During routine testing of their products, the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets discovered that a sample of their Dogswell Happy Hips Chicken Breast Jerky contained trace amounts of an antibiotic residue that has not been approved for use in the United States, the company said on their website.
There is no evidence that products containing trace amounts of this antibiotic pose a health risk for pets or humans. The antibiotic is accepted for use in other countries, including the European Union.
“Since we were notified by the NYSDAM the week of July 22nd, we have made the decision to voluntarily withdraw Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky under the Breathies, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Veggie Life, Vitality, and Vitakitty brands that are labeled with a “Best Before” date of January 28th, 2015, or any earlier date,” the company said.
The vast majority of these products were distributed before March 1.
“Since January, we have been using state-of-the-art testing procedures to ensure that our chicken and duck products do not contain these or other unapproved antibiotics” the company said on their website. “All chicken and duck breast jerky products with a “Best Before” date of January 29, 2015 and later have been fully tested for and do not contain these antibiotics.”
No other products are affected.
“We are doing everything we can to resolve this situation quickly and ensure that our consumers like you can feel confident feeding Dogswell and Catswell products to their companions, as we do here,” the company said.