Something that doesn’t happen very often…a check mark in the ‘Win’ column for pet food/treat consumers. Recently we scored one of those precious check marks – Petco is removing all treats sourced from China from store shelves. It is also reported that Petsmart will follow and remove Chinese sourced treats as well.
How long have we waited for this? To be exact…8 years. For 8 years jerky treats sourced from China have been sickening and killing pets in the U.S. and Canada. More than 1,000 dog deaths were reported to FDA in this time frame. FDA has yet to provide an answer to pet food/treat consumers as to why.
On Monday January 5, 2015 Petco announced all Chinese-made dog and cat treats will be removed from store shelves (to be completed by March). Petsmart made the announcement they too will remove Chinese-made pet treats.
Petco’s Jim Myers (chief executive) told the LA Times: “We believe this is the right thing to do.”
I have my doubts as to whether it was ‘the right thing to do’ or more that the treats were no longer selling because consumers did such a good job warning the world about the risks of these treats.
Consumers did a tremendous job – day in and day out over eight years – warning other consumers about the risks involved. Consumers got the attention of representatives in government – consumers got the attention of media. So whether it was truly ‘the right thing to do’ or loss of sales all thanks to consumer warnings that caused the Chinese treats to be pulled from Petco and Petsmart – they will finally be gone from the two largest pet store chains in the U.S. They won’t be missed.
So…how does everyone feel about this? And I would really like to hear comments from pet owners who lost a pet directly related to jerky treats from China – what do you feel about this decision by Petco and Petsmart?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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