Companies in action
NestlÃ© Purina is now involved in a class action lawsuit along with Wal-Mart stores brought by Dennis Adkins â€œon behalf of all consumers who purchased certain dog treats manufactured, marketed, distributed or sold by defendants.â€
â€œThe dog treats were unsafe, were defective, were dangerous, were culpably misrepresented as safe and healthy, and did not conform to applicable implied and express warranties,â€ says the complaint, filed on April 18.
Home improvement store Loweâ€™s was rumored to have considered a â€œStop-Sellâ€ on chicken jerky treats, though a report by our friend Susan Thixton at Truth About Pet Food suggests that option is off the table for Loweâ€™s.
Calls and emails to Loweâ€™s were not returned.
Reported symptoms match those of Fanconi Syndrome, identifiable by the following:
- decreased appetite;
- decreased activity;
- diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
- increased water consumption; and/or
- increased urination.
FDA advises the following:
If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi-like syndrome (increased glucose).
In addition, results from March 2012 toxic metal analyses, which included tests for heavy metals, have again shown samples of chicken jerky products to be negative for toxic metals.
If you suspect your pet may have been sickened by contaminated food, you can report it to FDA here.
Be sure to check back regularly. Weâ€™ll keep you updated in the case of a chicken jerky recall.
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