Bestros Had Previous Problems Of Salmonella In Dog Food Treats

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 75⊥-85⊥ for more than 10 hours, 3) Go through our unique microwave system under 120⊥ to ensure the CORE temperature meets the minimum standard of 70⊥ 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.

Source: FDA.gov

(Thanks menusux)

12 Responses to “Bestros Had Previous Problems Of Salmonella In Dog Food Treats”

  1. menusux says:

    Think it’s also important that people know that WalMart is not the only place Bestros brand products can be purchased–have personally seen some Bestros items sold at KMart as well; there may well be other stores carrying this brand.

    PPP calls itself the #1 rawhide dog chews manufacturer of China; at the link in our story above you’ll see they also refer to themselves as the leading pet products manufacturer and your private label partner from China.
    This means that they do contract work, so an item can be produced by PPP, but carry the label of the company importing the item(s) –not Bestros or PPP. They have quite an extensive catalog of products; this should help you determine if the item you’ve purchased or are about to purchase may have been made by PPP:

    http://www.dogchews.com/catalogue.asp

    Catalog link

    HTH!

  2. Deborah Mullis says:

    It is hard for me to understand why our government continues to allow any imports from China. In addition to poisoning our pets, now our children are being exposed to lead on tainted toys. Enough is enough! If we can not depend on our government to stop this insanity then at least each item imported from China and/or every manufacturer - no matter where they are headquartered - using ingredients or parts from China needs to be required to prominently label this fact on their product. That way consumers stand a chance of protecting themselves and their loved ones from all these dangerous, substandard products!

  3. Roberto P. says:

    Thank you, Menusux! Best, I guess to avoid all these treats for the time being. Now this woman’s dog died the end of July and WallyWorld has not recalled and FDA has not. Thank you for helping keep all of us up-to-date.

  4. clorinda says:

    My dog, Harley ate chicken strips from Walmart everyday. He developed some terrible problems with vomiting and diahrea. He was hospitalized and given prednisone, and other antibiotics,and seemed stable, then couldn’t digest any store bought dogfood, even those prescription brands from the vet. He’s now eating only freshly cooked chicken and pasta or rice that I cook for him. Happy to say that he is doing fine on the home cooked food. No more chicken strips or pigs ears, or rawhide chews for him! I really believe that the treats and the dogfood made him very ill. He is now getting Tylan Pwd. with his meals. Praying he continues to do well.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good article here: brief excerpt: http://www.commondreams.org/ar.....8/17/3223/
    So whom do we blame?

    While elected officials and CEO’s wring their hands in dismay and call for increased oversight, the reality is that powerful business interests and the politicians who do their bidding have been peddling trade agreements for years that actually limit government’s ability to engage in any meaningful import inspections. In fact, trade rules do not allow for higher rates of inspection for products that come from outside of the U.S. than they do for domestic products. Why? Because under the twisted logic of free trade, to do so would be to discriminate against the exporting country, thereby creating a “trade barrier”.

    In the China toy scenario, for example, even if the U.S. government ultimately decided to enforce stricter inspection measures because of the high incidence of these toys entering the country, China could slap the U.S. with a trade suit claiming that those measures were a barrier to trade and a violation of trade rules. If the suit were upheld, it would mean that the U.S. would be forced to roll back the regulations or risk a heavy fine.”

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BUT UNTIL THE DEAFMUTES IN CONGRESS GET THE IDEA, BOYCOTT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL HAVE AN IMPACT.

    THIS ARTICLE SHOULD HAVE JUST BEEN TITLED ‘TRADING AWAY OUR CHILREN”

    GET INFORMED. PETS DIED - WE WON’T BUY.

  6. purringfur says:

    Thank you, itchmo, for finding this info about the Chinese company producing Bestro treats. It’s exactly what I was referring to in my post under the previous headline about Bestro.

    If the correct English words were chosen for the company’s description of the product, numbers 1, 3 & 4 below say to me that they are using infected/dead birds. This makes me sick! No thanks.

    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 75⊥-85⊥ for more than 10 hours, 3) Go through our unique microwave system under 120⊥ to ensure the CORE temperature meets the minimum standard of 70⊥ to kill the virus in all parts, 4) Treated by irradiation (Gamma Ray) to eliminate the harmful bacteria.

  7. G in INdiana says:

    The only dog toys I have found not made in China are Kong Toys. They are more expensive but well worth it. I’d like to know of any other ones out there if anyone has a list or website.
    I don’t give my dogs any thing like pig’s ears or raw hide. Greenies are out too since my dogs gulf and choke on them instead of chew them.

  8. Lorna says:

    “1) Materials only derived from the veterinarian’s office &…..”

    “Materials”? Is that code for euthanized pets?
    No surprises there.
    If those “materials” are good enough for pet *food*,surely they’re good enough for *treats*.
    Tongue firmly in cheek…in disgust.

    Lorna

  9. purringfur says:

    G in INdiana says:

    August 17th, 2007 at 4:45 pm
    The only dog toys I have found not made in China are Kong Toys. They are more expensive but well worth it. I’d like to know of any other ones out there if anyone has a list or website.
    ………………
    G., when looking for toys for my puppies, I read on another pet website that Kong was a USA company. I just ordered 2 Kong toys made of yellow tennis ball material, and BOTH said “Made in China,” which I didn’t realize when I gave them the toys. I wrote about this in the forums. Believe me, I was shocked. My male destroyed the one toy in less than 40 minutes. SOME of the Kong toys ARE made in the U.S. Just don’t buy the tennis ball fabric ones if you are avoiding imports. HTH

  10. Sharon says:

    On tv just now they were reporting how all of these recalls are effecting Chinese workers. Apparently here in the US we are more concerned about the Chinese losing their jobs than we are about Americans losing theirs. I bet all these toys and treats were once safe when made in the USA by American workers. Our health and safety have been sold by our government. Do all our pets and children have to die before we get it?

  11. Susan says:

    Just sharing a website I found while looking for dog toys made in the USA.
    This website has echo friendly dog toys made in the USA… even some nice looking stuffed toys.
    http://www.westpawdesign.com/a.....story.html

  12. dpatti says:

    I’ve been giving one my Chihuahuas Bestros Chicken Jerky for well over a year. She’s been vomiting & lethargic. My other dogs are not as finicky about treats but how are we to know whats tainted? Today I read at the bottom of a TV news screen Bestros Chicken Jerky was being recalled at Wal-Mart. When I got there they denied it but when scanned it came up as pulled off the shelves. They told a manager & she agreed it was pulled this morning. When I checked the pet food aisle the shelves were filled with regular & the HUGE sized bags I purchase. A lady said her dogs love them, I informed her of the recall. Thanks to your site I just learned Dingo Chickn’ Jerky’s been recalled. I’ve read China also feeds our imported seafood the same poison & it’s in the fishfood being sold to our fish nurseries here in USA. Trader Joe’s frozen food case is filled with Talapia raised in China. I don’t know if other types of fish from China are being sold at Trader Joe’s. I left the store. China’s poisoning our children, our pets & our food sources. Now they’ve found defective tires being sold here. Will they poison the Olympiads next???


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