United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc., is recalling several brands of rawhide chew products because of an unapproved additive (quaternary ammonium compound mixture).
These items are:
- American Beefhide, Lot numbers start with AH, Expiration dates of 06/01/19 through 05/31/20.
- Digest-eeze, Lot numbers starting with AH, AV, A, AI, AO or AB, Expiration dates 06/01/19 through 05/31/20.
- Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide–Good-n-Fun and Healthy Hide–Good-n-Fit), Lot numbers starting with AH, AV, A, AI, AO or AB, Expiration dates 06/01/19 through 05/31/20.
The company has received limited reports of illness in dogs with symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. The company identified the additive in manufacturing plants in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia and voluntarily issued the product recalls. The compound mixture is commonly used in disinfectants, detergents and fabric softeners and is not approved as an additive to food products.
According to the recall report, “Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. These symptoms may require treatment by a veterinarian depending on severity.”