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
Smaller lobbying groups employed most often to fight for clients' interests
The new US food safety legislation will also affect regulation of petfood
Safe, nutritious, tasty petfood requires careful handling and processing of raw meat ingredients
Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
Select cat and dog foods may contain aflatoxin
Measure now moves to House, where it is expected to pass
This is an interesting post and certainly provides a good argument. http://www.laan-info.dk
OPEN LETTER - CHALLENGE - TO PETCO & PETSMARTMay 26, 2014Open Letter to James M. Myers, CEO of PetCo & David K. Lenhardt, CEO of PetSmartWe applaud the recent decision made by your respective companies to stop carrying pet treats made in China.Your decision to finally listen to your customers, and do the right thing is commendable. Your actions could be the start of a new era in the pet treat industry, where healthy domestic products dominate the shelves in this country!Please make no mistake, we wholly grasp the magnitude of this move, but we want to tell you why it’s not enough - and to also give you a challenge.We are Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made In China. You know who we are. We are the grieving pet owners who have been beating at your doors for well over 2 years. You have seen our Facebook page, you have been in our victims’ group. You were aware of the FDA cautions. You have been at the receiving end of countless letters, emails and petitions. For years, your loyal customers have spoken face to face with your employees, and begged you to remove these risky products.During these 2.5 years we have watched the deaths associated with imported jerky treats climb to the current number of over 1000. 1000 deaths! More than 1 beloved pet was dying a horrible, painful death every single day in this country. Now, add in the over 4800 pets who didn’t die – and the unreported masses. The ones who suffered a simple gastro upset and the ones who clung to life in veterinary ICU’s across the USA. Thousands of pets were nursed back to health, a thousand couldn’t be saved – all at an unimaginable emotional cost and substantial financial cost to shocked and stunned pet parents.Then,on May 16, the FDA issued its most current numbers – those numbers now included 3 humans – and suddenly, within the space of 4 days, you announced that you would be phasing out all treats made in China. Our response was one of GREAT joy and relief and we promoted th
With all the information that has been out there for a long time about products from "China",I can't understand for the life of me why individuals have not stopped buying those products that could have a ill effect on there Pets.
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