Petco is living up to the company promise to cease selling any dog and cat treats made in China, as the last of these products have been removed from all of the stores nationwide, and the online retail site.
As I long reported via my previous pet industry website, the FDA was bombarded with complaints from pet parents in regard to these treats over a period of several years.
Between 2007 and 2013, the agency received reports of 3,243 dogs and nine cats being sickened, and 501 dogs and one cat dying after they ate chicken and other fowl and poultry treats from China. The pets were diagnosed with Fanconi Syndrome, which causes renal failure.
Although the FDA did release four warnings about these treats between 2007 and 2012, the agency refrained from issuing any outright recalls because no definitive cause for the pet illnesses and deaths could be determined.
Pet parents, meanwhile, organized protests and set up social media pages to warn others about the alleged dangers of these and other pet treats. The most prominent is Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China! which, as of this writing, has more than 8,000 members.
Then in early 2013, a bunch of companies that make these treats began issuing a slew of voluntary recalls because these turned out to contain poultry antibiotics not approved for use in the U.S. Initially, the recalled brands included Waggin’ Train, Canyon Ranch (both made by Nestle Purina) and Milo’s Kitchen, a Del Monte product.
Meanwhile, PetSmart is following suit with plans to eliminate all of these treats from their store shelves by March. It’s about time that major retailers did so. Now let’s see if other big chain stores follow suit, and the FDA finally stops the foot dragging to ban these treats outright.
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