Hartz Mountain announces recall of selected chicken-based dog treats
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This recall falls on the heels of previous like recalls by two seperate companies.
Low levels of antibiotics that are approved for use in China but are not approved for use in poultry in the U.S. were discovered in one third of the product that was tested.
Most of the chicken that is used for chicken and chicken jerky treats for pets is imported from China.
The following products are affected:
Hartz Chicken Chews Soft and Tenders:
Hartz Chicken Chews Soft and Tender Bite Sized:
Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken:
No other Hartz products are affected by the withdrawal, and the company immediately contacted the Food and Drug Administration after the discovery.
"Upon learning about the nationwide voluntary withdrawal of several other brands of chicken jerky products through media reports, Hartz acted immediately to begin additional testing to determine if the same unapproved antibiotic residues were present in our products," stated Sean McNear, senior director of quality and regulatory at Hartz Mountain.
For months, chicken jerky treats have been under scrutiny by the FDA. In fact, the agency indicated that no toxins, heavy metals or bacterial contamination has been found in finished products.
To err on the side of caution, I have been reminding my clients and the public-at-large of the following, from the FDA website:
Currently, FDA continues to urge pet owners to use caution with regard to chicken jerky products.
If you have these products, you are urged to contact the Hartz Consumer Affairs team around the clock at 1-800-275-1414 for a refund, or you can go to www.hartz.com for more information.
Click here to read the press release.
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