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.
Okay, let's count, shall we? 27 days since then that people who bought this product have continued to feed it to their dogs at home. How many sick dogs does that translate to? How many other dead dogs? WHY WHY WHY has this not been announced? 27 days! 27 days in which dogs could have gone to the vet, and received treatment if necessary. 27 days!
Wal-Mart also placed a computerized block on all cash registers to prevent workers from selling the products, Galberth said.
Right, we saw how well this worked during the initial recall back in March, April, May, etc. (If you're new - it didn't work at all. And an FDA investigation into Wal-Mart found numerous stores still selling recalled products months after the recall began.)
"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."
Unbelievable. And inexcusable. Listen up people - this shows - yet again - their lack of concern for you and your pets. What you do with your money is your concern, but I will never spend a penny in that store, ever.
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.
Uh huh. Wal-mart offers the woman whose dog died $2,000 for her loss, but yet claims not to know what the complaints were.
Galberth said she did not immediately know if the treats were sold at every Wal-Mart store.
"We are diligently testing this product," she said.
At which lab? How long does it take to get results? I doubt it takes 27 days.
Philadelphia television station WPVI reported last week that a woman claimed her 2-year-old Chihuahua died after eating Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips. The station reported that an autopsy found the dog died of an infection caused by toxic bacteria.Yeah, I'm pissed. This just infuriates me. It's unbelievable, inexcusable, and it just boggles my mind. And of course it breaks my heart. And it keeps happening. Over and over these companies show their total lack of regard for us and for our pets. Over and over. Yet we still give them the benefit of the doubt. Why? It's time to take that away. Don't trust them. Don't believe them. Don't put your pet's lives in their hands. They don't deserve your trust. Not anymore.
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Added 4:31pm MT: I just read through some messages on the epinions.com message board. There are multiple reports of problems from 2006 through today.
And Pingyang had other dog treats refused by the FDA back in JUNE due to salmonella, see here .
And they also had numerous products refused in September 2006 due to Salmonella. See the FDA report here
USA Today is now working on this story, see HERE.