Rawhide dog chew products recalled due to possible chemical contamination

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WASHINGTON (WIFR) – A pet food company is recalling multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products because they could make dogs sick.

United Pet Group says some of its facilities that make the rawhide chews in Mexico and South America use a quaternary ammonium compound mixture during the manufacturing process. The compound is a chemical approved in cleaning food processing equipment but is not approved in the U.S. for making the rawhide chews.

The company says they have received a few reports of pets getting sick from possibly affected rawhide chew products. Most of the complaints have been about the product having an odor but diarrhea and vomiting were also reported.

The FDA says if dogs ingest the chemical it could cause reduced appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting that may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on the severity of the symptoms.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide through the company’s Edwardsville, Illinois distribution facility and delivered to customers through retail and online outlets.

The brands covered under the recall are American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fit). Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall.

Those who have purchased the dog chews are told to throw the product away, take it back to where they bought the product for a refund, or call United Pet Group’s consumer affairs team at 1-855-215-4962.

Customers with questions can call United Pet Group at 1-800-645-5154.