Petco announced Tuesday that it would no longer sell dog and cat treats made in China.


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“We know some pet parents are wary of dog and cat treats made in China, especially Chicken Jerky products, and we’ve heard their concerns,” said Petco CEO Jim Myers in a statement. “Very simply we feel this decision is in the best interest of the pets we all love and, ultimately, for our business.”

Petco will no longer sell dog and cat treats made in China at its 1,300 store locations, Unleashed locations or online.

The Los Angeles Times also reported that, PetSmart announced Tuesday that it would end sales of these treats.

Since September 2007, the FDA has issued warnings about a potential link between reported illness in dogs and the consumption of jerky products made in China. However, the agency was unable to identify a direct link, said the Petco statement.

Myers said that the final stage of transitioning from China-made treats will begin in September and is expect to be completed by the end of 2014.

Consumers took to the Petco Facebook page to express their opinions about the move:

So happy to hear this!! Now if wal mart and others follow suit would be awesome!! Show China we don't want their deadly food or other potential products!!

they are not pulling these items, just not reordering them from China.

And from the PetSmart Facebook page:

Kudos to PetSmart, for banning treats made in China!

The FDA said it has received complaints of sick dogs that owners or veterinarians associated with eating chicken jerky products made in China. 

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