United Pet Group, which is a division of Spectrum Brands, has issued a recall for rawhide dog chews across three brands: American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide, due to the possibility of chemical contamination. The recall was initiated after United Pet Group discovered that several of the company’s manufacturing facilities in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico had used a compound mixture of quaternary ammonium to aid in the processing of rawhide dog chews, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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. Dogs that ingest quaternary ammonium typically present the following symptoms: a reduced appetite, and gastrointestinal irritation including vomiting and diarrhea.
United Pet Group has received reports in connection to these recalled pet products. 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.
Products affected by this recall were distributed nationwide for retail sale in stores and online outlets. All of the products have expiration dates that range from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The lot code begins with the letters A, AH, AI, AO, AV, or AB. Lot code can be found on the back of the package.
Consumers who have purchased any of these rawhide dog chews are encouraged to throw them away or return them to the original place of purchase for a full refund. Those who have additional questions should call United Pet Group. The company’s consumer affairs team can be reached between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST by calling 1-855-215-4962.
By Trixie Dillwood
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