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Rawhide dog chews recalled due to possible chemical contamination

12 Juin 2017

A pet company has voluntarily recalled their rawhide dog chew products because they contain a manufacturing equipment cleaning chemical.

United Pet Group a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., took five brands off store shelves and from online retailers.

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.

It further said that "exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting". Production facilities in Mexico and Colombia, in addition to a supplier in Brazil, are the proximal causes.

The product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group facility in IL, delivered nationwide.

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While this compound has been approved in the U.S.to clean the equipment used to process food, it has not been approved for use in the manufacturing process of rawhide dog chews. Lot code can be found on the back of the package.

Rawhide dog chew products that made some pets ill are being recalled. While most people have complained about a bad odor coming from the products, others have reported that their dogs experienced vomiting and diarrhea after consuming the products. These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity. Buyers are recommended to return rawhide dog chews to the site of purchase as soon as possible. The lot code begins with the letters A, AH, AI, AO, AV, or AB.

The recall only applies to products with rawhide in them - and only those with lot codes beginning with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which have expiration dates of 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020.

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. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

Consumers with questions may call the consumer affairs team at the number listed above.

Rawhide dog chews recalled due to possible chemical contamination