Consumer Alert: Multiple Brands of Dog Chews Recalled Due to Potential Chemical Contamination

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The United Pet Group announced this week that it would voluntarily recall multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products due to potential chemical contamination.

The contamination has the potential to reduce appetite, induce diarrhea and vomiting in dogs.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that the affected brands include American Beefhide, Digest-eeze and Healthy Hide.

The recall was issued after rawhide chew manufacturers in Mexico, Columbia and Brazil were discovered to be using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture in the process of manufacturing the items.

This is a chemical not in the U.S. as it can can cause an unpleasant odor, in addition to reduced appetitive, diarrhea and vomiting in dogs. United Pet Group hasn’t received many pet illness reports based on these contaminated products, but customers are urged to throw away the product or return to place of purchase.

The affected rawhide chews were sold at both retail and online outlets in the United States. They have expiration datese ranging from 6/1/2019 to 5/31/2020. The products are:

  • American Beefhide: Affected products contain a lot code on the back of the packaging that starts with AH and then lists expiration dates ranging from 6/01/2019 to 5/31/2020. All package sizes and/or weights are affected. Contaminated products also contain the following contact information: Manufactured by: Salix Animal Health, LLC Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
  • Digest-eeze:Affected products contain a lot code on the back of the packaging that starts with AH, AV, A, AI, AO or AB and then lists expiration dates ranging from 6/01/2019 to 5/31/2020. All package sizes and/or weights are affected. Contaminated products also contain the following contact information: Manufactured by: Salix Animal Health, LLC Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
  • Healthy Hide: All products containing Healthy Hide brand, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit brand, and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun brand on the label are affected.

In a statement on the FDA’s website, the company said they will take full responsibility for pets and owners, and are currently investigating the situation.

“We are implementing changes across the affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future,” they said. “United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.”

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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.