Bestros Announces Wal-Mart Chicken Jerky Strips For Dogs Free Of Melamine

BestrosAn American spokesman for Bestros, the company that had their chicken jerky strips pulled from Wal-Mart shelves, contacted Itchmo and said the APPIA, Aojiang Pet Products Industry Association in China, tested the chicken jerky strips and the products tested negative for melamine. The FDA and the Indiana State Chemist’s Office have also both concluded that no melamine was found in their chicken jerky strips. The Indiana State Chemist’s Office is still testing for other toxins in the products.

The Bestros spokesman sent us this press release in regards to the testing done by APPIA, Aojiang Pet Products Industry Association in China, on the chicken jerky strips:

APPIA, Aojiang Pet Products Industry Association in China, announced this morning that a pet treat product made by a major Chinese manufacturer passed official and independent lab tests for traces of melamine. The Chicken Jerky Strips, which are sold in Wal-Mart stores across the US, were found to be free of the harmful chemical.

Allegations made by a woman who fed her dog the Chicken Jerky Strips prompted Wal-Mart to remove the product from its shelves in late July. Melamine, a nitrogen-rich additive behind recent pet food scares, fakes a high protein count but can lead to kidney failure in high doses (over 1,000 parts per million of the chemical).

APPIA inspected the factory and spoke with operating employees to find out more details. Representatives retrieved numerous samples for testing. The samples were sent to official and independent laboratories. All the results were the same.

No chemical or biological contaminants were found during the testing.

APPIA is also aware that the product was tested by the FDA as well as the Indiana State Chemist’s office – both of which found no traces of melamine after extensive testing.

“We hope that consumers, distributors, and retailers will respect the test results and resolve the issue before it destroys the company,” said an APPIA spokesperson. The association urged the FDA and CIQ (China Inspection & Quarantine) to release announcements of their findings so the Chicken Jerky Strips could be redistributed at Wal-Mart stores.

“The product has passed a lot of testing from a number of labs and none have shown it to be harmful. While we are concerned about the health of the pets, we do not wish to deprive them of a product that is proven to be safe.”

He also sent us this press release regarding the testing of Bestros chicken jerky strips done by the FDA and the Indiana State Chemist’s Office:

Bestros, a leading rawhide dog chews manufacturer in China, announced today that its Chicken Jerky Strips passed rigorous FDA, academic, and in-house testing for traces of melamine. All three labs confirmed that the harmful chemical was not found in the product.

On July 26, the Chicken Jerky Strips were proactively removed from Wal-Mart shelves after a woman claimed they were responsible for her dog’s death. This compelled the FDA to conduct further investigation, which has since proved the claim false.

Melamine is a nitrogen-rich chemical used primarily to make plastics. In April 2007, it made headlines when it was found in popular brand dog food, serving as an additive to wheat gluten in order to fake high protein counts. The occurrence of melamine in pet food was considered the cause of thousands of animal deaths this year alone.

Of the initial sets of tests done on the product for melamine, one sample out of 17 was found to contain 20 parts per million of the hazardous chemical – an insubstantial amount that does not warrant product recall or raise health concern. Experts on melamine consider levels over 1,000 – 2,000 parts per million to be toxic, leaving even this sample well within the limits of safety. Though the 16 other tests found nothing, and the level considered safe, the small trace was enough to prompt further review.

Bob Geiger, feed administrator for the Indiana State Chemist’s office, tested the Chicken Jerky Strips from the woman’s sample retrieved on July 26. “The tests that we performed for melamine did not detect any,” said Geiger.

The FDA tested the sample from Wal-Mart that was said to contain 20 parts per million of melamine. Their results were the same as Geiger’s: no traces of melamine.

According to a representative from the FDA, extensive tests were performed on multiple samples with no detectable traces of melamine found in any.

Although the item was pulled from Wal-Mart shelves in July, the Chinese company hadn’t released a statement until yesterday. “We wanted to be absolutely positive that our product was safe for consumption before declaring anything to the public,” said Craig Schattner, American spokesperson for Bestros.

The chance of melamine ever being in Chicken Jerky Strips is extremely unlikely, given that the product is 100 percent chicken. The contaminated pet food in the April recall contained vegetable proteins such as wheat gluten and rice starch to mimic natural flavoring. The ingredients in the Bestros product do not contain any of these items.

“Our product doesn’t contain those questionable additives,” said Schattner, who maintained confidence that the Bestros name would be cleared. “And while the deaths of these animals are very tragic, it’s been proven that they weren’t caused by melamine in Chicken Jerky Strips. We are very concerned about the health of our consumers, the pets, and do everything to ensure their safety.”

The encouraging test results from the FDA and Indiana State Chemist’s office suggest that the treat will soon be cleared for distribution on Wal-Mart shelves.

24 Responses to “Bestros Announces Wal-Mart Chicken Jerky Strips For Dogs Free Of Melamine”

  1. Louie W. says:

    The FDA and the Indiana lab found nothing?

    No surprise here.

    Time for pet owners to, once again, spring into action and have these treats tested.

  2. pat says:

    this is so totally bogus. the indiana state chemist had already established that melamine wasn’t the culprit here. now they are saying that the product is safe simply because they were testing for a contaminant that had already been eliminated? does this mean that it’s ok for dog to drop dead as long as they aren’t being poisoned by melamine? dropping dead from something else is ok?

    if i were a betting woman, i would say one of 2 things is going on here… some kind of toxic “flavor enhancer” was used on this chicken, or some toxic antibacterial agent was used on it. either way, something’s fishy here, and the fact that it isn’t related to melamine is not reassuring in the least. let’s have a little less of what isn’t in it, and a little more of exactly what *is* in it that’s killing people’s pets.

    i think most of us are done being duped by places like walmart, and fda, those toothless whores of agribusiness.

  3. Ruth says:

    Its already been said and or established that melamine alone is not whats killing pets. Why didn’t the lab test for other toxins first.

    Just another spin by the FDA. These people that say its safe should eat some the Bestros strips and see if its are safe for pets. Let them test it on themselves and see they have any harmful affects. I’m just sick of all their BS.

  4. menusux says:

    If Bestro’s is so wholesome, why is it listed at FDA FIARS Import Alert?


    (This was updated as recently as August 29, 2007)

    “TYPE OF ALERT: Detention without Physical Examination and Intensified

    “PROBLEM: Salmonella

    “PAF: MIC (microbiological contamination)

    “COUNTRY: See Attachment


    “CHARGE: “The article is subject to refusal of admission pursuant to
    Section 801(a)(3) of the FD&C Act in that it appears to
    contain a poisonous and deleterious substance, namely
    Salmonella, which may render it injurious to health
    [Adulteration, 402(a)(1)].”


    “GUIDANCE: Detain without physical examination the identified pet treat
    products from the manufacturers named in the attachment to this import alert.

    “***In order to fully evaluate whether the problem of Salmonella in pet treats has been corrected, CVM is requiring the following information from those firms requesting removal from detention without physical examination:

    1. The firm must provide evidence that the it has
    identified the source of the problem and has taken
    appropriate steps to prevent future occurrences. This
    should be documented by:

    a. Results of the firm=s investigation(s) into the
    problem of Salmonella contamination

    b. Documentation showing corrective action(s) This
    should include at a minimum:

    1) a description of the current process(es)
    being used;
    2) verification that the process is adequate;
    3) measures that have been taken to prevent

    c. Copies of three (3) production records showing
    at a minimum, the process, quantities processed,
    lot numbers and dates of processing,


    2. For requests for removal of a single product, using
    the current process, documentation showing that a
    minimum of five(5)consecutive, non-violative shipments
    have been released based on private laboratory
    analyses. Requests to remove multiple products from
    a manufacturer will require a minimum of twelve (12)
    non-violative shipments representative of products
    covered by detention without physical examination.

    “Firms recommended for Detention Without Physical Examination 8/29/07

    “CHINA (CN)

    “Pingyang Pet Product Co. (Factory) 5/6/05 Chicken Jerky Strips
    Xiazhai Rd., Xiaojiang 70Y[][]99
    Pingyang, Zhejaing ***71A[][]01
    Zhejiang (Province), China ***71A[][]05
    FEI# 3004331518 ***71E[][]02
    AND ***71Y[][]99
    Headquarters for the above factory: 72B[][]99

    “Shanghai Bestro Enterprises Inc. 8/29/07 Chicken Jerky Strips
    258 Gaozianghuan Road 70Y[][]99
    Gaodong Industrial Zone, Pudong ***71A[][]01
    Shanghai, China ***71A[][]05
    FEI# 3005299066 ***71E[][]02
    FEI# 3006238093 ***71E[][]99

    It’s very clearly spelled out to Pingyang Pet Product/Shanghai Bestro what the remedy is to be removed from this detention list. And it’s also clear that the deaths and illnesses were not all coincidences either.

    I would rather deprive my dog of something I’m not confident is safe–this is why no Chinese-made products are welcome in our home–because one can never be certain of their safety, given their histories just in 2007 alone. Have never purchased this product and have no intention of ever doing so–I imagine I’m not the only one who thinks this way either.

  5. Craig says:

    the information isn’t new, but they have new labs testing it. Originally, melamine was said to be the cause, right? It’s not - so scratch that. You either test every single toxic chemical in the world or look at other possibilities: If both this woman’s dogs were ill, while 99% of the other millions of pets who eat the Strips were fine, then maybe it’s something else in their diet, atmosphere, chemicals in the house, back yard, neighborhood, what have you. This was sold in Wal-Mart - not your local pet store. AND, it’s cheap, so unless more than 5 people blame the product for causing illness, there’s really little reason to believe it’s at fault.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ahhh. Let’s keep looking for answers about all brands of jerky treats …

    The pets are showing up at vet clinics with Fanconi Syndrome-like symptoms, which a pet will show if it ingests heavy metals, certain drugs, and certain chemicals, which are listed below.

    Thank you to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s web page for the list of heavy metals, drugs, and chemicals that can cause the Fanconi Syndrome-like effects in pets:

    Let’s test all of the jerky brands from China for all of the following:

    Heavy Metal Poisoning to Test for:


    Drugs to Test for:

    outdated tetracycline

    Chemicals to Test for:

    Lysol (TM)
    maleic acid


    Perhaps these three research facilities will come up with an answer…

    From itchmo, dated Mon., Sept. 17:
    “The cases of dogs becoming ill after eating jerky treats made in China continue to be investigated. The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine are all analyzing the cases of affected dogs.”

  7. 5CatMom says:

    Menusux, good job.

    The FDA must think we’re all as stupid as they are.

  8. mittens says:

    seeing how it was never proven conclusively that melamine was the actual cause of the pet food recall deaths, this means next to nothing. it doesn’t prove the product is safe: it does not prove the dog didn’t die from eating it. if melamine didn’t kill the pets something else unstated or unfound or unadmitted did.

    these tests might as well prove golf balls aren’t to be found in the jerky. there is no proof melamine is the culprit. it doesn’t belong in pet food to be sure but the lack of it in no way means the product is safe to feed to your pet.

  9. pat says:

    Craig, melamine has never been considered seriously as the potential contaminant in this latest round of poisonings. that’s why they tested for it, because they were pretty sure they would not find it. a classic red herring approach.

  10. menusux says:

    FWIW, let’s dig back even further into the Pingyang Pet Product/Shanghai Bestro pile of dirty laundry. While the US-FDA keeps only one year’s worth of OASIS Refusals online for internet viewing, the People’s Republic of China has gone one better–blowing the whistle on Pingyang Pet Factory/Shangahi Bestro in the process.

    Chinese government website–recognizable by the “” in the URL. Title which shows up at upper left of your browser when clicking the page is this:

    “Refusal Actions by FDA as Recorded in OASIS”; the year 2002 is able to be recognized in at the top of the page mixed with the Chinese characters. The number 5 for May is likewise able to be picked out by non-Chinese readers.

    “Pingyang Pet Product Co
    Zhejiang , CN LOS-DO 718-1610208-2/4/1
    20-MAY-2002 SALMONELLA”

    BINGO! There’s Pingyang Pet Product/Shanghai Bestro with a shipment refused entry via Los Angeles May 20, 2002–the reason was the same as it is on the current FIARS FDA Import Alert Detention List: Salmonella.

    OK–that’s more than 5 years ago–the act has never been cleaned up but the potentially contaminated products keep working their way to the US and into the stores.

    The Chinese government has still kept the plug pulled on the Pingyang Pet Products/Shanghai Bestro website–so maybe they’re not satisifed that all’s well there either:

    “Thank You For Visiting

    “This site has been temporarily deactivated”

    I’m hoping for permanently…….

  11. sylvia says:

    Anyone who buys and feeds this junk to a pet should be forced to chew on it themselves for long periods of time. Hello, the word boycott mean anything in the “good ol’ USA ” anymore?

  12. L.B. says:

    This situation with pet treats, pet foods, etc. just continues to be appalling, every time I think I can’t get more disgusted at the companies who manufacture the garbage, the brands who put their name on it, the stores that sell it, the gov’t who is supposed to be protective, more spin-spin-spin is all that seems to come out… as more pets get sick and die. Thank God for you guys who are able to seek & find the truth and share it.
    If the company is so concerned about the pets and doing everything to ensure their safety, they would be testing the product, and testing it thoroughly, before it’s put on the shelves.

  13. menusux says:

    A little background on the Pingyang Pet Products/Shanghai Bestro spokesperson:

    “Craig Schattner has been a media relations specialist and assistant account executive for Walker Sands since November 2006.”

    “At Walker Sands, recognized as one of the leading Chicago PR agencies and as one of the leading Chicago marketing firms, we help you create, protect, and enhance your reputation.”

    Sort of a cross between the C-N tag team of Crisis Captains Stern & Bernstein and Duane-o’s Grabowski from Levick.

    Why hire someone like this to spead the word about the product?

    Petfood Industry Electronic Newsletter Feburary 2006:

    “Total US rawhide dog chew sales in food, drug and mass merchandisers (excluding Wal-Mart) combined for the 52 weeks ending May 15, 2005.

    Source: IRI

    Vendor US$ sales
    Ping Yang Pet Product Co. $8.9 million
    % chg vs. 2004 Unit sales % chg vs. 2004
    165.4% 1.8 million 134.4%

    These are the most current figures I could easily find–you certainly can see Pingyang Pet Products/Shanghai Bestro has a lot riding on this because they export a lot to the US.

    What’s ironic is that we are looking at 2005 sales figures here

    Pingyang Pet Product Co
    Zhejiang , CN LOS-DO 718-1610208-2/4/1
    20-MAY-2002 SALMONELLA

    A May 2002 OASIS refusal for salmonella contamination here

    CHINA (CN)

    “Pingyang Pet Product Co. (Factory) 5/6/05 Chicken Jerky Strips
    Xiazhai Rd., Xiaojiang 70Y[][]99
    Pingyang, Zhejaing ***71A[][]01
    Zhejiang (Province), China ***71A[][]05
    FEI# 3004331518 ***71E[][]02
    AND ***71Y[][]99
    Headquarters for the above factory: 72B[][]99

    “Shanghai Bestro Enterprises Inc. 8/29/07 Chicken Jerky Strips
    258 Gaozianghuan Road 70Y[][]99
    Gaodong Industrial Zone, Pudong ***71A[][]01
    Shanghai, China ***71A[][]05
    FEI# 3005299066 ***71E[][]02
    FEI# 3006238093 ***71E[][]99

    And a pretty permanent place on the 2007 FIARS FDA Import Alert Dentention without Inspection List for previous salmonella violations.

  14. menusux says:

    It seems like Pingyang Pet Products/Shanghai Bestro is pulling out all the stops trying to tap dance around the fact that one of its major customers, WalMart, did indeed find traces of melamine in these products and has not gone on record to say the results of their tests were wrong:;item=48

    Wal-Mart Reveals Traces Of Melamine In Chicken Jerky Strips Manufactured By Two Chinese Firms [WMT]

    “8/22/2007 12:51:38 AM Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) in a statement on Tuesday revealed that Chicken Jerky Strips manufactured by two Chinese firms and sold in Wal-Mart stores shows trace levels of melamine, and encouraged its customers to return the product for a full refund. The company added that it will continue to work with the FDA and the manufacturer to assure that the highest safety standards are met.

    “Wal-Mart said it received small number of customer complaints regarding the product, and on July 26, 2007 the company proactively removed pet food Chicken Jerky Strips manufactured by Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co and Chicken Jerky manufactured by Shanghai Bestro Trading with UPC 0087784900006 and item number 839751 from its stores.

    “The company said it has carried out seventeen different tests since then to find out the cause of complaints. The melamine traces were in low levels, and the laboratory has recommended additional testing.”

    Wal-Mart: Tests show dog treats tainted with melamine

    “Tests show that two brands of dog treats made in China and sold at Wal-Mart contained melamine, according to a statement the company sent out late last night.

    “”The latest advice from our testing laboratory shows trace levels of melamine. Because of the low levels that were found, our laboratory has recommended additional testing,” the statement says. “Nevertheless, the product remains off shelves and we continue to take the extra precaution of placing a computerized block on the product at the cash register. Moreover, we encourage customers who may have purchased this product to return it for a full refund.”

    “The manufacturer’s website,, disappeared overnight.

    “Update at 8:55 a.m. ET: On Deadline has been trying to reach Shangwu Liu, an executive at Shanghai Bestro Enterprises, but the person who answers his telephone says he’s traveling in the USA. An e-mail requesting comment from the company prompted a telephone call from Thomas Lee at the company’s office in China.

    “”We are very surprised to hear about the melamine issues,” Lee says. “The chicken jerky was made from chicken breast and there’s no wheat glutens, no proteins and no starch” in the product.

    “In previous recalls, manufacturers have been accused of using melamine to artificially inflate the protein content in their products.

    “Lee, who works in the sales department, says every shipment was tested before it was exported to the United States. He doesn’t know if they tested for melamine contamination, but says the company plans to conduct its own investigation into the source of any problems with the pet-food products.

    “Lee says they received “very few complaints” before July. He didn’t provide any information about the number of complaints his company has received since its products were pulled from the shelves at Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer.

    “Lee says Bestro has product liability insurance, but he wasn’t able to answer questions about whether they’ve compensated any customers for pets that became sick or died after eating the jerky treats.”

  15. SabrinaD says:

    I had some and returned the bag because after feeding my 5 chihuahuas these, one or more of them threw up or had urgent potty needs (all are well house-trained and one or more of eliminated in the house which is highly unusual). Once I stopped giving the treats, the potty problem and vomiting MAGICALLY disappeared. HMMM. how does that happen?

  16. Anonymous says:

    This page does not address toxin induced Fanconi-like illness. The chemistry and physiological symptoms are worth nothing, though.


  17. Anonymous says:

    Additional- scroll to 6.8-2

  18. Denise says:

    I have an unopened bag of Bestro’s I bought at K-Mart approx.2 months ago and did not open after hearing about it(Bestro’s) being tainted.

    If itchmo wants it contact me via my unpublished email addy.

  19. Don Earl says:

    RE: “Melamine, a nitrogen-rich additive behind recent pet food scares, fakes a high protein count but can lead to kidney failure in high doses (over 1,000 parts per million of the chemical).”

    Who writes this hogwash?

    Pull up the “Animal Toxicity Studies” at the below link:

    From the above:


    It really would be nice if journalists would quit perpetuating the melamine hoax and spreading bogus information. If they aren’t going to get their facts straight, they should stick to writing articles about Elvis in the Weekly World News.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Oh, Walmart…. Are you there? We’re not very concerned about the melamine hype. We know that melamine DID NOT kill the pets. Why don’t you get to the bottom of this and test for heavy metals, drugs, chemicals, and viruses.

  21. Gene and Gerri Richards says:

    This is BS!!!!!! That chinese Bestro’s Jerky Chicken strips is junk!
    Here’s what it did to my little puppy..her website is here:’s her story
    Our pet Rosie, a 3 year old Chihuahua was poisoned from Chinese made Bestro’s Jerky Chicken Strips #77849 00006 1 We have this contaminated bag. We have three Chihuahuas and one of them died one month ago. She started with vomiting and dehydration (she was drinking lots of water) and then we were told she may either have an obstruction or have been poisioned. Since our dogs are inside dogs and we are with them at all times outside we thought it was an obstruction. Finally the doctor at Elwood Animal Clinic in Glendora, California said he was almost positive it was some kind of poisoning. They were going to scope her but before that could happen she died July 21, at VCA in Fountain Valley, California.
    We gave our dogs Waggin train and Bestro’s Jerky Chicken Strips. Our Sweet Rosie (our chihuahua that passed) loved them and and she would eat all the treats we put down for the other dogs too. Up until today we never had any idea what happened but now with Wal Mart pulling this quietly from their shelves. (I brought my treats at Wal Mart, Glendora, California) I truly believe that is why she died. Rosie wants all dog owners to be aware of this and a Total Recall of this chinese junk pet treats so other puppies don’t slowly suffer is she did. How many other puppies must die before a total recall is called? We are totally heartbroken and will never forget Our Sweet Gypsy Rose! Since Wal Mart had this problem before, why didn’t they pull all that Chinese junk off the first time? Our Rosie will still be alive! Is Wal Mart concerned about people and their Pets or Money? You figured it out.
    Gene and Gerri Richards San Dimas, California
    Rosie’s website:

  22. Gene and Gerri Richards says:

    There are too many puppies dying out there and your saying it’s just a coincidence! Give me a break!!!
    What is Wal Mart and china more concern of Money or people and their pets????? You got that right, M-O-N-E-Y!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Wal Mart is just to blame as china. You have one guy making the drugs(opium, cocaine) he sells it to another guy and he sells it to your son…your son dies…OK who’s to blame?????
    So don’t tell me Wal Mart is not to blame too.

  23. Gerri says:

    How convenient it is for the Chinese testing company to clear themselves from any responsibility or liability from killing our dear sweet babies. And WalMart shame one you for not taking any responsib ility at all. American Company, yeah right…’re only concern is how much money you make! As far as the testing goes that’s a crock……something in the Jerky Strips killed and is still killing our dogs. It isn’t just a coincidence that all these dogs have dies after eating your tainted Chicken Jerky treats. You screwed up as you usually do. Why don’t thel big companies here in America come to the realization that we don’t need China’s slave labor to manufacture our products. I for one would be willing to pay more for something that is made in American! And I will still persue my fight with Bestro’s company…….clear their name, that’s a joke. They are as guilty as sin and I will never forgive them for taking my baby from me. To Hell with you.

  24. Jim Bryan says:

    I am attempting to purchase the Rawhide Chews which you manufacture. Our dog has been enjoying them for many years with no problems. They are the 5″ Beef flavored munchy twister, 12 to a pack. They have Unit Price Code 8 77849 00401 4. Could you please provide information if you can ship them to this address and what is the cost per bag for shipping. I had a lot of trouble even getting in touch with your company. Thank you for any help you can give. Jim Bryan

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