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FDA warns of pet illnesses linked to jerky treats

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FDA warns of pet illnesses linked to jerky treats

By NBC26 News Team. CREATED Oct 24, 2013

OSHKOSH - The government is issuing a health alert about tainted treats that are making pets sick, and even killing them.

Nearly 600 dogs and cats have died after eating popular jerky treats. A leader with the Oshkosh Area Humane Society says if you're not sure what's in your pet's treats, don't use them.

"By jerky it's usually something dried, so it's like a chicken jerky, a venison jerky, a duck jerky... and the concern is how it's prepared with bacterial infections," said medical coordinator Tawana Hanamann.

According to the FDA, most of the tainted treats come from China -- but there isn't one particular brand to watch out for.