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Local lawmaker calls on FDA to ramp up pet food regulations

By ANNA MEILER

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is taking a stance to promote pet safety after specific brands of jerky treats sickened thousands of dogs and killed nearly 600.

Molly, a Pitbull from West Winfield, suffered Kidney failure and and nearly died after eating Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky. On Thursday, another local woman shared a similar story about her dog, Emma.

The culprits are Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky Treats, and Nestle Purinas Waggin' Train and Canyon Ranch Treats. These products are made in China and have certain ingredients that can be harmful to pets. But, the Federal Drug Administration can't figure out why.

Brindisi urged those who have experienced a scare to inform the FDA to help them in their investigation.

Assemblyman Brindisi spoke, Thursday, about the importance of checking the back of treat bags to make sure it says "Made in the USA" and not just "Distributed in the USA." He's also asking the FDA to make some changes in their regulations.

"I've asked the FDA to require all manufacturers to list the country of origin of each ingredient that they put into their products," Brindisi said. This will be good for consumers' pets and may even bring some jobs back home."

Brindisi also took the time to promote locally made pet treats, referring to them as a safe alternative that also helps the local economy.

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