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United Pet Group Recalls Rawhide Dog Chew Products

By Megan Sullivan    June 12, 2017 at 02:59PM

United Pet Group, a Virginia-based manufacturer of pet supplies, is voluntarily recalling multiple packages of rawhide dog chew products due to possible chemical contamination.

 

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

 

Product Name: American Beefhide

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

 

Product Name: Digest-eeze

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

 

Product Name: Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun)

Size: All package sizes and/or weights

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

 

Consumers can find expiration dates and lot codes on the back of the package.

 

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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