Petco Pulls All Pet Treats Made In China From Stores

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

Woo hoo! Way to go Petco! The mega pet store chain has just announced that it will stop selling all pet treats (dog and cat) that are made in China. All of these products will come off of shelves from all 1,300 locations by the end of 2014.

We’re guessing it had something to do with the fact that the FDA just announced a few days ago that they still haven’t found the source of between jerky treats made in China and the deaths of 1,000 dogs, 5,000 illnesses in dogs, cats and now, people. Since they began receiving reports of illnesses in 2007, the FDA have not been able to determine how pets are getting sick and dying from the treats.

“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,” says Jim Myers, Petco CEO. “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 well.”

We here at could not be happier, and hope that other major retailers follow suit. If your concerned about buying treats and jerky for your pet, we’ve got a great vet-approved checklist to follow to make sure you’re getting the safest nom noms for your dog and cat.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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