Wal-Mart Removes Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips After Dog Death

Bestro Chicken JerkyA Philadelphia woman says her dog died after eating tainted dog food treats (Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips) bought from Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart has quietly pulled the made in China dog treat from its stores named Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips. There has been no announcement to the public as of yet. It is also uncertain of how many tainted bags of treats there may still be out among consumers.

A recall has not been issued. There has not been any information on FDA’s website. Wal-Mart has told consumers if they have purchased Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips, they can return them for a full refund.

Kate Collins said it is hard to talk about what happened. Bella, her two-year-old Chihuahua, died suddenly on July 31 after eating Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips. Collins said that Bella died within a week after eating the treats. Her other dogs did not receive the same treats and were unaffected.

Bella’s owner had the animal hospital do an autopsy and they found that Bella died of a massive bacterial infection. The veterinarians suspected it was caused by E. coli or Salmonella.

“The vet said that, going by her autopsy, it could have been the treats,” Collins said.

“The dog was presented to our hospital on July 27 for vomiting. She deteriorated rapidly over three days even with aggressive treatment. We suspected an intestinal virus at first, but when she continued to do poorly, we thought she had an obstruction due to a foreign body,” Jody Hoffman [Bella’s veterinarian] said.

Before the veterinarians were able to perform surgery, Bella died.

Hoffman said Bella developed hypothermia and sepsis. After the autopsy was performed, she realized that her first guess was incorrect.

She found an enlarged liver with round margins and no foreign body. Bella’s colon was a purple-back color. She said the symptoms and lesions were supportive of enteritis caused by a toxic bacteria.

Collins bought the treats at a Wal-Mart store in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania. It took her several days until a manager finally spoke to her about the situation.

She said the jerky strips were the only thing that was different in Bella’s diet. The chihuahua ate one jerky strip a day over a three-day period from July 20-22. After that, Bella began to stop eating. She had diarrhea, was vomiting, and her health began to deteriorate.

The company has not disclosed how many consumer complaints that they have received. A news station is reporting that there are similar stories from consumers across the nation.

Wal-Mart has issued a statement saying it cares about their customers and their pets, and has ordered the dog food treats removed from store shelves.

In a statement to a local newspaper, Wal-Mart said it directed all its locations to remove “all recalled Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading from shelves on July 26.” The company also put a computerized block on the products, so customers could not be purchase the products.

The company also added that it would work with the supplier to “assure that the highest safety standards are met.”

Wal-Mart has also offered to reimburse Collins for up to $2,000. She said it is not about the money and that amount doesn’t even come close to covering the emotional loss. Collins does not understand why Wal-Mart is not making a public announcement. She wants other pet owners to know about the tainted dog food treats.

When we looked at online boards and forums, we found various customer complaints as early as 2006 about dogs becoming ill or dying from eating Bestro’s Chicken Jerky Strips.

Source: 6ABCLocal.com, DelcoTimes

(Thanks FurPaw)

148 Responses to “Wal-Mart Removes Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips After Dog Death”

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  1. Elaine says:

    I think China is testing us. Just how far will we allow this to go on because of political correctness and free trade? I am sure they are gloating over our inability to respond in a sane manner to this threat to our food supply.

    It is up to us to take the time to read labels and refuse to buy products from China, and tell the stores we shop at that we aren’t buying it!

    There are some in congress with the courage to do what is right for the country, no matter the political cost. Ron Paul has a bill to repeal NAFTA, and he also has one about our freedom to use food supplements. He and a few of the other presidential candidates have commented on the food safety issue. Ron Paul checks every bill against the Constitution. If it is unconstitutional, he will not vote for it Period–End Of Story!

  2. Barb, GSD MOM says:

    Hello,

    Since were on the subject of China made so called 100% chicken jerky—My co-worker brought in a 1 lb package of chicken jerky from Cosco. She wanted me to read the ingredients because her furry friend had been ill….well to much of OUR suprise..It was MADE IN CHINA! Well..she will not be giving any more of the jerky to her dog. Anyone else have any problem with the Cosco brand?

  3. Moonbeam says:

    I think all pet owners should not buy treats, except from a good pet food company that they have researched. It’s just too risky. I give my dogs cheese or crackers with peanut butter smeared on them.

  4. Ann says:

    Pat - I strongly disagree with you. After serving nearly 50 years in community education and animal welfare, I feel qualified to ask all of you to look at all the dogs picked up for the shelters (to be eventually euthanized). Our animal control knows exactly what neighborhoods are most heavily trafficked, and they’re usually the seedier ones. Of course, some poor people try to do the right thing, but we’re talking about the “norm” here - not the isolated individuals. They’re the ones who also refuse to spay/neuter their pets too, trying to make a little money off breeding and selling the puppies. Knowing the great love we all have for our pets, this kind of story makes me sick at my stomach, because I’ve shed the tears over the loss of ours (mostly due to old age). For all that, I’ll continue to cook and grind fresh fruits and veggies for my dogs.

    The pet food recalls have everyone on alert, so maybe if people quit subsidizing these stores, and buying into all the garbage the FDA feeds us, things will improve. We can only hope so.

    Have you all raised this much objection to Michael Vick’s horrid treatment of his fighting dogs? I certainly hope so.

  5. Annie says:

    Instead of everyone blaming the President for killing puppies now, get off your butts and do something you can do. Call every person you know who has a pet and tell them not to buy store-brand food, and not to buy any pet products from China. And also tell those people to complain to every store manager that they will not purchase cheap pet food. It has to start at the bottom. Call your vets and tell them to warn their customers. My girlfriend emailed this topic to me and I’m so greatful that I’ve sent it to everyone I know who has pets. Although I don’t know anyone in my family or circle who buys store-brand food, thank God. They will start checking the name-brand stuff now for where its made. The stores won’t go broke because the people will just have to switch pet food. Ol Roy has always been crap food, as I stated in a previous post. It made puppies I sold sick to the dumb people who bought it against my advice. So it was a problem up to 12 years ago. I have always wanted to scream when I see people buying that junk. I’ve always wanted to say what bad food it is but you can’t fix stupid and I know people would just argue with me. So, pet lovers, unite and start spreading the word.

  6. menusux says:

    An open letter to WalMart:

    Failing to declare this recall appears to place you in violation of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act:

    http://www.fda.gov/opacom/laws/fdcact/fdcact4.htm

    SEC. 402. [21 U.S.C. 342] A food shall be deemed to be adulterated—(3) if it consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance, or if it is otherwise unfit for food; or (4) if it has been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health;(6) if its container is composed, in whole or in part, of any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render the contents injurious to health;….

    http://www.fda.gov/opacom/laws/fdcact/fdcact1.htm

    SEC. 201. [21 U.S.C. 321] For the purposes of this Act—(f) 1 The term “food” means (1) articles used for food or drink for man or other animals,…..

    http://www.fda.gov/ora/complia.....recall.htm

    FDA believes the cooperation of manufacturers and distributors in expediting recall activities is vital because of the determination that a distributed product is potentially hazardous to the public or animals and/or is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act). Recalling firms are urged to notify the local FDA District Recall Coordinator as soon as a decision is made that a recall is appropriate and prior to the issuance of press or written notification to customers.

    http://www.fda.gov/ora/fiars/o.....a7203.html

    KEYWORDS: Pig ears, Dog, Treats, Chews
    Firms recommended for Detention Without Physical Examination 7/20/07

    The producer of Bestro brand, Pingyang Pet Products, is on that list–PPP has had salmonella violations for some time–the last recorded one was on FDA OASIS in September 2006; it doesn’t take a lot of work to connect Bestro with PPP—PPP’s website displays the Bestro brand.

    http://tinyurl.com/2go2aw

    According to posts made at the link above, you must have been aware of the problem for a while, since various posters relate that on July 27, 28, 29, 2007, in various WalMart locations, the Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips were still on product shelves, but were prevented from being rung up and sold by the WalMart register system, which is programmed to display a recall message for any products under recall. Today is August 17, 2007. You have seen to it that no more of the product leaves your stores, but you have failed to attempt to protect those who have already purchased this product. Those customers who do not know that the product they purchased may be contaminated–it is sitting in their homes, possibly able to harm or kill their pets, their children, or those who purchased the item.

    http://tinyurl.com/yorh89

    Pennsylvania Department of Health Warns Consumers About Salmonella Linked to Pet Food

    According to a Pennsylvania Department of Health press release, the Department has been investigating human cases of infection from a rare type of Salmonella. Department officials believe that it possibly connected to dry dog food. Due to this, Health Secretary Dr. Calvin B. Johnson is reminding all consumers all over the country to be careful when handling pet food and pet treats.

    Bella died in Pennsylvania–your registers don’t ring up the Bestro Chicken Jerky Treats nationwide, but this doesn’t stop people who have already purchased them from using them.

    Now that WalMart has instituted “secret” recalls which are illegal and not even decent, why would anyone want to shop at any of your stores ever again? Whatever they purchase may be defective, through no fault of WalMart itself, but if we are not to be given that information, we have no confidence and trust in your stores or anything that you sell.

    Since customers pay hard-earned money for the products you sell, they have the legal right to be informed that the product you sold them may be defective in some way. All the Price Rollbacks in the world are not going to help–honesty in declaring this recall so it can be posted at FDA would have been.

  7. straybaby says:

    “Have you all raised this much objection to Michael Vick’s horrid treatment of his fighting dogs? I certainly hope so.”

    of course most, if not all, here have! what a question!

    “Instead of everyone blaming the President for killing puppies now, get off your butts and do something you can do. Call every person you know who has a pet and tell them not to buy store-brand food, and not to buy any pet products from China. And also tell those people to complain to every store manager that they will not purchase cheap pet food. It has to start at the bottom. Call your vets and tell them to warn their customers.”

    again, many, if not all here, have been doing this since March 16th. many of us go beyond pet products. don’t know where you’ve been, but we’re not sitting idly by . . .

  8. Barb, GSD MOM says:

    Yes, been there done that since march………..

  9. Debi says:

    What I just heard on cnn, China and Russia are engaged in war games, yeah thats cool, when asked what the united states take on this is, our government said it really doesn’t worry them. Hello people in government land, are youre heads filled with little plum fairies???? wake up, we are flirting and doing a brisk business with the enemy!! fair trade agreement be damned, we are royally being sabataged and the the enemy is laughing all the way to the bank.

  10. nora says:

    Animal suffering and dying will continue to happen as long as the general public goes uniformed and the hush hush treatment of these issues go on. Everytime you buy any commercial pet food you are running the chance of a painful and God awful death to your fur babies . Of course anything from China now is suspect and the cover up of these pet poisonings by the big corporations must be stopped.

  11. Fivecatsandadog says:

    Ann,
    We’re so proud of your fifty-plus years of service that you so proudly brag about. That doesn’t change the fact that you’re a troll.

    Fact is, I have five cats and one dog - and EVERY one of them would have been dropped at the shelter by their previous owners and likely euthanized with the high number of homeless pets in my area. We became the foster home. We’ve had to feed them cheap food in the past, but that’s just part of life. My wife and I have had to live on Ramen noodles in the past also. My pets may not have received 100% perfect care, but I guarantee they’ve lived a better existence than if they’d been cremated at the local shelter. Premium food does NOT equal love and caring. Besides that, many of the recalled foods WERE “premium”.

    Fact is, every puppy you so proudly breed for (likely) huge and greedy profits means one more pet that could have possibly found a home getting executed at the shelter. I don’t give a damn how much combing through someone’s background you do before they write you a mind-numbingly large check, you’re still contributing to the homeless pet population because those owners could have, might have, just possibly would have given some other poor cat or dog a home.

    This is a betrayal of public trust that just keeps repeating again and again. This has nothing to do with your arrogant, egotistical views on pet parenting.

    This forum is for ordinary people who do the best they can with what they can. That’s what makes a good parent. They may not be perfect, but they TRY.

    You are not God and you have no business telling us who can or can’t have pets. Stop putting the rest of us down and please leave.

    -A, H, and
    Mitsy, Wiggles, Fester, Ryo-Oki, Snowball, and Doxey

  12. Trudy Jackson says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes, We did raise objection about the Vick case.

    And get off our butts and do something?????? All of us have been doing everything in our power, writing, calling, sending postcards, spending our last dimes on all this. Where have you been?
    Most of us have lost beloved pets and We will never forget it. so, I don’t ever want to hear anyone say We are sitting on our butts doing nothing.
    We have been on here for months.And We have all been very good friends and doing many many things together.

  13. Fivecatsandadog says:

    This all boils down to a betrayal of trust. Not even human food can really be trusted these days, unless you went directly to the farm and watched the grain get harvested, the cow slaughtered, the chicken butchered, etc. etc.

    Seems like everything is made overseas, and it’s roulette trying to find anything that isn’t. And again, just because it doesn’t SAY it was made in china doesn’t mean it WASN’T, or doesn’t mean it was really made in the U.S. with ingredients that CAME from China. And just because you call the company and ask, that doesn’t mean diddly because in any company of moderate size, the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, or the rep is flat-out lying to you on purpose or out of sheer ignorance. And just because it came from some fancy store doesn’t change any of that.

    Problem is, I have no idea what to do. I’m at a loss. I am flabbergasted that this is still happening in mid-August. It’s so frustrating it makes me ill. Thank god for Itchmo, yet again.

  14. Jenny Bark says:

    Annie we have been trying to buy American for a long time, The trouble is just because it says American doesn’t mean they are telling the truth. You woun’t be trying to get us to buy Natural Balance or another PFI food that is supposed to be American would you? I believe anything you can afford to cook at home as long as it is human grade is a lot better than most of the so called top brands. Yes I do blame myself for trusting the PFI but I also blame the gov. for not doing there job & protecting the American people. We honestly pay them (maybe not as much as big business) to do their jobs.

  15. Trudy Jackson says:

    Yes, thank God for Itchmo. I don’t know what We’d do without them.
    I don’t dare to eat much anymore. and everyone wants to know why i keep loosing weight? Well, I don’t trust the food I am eating, so i’m sure not going to overdo it. I think half the trouble with the kids, autisum, ADHD, etc, could be because of the food we’ve been eating.

  16. Debi says:

    fivecatsandadog, I love what you said about every puppy that the breeder, Ann sells, takes away one more home for an unwanted pet. We have two rescues and a pb, and I agree just because someone doesn’t have the money to spend on expensive dog or cat food, the big pig pet food companies shouldn’t put poisen in the cheaper brands. ASSHOLES, if all of us could form two parellel lines and have the buttheads, including the other ASSHOLE, Vick take a stroll through us I bet none of them would be alive or maybe alive but definitely not standing at the end of that loooooooooooooong line!

  17. Trudy Jackson says:

    There are a lot of rich people who vacation here at the beach in Nags Head for the summer. Every year when it’s time for them to go back to the city there are a huge amount of pets left behind.
    Debi, I’m going to go to CNN and check this thing out about Russia and China-Thanks

  18. Boot says:

    See Dr. Michael W. Fox’s article, “Research Evidence of Pet Food Harms”:

    http://tedeboy.tripod.com/drmichaelwfox/id88.html
    See also his “Pet Food Statement” and other info at this site.

    Another interesting site: www.petfoodcampaign.blogspot.com

  19. MaineMom says:

    fivecatsandadog and Trudy - Yes, thank God for Itchmo and Petconnection. And, yes, we have been betrayed by the PFI. And, yes, all food, cheap or high priced, should be safe for us and our animals - but it isn’t. And can/will the FDA or any other government organization fix the system in my lifetime? I doubt it. We can boycot companies and businesses and write/call our representatives. But the bottom line is every man (woman) for themself. If you need for some reason to use commercial food do as much research as you can. If that fails, you’ve done the best you can, and try not to feel guilty. If you have the time, energy and resources to go back 50 -100 years in time and cook for your pets and family you and yours may be long term survivors. Our “canaries” have made many of us aware of the problems since March, but with the greed and politics involved there is no quick fix. We know it didn’t start in March - it’s been going on for years, if not decades. We just became lazy and complacent and let everyone get away with it. From NAFTA to the domestic issues with watering down organic labeling requirements to the unanswered question of what’s happened with over 100 shipments of toxic Nutro food held at the port of LA in July - nothings going to be answered or fixed soon. Bringing these issues out is only the first step in correcting them. Support people like Don Earl, pay more for the same products at your local grocery store than WalMart (if you can afford to) and when you cancel your membership with Sam’s Club tell them why in writing. Hit them on the bottom line where they feel it. Buy US and local as much as you can, and get used to not having out-of-season produce 365. Our ancestors survived that way, so can we!

  20. Boot says:

    See Dr. Michael W. Fox’s article, “Research Evidence of Pet Food Harms”,

    http://tedeboy.tripod.com/drmichaelwfox/id88.html

    See also “Pet Food Statement”, and other info at above site.

    Another interesting site: www.petfoodcampaign.blogspot.com

  21. pat says:

    Ann, you can strongly disagree all you like, but that doesn’t make you correct. A rudimentary knowledge of statistics might be helpful if you plan to make generalizations about a particular segment of the population. For every incidence of neglect you can cite, there are probably hundreds of people in the lower economic brackets that go about their daily lives, struggling quietly and sometimes desperately to provide a good home for their families and their pets.
    I lived in a very poor neighborhood for a considerable period of time, and it’s true that I felt compelled to take in several animals during my stay there. This is how it usually went: the child of very poor people brings home a stray, usually an animal dumped at the riverfront by one of your wonderful affluent people… I actually saw people in late model cars drive by deserted sections of road down there and toss animals out of open windows without even slowing down… but I digress. Anyway, parent looks at poor abandoned animal and pleading face of child and thinks, “oh hell, what’s one more mouth to feed? We’ll make due.”
    Sometimes the animals are already spayed or neutered, sometimes not. I’ve seen more than a few de-clawed cats that met this fate, because as we all know, furniture is more important than animal welfare to a certain type of person. Maybe the poor parent can scrape up the money for neutering, or maybe they get lucky and there’s a clinic for a reduced cost procedure. Or maybe they’re more worried about paying the heating bill that got away from them over the winter.
    Things go along ok for while, and then something happens. The pet gets sick, or gets loose and has an accident. This is the point at which the parent would turn up at my door, worried and yes, humiliated, because they didn’t have the money to take their pet to the vet. I’d grab my wallet and off we would go. The vet knew me well from a string of incidents like this; I actually had my own parking space for a while. He was a kind man so I always got the volume discount.
    Sometimes it was a simple emergency and the pet would go home with its family, but just as often hospitalization was involved, and long-term convalescence. The parent would ask me please to adopt their pet, so that they and their children could at least visit their animal from time to time. I never said no to that.
    The grateful parents always tried to repay me. I never had to shovel my stairs and walk when it snowed, or mow the lawn, or change the oil in my car, or paint a fence. If they planned a special meal, I always got an invitation. The people in that neighborhood were decent, hardworking, loving people. Were they perfect? Hell, no. But they were kind, and that kindness extended to their pets.
    Regardless of what you think, the poor haven’t cornered the market in cruelty and neglect… far from it. Ask any vet in private practice. I say again, it isn’t the amount of money you have that makes a good pet owner; it’s kindness and compassion. Without that, all the money in the world is USELESS.
    I suggest strongly that you read the story at this link:
    http://www.milagropets.org/Why.....owCouldYou
    Then come back and tell me again how the poor are responsible for the number of pets in shelters.

  22. Jenny Bark says:

    Pat lots of hugs sent your way and tons of love & respect. Have a wonderful day you deserve it.

  23. Roberto P. says:

    Pat, has anyone told you lately what a wonderful person you are?

  24. ally says:

    This is why I buy US made.

    I’ve always bought Purina for my dogs, and they’ve all lived past the age of 12. I just lost my 100lb lab mix at the age of 14 years. The vet was absolutely shocked that my dog was still alive at such an advanced age, and he said, quite frankly, it was because my dog was fed Purina from the time he was 8 weeks old until the day he died.

  25. Trudy Jackson says:

    Pat, You are absolutly right on!!!!!Thanks.

  26. Trudy Jackson says:

    Who wrote “The Jungle” that everyones talking about? Please let Me know. Thanks,

  27. Roberto P. says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle
    Upton Sinclair wrote a book about labor in the the Chicago stock yards.
    “Sinclair’s account of workers falling into meat processing tanks and being ground, along with animal parts, into “Durham’s Pure Leaf Lard”, gripped public attention. The morbidity of the working conditions as well as the exploitation of children and women alike that Sinclair exposed, showed the corruption taking place inside the meat packing factories. Foreign sales of American meat fell by one-half. In order to calm public outrage and demonstrate the cleanliness of their meat, the major meat packers lobbied the Federal government to pass legislation paying for additional inspection and certification of meat packaged in the United States. [3] Their efforts, coupled with the public outcry, led to the passage of the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which established the Food and Drug Administration.”

    Well worth reading. We need this book redone!

  28. Roberto P. says:

    Sorry–don’t mean to sound like an arrogant pig. I learned about this book in 9th grade in 1962. Hooray for my American History teacher, Mr. Bodner. Great guy!

  29. Trudy Jackson says:

    Roberto P, Thanks so much. I’ll get it , and can’t wait to read it.

  30. Donna says:

    Pat, very well said. Kudo’s to you for your care to not only all those animals, but to the children that loved those beloved pets….There needs to be more people that will reach out and help others.

  31. Ann Stoffregen says:

    Are we still missing the point here? You can complain about the stores until the cows come home, it won’t help. The are money making machines with little concern about us. WE HAVE TO STOP BUYING THIS CHINESE MADE CRAP. Stop complaining and take action. I am more furious at the consumer for buying into this crap, be more responsible with your purchases. Stop whinning and stop buying! Look at every purchase you make, it is your civic duty anyway! Protect your family, it is as simple as not buying this crap. If we all do it, it’ll hit them where it hurts! It is the only way to bring home the message that we are not going to take it anymore. I believe it is the only way to hold them accountable. Every time I go into a store, I point out to the consumers around me that they are potentially hurting there family by buying the crap I see in their basket. It does not make me very popular at the check out counter, but I do not care. You do not have to worry about your pets and kids IF YOU SIMPLY STOP BUYING THESE PRODUCTS, HELLO??????????? Get a grip on this America, STOP BUYING! STOP BUYING! STOP BUYING! IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE IT’S MADE THROW IT BACK!! Make your point known, make others know, educate yourself and others. Chinese products (all of them) are not safe for pets or humans. This is not over by a long shot, so if you care at all, just stop buying it now. Simple fix, isn’t it? I am stepping down from my soapbox now, I hope this message gets through. Let’s help each other make a better, safer life for our families, one by one until the message hits home.

  32. Sheba Shelton says:

    I Personally have been first hand involved with this Bestro’s- Ping Pang, Chicken Jerky Strips.

    I too was one who lost a beloved family member of SEVEN years. July 27th she was put to sleep, due to Toxic Renal FAILURE.

    On the 24th of July, I contacted Walmart Corp. Office- On the 25th,
    Wal Mart, contacted me and took a formal complaint from me. Then forwarded the complaint to the Manufacture. On the 26th, I spoke with Wal Mart claims department, and the case worker, advised me that she was gonna request a ‘pull of product’.

    On the 27th, of July, while in the vets office, I received a call from Shanghia China- Man stating he was one of the partners with Bestro’s.
    We discussed Sheba’s condition, he then assured me that his insurance co., would be contacting me.

    Meanwhile, I pushed forward with the FDA, and the ISDC, offices.

    Numerous phone conversations and personal interviews .
    Both investigators, personally interviewed my vet and took copies of the documented reports. Also, samples of product that remained from my purchased product were submitted for testing.

    Results to be released this week.

    Now, my two year old dog, is experiencing blood level irregularities.

    I too, like Kate Collins, have been offered a sum of $$ for medical bills, and a pro-rated amount for my dead dog.

    INSULTED…
    OH yeah..
    Check out the newpaper article posted on August 18, 2007.
    www.heraldargus.com
    Headline: More Pet Food Problems.

    Anyone needing more info, please contact me @ sheltonsl@yahoo.com

  33. Sheba Shelton says:

    Menusux.

    OH you are so, so good, and right on.

    I worked as a RETAIL Food Inspector for a County Health Department for five years.

    Unfortunatly….Recalls take a long time to become reality, as does the closure of establishments for intimate public health issues.

    It took seven months for them to finally complete the recall for the peanut butter. INTENSE investigations.
    Along with lots of red tape, comes with investigations.

    Not to mention, the lack of staff that the State and FDA have.

    Several years ago, I inspected numerous grocery stores, and restaurants that needed to hault and assist operations. While I was on the spot. BUT, because of the ‘red tape’ and goverment policies, it took days, and sometimes weeks to for a closure of a retail establishment.

    SAD..

    I no longer work in that field, the frustration, and stress, of having to turn a blind eye to numerous health hazards made me sick.
    And I mean SICK- so stressed out, that I just could not do it.

    I personally know, that FDA, is working hard to put closure to the BESTRO’s investigation and hopefully will end with a recall- sometime this week..

  34. Sheba Shelton says:

    Wal Mart.

    I am and have been angry all week- they should have posted something regarding the product.

    Shame on them..

    They know how many complaints they have- I was told several others ‘ same and simular to mine’

    Shame.. Shame.

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  37. Jenny Bark says:

    Sheba I feel so sorry for you & I will be praying for your other dog. All of us hate what is going on. I agree with everything you say except I have no faith in the FDA. Please let us know how your other dog does, again I’m so sorry for the loss of your baby.

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  39. chris says:

    Interesting site:

    http://v.mercola.com/blogs/pos.....bscribed=1

    China is now almost as well known for toxic food ingredients as they are for cheap electronics. Especially in the light of the last few months’ string of disasters, such as:

    Pet food ingredients laced with toxic melamine
    Imported livestock quarantined for disease and banned chemical contaminants
    Catfish fillets from Chinese aquatic farms tainted with bacteria and heavy metals
    Dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical
    Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides
    Wal-Mart is the nation’s largest food retailer. They are also China’s eighth-largest trading partner. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart does not appear to have your best interest at heart, as they spearhead the campaign against stricter food regulations, port inspections and country-of-origin labeling.

    Don’t fall for Wal-Mart’s cheap promises of healthy fresh foods, available regardless of the season. Instead, support your local farmers — and protect your own health — by buying fresh, organic produce that hasn’t seen more of the world than you have. Also, stick with fruits and vegetables that are in season, according to your nutritional type.

    http://v.mercola.com/blogs/pos.....bscribed=1

  40. chris says:

    CNBC’s Erin Burnett: We Need China’s Toxic Food And Lead Coated Toys To Keep Economy Strong

    http://www.crooksandliars.com/.....my-strong/

    “A lot of people like to say, uh, scaremonger about China, right? A lot of politicians, and I know you talk about that issue all the time. I think people should be careful what they wish for on China. Ya know, if China were to revalue it’s currency or China is to start making say, toys that don’t have lead in them or food that isn’t poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up and that means prices at Wal-Mart here in the United States are going to go up too. So, I would say China is our greatest friend right now, they’re keeping prices low and they’re keeping the prices for mortgages low, too.”

  41. Elaine says:

    Chris,

    Thanks for that web page—what a sickening attitude! No doubt she doesn’t shop at WalMart and doesn’t care about those on a tight budget.

    I shopped at a Bi-Mart the other day, and funny thing—–I read labels, didn’t buy ANYTHING made in China, and in comparing prices I found that the USA made products were in some cases LESS expensive than the China products!

    As I left the store I told the clerk I was Not buying anything from China anymore, and I also asked him if they had checked the lead content in a baby’s teething ring made in China?

    I think if we all commit to taking the time to read labels, refuse to buy anything from China, and tell the store each time, we can turn this around and have SAFE toys and food.

  42. pat says:

    chris, thanks for the link. i find it hard to fathom that anyone is really this stupid. ms. burnett must be chewing on her kids’ lead-infused toys to be so totally brain dead. let your pets die and your children become retarded so that the mega-rich can get mega-richer. seems to me that the wealthy are a lot more worried about retail prices going up than the poor are… they’re always bringing it up as though we should be happy to eat poison, since it’s so cheap! go ahead china, revalue your currency and start making products that won’t kill us. god forbid that well-made, safe american goods should become competitive in the marketplace again.

    i’m sick of hearing the pundits say we can’t survive without chinese goods. we got along very nicely without them for a long, long time. it’s these huge corporations that can’t get along without china, not the everyday working-class person. they act as though it would be just awful for small manufacturing concerns in the u.s. to go back into business, and for mom and pop retailers to have a chance to make a living again. what a farce!

    you know what really frosts me? this burnett genius is undoubtedly making at least a 6-figure salary to give us the benefit of these well-reasoned arguments. she should be flipping burgers somewhere.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Pat,

    I agree totally with what you said!

    the pundits say we can’t survive without chinese goods. we got along very nicely without them for a long, long time. it’s these huge corporations that can’t get along without china, not the everyday working-class person.

    Wouldnt it be nice to see the hundreds of mom & pop retailers & smaller companies go back in business only to put the mega stores OUT!!!!

  44. Susan says:

    Just sharing a website I found while looking for dog toys made in the USA.
    This website has echo friendly dog toys made in the USA… even some nice looking stuffed toys.
    http://www.westpawdesign.com/a.....story.html

    Sorry for re posting this in all three threads… i just wanted to make sure everyone saw it becasue I thought it might be helpful. I threw out all my dogs toys i’ve been buying at petsmart.

  45. Susan says:

    I should of mentioned they have Kitty toys too… all made in Montana.

  46. janice says:

    Thank you, Thankyou , thank you. I had my first experience w/ tainted treats as the ones above. Within 6 hrs my 12yr schnauzer started having stomach cramps , etc. Needless to say we have vet appointment today to aire on the side of caution.

  47. CDZ says:

    Thanks to all of you for the good information re: chicken jerky dog treats. I recently purchased a bag of “Chicken Jerky Tenders” at Wally World - “Waggin’ Train” Brand by ADI Pet, Inc. - Rancho, CA but in tiny letters at bottom of bag “made in china”. We have 2 golden retrievers that we consider part- people and members of our family. Even though these particular treats aren’t on recall, the treats are going back to WalMart today! Our dogs are worth much more than the $12.00 I paid for the bag. I have become a much better label reader.

  48. MGB101 says:

    WalMart isn’t the only one selling all this made in China stuff. My dogs have been eating a chicken jerky sold at Walmart and I believe Costco called Waggin Train Brand. I looked on the package and it said Adi Pet, Inc. Rancho, Ca.92590 so I thought “okay”, then I looked closer and in another area on the bag in very, very fine print”Made in China”. Now the toy recall!! They make practically everything we own now. We don’t need a war with them, they’re killing us slowly!!!!! Check all the treat labels at your major groceries, they’re probably made in China, too!! What are we accepting, people. These things are not cheap, so why can’t we go back to made in the USA. I’m from Atlanta and I’ll tell you, Mike Vick needs to be treated like he treated those animals!!!

  49. CL says:

    MY chihuahua was sick last week I took her to the vet and we got a perscription for upset stomache & diarreah , we give her Wagon Train Chicken Jerky Tenders purchased from Walmart/Costco ,,,,,,,,,,,I just read the label they are made in China.
    NO MORE OF THEM WILL BE PURCHASED FROM ME.

  50. cg says:

    We gave our dog Chicken Buddies which made our dog sick. I just checked the package and sure enough they are made in China but distributed by a company in San Diego CA. I can’t remember where we bought them (it was in San Diego) but it was not Walmart. It is probably the same folks in China making all the chicken strips and they are just packaged under different names. No more “made in China” for us or our dog.

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