United Pet Group Expands Recall of Rawhide Dog Chews

United Pet Group Expands Voluntary Recall of Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chew ProductsUnited Pet Group, a Virginia-based manufacturer of pet supplies, is expanding an earlier voluntary recall to include retail partners’ private label brands of rawhide dog chew products due to possible chemical contamination.

The primary complaint received from consumers was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

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.

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

Brand Name: Companion
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

Brand Name: Dentley’s
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

Brand Name: Essential Everyday
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

Brand Name: Exer-Hides
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

Brand Name: Good Lovin’ or Petco
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

Brand Name: Hill Country Fare
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

Brand Name: Enzadent or Dentahex
Expiration Date: 06/01/2021 through 05/31/2022
Product Name (with UPCs):
ENZADENT CHIPS MED 30 CT 17030030181
ENZADENT CHIPS PETITE 30 CT 17030030167
ENZADENT CHIPS SM 30 CT 17030030174
ENZADENT CHIPS LG 30 CT 17030030198
DENTAHEX CHIPS PETITE 30 CT 17030030228
DENTAHEX CHIPS SM 30 CT 17030030235
DENTAHEX CHIPS MED 30 CT 17030030242
DENTAHEX CHIPS LG 30 CT 17030030259

Consumers can find expiration dates and lot codes on the back of the package, with the exception of the Enzadent and Dentahex products, which are listed by UPC codes above.

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.

Source: FDA

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