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Petco, PetSmart Removing All China-Made Dog, Cat Treats from Store Shelves

FDA warns a thousand pets have died and many more have become ill.

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Written by Liz Taurasi

Both Petco and PetSmart have announced they will stop selling pet treats made in China following concerns from pet owners who believe the treats are making dogs and cats sick, sometimes fatally. 

San Diego-based Petco was in the process of removing all China-made dog and cat treats from its shelves following the company's decision announced on Tuesday. 

"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.

"As a leader in the industry and the trusted partner for our pet parents, we're eager to make this transition and to expand our assortment of safe and healthy treats, the majority of which are made right here in the U.S. Very simply, we feel the decision is in the best interest of the pets we all love and, ultimately, for our business."

The U.S. Drug and Food Administration has periodically cautioned pet owners against the treats, though the agency has not been able to clearly link the illnesses to the China-made products. The most recent warning was issued last week.

Petco executives said the treats would be out of their stores by the end of the year. 

Phoenix-based rival PetSmart says it will have Chinese-made treats off its shelves by next March. 

Each company runs about 1,300 stores.

—City News Service


What treats do you feel safe giving your pets? 

Justin Time May 23, 2014 at 07:09 AM
The inventory levels were too high to take a loss. Dont you know how big business works?
Tony Patrick May 23, 2014 at 09:34 AM
good. hopefully they will buy products made here in the US where we have some standards and fines for those who break them
Lido resident May 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Or what republicans call "job killing regulations"
Mar May 23, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Yes, pet parents, would you prefer guardians of these precious babies.
carol wendell May 24, 2014 at 01:08 AM
About time theses products are off our shelves. Now how about getting rid of Hartz products. So many animal have died from their flea products.

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