Unsafe pet food from China prompts upcoming "Black Friday" protests at Wal-Mart

Posted by scapozzola on 10/16/2012

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) has been reporting on unsafe products from China since a 2007 report entitled "Buyer’s Remorse: How America Has Failed to See the Threat Posed by Dangerous Chinese Goods and the Case for Safe Trade."

In 2007, thousands of American pets died from adulterated Chinese-made pet food.  Unfortunately, little has changed.  In 2011, the FDA reported on the dangers of chicken jerky treats from China.

In fact, these tainted chicken jerky treats are linked to the deaths of more than 360 dogs in the last 18 months.

One pet owner, whose dog died from the toxic treats, has started a campaign to urge Wal-Mart to remove these pet products from their shelves.  Apparently, petitions and letters haven't succeeded in getting Wal-Mart to take action. So, the bereaved dog owner has a plan...

On Black Friday, 2012 (November 23, 2012) determined pet food consumers all across the U.S. and Canada will gather together in front of Walmarts.  We'll be there with protest signs and fliers to hand out to consumers. 

Read more about the Black Friday campaign to raise awareness about unsafe pet food.  AND TAKE ACTION: Post your own pet picture on Facebook (like the one above of Maddie), or email us at info [at] aamfg [dot] org, to show that you won't feed your dog unsafe food from China.


Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Do it for Max !!

THANK YOU! I have thrown three hissy fits in WalMart in the past three weeks. They looked at me like I came from another planet when I asked them to REMOVE Waggin Train Chicken Jerky from the shelves. They always gave me that "customer service" smile and said, "we will check into it". And the next week, the treats were still on the shelf. I started to get a basket and load it up with them and hide it somewhere in the corner, but wasn't in the mood for getting arrested.

It will be three weeks this Wednesday when our Max passed away. He had been sick since January and we were never able to pinpoint what the cause was. Then I remembered buying jerky treats!!!

I felt like I was all alone in my trying to get WalMart to listen. This gives me hope that more dogs will not be poisoned!!

Thank you!
Judy Parker
Conway, Arkansas

Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago


Thank you for supporting the removal of dangerous dog treats from the shelves of stores everywhere. The FB group Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made In China also has several campaigns going that have been met with some success!

The current campaign: Restore Our Trust! Take Dangerous Dog Treats Off The Shelves. (change.org/dangerousdogtreats) which currently has over 67,000 supporters was an integral part of Walgreens stores in Pekin, IL decision to post signs with FDA warnings on its pet treat shelves.

We support all you do. We would appreciate your support also.

Rita DeSollar

Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

im glad i have picky eaters for dogs

My 4 dogs all refuse to eat store bought dog treats so ive just started making my own homemade dog treats to keep them happy and heathly and alive!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Poisoned Pets

Thank you so much for showing your support!

Susan and I have been working tirelessly on this subject with no support from the FDA whatsoever.. The FDA has the authority to pull the products and issue an import alert RIGHT NOW, but refuse to do so for fear of upsetting the US-China trade relationship.

When the FDA went to China in March this year the Chinese REFUSED to allow the FDA's investigators access to samples of the treats for testing.

We know that under the new Food Safety Modernization Act the FDA has the legal authority under Section 306 to block the import of any food or product from a foreign country if during an investigation of the foreign manufacturer their investigation was impeded in any way.

Food and Water Watch is behind us too - 110%. If you read this article by the senior lobbyist Tony Corbo at Food and Water Watch (http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blogs/china-sneaks-its-chicken-in-on-ma...) it will explain how the Chinese, when refused by the USDA to export chicken into the US (because their processing and facilities did not meet the US "Equivalency Standard" for US goods) figured out a way to export all their toxic chicken to the US - through the FDA as a "pet" food.

The FDA does not enforce the Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act as it is written (that all food should be safe whether for animal or human). When it comes to pets and livestock, the FDA considers them low priority.

To you and me our pets are like family, so when a family member is poisoned by a foreign product, it makes no difference to me whether the product was intended for human or animal consumption, the Chinese have poisoned a member of my family, my fur baby.

I hope you all come out and help us show WalMart how important safe products are to Americans, all Americans - including American pets!

WalMart cannot continue to poison our pets with toxic treats imported from China.

I know you share my sentiment: Shopping at WalMart should not be a death sentence for your dog!

Be there on November 23, bright and early, on retailers most important day of the year, Black Friday. On that day, while reporters are there, people and pet parents across the country will be WalMart helping us send a message to WalMart: It is not OK to choose profits over pets!

Until WalMart starts caring, we’ll stop shopping at WalMart. Join us.

Read more about our work: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/pressreleases/consumers-ask-fda-commiss...

Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Thank you so much!

We can't thank you enough for your support and your share of our story about our Black Friday for Pets campaign. THANK YOU!
Susan Thixton

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