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RECALL EXPANDED: Multiple Brands Of Dog Chews Recalled, 8 More Added To List

United Pet Group, part of Spectrum Brands, has recalled multiple nationally distributed rawhide dog chews due to chemical contamination.

Update:

Eight more brands of rawhide chews under United Pet Group have been added to last week’s four-brand recall. Below you’ll find the full list of brands that have been affected, which include products that are carried by big-name pet stores, grocery stores, and retailers.

Reason for recall:

The recall is voluntary and has been issued for the following reason, according to Spectrum Brands:

United Pet Group realized that specific rawhide chew manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews.

The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment. But it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

 

Image Source: Spectrum Brands

 

Image Source: Spectrum Brands

Affected products:

American Beefhide

-Chew products that contain rawhide

-Lot codes that start with AH

-Expirations dates from: 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

-Contact information labeled as:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

-For a list of affected product UPC and SKU numbers, click here.

Digest-eeze

-Chew products that contain rawhide

-Lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

-Expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

-Contact information labeled as:

Manufactured by:
Salix Animal Health, LLC
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

-For a list of affected product UPC and SKU numbers, click here.

Healthy Hide / Good-n-Fun

-Chew products that contain rawhide

-Lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

-Expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

-Contact information labeled as:

United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc.
3001 Commerce St. Blacksburg, VA 24060
800-645-5154

-For a list of affected product UPC and SKU numbers, click here for Healthy Hide and here for Good-n-Fun.

Companion

-Chew products that contain rawhide

-Lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

-Expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

-Contact Information labeled as:

Distributed by FOODHOLD U.S.A., LLC
LANDOVER, MD 20785
1-877-846-9946

Enzadent or Dentahex

– Chew products that contain rawhide

– Lot codes are as follows:

  • ENZADENT CHIPS MED 30 CT17030030181
  • ENZADENT CHIPS PETITE 30 CT17030030167
  • ENZADENT CHIPS SM 30 CT17030030174
  • ENZADENT CHIPS LG 30 CT17030030198
  • DENTAHEX CHIPS PETITE 30 CT17030030228
  • DENTAHEX CHIPS SM 30 CT17030030235
  • DENTAHEX CHIPS MED 30 CT17030030242
  • DENTAHEX CHIPS LG 30 CT

– Expiration dates from 06/01/2021 through 05/31/2022

-Contact Information labeled as:

Manufactured for Vetoquinol USA Inc.
Ft. Worth, TX USA 76137

Essential Everyday

-Chew products that contain rawhide

-Lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

-Expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

-Contact Information labeled as:

Distributed by SUPERVALU INC.
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344 USA

Exer-Hides

-Chew products that contain rawhide

-Lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

-Expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

-Contact Information labeled as:

Distributed by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, AR

Good Lovin’ or Petco

-Chew products that contain rawhide

-Lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

-Expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

-Contact Information labeled as:

Distributed by: International Pet Supplies and Distribution, Inc.
San Diego, CA 92121

Hill Country Fare

-Chew products that contain rawhide

-Lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

-Expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

-Contact Information labeled as:

Distributed by H-E-B
San Antonio, TX 78204

Priority Pet

-Chew products that contain rawhide

-Lot codes that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB

-Expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020

-Contact Information labeled as:

Distributed by Lucerne North America LLC
P.O. Box 99
Pleasanton, CA 94566-0009
1-866-578-4395

Reports and side effects:

The company received few reports of illness, and the biggest complaint was an “unpleasant odor.” Some dogs began vomiting and had diarrhea after consuming the products.

Spectrum Brands says:

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting.

These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.

What should you do?

If you have one of the recalled products, return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

You can also contact the United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for a refund or to have your questions answered.

To see the official statement released by Spectrum Brands, click here.

To sign up for urgent recall and health alerts from iHeartDogs via Facebook messenger, click here.

The company states on their website:

“We take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously and we are continuing to investigate the cause of this problem. We are implementing changes across the affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future. United Pet Group is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and removed from inventory.”

 

(h/t: Spectrum BrandsDog Food Advisor)

 

So…what chews or treats are safe? What are good to give?

Our mind goes right to the question – How can I be a more informed owner? What should I look for? whenever we read these disturbing recalls. There are three key things that seem to always stay constant.

— Look for natural products that look as close to their original form as possible: An example would be Project Paws. They have 100% beef liver and 100% chicken breast protein food mixers. 1 ingredient, natural and healthy. It looks like what it is.

— Look for products with as little processing as possible: Natural grass fed Bully Sticks are the best alternative to rawhide (for example). Not only are they safer, they have very little processing other than time and temperature. P.S. (Stay away from low odor Bully Sticks in general – they are bleached with chemicals to remove odors. )

— Sourced and packaged in the USA :The standards for products are substantially higher in the U.S. than anywhere else. Especially for goods designed for consumption. BONUS – if they are made in a human grade facility or USDA facility the quality control is even higher. Look for this info via a badge or on the bag. If nothing is there, put it back.

 

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Written by Karen Tietjen
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