The Associated Press is reporting that tests of two Chinese brands of dog food treats sold at Wal-Mart stores found traces of melamine.
Wal-Mart pulled two China-made dog treats from their shelves: Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Bestros Trading on July 26 due to customer’s complaints about pets becoming ill from eating the treats.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said 17 sets of tests done on the products found melamine.
“There were very small amounts of melamine found,” Galberth said. “The amounts were so small the laboratory recommended more testing.”
Galberth added that she couldn’t say at this point if the amount of melamine found would be enough to sicken or kill a pet that ate the tainted products.
She further added that Wal-Mart would expand its testing of the chicken jerky strips to see if tests find melamine in the product.
As of now, no formal recall has been issued.
(Pictured: Bag of Bestros Chicken Jerky Strips purchased from K-Mart)
A statement Tuesday by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said customers should be especially wary of jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading with the UPC number 0087784900006 and item number 839751. Customers who have bought the products are urged to return it to the store for a full refund.
As of today, the FDA has not listed the products on their recall website. In 2005, the FDA put an import alert on some of the pet food products from Pingyang Pet Product Co. because of salmonella contamination.
Galberth said she did not know about Pingyang Pet Product Co. being on FDA’s import alert list previously. She said they are working with the FDA and manufacturers.
“Generally, we won’t do a pull-and-hold unless most stores are impacted,” she said. “There’s a high likelihood many of our stores would have been impacted by this one.”