Ever wondered what's in those rawhide dog chews you can buy at the pet store? You probably wouldn't have guessed ammonium-based cleaning products, but these chemicals were recently discovered in several brands of United Pet Group's rawhide dog chew products distributed in the US.
United Pet Group discovered that certain manufacturing facilities located 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 their 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 US as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.
Customers reported unpleasant odor, diarrhea, and vomiting.
For a detailed report of the products being recalled, please click here.
*** UPDATE 6/20/17 ***
United Pet Group's recall has been expanded to several retail partners' private label brands, according to the FDA. Details can be found here.
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