FDA Finds No Melamine in Dog Treats

Low levels found by discount chain’s laboratory shouldn’t cause illnesses, agency says.

Posted: August 23, 2007, 1 p.m. EDT

The Food and Drug Adminstration has been unable to detect melamine in dog treats pulled from Wal-Mart shelves in July. The agency continues to test the chicken jerky strips, but adds that the low levels of melamine found by Wal-Mart’s testing laboratory would not be expected to cause any illness in animals.

The FDA revealed that it has reviewed Wal-Mart’s laboratory findings that detected melamine in two brands of dog jerky treats manufactured in China, however the FDA is unable to confirm those results with their own tests.

“FDA has reviewed the lab report from Wal-Mart, which mentions the presence of low levels of melamine in one of the samples tested,” said Laura Alvey, FDA spokeswoman. “At this time, the FDA has not been able to verify the finding. This level of melamine would not be expected to result in any animal illness or injury.” Wal-Mart reported the melamine level detected was 20 parts per million.

The FDA is aware of 11 consumer complaints related to the chicken jerky treats sold at Wal-Mart stores, Alvey said.

“We are actively investigating the matter and conducting analysis for multiple chemical and microbiological contaminants,” she said. “We have tested numerous samples of chicken jerky pet treats… To date, we have not detected any contaminants. We are continuing to test.”

Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co., and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading were removed from store shelves July 26, 2007, amidst complaints pets were falling ill after consuming the products. Neither the FDA nor Wal-Mart have issued a product recall.

Melamine was the chemical implicated for the massive pet food recall that was responsible for 16 confirmed pet deaths, with hundreds more reporting illnesses. Melamine has been linked to kidney failure in pets.

Consumers may return any of the products to the store for a full refund, or call 1-800-WALMART with questions.

–Heidi Hatch, Associate News Editor for DogChannel.com


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