Jerky treat pet deaths: nearly 600 animal deaths, source of treats remains a mystery, FDA says

Hundreds of pets have died and thousands of animals have become ill after eating jerky treats, NBC News reports. 

Federal animal health officials told NBC news that the treats were made in China, but testing for contaminants has not revealed a cause for the illnesses. 

"To date, FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has conducted more than 1,200 tests, visited jerky pet treat manufacturers in China and collaborated with colleagues in academia, industry, state labs and foreign governments. Yet the exact cause of the illnesses remains elusive," according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website. 

According to , the agency has repeatedly issued alerts to consumers about reports it has received concerning jerky pet treat-related illnesses involving 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. since 2007. Approximately 580 of those pets have died. 

The FDA is urging pet owners and veterinarians to contact the agency if a pet becomes ill after eating jerky pet treats. The agency continues to investigate the cause. 

There is no formal recall at this point and no list of affected brands. 

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