Ah, Petco. Is it that they don't know, or just plain don't care, that rats and birds spread a wide variety of diseases, in addition to just plain dirt (and worse)? I'm thinking it's the latter, because I'm sure they were informed during the FDA's April inspection that they needed to clean up their act. Did they? No. A subsequent inspection in May found food still in filthy and unsanitary conditions, At this time, the FDA requested that the US Marshal's office seize all food at Petco's Joliet, Illinois facility which was slated for distribution in 16 states, including Michigan. No illnesses have been reported from consumption or handling of the contaminated food as of yet, we can only hope it's a trend which continues. The FDA is advising consumers to wash their hands with hot soapy water after handling bags or cans from this distribution facility, and to wash any containers which may have come into contact with the bags. Personally, I say just throw it out! Why take the risk? If you feel your pet may have become ill from eating this food, contact the FDA consumer complaint coordinator. Here is the complete FDA news alert.
Every time I see one of these alerts, I'm just a little happier that I don't feed my dog's commercial dog food, and the time I spend cooking up their food becomes a little more worth it. If you would like a complete, balanced diet formulated for your dog, please contact us. We'd be happy to help you out.