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

Petco operates more than 1,200 stores in the U.S.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

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

Homer May 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Actually, the failure is not primarily on capitalism, but the unwillingness of Chinese companies to hold to higher quality control standards. Sure, it's cheaper for the Chinese to ignore health & safety. But it's not the US companies telling them to manufacture a toxic product.
GreenInOC May 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM
US companies choose to manufacture their items where government regulations are lax. That works best for their bottom line. That's capitalism.
Wolfman May 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM
about time they took action
Homer May 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM
"US companies choose" -- Yes, for monetary reasons they elect to produce in China. However, there are standards that companies must adhere to for international sales. Chinese factories seem to want to cut corners; which has a greater potential to affect the parent company's bottom line.
Shirley Dicktor May 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Every pet owner & I do mean every pet owner should have left all of these produts from China on the shelves of the stores selling them. I quit buying all food from China for my dog when the animals were getting sick & dying several years ago. I never understood people continueing to buy that poison.


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