Headlines Petco to Stop Selling Food Containing Artificial Ingredients The change takes effect next year. Published 5 years ago on November 15, 2015 By PETS+ Staff Share Tweet SAN DIEGO — Petco announced that it will not sell food and treats containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives for dogs and cats by May 2019. “Since our first store opened in 1965, Petco has been dedicated to ensuring the well-being of pets,” said Petco CEO Ron Coughlin. “That commitment continues today, with our decision to not carry food and treats for dogs and cats containing artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. “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, with a commitment to complete the process 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. “We’re inviting pet food companies to join us on this journey, even working hand-in-hand with some to pursue potential ingredient changes to meet our new stringent ingredient standards,” said Nick Konat, co-chief merchandising officer for Petco. “In cases where an existing brand is unable to update some or all of their products to meet our criteria by May of 2019, we will not carry either specific products or the brand entirely – and we’ll help pet parents affected by such a change to safely transition to a new food or brand that we believe is healthier for their pet.” Advertisement Related Topics:Latest News Toppet foodPetco click to Comment(Comment) Advertisement You may like Petco and Jinx Dog Nutrition Launch Strategic Digital Partnership Petco Stops Selling Certain Shock Collars Petco Now Has 100 In-Store Veterinary Hospitals Promoted Headlines Category Spotlight: Terry Naturally® Animal Health Category Spotlight: eTailPet Are You Ready For Adventures Beyond The Backyard? Tall Tails Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Photo Gallery2 days ago Get Inspired by These Chew Displays at Indie Pet Stores Hot Sellers2 days ago Dogs Go Crazy for Polkadog Bakery’s Atlantic Silverside, Plus More Hot Sellers Press Releases2 days ago Zesty Paws Names CFO True Tales6 days ago Employees: Leave Your Pot at Home to Keep Your Job Columns1 week ago 3 Things Customers Want and Need from Pet Businesses Photo Gallery2 days ago Get Inspired by These Chew Displays at Indie Pet Stores Trace's Store School3 days ago Video: Trace’s Store School Covers Lessons Learned from COVID-19 America's Coolest3 weeks ago Video: Take a Tour of Bark Life in Seminole, FL Trace's Store School3 weeks ago Video: Learn How to Do Holiday on a Budget at Trace’s Store School Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important newsand business ideas from PETS+. Advertisement Most Popular True Tales6 days ago Employees: Leave Your Pot at Home to Keep Your Job Columns1 week ago 3 Things Customers Want and Need from Pet Businesses Photo Gallery2 days ago Get Inspired by These Chew Displays at Indie Pet Stores Photo Gallery6 days ago 19 Photos That Show Why Dexter’s Deli Is One of America’s Coolest Pet Stores Headlines1 week ago Yelp to Flag Businesses Accused of Racism With ‘Consumer Alerts’ Photo Gallery5 days ago New Edibles for Cats, Vegan Bars for Dogs and Toys for the Holidays [GALLERY] Columns5 days ago 4 Tips for Negotiating the Best Lease for Your Pet Business Real Deal1 week ago How Do You Handle Know-It-All Customers in Your Store?