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From the FDA:

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01854.html

FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center

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.
 

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I have to say that I have never been in a Petco store that was very clean. And the last time (and I emphasize last time because I will never go back again) I went to one I saw birds that were not being properly cared for.
 

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Am I confuzzled? I thought that this was not actually a PetCo store, but a warehouse holding feeds for delivery to PetCo stores?
 

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I got the impression it was the Petco warehouse.

I stopped buying kibble from their stores when I bought a bag, got it out to the car, realized it had a corner that was completely torn away (a very big tear) and which the store had taped back up and put on the shelf again. Once the bag is opened, it shouldn't be out there for customers. Fortunately, I noticed before I got home, but I didn't like that practice. I doubt anyone in the store could have guaranteed me that the bag wasn't contaminated. The employees are always very nice and I buy other products from Petco, but the ones I have been at have lacked cleanliness for sure.
 

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I agree with you Mikak9, once opened up it shouldn't be sold. Our last distributer tried to give us a bag that had been taped up and just flat out refused it. So PetCo isn't the only one doing this practice. Its no different than a box of food at the store, would you feel safe eatting it cause I wouldn't
 

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My friends that have the natural pet supply store have "Xerox Specials" with Xerox being the name of the store cat

Customers can get it at a lower price if they want but no one is forced to buy a bag of food that has been opened by the store cat!!!
 
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