It’s been a week since PetSmart pulled various Smokehouse brand chicken and duck pet treats off of their shelves. And it’s been almost two months since Wal-Mart pulled Bestros chicken jerky strips from their stores.
The FDA continues to investigate various chicken jerky pet treats for contaminants. As of yet, they have not found any toxins, including melamine, in the products.
A Smokehouse spokeswoman said their company does extensive testing and they have not found anything harmful in their products. She added: “I am in no way minimizing this â€¦ but we stand very firm in our belief that they are safe.”
There have been no official recalls of any brand of jerky treat products for pets.
Other retailers like Costco and Walgreens that stock other brands of jerky pet treats said they would continue to carry their jerky products.
Costco’s assistant vice president of food safety and quality said they do their own testing and are certain their products are safe. He added: “Until we get more information, it’s staying on the shelves.”
The FDA said they have received 11 consumer complaints about jerky products, all chicken flavored. Symptoms of ill pets have been compared to Fanconi’s Syndrome. But veterinarians think the number of affected pets may be much higher because Fanconi’s syndrome is so uncommon that it is often hard to diagnose.