Today the FDA released an update to their Chicken Jerky treat investigation. They still do not know the cause but are asking for help from the veterinarian community by requesting that lab testing be submitted to their database. They continue to investigate the Chinese chicken supplies to try to determine potential sources of contamination. The update includes the current tally of sick and diseased pets:
As of September 24, 2013, FDA has received more than 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involve more than 3600 dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths.
If you have not already stopped feeding foods imported from china, you must stop. The FDA can not conclusively determine that chicken imported from China is the problem, but in our opinion, if the FDA is targeting their investigation on it and the NY Department of Agriculture has determined that the chicken is toxic then it is best to stay away.