Wal-Mart Owns Up to Melamine in Dog Treats

Company quietly pulled products as it waited for further testing

By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 22, 2007 10:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two Chinese brands of dog treats sold at Wal-Mart contain a toxic chemical, the discount giant confirms. Customer complaints about the products prompted the company to quietly pull them from its shelves last month as it waited for further tests. The results confirmed the presence of melamine, the chemical at the center of another recall in March.

Wal-Mart, which blocked further sale of the products in July, said yesterday it was unsure if levels of the toxic chemical in the tainted products could sicken or kill a dog, the AP reports. But a Pennsylvania woman alleged her dog died after eating the treats. Wal-Mart urged customers to return the products to the nearest store for a refund.

A chemist tests a chemical at a laboratory inside the Testing Center for Vegetable Quality of the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing, China, Thursday, August 2, 2007. Fears were triggered earlier this year after a Chinese-made ingredient in pet food was linked to the deaths of cat and dogs in...
A chemist tests a chemical at a laboratory inside the Testing Center for Vegetable Quality of the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing, China, Thursday, August 2, 2007. Fears were triggered earlier this...   (Associated Press)
A chemist works at a laboratory inside the Testing Center for Vegatable Quality of the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing, China, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. Fears were triggered earlier this year after a Chinese-made ingredient in pet food was linked to the deaths of cat and dogs in North America....
A chemist works at a laboratory inside the Testing Center for Vegatable Quality of the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing, China, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007. Fears were triggered earlier this year after a...   (Associated Press)
The retail giant has pulled the contaminated products from it's shelves.
The retail giant has pulled the contaminated products from it's shelves.   (Getty Images (by Event))
The contaminated products on sale at Wal-Mart included Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading.
The contaminated products on sale at Wal-Mart included "Chicken Jerky Strips" from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and "Chicken Jerky" from Shanghai Bestro Trading.   (Getty Images (by Event))
More than 150 brands of pet food were recalled earlier this year after U.S. inspectors said wheat gluten from China that was used to make the food was tainted with melamine. An unknown number of dogs and cats died.
More than 150 brands of pet food were recalled earlier this year after U.S. inspectors said wheat gluten from China that was used to make the food was tainted with melamine. An unknown number of dogs...   (Shutterstock.com)
Customers shop for shoes at a Wal-Mart store, Monday, Aug. 13, 2007 in Niles, Ill. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 49 percent increase in second-quarter profits, but the world's largest retailer cut its profit outlook amid weak economic conditions that are crimping consumer spending globally. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Customers shop for shoes at a Wal-Mart store, Monday, Aug. 13, 2007 in Niles, Ill. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 49 percent increase in second-quarter profits, but the world's largest retailer cut its...   (Associated Press)
In this photo released by Edelman Public Relations,  customers gather for free food, drinks, and give-a-ways after a Money Center Grand Opening in Atlanta, Ga. Thursday, June 21, 2007. Wal-Mart, furthering a lucrative push to offer financial services to its customers, will sell prepaid Visa debit cards that would allow...
In this photo released by Edelman Public Relations, customers gather for free food, drinks, and give-a-ways after a Money Center Grand Opening in Atlanta, Ga. Thursday, June 21, 2007. Wal-Mart, furthering...   (Associated Press)
California State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Breitmeyer talks about the detection of melamine in pig urine from a hog farm in Stanislaus County during a new conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, April 20, 2007. Melamine was found recently in contaminated pet food. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
California State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Breitmeyer talks about the detection of melamine in pig urine from a hog farm in Stanislaus County during a new conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.,...   (Associated Press)
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