The company that makes Bestros Chicken Jerky Strips has had problems with salmonella before. In the past few weeks, there have been numerous complaints about this China-made product that is sold at Wal-Mart. (It has been reported that their products are also sold at K-Mart and Costco.) Pet owners say their pets died or are ill from eating this tainted dog food treat. As of yet, Wal-Mart has not issued a recall. Instead they quietly pulled the products off of the shelves.
But this is not the first time that the Bestros brand has had problems with their dog treats. Bestros is also known as Pingyang Pet Products.
On September 27, 2006, the FDA refused numerous Bestros/Pingyang Pet Products for salmonella contamination. Then on June 8, 2007, Bestros/Pingyang Pet Products was again refused by the FDA for salmonella contamination.
On the company’s website, Bestros/Pingyang Pet Products say that their Chicken Jerky Strips Treats are made through this four step process: 1) Materials only derived from the veterinarian’s office & Department of Agriculture approved farms & slaughterhouses, 2) Roasted under 75âŠ¥-85âŠ¥ for more than 10 hours, 3) Go through our unique microwave system under 120âŠ¥ to ensure the CORE temperature meets the minimum standard of 70âŠ¥ to kill the virus in all parts, 4) Treated by irradiation (Gamma Ray) to eliminate the harmful bacteria.
Besides the Chicken Jerky Strips, Bestros/Pingyang Pet Products also makes other rawhide dog chews, smoked porkhide products, chicken jerky chips, and Munchy Chews.
Pingyang Pet Products also has a line of dog and cat toys and accessories which includes squeaky vinyl and plush toys, leashes and collars, grooming products, and cotton rope toys.
Here is more information on the company from their website:
Pingyang Pet Product Company (PPP), a rawhide dog chews manufacturer, was established in 1989. The company employs over 1,000 employees and they claim to be recognized as the most modern and the largest dog chew manufacturer in China.
The company was granted the ISO 9002 certificate in the summer of 2001. The Pingyang Pet Product Company features blue light sterilization at all levels of production and packaging.
For more information on Bestros/Pingyang Pet Products, here is the company’s website.
UPDATE: The FDA also detained products from Bestros/Pingyang Pet Products as far back as December 28, 2001. They were also stopped by the FDA on May 6, 2005 and May 4, 2006.
Pingyang Pet Products was put on FDA’s list of Firms Recommended for Detention Without Physical Examination effective July 20, 2007.