Tuesday, September 16 , 2014
will stop carrying China-made dog and cat treats at its more
than 1,300 store locations nationwide, including Unleashed by Petco stores and
online at Petco.com, by the end of 2014.
know some pet parents are wary of dog and cat treats made in China, especially chicken jerky products, and we've heard their concerns," said Jim Myers,
Petco CEO. "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
US. Very simply, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the pets we
all love and, ultimately, for our business."
2007, the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has periodically cautioned consumers about a potential
link between reported illnesses in dogs and the consumption of jerky products
made in China. However, the FDA has been unable to identify a direct link
between the reported illnesses and the China-made treats, and has not
recommended a recall of jerky products.
been following the FDA warnings and related customer concerns closely, and
we've been actively reducing our China-made assortment and expanding our
American-made offerings for several years now," said Myers. "We know
the FDA hasn't yet identified a direct cause for the reported illnesses, but we
decided the uncertainty of the situation outweighs the lack of actual proof. It
has taken some time and careful thought to get to this point, but we're proud
to make the change and we believe our customers will be pleased with it as
final stage of the transition will begin in September and is expected to be
complete by the end of 2014, marking the end of a multi-year process in which
Petco has been working with vendors and suppliers to offer more safe and
healthy alternatives to treats made in China.
parents looking for alternatives to China-made dog or cat treats will
find a broad selection of USA-made products at Petco. The company also carries a number of safe and long lasting treats
and chews from other regions of the world on its shelves, including New Zealand, Australia and
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