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Petco to Stop Selling Treats Made in China

Posted by Webmaster on May 25, 2014

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSMAY 20, 2014

petcoThe pet food retailer Petco said on Tuesday that it would stop selling dog and cat treats made in China by the end of this year because of continuing fears that they are making pets sick.

Investigators at the Food and Drug Administration began receiving reports of illnesses in 2007. In an update last week, the F.D.A. said it had received more than 4,800 complaints of pet illnesses and more than 1,000 reports of dog deaths after pets ate Chinese-made chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats.

The agency said that tests found the antiviral drug amantadine in some samples of imported chicken jerky treats sold a year or more ago, but that it did not think that caused the illnesses. The F.D.A. said it would continue to investigate.

Petco said that shoppers had asked it to stop selling treats from China. The company said it was switching such products out for treats that are made in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and South America.

The company said it began cutting down on the amount of Chinese-made treats three years ago. It expects to completely get rid of them in all its 1,300 stores by the end of this year.

It does not sell any pet food made in China.

A version of this article appears in print on May 21, 2014, on page B10 of the New York edition with the headline: Petco to Stop Selling Treats Made in China. Order Reprints|Today’s Paper|Subscribe

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