Two of the biggest companies being blamed for the production of toxic jerky treats, Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Waggin’ Train LLC, have agreed to a multi-million dollar fund to compensate pet owners whose animals have been harmed.
The settlement agreement was reached as a result of a class action lawsuit seeking redress for the suffering of pets sickened by jerky treats produced in China. If approved, the agreement would also require the companies to take “enhanced quality assurance measures” and to modify language on treat packaging. There has been no admission of fault by either company. The lawyers involved in the case issued the following statement:
“All parties entered into the agreement only to bring the litigation to a prompt and certain resolution.”
Since 2007, toxic jerky treats have been blamed for more than 1,000 pet deaths, 4,800 pet illnesses, and three cases of human illness. The last update on the issue was released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2014, stating that an exact cause for the illnesses has not yet been determined. The FDA is currently coordinating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate further.