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Over approximately the last seven years (or 2,643 days), at least 600 dogs have died and thousands of others have been sickened by jerky treats. However, while the FDA has warned against this apparent link, the culprit has remained largely a mystery.

1. Have the illnesses only affected dogs? Why is the FDA limited in its use of regulatory action?
2. What percentage increase of pet food has been imported from China over the period from 2003 to 2011?
3. Nestle Purina and Del Monte voluntarily pulled popular chicken jerky treats off the shelves in 2012. How should these companies account for these products and their revamping and overhaul of the supply chain for new products?

Dennis, B. (2014). Mystery of pet deaths related to jerky treats made in China continues to stump FDA. The Washington Post, March 28 (Retrievable online at

NBC video.(2013). Tainted dog treats, Oct. 23.

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