Multiple rawhide chew brands recalled after dogs get sick

Brand names recalled (FDA)

United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products.

The chews were sold in retail outlets and online nationwide.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, United Pet Group got some reports of pets getting sick (diarrhea and vomiting) from their chews which customers said had an "unpleasant odor."

United Pet Group discovered that some of its 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.

They said 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.

All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall identify an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 located on the back of the package.

The products subject to the recall are described below.

United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. 3001 Commerce St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 1-800-645-5154

Consumers who have purchased these chews are asked to throw them away or return it to the retailer 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.

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