Heidi and BJ were both healthy dogs that passed away within days of eating chicken jerky dog treats from China. Rita and Terie, their owners, and Food & Water Watch are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent this from happening to other pets by stopping the sale of potentially tainted Chinese pet food in the U.S.
Rita and Terie are not alone in experiencing an incredible loss from what should have been a "treat" for their dogs. Despite the flood of reports of dogs dying from imported dog treats going back as far as 2007, the FDA has done nothing to fix the problem. Unfortunately, these pet treats are likely just the tip of the iceberg. We know that the FDA has a poor track record of ensuring the safety of food from China for people and pets.
Help make sure this doesn't happen to more pets or people by contacting the FDA today, and please be sure to add your own personal story if you've been affected by this issue.
Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner
It's time for you to fix our food safety system for both pets and humans.
Please immediately issue a mandatory recall of the chicken jerky treats that are making pets sick, and ban the further importation of all pet food products and ingredients for pet food made in China until the cause of the pet illnesses is determined and remedial actions are taken by Chinese pet food manufacturers to ensure that they can produce safe products.
Also, please urge the Obama Administration to move forward with the publication of all proposed rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act that include the safety of pet food -- both domestic and imported.
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