Protect Your Pet: Petco Removes All China-Made Dog, Cat Treats From Shelves

Credit: SCSchena
Credit: SCSchena

San Diego-based Petco today was in the process of removing all China-made dog and cat treats from its shelves.

The decision, announced Tuesday, comes amid years of concern from pet owners who believe the treats are making dogs and cats sick, sometimes fatally.

"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

MadMonkey May 21, 2014 at 05:52 PM
This has been an issue for YEARS! Way to show up late to the party. And yes, you are pulling treats off the shelves, finally, but what about the slew of other items made in China? We are all aware of kids toys from China containing lead, but guess what, so do dog toys! And dogs chew up and digest bits of the toy, unlike kids. Stay away from items made in China.
Ellyn May 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM
It's about time.
Gigi Jourdan May 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Over 1000 pets have died due to Chinese products and it's taken this long for peddlers of pet products to take action! Wow...hardly impressive.
yoyo May 22, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Petco doesn't care. They only care about profits. Sounds like if your pet dies, so be it.
Lu Ann Flechsig May 24, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Costco used to carry the chicken jerky treats made in China. They've discontinued them for quite a while now. Probably at least a year or so. They now carry chicken jerky treats that are made in the USA. Not cheap, $19.99 for 3 pounds, but at least they are safe. I'm Chinese, but I won't buy products, especially food products that are made in China. You'd be surprised how many products are made there. Check your kid's novelty candies and such! Petco should really be ashamed of themselves for waiting so long to discontinue them!


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