The Indiana State Chemist’s office says that its lab found no evidence of melamine contamination in Wal-Mart’s chicken jerky strip dog treats that were pulled from the shelves on July 26.
“We found no melamine at all,” Bob Geiger, feed administrator for the Indiana State Chemist’s office. He added that the laboratory will be doing additional tests for biological contaminants. The results should be available next week.
“In the stuff we tested, what my lab reported to me was it was below our detectable limit,” Geiger said. He explained that these results do not mean that melamine isn’t there in the dog treats, but that it is not measurable.
The Indiana State Chemist’s office was testing samples of the chicken jerky strips received from Sherri Shelton. Shelton claimed that her dog died from eating the dog treats. The office also tested unopened packages from local Wal-Mart stores.
Geiger said he has shared some of the state’s samples with the FDA, and he added that both the Indiana office and the FDA are using the same testing procedures.
The FDA announced yesterday that they have not detected any melamine in the chicken jerky strips dog treats. They said they will be doing further testing on the products.
When Wal-Mart tested the pulled chicken jerky strips, they said 17 tests showed traces of melamine. Wal-Martâ€™s lab report said there was 20 parts per million of melamine in the product.
“If there is any there, it is in such small quantities it isn’t going to make a difference to the animal,” Geiger said.
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.
Source: USA Today