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'Chicken in the Middle' dog treats recalled

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A Class III - unpublicized - recall has been issued for Dingo "Chicken in the Middle" chip twists for dogs due to possible contamination with Amantadine, an antiviral human drug not approved for use in animal food.
This Class III recall was found on the United States Federal Drug Administration website "Enforcement Report - Week of September 23, 2015," however, the company failed to issue a press release about the recall.
To a query from animal advocate Susan Thixton of http://truthaboutpetfood.com, the FDA responded by saying, "The FDA's Regulatory Procedures Manual does not require that a company notify the FDA or issue a press release for Class II or III recalls, although we encourage companies to do so.
"Class II is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. Class III is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences."
The recalled product, Dingo Chip Twists "Chicken in the Middle," for dogs is packed six per bag with a net weight of 3.9 ounces and the UPC 615650300600, and 16 per bag with a net weight of 9.59 ounces and UPC 615650990429. The responsible name on the label is United Pet Group, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio. The product was produced in China and the recall was initiated on July 17 of this year.
The product was distributed in Texas, as well as California, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. There was no foreign, military or government distribution.
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