The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because it was alleged in a case filed by the United States Attorney that they were being held under unsanitary conditions. (The Act uses the term "insanitary" to describe such conditions.
The distribution center in Joliet, Ill., provides pet food products and supplies to PETCO retail stores in 16 states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
You can view the official release from the FDA here
We must also be aware of the other potential problems associated with the archaic mass distribution process of most pet foods.
* Powerful chemical preservatives used to create a two year shelf Life
* Non climate controlled storage containers (semi trucks) used for extended periods of time
* Mass production of product to ensure availability
Remember, there is more to choosing a quality pet food than what you may read on a "pretty" label.