On April 19, 2022, Pet Center, Inc., of Los Angeles, California, had a Warning Letter posted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA first issued the original warning letter to Pet Center on February 28, 2022.
Pet Center, Inc. has over 100 pet treat products.
The Reason for the Pet Center, Inc. FDA Warning
The FDA did Various inspections of Pet Center facilities in 2021. Violations of the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices for animal food identified contaminated products.
Some of the violations included:
“Animal feces were present in at least three distinct locations approximately three feet from the open screen door to the meat washing room..”
“Flies were present throughout the facility and were landing on raw, in-process bull pizzles and chicken.”
“Plastic clamps used to clamp bull pizzles to dry them into a curled shape were covered in dark brown to green filth material.”
“Hook racks used to hang bull pizzles for dehydrating were covered in a rust-like material on the food-contact surface on a majority of the hooks.”
“Woven mesh bags of bull pizzles were stacked against an exterior wall. Animal feces were present atop one such bag.
Pet Center Products
- Chicken Feet
- Lamb Crunchys
- Steer Tenders
- Turkey Rings
- Turkey Sticks
- Bully Sticks
- Steer Sticks
- Duck Bites
- Duck Breast Tenders
- Fish Crumbles
- Beef Stakes
- Liver Slices
- Liver Bites
- Cow Bones
- Tails End
- Chicken Nibbles
- Chicken Breast Tenders Sliced
- Chick N’ Hide
- Chicken & Biscuits
- Beef Jerky
- Beef Bites
- Just Tendons
- Hawaiian Fish Bites
The above items are a partial list. A complete list of every Pet Center product can be found on their website.
Recommended Steps for Consumers
Pet Center, Inc. has not released a statement regarding the FDA’s warning letter. The FDA nor the company has recalled any products. It is unknown if any pets have become ill from Pet Center products.
Buy or use Pet Center products at your discretion.
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to using this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
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