One Store, Maybe Just One Day
But it is still good news. On my Black Friday for Pets trip to Walmart in Oldsmar, FL today the manager agreed to remove all jerky treats from China from store shelves. Three employees were busy removing them as we left the store.
Fellow pet lover Elizabeth, my daughter and myself met at Walmart as planned at 11 AM. My words were rolling around in my head – I was hopeful I would get everything out as I had planned. A few minutes after 11 we walked in the door and asked to speak to the manager. Max quickly arrived and asked us what he could do for us.
We explained we were here to address our concerns about the safety of several products sold in Walmarts. We shared it was jerky pet treats imported from China. We quoted Dr. Dan McChesney’s recent statistics – the FDA is receiving 40 complaints a week when there is no media reports, dramatically higher when the media reports a story of a sick or dying pet. This Walmart manager asked us what we wanted him to do about it. We told him we wanted him to remove the treats from store shelves. And he agreed.
This was not what I expected. To be honest, we all just stood there…kinda dumbfounded for a moment or two. And I didn’t even get through my entire speech. Max walked us back to the pet section, and he wasn’t too happy there was so many of these treats for sale (that he had to remove). An entire end cap (end of aisle) was full of Waggin Train treats, with many more hanging in the aisle. We showed him on several bags “Product of China”.
He asked if that was all, we said yes, thanked him and left the store. About ten minutes later, Elizabeth went back in and found three Walmart employees removing the treats – just as Max had promised.
Max stated the treats might have to be put back on shelves tomorrow, depending on what Corporate Walmart says. But for today, in this one store, they are gone.
As small as it might be, as short lived as it might be, I consider this a victory. One day, one store, just might save a few lives.
Here’s hoping more stores do the same – and they will be permanently removed until proven safe.
Update: As of 6 PM there were still no jerky treats imported from China in this one Walmart. The Walmart manager told me pictures are not allowed inside of Walmart (I so wanted everyone to see this).
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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