According to Wednesday's Los Angeles Times, Petco has decided to pull all dog and cat treats which are made in China.
The decision to pull the products from the pet retail chain's 1300-plus stores comes in the wake of the Food and Drug Association's report that 1,000 dogs had died after consuming China-made treats...specifically chicken jerky.
John Sturm, Petco's vice president of merchandising for food and treats, stated:
This isn't a business decision,
"Jerky has been one of our fastest-growing categories. Despite the publicity from the FDA, it has continued to grow, year over year."
Though the FDA has issued multiple warnings about the potential danger from the pet treats, consumers have continued to purchase them, and the number of mysterious deaths and illnesses has continued to climb.
PetSmart, another major pet retail chain, has decided to pull the products from their shelves as well. In an emailed statement, Erin Gray, a PetSmart spokeswoman, confirmed the decision:
PetSmart will no longer sell dog and cat treats manufactured in China,"
This is something we’ve been working toward for some time, and feel it’s the right thing to do for pets and our customers."
Read more about the FDA's warnings about the China pet treats here.
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