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Petco to Stop Selling Pet Treats Made in China

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NEW YORK (AP) — Petco said Tuesday that it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China by the end of this year due to ongoing fears that the imported treats are making pets sick.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn’t been able to figure out why pets are getting ill. Since it launched an investigation late last year, the FDA said it received more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses and 1,000 reports of dog death after eating Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats. Last week, the FDA said tests found antiviral drug amantadine in some samples of imported chicken jerky treats sold a year or more ago, but doesn’t think it caused the illnesses. The FDA said it will continue to investigate.

Petco said that shoppers have asked the pet food retailer to stop selling treats from China. Petco said it is switching them out for treats that are made in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and South America. It started cutting down on the amount of treats it sold from China about three years ago, said Petco Vice President John Sturm. It doesn’t sell any pet food made in China.

Petco, which is based in San Diego, runs 1,300 stores around the country.

Rival PetSmart Inc., which is based in Phoenix and runs about 1,300 stores, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • TBonePickens

    It’s a start. More companies should switch to domestic only items where they can. Or at least items that aren’t from countries with unfair labor practies. (Like China)

    • dawg

      This has nothing whatsoever to do with unfair labor practices. There is no such thing as an unfair labor practices in a communist country. This is about food safety, nothing else. They dump a lot of their hazardous waste chemicals into all kinds of products bound for here, including pet foods. A lot of American companys use ingredients from China, so even the label isn’t a sure thing.

  • Doggone

    A step in the right direction, thank you Petco.

  • alpinequeen

    Didn’t we learn anything from the Chinese tainted drywall scandal?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_drywall

  • mangler

    I see a lot of pet treats from Canada. Anyone know anything about their safety?

  • luvtacomment

    If they killed their own innocent babies with their tainted milk ! What is america thinking!! All or most of our products Electronics .to our dinnerplates its all made in china..DOES AMERICA WONDER WHY AMERICANS ARE SICKLY everything i own except a blouse is all made in china!! ughhh

  • Dogman

    Be careful all they do is repackage the stuff in the states .