Why is this in the debate room, you might be asking? Skip to the last paragraph if you don't want to read all the backstory. I'm sensitive to the toxic pet food issue because the recall a few years back where the melamine in cat and dog food from China hit close to home. I wasn't worried since I bought Royal Canin, a supposedly better brand. Then I found out the 40 pound bag my two little dogs had just finished was on the recall list. The pet store I bought the last bag from (the recalled bag) only bothered to take recalled bags off the shelf and never attempted to warn pet owners who were feeding their pets the food from the last purchases. I was lucky the melamine was not as dangerous to dogs as it had been to cats, but I now make sure not to buy any pet food that has any ingredients that originate in China. A year or so ago there was a program on Canadian TV (we get 2 of their stations here) warning of pet deaths including dogs, from jerky treats also originating from China. They mentioned the FDA in the US had not yet acted. That especially irked me given we've seen this before. Then a few months ago I coincidentally got a call from the CDC doing research on the jerky treats. Mind boggling coincidence but it was a true random number call from their study. And I was aware the FDA still had not acted on warning pet owners about the jerky treats. So I answered all the questions, had I bought any of the jerky treats, had my dogs eaten any and were they healthy? No, no and yes. I had an interesting discussion with the researcher given I'd heard about the problem from a Canadian source. Finally there is a preliminary report on the study: FDA Provides Latest Information on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation The FDA is dragging its feet doing anything about the hazard because they haven't pinpointed the toxin or the specific brand. While I'm all for looking at evidence over non-systematically collected anecdotal reports, as a dog owner, I would prefer the warning and the choice not to buy the products. Pets don't need jerky treats. There are plenty of other options. And China isn't doing enough on their end to regulate and monitor their pet food manufacturing industry. If you're a Libertarian (I'm not) then the solution is boycott all jerky treats from China. I boycott all pet food with ingredients from China for now because the government won't properly inspect these products and assure they are safe. It's too bad if an innocent business is hurt. Better that than more innocent pets killed. If consumers don't buy these unsafe products, China will have to clean up its act. I would just like to see the FDA warn consumers about the potential risk until they prove the thousands of dead pets were not killed by the jerky treats, rather than waiting until the treats are proven dangerous. Which side should the FDA be erring on, the safety of the pets or the business interests of the manufacturers?