6.5 Million Dollar Compensation Fund Agreed to for Animals Harmed by Jerky Treats

by VetDepot on June 12, 2014

sad pug 2 blogTwo 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.

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John Sartin June 17, 2014 at 4:59 am

Our dog became seriously ill twice by the use of these items. We finally figured what was causing the illnesses and stopped using them.

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Donna June 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I have been giving my dog ” duck jerky” for quite some time and have never heard anything about this product being bad for him. After reading this article, I rechecked the label and found no warning or even suggestion that it could cause illness. Is this related to only certain manufacturers or to the product itself? The brand I usually buy is called “Petshoppe” but I have on occasion used the brands mentioned in the article. My dog is a ten year old Maltese, gets regular veterinary check-ups and immunizations and has been very healthy. I find this information particularly disturbing and would be interested in learning more as my dog is quite finicky and very fond of these treats (I have tried many!) If there is anybody with more extensive information it would be greatly appreciated!

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VetDepot June 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Hi Donna. Thank you for your question. Here is a link to the FDA’s information on the issue: http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/safetyhealth/productsafetyinformation/ucm360951.htm.

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