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FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center
Food & Drug Administration ^ | June 19, 2008

Posted on 06/21/2008 8:29:57 AM PDT by Peace4EarthNow

Today, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Marshals seized various animal food products stored under unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center located in Joliet, Ill., pursuant to a warrant issued by the United States District Court in Chicago.

U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated animal food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because it was alleged in a case filed by the United States Attorney that they were being held under unsanitary conditions. (The Act uses the term "insanitary" to describe such conditions).

During an FDA inspection of a PETCO distribution center in April, widespread and active rodent and bird infestation was found. The FDA inspected the facility again in May and found continuing and widespread infestation.

"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," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, 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 distribution center in Joliet, Ill., provides pet food products and supplies to PETCO retail stores in 16 states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

FDA has no reports of pet illness or death associated with consumption of animal food distributed by PETCO, and does not have evidence that the food is unsafe for animals. However, 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 the 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 in the 16 affected states.

If a pet has become ill after eating these food products, pet owners should contact their veterinarian and report illnesses to FDA state consumer complaint coordinators.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: fda; food; foodsupply; petco; seizure
A big FYI for anyone who might buy their pet's food at PETCO, especially those in the affected states.
1 posted on 06/21/2008 8:29:58 AM PDT by Peace4EarthNow
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To: HairOfTheDog

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2 posted on 06/21/2008 8:31:29 AM PDT by Peace4EarthNow (Come to know Jesus as your Savior, so YOU TOO can be saved!!)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

Media Inquiries:

Kimberly Rawlings, 301-827-6242

Consumer Inquiries:

888-INFO-FDA


3 posted on 06/21/2008 8:32:16 AM PDT by Peace4EarthNow (Come to know Jesus as your Savior, so YOU TOO can be saved!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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4 posted on 06/21/2008 8:35:16 AM PDT by Peace4EarthNow (Come to know Jesus as your Savior, so YOU TOO can be saved!!)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

I’ve noticed the local Petco no longer carries high end birds and the reptile inventory looked low last time I was there. In fact, the entire inventory looked low. I didn’t know if it was the one location, or if the entire chain was in trouble.

Sounds like the problems are broader.


5 posted on 06/21/2008 8:35:26 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Peace4EarthNow; AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Joe 6-pack; Shannon; SandRat; ..
What kind of pet food would be in permeable containers? You'd be able to tell if a bag had been torn into.
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What kind of pet food would be in permeable containers? You'd be able to tell if a bag had been torn into.

6 posted on 06/21/2008 8:48:57 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

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7 posted on 06/21/2008 8:55:17 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer
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To: sweetiepiezer

Heh... Yeah - will do.


8 posted on 06/21/2008 8:56:54 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Peace4EarthNow

You have to have other than minimum wage workers and those not just coming off welfare that give a dam. I’ve seen this before with other suppliers. Management needs to stay on top of it or it will get worse.


9 posted on 06/21/2008 8:57:57 AM PDT by RC2
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To: HairOfTheDog

Some bagged foods would be permeable to liquids. Maybe they are concerned about rodent urine? If the warehouse roof leaks bagged food could be contaminated by liquified rodent feces seeping through the bag.


10 posted on 06/21/2008 8:59:13 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Peace4EarthNow
U.S. Marshals seized various animal food products stored under unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center

PETCO allows dogs to come inside the store if they are on a leash. They have a series of waist-level bins displaying various dog treats. It probably was kind of unsanitary that our dog was treating this like a like a smorgasbord.

11 posted on 06/21/2008 9:04:30 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Peace4EarthNow

I am wondering if they should add Mississippi to that list? Since Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee border Miss. it would make sense that the same distribution center would service Miss.


12 posted on 06/21/2008 9:08:00 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

RATS? in a WAREHOUSE? Unbelievable! Disgraceful!

I’m sure glad the FDA has gotten everything else under control, so that they can focus on issues like this...


13 posted on 06/21/2008 9:09:23 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Kill them with kindness, then taser them for fun.)
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14 posted on 06/21/2008 9:10:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Code Pink should guard against creating stereotypes in the Mincing Community." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: LongElegantLegs
What's worse, a kitty "tootsie roll" or a little bit of rat turd? Haven't these people ever seen a dog get into a cat litter box? Nobody knows how it would have been, if someone had been smoking around there, too!

Nanny staters, under the guise of "it's for the puppies"!


15 posted on 06/21/2008 9:15:29 AM PDT by WVKayaker ( "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome..." I. Asimov)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

Thanks...I shop PetCo here in Texas. Looks like it is time to find another source...


16 posted on 06/21/2008 9:37:45 AM PDT by devane617 (we are so screwed)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

Our cat died a few years back of kidney failure after changing foods. Coincidentally, the food was purchased at PETCO (first time we used them).


17 posted on 06/21/2008 9:45:53 AM PDT by montag813
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To: PAR35

I have been in Petco a few times and each time we were there, the store was virtually empty.

They are more expensive than Petsmart by far as well.


18 posted on 06/21/2008 9:46:04 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: kalee

They are building a new Petco in Killeen, TX. I think it’s due to open in late July.


19 posted on 06/21/2008 9:49:28 AM PDT by Cailleach
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To: Peace4EarthNow

Were there any tomatoes stored there? Maybe the FDC can stumble onto the source of the salmonella outbreak via faulty pet food storage.


20 posted on 06/21/2008 10:09:57 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: Peace4EarthNow

Do not support PetCo. They are a major outlet for puppy mills.


21 posted on 06/21/2008 10:16:39 AM PDT by Misschuck
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To: Misschuck

PETCO does not sell puppies.


22 posted on 06/21/2008 10:50:20 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Kill them with kindness, then taser them for fun.)
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To: WVKayaker

EXACTLY! When I think of some of the things my dog has dragged inside and gulped down before I could get it away from him...


23 posted on 06/21/2008 10:51:42 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Kill them with kindness, then taser them for fun.)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

This is such a weird coincidence.

Earlier this week, I purchased a bag of dog food at PetSmart. The day after I opened it, I noticed that it smelled a little “off.” I dumped part of the bag out, only to find a badly decomposed animal (I assume it was a mouse). It was so decomposed and partially liquified that it was covered in kibble; kind of like a salted nut roll.

The stench was hideous, I was literally sick.

I called the manufacturer. They explained to me that rodents can indeed make their way into the bags through the area at the top where the bag is folded over...there does not necessarily have to be a tear in the bag. However, said rodent cannot get out of the bag and may become trapped. They were very interested in the retailer...I guess this is the reason.


24 posted on 06/21/2008 11:20:24 AM PDT by garandgal
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To: HairOfTheDog
Daddy buys my food at Shoprite..

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25 posted on 06/21/2008 3:20:54 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (If there were no Cowards there could be no Bullies.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Here we go again with the pet food contamination. Since last year I have been very careful what my cats eat for cat food. The no-kill cat shelter I volunteer is also very careful what cat food the cats/kittens eat. =^..^=


26 posted on 06/21/2008 3:44:45 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

It’s truly a terrible thing when one cannot trust ones own Government. All the crap going on past and present within our Government relative to their power over the people versus their appropriately representing our will leaves me suspicious of their every move.

China was the culprit initially with the melamine in product used for pet foods am I correct. Chinese seafood, and other Chinese foodstuffs came under fire as well for illegal drug use in processing and various other unhealthy reasons.

I wish I could have been in the PetCo DC to see for myself the circumstances. Was it a holding area for return product the Marshall’s raided? Was it truly involving product for distribution? Was this a slap in the face upon an American Firm to lessen the blows on our Governments’ Most Favored Nation’s honor?

This could be a political ploy. Everything coming out of Government is anymore.


27 posted on 06/21/2008 4:10:45 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: LongElegantLegs

PETCO does not sell pets. They work with many animal shelters to have adoption days at the local PETCOS.


28 posted on 06/21/2008 4:23:20 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

I’m sure I’d notice if a bag or box of pet food I bought at Petco had been nibbled or was stained with mouse pee or bird poop to a degree that might have gotten through to the food inside. This really sounds like a poor use of resources by the FDA. The only things in pet food that have ever sickened or killed a pet were things that were inside the container long before it arrived at a retailer’s distribution center, namely the melamine-laced protein ingredient from China.


29 posted on 06/21/2008 4:34:26 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: HairOfTheDog

Add me to the new list please.


30 posted on 06/21/2008 4:44:49 PM PDT by publana
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To: Peace4EarthNow

If Petco just had a couple dozen cats living in the warehouse, there would be no problem with rodents and birds.


31 posted on 06/21/2008 4:56:13 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: divine_moment_of_facts

Awwwww, so cute!


32 posted on 06/21/2008 5:13:13 PM PDT by MonicaG (Help Wanted: Conservative leadership '08)
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To: Biggirl

Yeeeees, that’s what I said...


33 posted on 06/21/2008 7:24:44 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Kill them with kindness, then taser them for fun.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
"If Petco just had a couple dozen cats living in the warehouse...."

Great idea, but I imagine they'd escape to the outdoors when the warehouse doors were opened to accept deliveries.

34 posted on 06/21/2008 8:20:28 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold; please pray accordingly. 2 Cor. 10:3-5)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

bkmark/bump


35 posted on 06/22/2008 11:08:08 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Hair, please put me back on the ping list; thanks bunches!


36 posted on 06/22/2008 5:29:50 PM PDT by NicNacPattyWac
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To: HairOfTheDog

Please add me to your list. Thanks!


37 posted on 06/22/2008 5:34:22 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Peace4EarthNow; vetvetdoug

bump & a ping


38 posted on 06/22/2008 11:08:39 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

DANG—I live in Alabama and have a coupon for a free bag of expensive cat food in my wallet from PETCO.

Guess I’ll be buying from my vet from now on. . .


39 posted on 06/26/2008 6:17:04 AM PDT by rhetorica
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