Indiana State Chemist Office Releases More Test Results For Chicken Jerky Strips

ICOS Test ResultsIt has been a month and a half since Wal-Mart pulled Bestros Chicken Jerky Strips from their shelves. There still has been no formal recall.

The FDA, Indiana State Chemist’s Office, and Wal-Mart have all tested the chicken jerky strips, and their results have been inconclusive. And pet owners whose pets have been affected by these chicken jerky strips continue to wonder why their pets died or became ill.

Sherri Shelton is one of these pet owners. Her dog, Sheba, had to be put down after eating Bestros Chicken Jerky Strips, and her other dog, Kali, became ill and is still recovering after eating the treats.

For the past few weeks, Shelton has been asking the FDA, Wal-Mart and the Indiana State Chemist’s Office to release their new test results. FDA has not responded to her requests. Wal-Mart gave her the runaround. And the Indiana State Chemist Office finally released the test results to her this morning.

The Indiana State Chemist’s Office analyzed the chicken jerky strips for melamine, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, and propylene glycol. All tested below detectable limit. But the Indiana State Chemist’s Office said that other testing of the chicken jerky strips is still ongoing and they are checking for ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, and propylene glycol.

Dr. Rod Noel of the Indiana State Chemist’s Office told Shelton that even though chemicals may be found below the detectable limit, the combination of these chemicals, even at low levels, in a pet food could cause a reaction in a pet.

He also stated that it seems that no one really knows what they are supposed to be looking for in the products. This makes the tests very hard to conduct without knowing what they should be exactly looking for. Dr. Noel added: “only China knows what they did to the product.”

Shelton also has had extensive conversations with the claims management group that is dealing with pet owner’s claims against Bestros. Shelton stated the claims management group said they are not going to bother with or accept the test results from the manufacturer of the chicken jerky strips because they know there is a problem with the product. She said he also added that they just don’t know what is exactly wrong with the product, and the manufacturer’s testing is not to be trusted.

More and more pet owners are stepping up and claiming that chicken jerky strips bought from Wal-Mart killed or made their pets ill. A Pennsylvania woman, Stacey Combs, said her Yorkie, Pumpkin, died from acute kidney failure after eating Bestros chicken jerky strips.

Combs bought the chicken jerky strips on July 23rd and fed them to Pumpkin on the 24th. On July 27th, Pumpkin became ill and on July 30th, she went to the hospital. On August 6th, the young puppy died.

Veterinarians confirmed that Pumpkin died from acute kidney failure.

Not until after Pumpkin died did Combs find out that the chicken jerky strips that Pumpkin ate were taken off of Wal-Mart’s shelves. She said she wished that Wal-Mart would have alerted consumers earlier especially since many pet owners were complaining about the product since April.

In chicken jerky strips related news, the American Veterinary Medical Association sent out this press release:

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently been made aware of several complaints from pet owners and veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats manufactured in China have been making pets sick. Symptoms of illness have included vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. To our knowledge, no deaths have been reported.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently testing these treats to see if a contaminant can be found. So far, they have ruled out melamine, one of the chemicals that led to the massive pet food recall this spring, but have yet to identify anything that might be making pets sick.

While a list of brand/product names of affected treats is not yet available, the AVMA has learned that all complaints have involved jerky treats from China. We recommend that pet owners use their best judgment in this matter.

On August 22, Wal-Mart released a statement that they pulled from their shelves two brands of jerky treats manufactured in China, but no official recalls have yet been issued. For the latest information on pet food recalls, including Wal-Mart’s statement, visit www.avma.org/aa/petfoodrecall/default.asp.

The AVMA is monitoring the situation and will provide updated information on our Web site (www.avma.org) as soon as it becomes available. Like all information on our Web site, we will only post information that is credible and has been confirmed.

Photo: Sherri Shelton

12 Responses to “Indiana State Chemist Office Releases More Test Results For Chicken Jerky Strips”

  1. 5CatMom says:

    Didn’t we go through this same spectacle in August?????

    In August, E. Hamilton wrote:

    “E. Hamilton says:

    August 24th, 2007 at 1:54 am
    Well here is the problem

    As a side note, the acting Indiana Associate State Chemist, Dr. Rodney J. Noel, Ph.D. is a National Pet Food Commission member. He is also the AAFCO Secretary-Treasurer.”

    What’s going on here?

    No wonder we don’t believe negative lab reports.

  2. Don Earl says:

    From the accounts I’ve read, it sounds like aflatoxin, but who knows? If these clowns can’t figure it out, they should send a sample to ExperTox, which appears to be the only lab in the country with facilities and personnel able to identify toxins in food in less than a year’s time.

  3. 5CatMom says:

    Just starting making your own food. Then you won’t be affected by all the “unknown” toxins in pet food.

    Go to the forums and get help.
    Also go to:

    http://www.catnutrition.org/recipes.php
    http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

    Your homemade food may not be perfect, but it won’t be “poison” in a can or bag.

    Just always know your pet’s health status, and check with your vet before making diet changes.

    You’ll be just fine.

  4. Louie W. says:

    “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently testing these treats to see if a contaminant can be found. So far, they have ruled out melamine, one of the chemicals that led to the massive pet food recall this spring, but have yet to identify anything that might be making pets sick.”

    Not bloody likely they’ll ever name the contaminate. They may eventually find it, but they’ll NEVER identify it, or release the information. And when you obtain the report under the FOIA, the toxin name will be blacked out.

    By now we know that the FDA is nothing more than an employment agency for bureaucrats and political cronies.

    It’s a disgrace.

  5. straybaby says:

    have they determined that it’s really chicken?

  6. Jonathan Bernstein says:

    According to their press release on September 14, “The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently been made aware of several complaints from pet owners and veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats manufactured in China have been making pets sick.”

    This is tragic, but at the same time we want pet owners to know that Waggin’ Train is not one of those brands! You should know that:

    * Waggin’ Train Brand Chicken Jerky Tenders have been tested by FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) testing labs, which have shown our treats to be safe and free of harmful microbes and chemical contamination (most current testing as of September 12, 2007).
    * Waggin’ Train Dog Treats are intended as a tasty, meaty snack for your dog and not as a meal replacement.
    * Always provide a balanced diet for your pet and plenty of fresh water.
    * We prepare all of the Waggin’ Train products in human food grade facilities to insure the highest quality for your pet.
    * Products are tested in US laboratories for bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli as well as chemical contamination and test results have always proven our products to be safe.
    * Our products have never been associated with any recall and are currently available at major retailers nationwide.

  7. Gene and Gerri Richards says:

    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:
    http://www.dogster.com/dogs/614878

  8. Bestros Announces Wal-Mart Chicken Jerky Strips For Dogs Free Of Melamine | Itchmo: News For Dogs & Cats says:

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  9. Sharon Fields says:

    Our dog Lady had not eaten any of the China product when she came down with kidney Failure. We had to put her to sleep and she was only 4. This was in August. Then I read about the Chicken Strips from Walmart. She loved those! I called her vet and he said yes that was probably the culprit. This whole thing is unreal. With so many getting sick and having to be put down, don’t they realize that something terrible is wrong with that product? I switched to Bestro because Waggin Tails was so expensive. I wish I would have paid the extra and kept her safe.

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  12. Cristy Xtremedolls says:

    My dachshund almost died this weekend because of the Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Tender purchased at Sam’s. PLEASE DO NOT FEED THESE to your pets, Please. It started with the rash and then Kidney Failure, what is it going to take to STOP this madness.


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