I posted last week (on the PetsitUSA.com blog
) about a dog treat that Wal-Mart quietly pulled from their shelves. It turns out there were actually two brands that were pulled. From the Washington Post
LITTLE ROCK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. quietly stopped selling two brands of dog treats in July, after customers voiced concerns that the Chinese products may have caused their pets to fall ill, but no recall has been announced, a company spokeswoman confirmed.
The world's largest retailer started pulling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading on July 26, spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said late Monday.
Wal-Mart also placed a computerized block on all cash registers to prevent workers from selling the products, Galberth said.
"When we took it off shelves at the end of July, we pulled it based on the customer feedback so we could do testing prior to announcing anything publicly," Galberth said. "That's why did not make a public announcement _ it was still going through the testing process."
Wal-Mart's action follows a massive pet food recall in March, when retailers began pulling products made in China that included the chemical melamine _ a contaminant that's a byproduct of several pesticides.
Galberth said she did not know what the specific customer complaints were about the dog treats, nor when the testing would be complete.
And, like Gina over at Pet Connection says, how many other stores still have this product on their shelves?
And FDA, excuse me...I'm sorry to interrupt. I'm sure you're all rewriting your pet food spin to fit the recent China toy recalls, but what's up with this? Do you folks have anything to say about the treats Wal-Mart "quietly pulled" or are pet food issues a done deal?