The United Pet Group is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide chews due to possible chemical contamination. Find out more here.

RECALL ALERT: Multiple Rawhide Chews Brands Recalled


The United Pet Group is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide chews sold in retailers nationwide and online due to possible chemical contamination.

The recall was put into effect when The United Pet Group received reports from pet parents noticing the products had an “unpleasant odor” and dogs were getting sick. The United Pet Group said dogs who eat the contaminated chews may experience a decreased appetite, stomach irritation, diarrhea, and vomiting. 

As of the time this article was published, United Pet Group reports they have “received very limited reports of pet illness based on the volume of possibly affected rawhide chew products manufactured and distributed.”

Possible Chemical Contamination: 

United Pet Group said some of its rawhide chew manufacturing companies located in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil, were using an anti-microbial chemical compound as a processing aid in the production of canine rawhide chews. The chemical compound is a quaternary ammonium compound mixture commonly used in disinfectants, detergents, anti-static agents, and fabric softeners. While it’s approved to clean food processing equipment, it’s not approved in the U.S. to be used in the production of rawhide dog chews.

Impacted Brands: 

This recall alert was issued on June 10, 2017. Since then, the list of impacted brands has expanded (on June 16, 2017). Impacted brands include: 

 

The United Pet Group is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide chews due to possible chemical contamination. Find out more here.

Image VIA: FDA

The United Pet Group is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of rawhide chews due to possible chemical contamination. Find out more here.

Image Via: FDA

The Recalled products were distributed nationwide by United Pet Group’s facility in Edwardsville, Illinois and were sold in stores and online. The only products being recalled at this time are rawhide chews.

Lot codes for the recalled chews will be listed on the back of the package and will start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO or AB.  Expiration dates range from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020. Dentahex and Enzadent are the only brands with different codes and expiration dates.

See the list below for details:

ENZADENT & DENTAHEX CODE NUMBER Manufactured for Vetoquinol USA Inc. Ft. Worth, TX USA 76137

ENZADENT CHIPS MED 20 CT

17030030181

EXPIRATION DATES 06/01/2021 through 05/01/2022

ENZADENT CHIPS PETITE 30 CT

17030030167

EXPIRATION DATES 06/01/2021 through 05/01/2022

ENZADENT CHIPS SM 30 CT

17030030174

EXPIRATION DATES 06/01/2021 through 05/01/2022

ENZADENT CHIPS LG 30 CT 17030030198 EXPIRATION DATES 06/01/2021 through 05/01/2022
DENTAHEX CHIPS PETITE 30 CT 17030030228 EXPIRATION DATES 06/01/2021 through 05/01/2022
DENTAHEX CHIPS SM 30 CT 17030030235 EXPIRATION DATES 06/01/2021 through 05/01/2022
DENTAHEX CHIPS MED 30 CT 17030030242 EXPIRATION DATES 06/01/2021 through 05/01/2022

DENTAHEX CHIPS LG 30 CT

17030030259

EXPIRATION DATES 06/01/2021 through 05/01/2022

What To Do If You Have These Recalled Rawhides

Pet parents who have purchased these products are asked to throw them away or return the product to the retailer. 

  • Return it to United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. 3001 Commerce St. Blacksburg, VA 24060 (or) Call their consumer affairs number 1-855-215-4962 between 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM EST for a refund.

A Note On Rawhides

Despite the recall alert, Proud Dog Mom recommends avoiding rawhide bones and chews altogether since they are coated with chemicals, pose a choking hazard, and are linked to intestinal blockages/bleeding.