Dog Treats Removed From Shelves; Reports of Sick Dogs

Some dog treats sold at Wal-Mart stores around the country are under the microscope this morning.

A company spokesman says the company quietly stopped selling two brands of dog treats in July after customers voiced concerns the products may have sickened their pets. In one case, a woman says her pet died.

Both are made in China. The treats are chicken jerky strips from Import Ping-Yang Pet Product Company and chicken jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading.

Wal-Mart has not announced a recall but says it's testing the product.

Associated Press Story
Wal-Mart pulls 2 kinds of dog treats from its shelves

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - It could be another blow to Chinese imports.

Wal-Mart quietly stopped selling two brands of dog treats after customers complained the treats sickened their dogs. But it hasn't announced a recall.

A company spokeswoman says the treats are being tested.

The world's largest retailer started pulling two types of chicken jerky from two different Chinese importers in late July. It also placed a computerized block on all cash registers to prevent workers from selling the products.

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. That's a byproduct of several pesticides.

Philadelphia television station WPVI reports that a woman claims her 2-year-old Chihuahua died after eating the dog treats. An autopsy revealed that the dog died of an infection caused by toxic bacteria.

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