In China Daily’s article “China's Pet Food Exporters Jittery After US Retailer's De-Shelving,” Chinese exporters are not pleased with the wariness American consumers have with its pet food and treats because of prior recalls, with the largest recall happening eight years ago:
“Chinese pet food exporters have expressed shock and concern about US pet food retailers' decision to remove Chinese products from shelves and called for objective and fair treatment of made-in-China products.
“Petco announced early last month that it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the United States since 2007.”
While the Pet Food Articles Inspection and Quarantine Branch of China Entry and Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association states "there is no direct evidence of a correlation between the pet snacks manufactured in China and the disease and death of pets in USA," customers hesitate to buy food and treats because other reports directly link the recalled products to deaths, illnesses, and permanent health damage.
According to the FDA’s website, it “has received approximately 5,000 reports of illnesses which may be related to consumption of the jerky treats” just since September 2014 and “continues to believe that there is an association between some of the complaints and consumption of jerky pet treats.”
So while Chinese exporters say the desire to avoid China-made pet food and treats is based on a “groundless” fear, we still urge pet owners to be very aware of what is in their pet’s food.