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FDA Continues Investigation Of Dangerous Pet Jerky Treats

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administrations is investigating popular pet treats linked to hundreds of deaths in dogs and cats.

Veterinarians studying the reported illnesses say they are linked to jerky treats that are made in China.

Purina has already pulled the "Waggin Dog Chicken Turkey Tenders" from shelves.

The FDA says the jerky treats are linked the sickness of 580 deaths and more than 3,600 illnesses since 2007.

 They've tested more than 1,200 samples, looking for things like pesticides and salmonella. The FDA has visited the pet treat manufacturing plants in China, but have not come up with the cause for the pet illness.

The FDA says symptoms include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption, and increased urination within hours of eating the treats. 

Veterinarians urge people to take their pet to a veterinarian immediately if these symptoms are present. 

Nestle Purina, Canyon Creek, and Corp's Milo's are voluntarily recalling their products while the FDA investigates.

 Chinese distributors say they have seized their products and have suspended exports to try and track down the cause.