Northeast Ohio pet owners want fast FDA action on pet treats from China

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Northeast Ohio pet owners want fast FDA action on pet treats from China

Cleveland Plain Dealer — Candace Thaxton of Westlake believes that tainted chicken jerky pet treats from China killed her 10-year-old pug, Chansey, last year and sickened the five-month-old puppy her family got to replace it.

On Monday, Thaxton and other pet owners from Northeast Ohio joined U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in calling for faster Food and Drug Administration action to investigate the pet treats at issue, and withdraw them from the market.

Brown said the pets suffer from symptoms such as decreased appetite and activity, vomiting, renal failure, and in some cases, death.

“I urge you to promptly pursue efforts to find the contaminant in these pet foods, alert customers of the dangers of these products, and make sure the products found harmful are pulled from the retail market,” Brown said in a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret H. Hamburg.

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