I stopped shopping at Petco several years ago when I bought two bags of food that made all four of my dogs sick. I returned both bags to the store, making sure to preserve the lot numbers, and received a full refund. When the manager told a clerk to put the unopened bag back on the shelf, however, I got irate and wrote several letters to upper management protesting the managers decision to potentially put other animals at risk. Reading this morning I have to wonder if my letters might have done some good.
On Jan. 6, Petco announced that they were pulling all pet treats made in China from more than 1,300 retail stores nationwide, due to concerns over widespread illness and death after pets had consumed a variety of brands of those treats. Two days later, on Jan. 7, Wal-Mart stated that they are still refusing to pull the same or similar treats from their own store shelves. In 2007, Wal-Mart had removed a small number of Chinese-made brands from their shelves after pet owners had flooded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with complaints of animals becoming ill or dying after consuming certain pet foods. The two types of dog treats - Chicken Jerky Strips manufactured by Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky manufactured by Shanghai Bestro Trading — were removed from its stores on July 16, 2007, following the well-publicized death of a two-year-old Chihuahua who died suddenly after eating Bestro chicken jerky strips. At that time, after 17 sets of tests, it was revealed that the strips had traces of melamine, a chemical found in pet food that was blamed for the deaths of pets and led to a massive recall earlier that year. The products would no longer be available in their stores. Walmart did not publicly comment on the action to remove the treats, and did not commit to keeping Chinese treats off its shelves in the future.
Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.Walmart,Wal-Mart

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