After reading warnings on my Airedale list, I stopped buying chicken jerky treats made in China some time back. Rumors about unsafe foods circulate all the time; some are based in fact, some not. I didn't do any research but decided to be cautious. Recently a listmember sent a link to the FDA warning containing this information:
"FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products:
diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
increased water consumption; and/or
If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi-like syndrome (increased glucose)."
The FDA can't issue a recall because it hasn't identified what has caused dogs to become ill. It could be that problems only occur when people give their dogs a lot of these treats (many rawhide products are made in China, too). The page was last updated in May, so it's worth checking out the link.