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Hartz Mountain Corporation Voluntarily Withdrawing Two Products

January 30, 2013

Hartz is withdrawing its Hartz Chicken Chews and its Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs after finding trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of the products.

The recall was done by Hartz even though two-thirds of the products that were tested did not contain antibiotic residues. The antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other countries, including European Union member states, but are not among those approved in the U.S. Based on the FDA’s review of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets results, 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.

Immediately upon learning of this finding, Hartz contacted the FDA to share our test results and execute a nationwide voluntary withdrawal. There have been no known illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products.

“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,” Sean McNear, senior director of quality and regulatory at Hartz Mountain, said.

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