Chicago Man Sues Purina, Wal-Mart Claiming ‘Tainted’ Chinese Treats ‘Kill’ His Dog

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Chicago Man Sues Purina, Wal-Mart Claiming ‘Tainted’ Chinese Treats ‘Kill’ His Dog

ABC News – An Illinois man who claims tainted dog treats killed his Pomeranian has sued Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart for $5 million in federal court, becoming the latest dog owner to allege publicly that treats made out of chicken jerky from China have caused sickness or death.

Dennis Adkins’ lawsuit suit came as Sen. Sherrod Brown, D.-Ohio, renewed his call for the Food and Drug Administration to take action against what he said was “possibly contaminated” Chinese dog treats. During a Senate hearing Thursday, Brown urged the FDA to “be as aggressive as possible to find the source of this contamination.”

Adkins claims he bought “Yam Good” dog treats, made by the Waggin Train division of Nestle Purina, at an Illinois Wal-Mart on March 11, 2012 because the package advertised the contents as “wholesome, good-tasting & nutritious.”  Yam Good treats , manufactured in China, feature a yam center wrapped in chicken jerky.

According to Adkins, he fed his nine-year-old female Pomeranian Cleopatra one treat per day, chopped into two or three pieces, on March 13, 14 and 15. “Mr. Adkins made no other changes in her diet,” alleges the complaint.

The suit also claims that Adkins did not give any of the treats to his nine-year-old male Pomeranian, Pharaoh.

On March 26, Cleopatra died of kidney failure, says Adkins. Pharaoh never got sick.

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