Food, treats with artificial ingredients will not be sold at Petco by May 2019, store says 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 23: A sign is posted on the exterior of a Petco store on November 23, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Petco Animal Supplies announced that is will be sold to CVC Capital Partners and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board for $4.5 billion. Petco operates 1,400 retail stores in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Petco announced earlier this week they will not sell food and treats containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives for dogs and cats by May 2019.

The store says they are the first and only major retailer of pet food and treats to take a stand against those ingredients.

“Since our first store opened in 1965, Petco has been dedicated to ensuring the well-being of pets. That commitment continues today, with our decision to not carry food and treats for dogs and cats containing artificial flavors, colors and preservatives,” said Petco CEO, Ron Coughlin. “Some may question whether this makes good business sense, but putting pets’ health first has always been the right thing to do for Petco. This is both a major step forward for pets and a natural next step on our journey to become a complete partner in total pet wellness. We hope the rest of the pet industry will join us on this path to better health for the pets we love.”

In January 2019, Petco will begin removing dog and cat foods and treats with artificial ingredients, both from store shelves and ecommerce. They say the process should be completed by May 2019.

Some of the more than 40 artificial ingredients Petco is eliminating include FD&C Red No. 3, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated hytroxytoluene (BHT), Glycerol tributyrate, and benzaldehyde, among others.

Petco has worked closely with in-house and consultant veterinarians, nutritionists, and wellness experts to inform its decision and its new standards for pet nutrition.

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