Southern Tier pet owners beware.  The FDA is looking into why 600 pets have died and more than 3,600 sickened on jerky treats made in China.

According to the report released by NBC News, "most of the cases have been in dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes — although 10 cats have been sickened, too — after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats," made in China.

A number of big corporate companies have recalled the treats, including treats made by Nestle Purina, Del Monte Corporation and a number of smaller companies.  Because there is not a "formal recall," there is not an official list of brands and manufacturing codes available.

One thing that is clear is as a pet owner, this is a serious situation and the FDA is scratching their heads as to where the problem is coming from.

FDA officials are reaching out to US consumers and "asking US veterinarians vets to track and send detailed information about any animals sickened by jerky treats, including results of blood and urine tests."

Pet owners can report problems with jerky treats at the FDA's consumer safety portal.

I have a very simple solution.  As more and more food products are coming from China, not only in the pet food isle, start contacting your favorite products to see if they are buying their ingredients from China and make it known you will no longer support their product line.

The other day the pumpkin seeds I was eating was labeled, made in China.  Does the US not have a good pumpkin crop.  When is this madness going to stop?  Do you agree?