The move makes Petco this measure to be taken by the first national pet specialty retailer in support of the well-being and well being of pets.
“Dog and cat understand some pet parents are cautious of dog and cat treats manufactured in China, particularly Chicken Jerky goods, and we have learned their concerns,” said Jim Myers, Petco CEO.
Since 2007, and as recently as only last week, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has occasionally warned consumers about a possible connection between reported sicknesses in dogs and the eating of jerky products made in China. But the FDA has not been able to recognize an immediate connection between the China as well as the reported illnesses -made treats, and hasn’t advocated a recall of products that are jerky.
“We have been following the FDA warnings and relevant customer concerns closely, and we have been actively reducing our China-made classification and enlarging our American-made offerings for a number of years now,” said Myers. “Consumers understand the FDA has not yet identified a direct cause for the reported illnesses, but we determined the uncertainty of the scenario outweighs the lack of real evidence. It’s taken some time and careful idea to get to the point, but we are proud to help make the change and we consider our customers will be pleased with it as well.”
The final phase of the transition will start in September and is forecast to be complete from the end of 2014, indicating the conclusion of a multi-year procedure in which Petco continues to be working with sellers and providers to offer more safe and healthful choices to treats manufactured in China.
Petco additionally carries several long-lasting and safe dog treats and chews from other parts of earth, including South America, Australia and New Zealand.