Updated Jun 4, 2012 - 3:18 pm
Trick or treat
Kate James at News.Gather.com reports: At least 900 pet deaths and illnesses have been linked to Chinese dog treats. Six months ago the FDA issued a warning about the chicken jerky dog treats. Since March the number of complaints of pet sicknesses and deaths have doubled.Throughout the U.S. these Chinese dog treats have caused kidney failure in pets and even death in many instances. The FDA continues their investigation………. The treats believed to have caused the problem are Nestle Purina's Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch, and both of these are produced in China. However, the FDA does not know what it is about the Chinese produced dog treats that have caused the problem for pets that eat them.
The FDA has warned about these treats since 2007, but things really escalated near the end of 2011. People whose pets have been affected have created a Facebook group called "Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made In China."
Kate asks,"Why on Earth are these pet treats still on the shelves? With all these pet deaths and illnesses they should be removed until somebody figures out what the cause is."
Kate, first it's a NESTLE product- not a small company's product. The FDA needs to "investigate" (said slowly). Surely you understand!
Next, Kate, if Chinese companies produce baby formulas and put melamine in it to save money, and kids die of associated kidney failure, why would you assume that they would be any more diligent/honest with dogs? Look, a buck is a buck. And since, dogs can't talk and most people do not know about this "embarrassment" then let "sleeping dogs lie" I would say. Keeping it hushed could save some law suits - Nestle does not want "unnecessary" lawsuits I would guess.
Dr. Sam Benjamin, M.D. - Integrative Medicine, weekend show host