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United Pet Group Expands Recall of Rawhide Dog Chew Products

By Vladimir Negron    June 19, 2017 at 07:16PM

United Pet Group, a Virginia-based manufacturer of pet supplies, is expanding an earlier voluntary recall to include retail partners’ private label brands of rawhide dog chew products due to possible chemical contamination.

 

This recall expansion, which is again limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide, involves the following products:

 

Brand Name: Companion

Size: All package sizes and/or weights

Expiration Date: 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

Lot Code: Only products with lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

 

Brand Name: Dentley’s

Size: All package sizes and/or weights

Expiration Date: 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

Lot Code: Only products with lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

 

Brand Name: Essential Everyday

Size: All package sizes and/or weights

Expiration Date: 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

Lot Code: Only products with lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

 

Brand Name: Exer-Hides

Size: All package sizes and/or weights

Expiration Date: 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

Lot Code: Only products with lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

 

Brand Name: Good Lovin’ or Petco

Size: All package sizes and/or weights

Expiration Date: 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

Lot Code: Only products with lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

 

Brand Name: Hill Country Fare

Size: All package sizes and/or weights

Expiration Date: 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

Lot Code: Only products with lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

 

Brand Name: Enzadent or Dentahex

Expiration Date: 06/01/2021 through 05/31/2022

Product Name (with UPCs):

ENZADENT CHIPS MED 30 CT            17030030181

ENZADENT CHIPS PETITE 30 CT        17030030167

ENZADENT CHIPS SM 30 CT               17030030174

ENZADENT CHIPS LG 30 CT               17030030198

DENTAHEX CHIPS PETITE 30 CT       17030030228

DENTAHEX CHIPS SM 30 CT              17030030235

DENTAHEX CHIPS MED 30 CT            17030030242

DENTAHEX CHIPS LG 30 CT               17030030259

 

Consumers can find expiration dates and lot codes on the back of the package, with the exception of the Enzadent and Dentahex products, which are listed by UPC codes above.

 

According to United Pet Group’s recall notice, certain manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, as well as a Brazilian supplier, used a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in making rawhide chews. While this anti-microbial chemical is approved for cleaning food processing equipment, it has not been approved in the United States for use in making rawhide chews for dogs.

 

United Pet Group said it has received limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed. “The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor,” the release stated. “Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.”

 

Direct ingestion of this antimicrobial chemical may cause reduced appetite and gastric irritation, including diarrhea and vomiting, in dogs, United Pet Group added. Depending on severity, these symptoms may require veterinary treatment.

 

The affected products were distributed nationwide through various retail and online outlets. United Pet Group is working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.

 

Consumers who have purchased these products should dispose of them or return them directly to United Pet Group or their place of purchase for a full refund. For additional questions or to receive a refund, consumers may call United Pet Group’s consumer affairs team at 855-215-4962 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST.

 

Source: FDA

Source: FDA


 
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