Black Friday Protests Planned at Walmart Nationwide, Opposing Toxic Dog Treats

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According to Food Poisoning Bulletin, pet safety advocates have been pleading to Walmart and Sam's Club stores across the country to remove Chinese chicken jerky treats that have been linked to more than 360 pet deaths and 2,200 illnesses since 2007 for Black Friday's sale.

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In March, the FDA released a warning that three brands of chicken jerky treats manufactured in China were causing deaths and illnesses in dogs: Waggin' Train jerky treats or tenders produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders (also produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.) and Milto's Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats produced by Del Monte Corp.

In August, the FDA visited the manufacturing facilities in China. They were not allowed to test the ingredients in the treats; however, the FDA has not stopped the importation of the products.

The letter sent to the chairman and president of all Walmart stores stated the following:

"While we believe the quickest way to resolve this matter is for FDA to issue an Import Alert against these products from entering U.S. commerce, the next best solution is for good corporate citizenship and for retailers to stop carrying these products voluntarily until there is a concrete cause for these illnesses found. This is not the first time that China has been implicated in a pet food scandal. As you may recall, thousands of pet owners contacted the FDA in 2007 after reporting that their pets either became ill or died after they ate pet food that was contaminated with melamine. The wheat gluten imported from china with which the pet food was made was intentionally spiked with melamine in order to give a false reading of the level of protein in the ingredient."

The organizations Truth About Pet Food and Poisoned Pets are deeply concerned that Black Friday shoppers will head to Walmart and Sam's Club stores and unknowingly purchase these Chinese jerky treats. They are inviting pet owners to post messages on their social media accounts to raise awareness about Walmart's contaminated treats.

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