September 26, 2015 – The recall of Dingo Chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle” dog treats has been announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to the potential to be contaminated with Amantadine. Amantadine is an antiviral human drug that has not been approved for use in animal food.
- United Pet Group, Inc. Cincinnati, OH.
NOTE: Since there is no press release about this recall to date, we are unable to provide the actual photo of the recalled product. However, the product looks similar to the ones shown above. You would have to match the best buy date mentioned below for the actual recalled products.
- Dingo chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle”
- Dingo chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle” Dog Chew Treats which include 2 different package sizes.
6-pack: Best by Date 5/16/2017
16-pack: Best by Date 12/27/2015 and 5/16/2017
Why recalled? potential to be contaminated with Amantadine.
- There has been no press release about this recall yet.
- FDA has labeled this event a Class III recall, which means it is upto the company to issue a press release about this product.
- The recalled product was made in China and was distributed in the following states:
California, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
What to do?
- If you are a U.S. citizen, you can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area. Or you can also go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
- Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
About Amantadine & its veterinary misuse:
- In 2005, Chinese poultry farmers were reported to have used amantadine to protect birds against avian influenza.
- In Western countries and according to international livestock regulations, amantadine is approved only for use in humans.
- Chickens in China have received an estimated 2.6 billion doses of amantadine. Avian flu (H5N1) strains in China and southeast Asia are now resistant to amantadine, although strains circulating elsewhere still seem to be sensitive.
- If amantadine-resistant strains of the virus spread, the drugs of choice in an avian flu outbreak will probably be restricted to the scarcer and costlier oseltamivir and zanamivir, which work by a different mechanism and are less likely to trigger resistance.
Source – Wikipedia
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