andrew schneider investigates

February 17, 2009

Toxic pet toys from China are still for sale

Filed under: Government & corporate wrong-doing,Random observations — Andrew Schneider @ 09:06

Pet lovers got a shock a couple of years ago when an investigation by Consumer Affairs discovered that many of the pet toys made in China contained toxic heavy metals or other dangerous substances.

I should know better, but for some reason I believed that the Food and Drug Administration cracked down on these poisonous playthings. Of course, that’s not the case. Several major pet supply chains promised to be more diligent but, at best, that’s hit or miss.
Last month, when I had one of my three labs at the vet, I listened to one of the techs passionately telling a pet owner that the reason her splotchy and almost bald cat was suffering was because of a reaction to toxic material in a Chinese-made scratching pole she’d bought at a warehouse store.

Then this week, I saw a story by Cheryl Bentley of The Suncoast News warning of similar problems.

In the interest of helping you keep your pets alive and avoid a mortgage-breaking vet bill, I thought I’d raise the issue again.

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