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Updated: 10/30/2013 08:00:03AM

Jerky pet treat update

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This September 2013 image provided by Patricia Cassidy shows her dog Doodles, while he was sick right before his Sept. 9, death, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Doodles is believed to be one of 580 dogs in the U.S. that have died in the past six years from eating pet jerky from China.

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The news this week has sparked a renewed concern over the safety of jerky pet treats. This is not a new topic of conversation, as this debate has been going on since 2006. However, on Oct. 22, the FDA released an update on the investigation, which has brought this concern once again to the forefront.

The products of concern are jerky pet treats imported from China. While chicken jerky is the most common of the products, there have been concerns also noted with duck and sweet potato jerky treats. Between 2006 and September 2013, the FDA has received more than 3,000 reports of illness, including more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats. Of these FDA reports more than 580 have involved the death of pets; numbers this high certainly cause alarm amongst the veterinary and pet-owning communities.

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