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Petco to phase out all treats from China after new reports from FDA

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Petco announced on Wednesday that they will stop carrying dog and cat treats made in China by the end of the year after the most recent announcement by the Food and Drug Administration of more than 1,000 dog deaths reported abcnews.com.

Since 2007, investigators still have no positive proof why or where dogs and cats have been dying or getting ill, but it is suspected that jerky treats of duck, chicken, and sweet potatoes may be the cause.

To date, there have been reports of 5,600 sick dogs and 24 sick cats. Since there are no central reporting agencies for illnesses in pets, the statistics could reflect much higher incidents of deaths and illnesses. In the latest report, two toddlers and one adult have reported being ill in separate cases after eating jerky treats.

Petco sells more than $30 million worth of products made in China. By the end of the year, all 1,300 stores will only carry treats made in the United States and other countries.

The FDA continues their investigation. Read the organization's latest statement and update by clicking here.

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