On June 19, U.S. marshals seized pet-food products stored in unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center in Joliet, Illinois. These foods were susceptible to rodent, bird and pest contamination, a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
This distribution center supplies pet food to PETCO retail stores in 16 states: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
“We simply will not allow a company to store foods under filthy and unsanitary conditions that occur as a direct result of the company’s failure to adequately control and prevent pests in its facility,” says Margaret Glavin, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “Consumers expect that such safeguards will be in place not only for human food, but for pet food, as well.”
The FDA has no reports of pet illness or death associated with consumption of pet food distributed by PETCO, nor does it have evidence the food is unsafe for animals. But the seized products were in permeable packages and held under conditions that could affect the food’s integrity and quality.
As a precaution, consumers who have handled products originating from this PETCO distribution center should thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap. Any surfaces that came in contact with the packages should be washed, as well. Consumers are further advised, as a precaution, to thoroughly wash products sold in cans and glass containers from PETCO stores in the 16 affected states.
If a pet has become ill after eating these food products, contact your veterinarian and report the illnesses to an FDA state consumer complaint coordinator.
Now, guys, please fix the tomato problem.