December 15, 2017

Hartz Mountain Recalling Chicken Chews and Oinkies for Unapproved Antibiotics

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling Hartz ® Chicken Chews™ and Hartz ® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics.  This follows the recall of Nestle and Delmonte dog treats earlier this month, and issues with jerky pet treats made with ingredients imported from China.

Testing found the illegal residue in some samples of the recalled products. Hartz states that “two-thirds of the products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues”, but they are voluntarily recalling the products to be cautious. The antibiotics in question are legal for use in poultry in China and the European Union. The Hartz statement claims the FDA’s review of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets testing results says there is “no evidence that raises health concerns, and these results are highly unlikely to be related to the reports of illnesses FDA has received related to jerky pet treats.”

If you have purchased these products, do not feed them to your pets. Return them to the place of purchase for a refund. For questions and more information, contact the Hartz Consumer Affairs team 24/7 at 1-800-275-1414.

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