The supermarket chain Barry’s has launched a new food promotion that offers free samples of pet foods.
The pet food company, which is part-owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa), has teamed up with pet food giant PetSmart to offer free samples.
The products will be available at select stores across Australia, including PetSmart’s headquarters in Melbourne, starting on Thursday, March 15.
The announcement comes after pet lovers in the US and Europe expressed outrage at the idea that pet foods contain human food.
The company said it was aware of the controversy and it had not made any changes to its product.
“We are aware of our recent comments in the media regarding our pet food,” the company said in a statement.
“PetSmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Warren Buffett, which owns a majority stake in the company.”
While we understand the concern expressed by some pet owners about the potential of pet food containing human food, we take this issue very seriously.
“This promotion will be offered on a case-by-case basis.
We will continue to provide free samples to pet owners.”
A spokeswoman for PetSmart told Al Jazeera: “We have no further comment at this time.”
Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaways owns pet food companies Nestle and Lidl, as well as food chain Whole Foods.
The US retailer’s shares have lost more than 60% in 2017.