Recall Alert: Multiple Brands of This Dog Treat Have Been Found To Be Contaminated With Dangerous Cleaning Chemicals

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June 13, 2017

United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products. These products were distributed to multiple retail outlets and sold online in the United States.

This recall was issued after United Pet Group discovered some of their rawhide chew manufacturing facilities in Mexico, Columbia, and Brazil were using quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing process of the rawhide. This compound is an antimicrobial chemical used to clean food processing equipment. The FDA has not approved this processing aid in the U.S. during the production of the chews for dogs.

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Although they have not received an overwhelming amount of reports concerning pet illnesses, the few they did get caused enough concern to pull the specific lots from shelves. The prominent complaint from the consumers affected was that the product had a very displeasing odor and their dogs were experiencing diarrhea and vomiting.

If an animal has ingested ammonium compounds, they may exhibit the following symptoms: reduced appetite and gastric irritation such as diarrhea and vomiting. If the conditions become extremely severe, contact your local veterinarian.

FDA

The affected products were distributed throughout the nation through various retails stores and online stores. All rawhide chews involved in the recall have an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020. The specific products being recalled by the FDA are as follows:

American Beefhide

This recall is limited to products containing rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected. This includes all package sizes and weights. The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the products in effect:
Manufactured by: Salix Animal Health, LLC Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Digest-eeze

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only the products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB, and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020 are affected. The following contact information appears on the back of the packs of the products in effect:
Manufactured by: Salix Animal Health, LLC Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Healthy Hide

United Pet Group is recalling certain packages of dog chews with the Healthy Hide brand, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit brand, and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun brand on the label.

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