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Nationwide Recall of Rawhide Dog Chews Issued by United Pet Group

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A nationwide recall consisting of multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products has been issued by United Pet Group citing the possibility of chemical contamination. Having received reports of pet illness in varying degrees, including vomiting and diarrhea, the company included American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide in the initial recall, but expanded it to include seven additional labels comprised of Hill Country Fare, Petco or “Good Lovin,’”, Priority Pet, Essential Everyday, Exer-Hides, Enzadent or Dentalhex, Companion, and Dentley’s.

Nationwide Recall of Rawhide Dog Chews Issued by United Pet Group

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Having identified the source of the contamination as a quaternary ammonium compound mixture used in “certain of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities in Columbia, Brazil, and Mexico,” the press release says. “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.” Exposure to the compound through ingestion could result in the following symptoms for dogs: gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting, and reduced appetite. Depending on the severity, such symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian.

Nationwide Recall of Rawhide Dog Chews Issued by United Pet Group

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Distributed throughout the U.S., including Texas, from their Edwardsville, Illinois distribution facility, United Pet Group has noted that the recall covers all types of purchases, regardless of whether you bought the product at a brick-and-mortar retailer or at an online outlet. All of the dog chew products included in the recall have expiration dates ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020, which can be located on the back of their packages. Those who have purchased the products identified above are asked to dispose of the product immediately or return it directly to the retail establishment you purchased it from or United Pet Group directly. Product returns will receive full refunds. The issue is presently under investigation by the company, saying, “We are implementing changes across the affected manufacturing facilities in order to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future.” A full list of products included in the recall can be found at this FDA link, including UPC codes and expiration dates.


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