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Dog Jerky Suspect in Multiple Dog Illness and Death

Pet owners in eight states are filing a class action lawsuit against Nestle Purina , saying that two of their brands of chicken jerky for dogs  have caused their pets to become ill with nausea, vomiting or kidney failure. The product, manufactured in China, includes Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch, brands produced by Nestle Purina. Another product, Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp, has also been reported as suspect by pet owners but is not included in the lawsuit.  The class action lawsuit is expanded to include almost all pet owners who have purchased dog treat products containing chicken made by Nestle Purina in the past 4 years.

Over 1,000 pets have been reported as affected by these products, all manufactured in China. While the FDA has conducted repeated tests in the manufacturing facilities, they have failed to turn up unsafe levels of any chemicals they say could cause the illnesses. This includes tests for melamine and melamine derivatives which were culprit to thousands of dog deaths in 2007. While stores selling the products, such as Wal-Mart and Target could voluntarily remove the product from their shelves,  and Purina could stop distributing the product, pet owners are frustrated that no action thus far has stopped sales.

This information was taken from an article published on NBC.com. For a link to the full article, click here.

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