July 26, 2013 – Dogswell LLC is voluntarily recalling several types of dog and cat jerky treats because of contamination with trace amounts of undeclared antibiotics that are not approved for use in the US.
What: The affected dog and cat treats include all Chicken Breast and Duck Breast Jerky with a “Best Before” date of January 28th, 2015 or any earlier date, under the following labels:
- Happy Heart
- Happy Hips
- Mellow Mut
- Shape Up
- Veggie Life
The “Best Before” date can be found stamped in black ink on the back of the package on the bottom right hand side.
Why: During routine testing, the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) discovered that a sample of Dogswell Happy Hips Chicken Breast Jerky contained trace amounts of an antibiotic residue that has not been approved for use in the United States. This antibiotic is accepted for use in other countries, including the European Union.
Threat Level: Medium. There is no evidence that products containing trace amounts of this antibiotic pose a health risk for pets or humans, but the antibiotic is not approved for use in the US.
What Should I Do?:
- Dispose of any unused portion of the product and feed your pet alternate treats. You may wish to contact your veterinarian, though so far there is no evidence that this antibiotic poses any health risks.
- Contact Dogswell with any questions and for a full refund by calling 1-888-559-8833.
- If your PetCareRx purchase has been recalled, please call our pet specialists at 1-800-844-1427, and they will answer your questions and help you find an alternate product for your pet.
Alternatives: The following jerky treats are great choices if you’re in need of an alternate product.
Read the full letter from Dogswell.