fact that so many samples are being tested for DNA analysis suggests that the FDA is questioning that the chicken treats are, in fact, made of chicken.

After several government officials pressured the FDA, it is reported that the agency has agreed to inspect four Chinese facilities along the supply chain for the product and to expedite the testing.

Unfortunately for pets, chicken jerky treats are still available to consumers, and stores continue to not post the FDA warning about the products imported from China. The Facebook group – Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China is organizing a protest of stores still selling the treats for April 1, 2012. The Facebook group had just over 100 members a few weeks ago, but today they have over 2,200 members, indicating that more pets are being affected by the treats that still line store shelves.

Meanwhile, the response of pet food companies importing treats to consumers has been underwhelming. Pet owners are claiming many companies have stubbornly refused to voluntarily recall the treats as a precautionary measure and have instead sought to shift the blame to consumers by accusing them of overfeeding the treats.

About the author: Ariel Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. She has worked in animal rescue for more than 24 years, authoring the book Born Without a Tail, a memoir of her experiences with rescued animals. She writes a column as the Cleveland Pets Examiner, and is the National Animal Books Examiner. She also maintains a personal blog about dogs: Up on the Woof, and uses her yelodoggie art to spread the joy of living with dogs.