FDA says: Hundreds of pets dead from tainted jerky made in China

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(CNN) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a message for veterinarians and pet owners: If dogs or cats get sick after eating jerky pet treats, let us know. The agency says it's received reports of more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats that got sick after eating jerky pet treats since 2007. Of those cases, the FDA says, more than 580 pets have died. "This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered," said Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. "Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China," the FDA said. Investigators have tested more than 1,200 samples but haven't uncovered what could be causing the illnesses.

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