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Posted on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 10:20 a.m.

Hartz Mountain announces recall of selected chicken-based dog treats

By Lorrie Shaw

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The Chinese export a lot of chicken breast meat to the United States for use in pet consumables, but it's not been without its controversy.

Flickr photo by SMcGarrigle

Hartz Mountain, announced they are also voluntarily recalling some of their chicken-based treats for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue, as a precaution.

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:

  • 3.5-ounce package
  • 8-ounce package
  • 16-ounce package
  • 24-ounce package
  • 20-ounce package
  • Hartz Chicken Chews Soft and Tender Bite Sized:

  • 5.7-ounce package
  • 16-ounce package
  • 16-ounce package
  • Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken:

  • 20 pack Pig Skin Twist Sticks
  • 7 pack Mini Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken
  • 15 pack Mini Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken
  • 5 pack 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.

    However, irradiation has been an area of focus of testing.

    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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    Lorrie Shaw leads the pets section for AnnArbor.com and owner of Professional Pet Sitting. Shoot her an email, contact her at 734-904-7279 or follow her adventures on Twitter.