Urge PetSmart to Recall Tainted Dog Treats

Target: PetSmart Chairman and CEO Robert F. Moran

Goal: Recall tainted dog treats containing Chinese-made chicken jerky.

There are certain expectations when shopping for food products, be they for human consumption from a grocery store or in a pet store for the four-legged members of one’s family. Chief among those expectations would be the notion that one should be able to purchase items from the store without concern as to whether they are dangerous to those who will consume them.

Sadly this is not always the case, as there are tainted dog treats being sold at PetSmart locations. These treats have been found to make several dogs sick, with some even dying as a result. The issue stems from treats containing Chinese-made chicken jerky products for pets, a product that has caused enough harm as to compel the FDA to issue a statement warning of the safety of items containing this chicken jerky.

This chicken jerky is contained within products sold by Canyon Creek Ranch, Waggin Train, and Milo’s Kitchen, all of which have been advised by the FDA to voluntarily recall their potentially unsafe products until a full investigation has been completed. So far these companies have failed to act upon the recommended recall. Rather than attempt to appeal to each individual company, it makes far more sense for PetSmart itself enact a voluntarily recall of these products until they can be proven safe.

Animals deserve protection from these potentially harmful products. Were there any concern raised over safety issues among food designed for human consumption the product would already have been pulled from the store shelves without a second thought. That it remains on PetSmart shelves to be purchased by unwitting customers is extremely concerning. Protect pets from harm by calling for a voluntary recall of all Chinese chicken-jerky products before any more animals become sick.


Dear Chairman Moran,

When shopping for the four-legged members of one’s family in a pet store there is a certain expectation present, one that is essentially the same as would expect when purchasing food from a grocery store– that a certain degree of safety be upheld by in order for a product to be carried by that store. If a product were to present even a possible risk to human life it would be rapidly removed from all shelves without a second thought.

Unfortunately, this is not yet the case when it comes to pet food as considerable concerns have been raised regarding tainted treats containing Chinese-made chicken jerky. These treats have been found to have made several dogs sick, with some even dying as a result of consuming the unsafe treats. Because of this, the FDA has entered into an investigation as to whether it should invoke a mandatory recall upon these products. While this has not yet come about, the FDA has advised that a voluntary one be conducted in the meantime.

The companies responsible for these treats, Canyon Creek Ranch, Waggin Train, and Milo’s Kitchen have thus far failed to voluntarily recall their own products. Therefore, it must fall to PetSmart stores themselves to take action in order to protect both the integrity of the store and those pets they cater to. Recall all products containing Chinese-made chicken jerky until such time as the safety of these products can be guaranteed.

Pets deserve to be afforded the same care and protection that their owners are given; this includes the freedom to safely eat those treats pet owners purchase for them. Protect pets and their owners today and recall these products before another animal becomes sick.


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  1. Would you want to eat contaminated food?

  2. Pamela Devereux says:

    Please read all labels on any treats or food you plan to give to your pet.If it comes from China leave it on the shelf.I have asked Petsmart to not carry freeze tried chicken and salmon treats for cats as they are manufactured in China.I got the obligatory response from them,nothing more.

  3. Lilian Caughlin says:

    All pet Lovers should stop shopping at these stores until they comply. Go to a feed store or order pet food on line some have free shipping. They only respond if hit in the wallet. I own dogs , cats birds and horses and never shop at Petsmart just the local feed store which carries all the recommended foods at much cheaper prices.

  4. I continue to tell Centinela Pet Store in Los Angeles that their treats from China smell like ammonia. They continually claim that they smell fresh. I will not buy treats from China. If I have to I’ll make my own Chicken treats. I am upset at the FDA that they are not taking more action.

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