Last October I posted a story about jerky treats imported from China that were harmful for dogs and cats.

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Last year The Food and Drug Administration reported that over 3000 dogs and cats developed illnesses from consuming Chinese imported jerky treats.  The agency, as of this month, has now received reports of over 5,600 pets that have been sickened, including several hundred, who have died from the imported jerky treats.

Symptoms from the treats include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and sluggishness.

Here's some good news.

The pet retail chain, Petco, just announced it will stop selling Chinese produced dog and cat treats.  The retailer, with over 1,300 stores says it will phase out the products by the end of the year.

Personally, I have a problem with that.  My question is, why can't the toxic treats be removed immediately?

Just the same, kudos to Petco and to Milo's Kitchen brand pet products who has stopped production of their treats that were produced in China.

If you plan on purchasing jerky treats for your pet, it is still highly advisable to check the product's label to verify the country of origin.