FDA search for toxins in dog treats continues

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FDA search for toxins in dog treats continues

WJW – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Rep. Dennis Kucinich continue to prod the Food and Drug Administration to step up its search for toxins in dog treats made in China.

“I’m urging the FDA to expedite this testing, and to complete the 153 tests still pending as soon as possible.  I will continue to press the FDA on this issue because Ohio consumers shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of their pets’ food,” Brown said in a news release.

The FDA began testing chicken jerky treats in 2007, after receiving the first reports of sickened dogs.  Since then, about 600 dogs have become ill or died of kidney or liver failure after eating treats from China, according to reports submitted to the FDA.  The agency has issued three warnings about the treats, but has never ordered a recall because a contaminant has not been identified.

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