Costco Canada has been voluntarily recalling pet treats manufactured by Nestle Purina, even though the manufacturer in Canada is not sending out a nationwide recall. The treats in question, chicken jerky treats, have been set for recall in the United States after having been tested to have trace amounts of antibiotics in them.
According to Purina representative Keith Schopp the product failed testing in the USA, but not in Canada as regulations are different. According to the Purina site the antibiotics are not posing a health risk to any of the pets. But this poses a question in itself. Should Canada and the United States have similar laws to keep our nation’s pets safe?
The treats were manufactured in China, where the antibiotics are common place in poultry. The same can be said for places such as Europe and other major countries. At the moment it is unknown whether other retailers will follow Costco Canada’s example and remove the contaminated treats.
Purina has been involved in several recalls over the past 5 years, including in 2007 with the mass pet food recall. This has been causing many consumers to call out for more legislation on Canadian pet foods, holding the manufacturers more accountable for the sometimes lethal food allowed to be sold on retailers’ shelves.