Rawhide Chew Toys May Be Contaminated with Chemicals, May Cause Illness in Dogs

There have been limited reports of pet illnesses linked to the products

Rawhide Chew Toys May Be Contaminated with Chemicals, May Cause Illness in Dogs
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June 23, 2017

United Pet Group has recalled several brands of rawhide dog chew products that may have been contaminated by chemicals.

Certain manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, as well as a supplier in Brazil, were found to be using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture to aid in processing the manufacture of rawhide chews. This compound, which is an anti-microbial chemical, has been approved to clean food processing equipment but not in the U.S. as a processing aid in producing dogs' rawhide chews.

The products were distributed to retailers as well as sold online. All have expiration dates ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 on the back of the package. The following items are being recalled:

  • American Beefhide dog chew products containing rawhide. Only the products with lot codes beginning with AH listed on the back of the package and listing expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are being recalled. The phrase Manufactured by: Salix Animal Health, LLC Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 is displayed on the back of the package.
  • Digest-eeze dog chew products containing rawhide. Only those items with lot codes starting with AH, AV,A,AI,AO,or AB and listing expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected. The phrase Manufactured by: Salix Animal Health, LLC Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 is displayed on the back of the package.
  • Healthy Hide, including Healthy Hide, Healthy Hide Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide Good -n- Fit.

To date, the company has received limited reports of pet illnesses based on the number of potentially-contaminated products that were manufactured and distributed. Although the primary complaint involved an unpleasant odor coming from the chews, diarrhea and vomiting were also reported. These symptoms, as well as reduced appetite, can be caused by exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion.

Consumers should either throw the chews away or return it to United Pet Group or to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For more information, consumers can contact the consumer affairs team at United Pet Group at (855) 215-4962.

Update: The company has expanded this recall to include its retail partners' private brands. These brands include Companion, Dentley's, Enzadent/Dentahex, Essential Everyday, Exer-Hides, Good Lovin'/Petco, Hill Country Fare, and Priority Pet.