Dog Food in Wal-Mart Stores Found Tainted With Melamine

Walmart quietly stopped selling two brands of Chinese imported dog treats after customers complained the treats sickened their dogs. Wal-Mart is the latest US firm to get embroiled in the quality problems with Chinese products.

Tests of two Chinese brands of dog treats sold at Wal-Mart stores found traces of melamine, a chemical agent that led to another massive pet food recall in March, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Wal-Mart quietly stopped selling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading in July, after customers said the products sickened their pets. Company spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said 17 sets of tests done on the products found melamine, a contaminant that's a byproduct of several pesticides.

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"There were very small amounts of melamine found," Galberth told The Associated Press. "The amounts were so small the laboratory recommended more testing."

Galberth said she couldn't say if the amount would be enough to sicken or kill a dog that ate the suspect products. Philadelphia television station WPVI reported last week that a woman claimed her 2-year-old Chihuahua died after eating some of the products. The station reported that an autopsy found the dog died of an infection caused by toxic bacteria.

Galberth said the world's largest retailer would expand its testing of the jerky strips to see if tests detected melamine. 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 an item number 839751.

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The Bentonville-based company has urged customers who bought one of the products to return it to the nearest store for a full recall.

The Food and Drug Administration did not list the two products on its recall Web site Tuesday. As recently as 2005, the Food and Drug Administration blocked some pet treat imports from Pingyang Pet Product Co. because of contamination with salmonella.

Galberth said she was not aware of the FDA's previous concerns with Pingyang Pet Product Co., but said the company was working with the FDA and manufacturers. She said she did not immediately know where the Chinese companies were based.

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Wal-Mart pulled the products from shelves July 26 and placed a computerized block on all cash registers to prevent workers from selling the products. Galberth said she did not know how many stores sold the treats.

"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."

A list of previously recalled dog foods are:

Americas Choice, Preferred Pet
Best Choice
Big Bet
Big Red
Blue Buffalo (RICE GLUTEN)
Canine Caviar Pet Foods (RICE GLUTEN)
Champion Breed Lg Biscuit
Champion Breed Peanut Butter Biscuits
Co-Op Gold
Companion's Best Multi-Flavor Biscuit
Costco/Kirkland Signature (RICE GLUTEN)
Demoulas Market Basket
Diamond Pet Food
Diamond Pet Food (RICE GLUTEN)
Doctors Foster & Smith
Doctors Foster & Smith (RICE GLUTEN)
Dollar General
Eukanuba Can Dog Chunks in Gravy
Eukanuba Pouch Dog Bites in Gravy
Food Lion
Giant Companion
Gravy Train
Grreat Choice
Happy Tails
Harmony Farms (RICE GLUTEN)
Harmony Farms Treats (RICE GLUTEN)
Health Diet Gourmet Cuisine
Hill Country Fare
Hy Vee
Iams Can Chunky Formula
Iams Can Small Bites Formula
Iams Dog Select Bites
Jerky Treats Beef Flavored Dog Snacks
La Griffe
Laura Lynn
Loving Meals
Master Choice
Meijer's Main Choice
Mighty Dog
Mulligan Stew Pet Food (RICE GLUTEN)
Natural Balance (RICE GLUTEN)
Natural Life
Natural Way
Nu Pet
Nutro - Ultra
Nutro Max
Nutro Natural Choice
Ol' Roy
Ol' Roy 4-Flavor Lg Biscuits
Ol' Roy Canada
Ol' Roy Peanut Butter Biscuits
Ol' Roy Puppy
Ol'Roy US
Perfect Pals Large Biscuits
Performatrin Ultra
Pet Essentials
Pet Life
Pet Pride / Good n Meaty
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority Canada
Priority US
Roche Brothers
Royal Canin (RICE GLUTEN)
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet (RICE GLUTEN)
Save-A-Lot Choice Morsels
Shep Dog
Shop Rite
Springfield Prize
Stater Brothers
Stater Brothers Large Biscuits
Stop & Shop Companion
Tops Companion
Weis Total Pet
Western Family Canada
Western Family US
White Rose
Winn Dixie
Your Pet

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