Heads up! We encourage you to check your email inbox for an important letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine. The FDA is seeking veterinarians’ help in investigating the cause of reported pet illnesses associated with jerky pet treat products, most of which come from China. The FDA reports that as of Sept. 24, 2013, it received approximately 3,000 reports of illness involving more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats, and that more than 580 deaths have been reported.
To date, the FDA hasn’t been able to characterize or resolve the issues associated with the pet illnesses, and the AVMA is supportive of the agency’s efforts to improve the knowledge and understanding of the situation for the good of both animal and public health.
The FDA is reaching out to veterinarians asking for your assistance in their ongoing investigation in three ways:
- Submitting samples and related information on potential jerky pet treat-related illnesses to FDA’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network.
- Sharing with your clients the FDA’s Fact Sheet on jerky pet treat products.
- Reporting suspected jerky treat-related adverse events through the FDA Safety Reporting Portal.
More information and specific updates and reports on the jerky pet treat issue can be found on the FDA CVM’s website. Please check back on the AVMA@Work blog for updates.