The FDA said it is still testing Bestros Chicken Jerky Strips that were recently pulled from Wal-Mart’s stores. They said they have not detected any chemical or biological contamination in the China-made chicken jerky strips.
FDA spokeswoman Kimberly Rawlings said the agency was “actively” investigating the pulled chicken jerky strips.
“We have tested numerous samples of chicken jerky pet treats for possible contaminants including melamine,” she said. “To date we have not detected any contaminants. We are continuing to test.”
Rawlings added that the FDA has reviewed Wal-Mart’s lab report that mentions 20 parts per million of melamine. She said this level of melamine would not cause any illnesses in pets.
Wal-Mart pulled Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading on July 26, after customers complained about sick pets.
Wal-Mart said 17 tests showed trace levels of melamine. With the small amounts of melamine found, the laboratory is doing more testing on the Chicken Jerky Strips.
UPDATE: In a New York Times article, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart said they were aware of other companies selling the suspect product.
Source: International Herald Tribune