Statement on Chicken Jerky Strips

Pet food safety is a top priority at Wal-Mart, as we understand the important role that pets play in the lives of our customers. We proactively removed Chicken Jerky Strips manufactured by Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co and Chicken Jerky manufactured by Shanghai Bestro Trading with UPC 0087784900006 from our stores on July 26, 2007.

Since then, the product has remained off shelves while we have carried out seventeen different tests to determine the cause of the small number of complaints we received.  The latest advice from our testing laboratory shows trace levels of melamine. Because of the low levels that were found, our laboratory has recommended additional testing. Nevertheless, the product remains off shelves and we continue to take the extra precaution of placing a computerized block on the product at the cash register. Moreover, we encourage customers who may have purchased this product to return it for a full refund.

We will continue to work with the FDA and the manufacturer to assure that the highest safety standards are met – our customers expect nothing less from Wal-Mart. We encourage customers with questions to contact 1-800-WALMART.