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AVMA Announced Pet Food Safety Recalls on Raw Hide Chews

July 20, 2017

Have you noticed a unpleasant odor after opening a pack of raw hide chews? The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) recently announced that United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products sold in retail stores and online. The distributor had identified a problem with the use of restricted chemicals in several manufacturing facilities located in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.

According to the FDA Pet Product Recall, all dog chew products for the brands listed below have an expiration date range from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 that is located on the back of the package. However, as a pet owner, be cautious and do not give your dog a foul smelling rawhide chew regardless of the manufacturer's brand.

Raw Hide Dog Chews Recall List

  • Companion Rawhide Chews
  • Dentely's Raw Hide Chews
  • Essential Everyday Raw Hide Chews
  • Exer-Hides Raw Hide Chews
  • Good Lovin' Raw Hide Chews
  • Petco Raw Hide Chews
  • Hill Country Fare Raw Hide Chews
  • Priority Pet Raw Hide Chews
  • Enzadent Raw Hide Chips (Medium 30 Count)
  • Enzadent Raw Hide Chew Chips (Petite 30 Count)
  • Enzadent Raw Hide Chips (Small 30 Count)
  • Enzadent Raw Hide Chips (Large 30 Count)
  • Dentahex Raw Hide Chew Chips (Petite 30 Count)
  • Dentahex Raw Hide Chips (Small 30 Count)
  • Dentahex Raw Hide Chips (Medium 30 Count)
  • Dentahex Raw Hide Chips (Medium 30 Count)

NOTE: United Pet Group previously initiated a voluntary recall of its branded products on 6/10/17 which included the following brands: American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fit).

The affected pet products were recalled after the distributor learned that a quaternary ammonium compound mixture was used as a processing aid in the manufacturing of the contaminated 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 pet products.

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. If you purchased one of the products listed above, return it to the store for a full refund or contact United Pet Group consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

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