Urge the FDA to Ban Dog Treat Imports Until They are Safe to Consume!

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Tell the FDA to block all imports of dog treats from China until the companies find the source of the toxins.


Losing a pet is like losing a family member. When our pet is suffering, we suffer too. These situations are real-life for thousands of dog owners whose dogs consumed certain jerky treats made in China. Thousands of dogs have fallen ill or died from these contaminated chicken jerky treats.

In response the FDA sent investigators to the plants in China where the treats are manufactured; but due to China’s stringent laws and other barriers, the FDA can’t find the source of the toxin. There can be no mandated recall.

Many have requested the companies involved voluntarily recall the products in question, but as we often see in these cases, profit trumps protection.

China’s obfuscation and companies’ unwillingness to recall dangerous products have left us no choice but to ban all imports of dog treats from China. Call on the FDA to ban all dog treat imports from China until the proper steps are taken to address this problem.

Past Updates:

  • 5/19/2014: On May 16, 2014, NBC released an article confirming that despite seven years of testing and thousands of pet deaths, the FDA still can’t identify the specific contaminants in Chinese-imported pet treats. While the FDA continues their investigation, dogs continue to die—enacting a ban on pet treats imported from China is more important than ever.
  • 1/30/13: Hartz Mountain Corporation announced a voluntary recall of dog treats made in China after tests detected trace amounts of an unapproved antibiotic. The recall comes in the wake of recent concerns linking Chinese-made pet treats to illness and death in thousands of pets. The FDA continues to investigate but has been unable to determine the exact cause.
  • 11/06/12: In September 2012, the FDA released a summary report of reported cases related to these China-made dog treats. The report states that, “although the FDA has been actively investigating the reports of illnesses, no definitive cause has been determined.” Because the exact cause remains a mystery to investigators, a ban is all the more vital to protecting pets from harm.

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The Petition:

To the FDA Commissioner:

Beloved pets are dying by the hundreds, and there doesn't seem to be anything we can do about it. Certain jerky treats from China are causing dogs to become extremely ill and, in some cases, die.

As you know the FDA launched an investigation to find out the ultimate catalyst for these deaths, but Chinese laws and the companies' unwillingness to voluntarily recall the products are seriously obfuscating the investigation.

They have left us no choice: we must ban all imports of dog treats from China until the culprit behind the situation is identified.

Please act swiftly on this matter. Thank you.

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Updates:

On May 16, 2014, NBC released an article confirming that despite seven years of testing and thousands of pet deaths, the FDA still can’t identify the specific contaminants in Chinese-imported pet treats. While the FDA continues their investigation, dogs continue to die -- enacting a ban on pet treats imported from China is more important than ever. Sign the petition and tell the FDA that they've come up short for too long.
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