FDA issues new health warning on jerky dog treats

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PITTSBURGH —

The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a new health warning about jerky dog treats.

The agency reports some 1,800 new cases of pet illnesses since the last warning in October.

The FDA said the majority of the jerky treats were from China, with flavors that include chicken, duck and sweet potato.

About 1,000 dog deaths have been attributed to the tainted jerky.

“I wouldn’t buy them, let alone feed them. If you have some at home, I would take them back and get a refund,” veterinarian Dr. James Krewatch said.

PetSmart stores are now pulling the treats off their shelves, officials said.

Riley was a healthy 30-ound Sheltie, until he became deathly ill after Lisa Mazur said she fed him Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky Treats.

“He was in kidney failure, which was totally shocking,” Mazur said.

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