Cat Treats Made in China Removed from Petco

All Petco stores will stop selling Chinese-made cat treats after several pets became sick from eating contaminated jerky made in China.

By Cat Fancy News Editors | Posted: May 20, 2014, 1 p.m. EDT

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Chinese Cat Treats Banned from Petco
Cat treats made in China will disappear from Petco's 1,300 stores.
Petco will stop selling Chinese-made dog and cat treats by year’s end in reaction to an ongoing investigation of pet illnesses possibly linked to tainted jerky.

The San Diego-based chain today became the first national pet specialty retailer to ban Chinese-made treats from its shelves. The action came days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that more than 5,600 dogs and 24 cats had became ill over the past seven years after eating jerky treats. More than 1,000 dogs died.

No proof has been found to conclusively link jerky to the pet illnesses. Most of the jerky was produced in China.

Chinese-made dog and cat treats will disappear from Petco’s 1,300 stores, its website and Unleashed by Petco locations over the coming months.

"We know some pet parents are wary of dog and cat treats made in China, especially chicken jerky products, and we’ve heard their concerns,” Petco CEO Jim Myers said.

"Very simply, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the pets we all love and, ultimately, for our business,” he added.
The FDA investigation and the agency’s latest update spurred Petco to act.

"We’ve been following the FDA warnings and related customer concerns closely, and we’ve been actively reducing our China-made assortment and expanding our American-made offerings for several years now,” Myers said. "We know the FDA hasn’t yet identified a direct cause for the reported illnesses, but we decided the uncertainty of the situation outweighs the lack of actual proof.

"It has taken some time and careful thought to get to this point, but we’re proud to make the change and we believe our customers will be pleased with it as well.”

Among the brands Petco is touting as alternatives to Chinese-made treats are selections from U.S. companies such as American Jerky, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Dogswell, Merrick, Nature’s Variety and Zuke’s as well as treats and chews from New Zealand, Australia and South America.

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Paula G. Ray    International

6/7/2014 11:46:15 AM

like Jose answered I am surprised that a stay at home mom able to earn $5124 in four weeks on the computer . hop over to here w­w­w.­j­o­b­s­l­e­a­p­.c­o­m

Lola    Bridgeport, CT

5/29/2014 5:46:29 AM

Shame on them for carrying known potentially harmful food to begin with. Remember the debacle 8 or so years ago when food made from wheat shipped in from China was killing pets? My local, family-owned pet store carries only US made/grown pet foods. Big corporations don't care about health, just profit.

Frank    Northport, NY

5/22/2014 4:51:12 PM

"by years end" ??
How about immediately
Boycott Petco until it takes this poison off their shelves.

carl    san antonio, TX

5/20/2014 7:16:43 PM

They were 'spurred to act' in the 'best interest of our pets', yet it's going to take them the rest of the year to stop selling this garbage????

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