This news is about 2 weeks old at this point, but I think it’s still relevant and worth mentioning. Some time back, I posted about the FDA warning issued regarding chicken jerky treats manufactured in China. The FDA hadn’t been able to figure out why the treats were making pets sick. As of April 4th, the FDA had sent investigators to China to look into the production facilities making the treats. I’m sure that after they’ve done their inspections and have test results, the FDA will issue an update. You can read about the investigation here.
I’ve grown more and more frustrated with companies making products for pets. It seems we never know when something harmful is going to be discovered. I’ve seen some pretty awful things out on the market, and we’ve certainly dealt with severe issues with toxins in pet food and treats. My worry is that companies, driven by consumer desire for more value, are looking for ways to maximize profit in an increasingly competitive market. The really sad thing is that it’s the pets that lose out when corners are cut.
The safest way to treat your pet? Do something fun that the pet enjoys, and skip the food. They probably don’t need the extra calories anyway.