Cat Treat Recall

Several cat food and cat treat brands from Arthur Dogswell might contain an unapproved antibiotic.

By CatChannel News Editors | Posted: July 29, 2013, 10 a.m. EDT

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Catswell Treat Recall
Catswell cat treats with a "Best Before" date of Jan. 28, 2015, are being pulled from shelves.
Dogswell and Catswell jerky treats made with chicken or duck and bearing a "Best Before” date of Jan. 28, 2015, or earlier are being withdrawn because they may contain trace amounts of an antibiotic residue not approved for use in the United States.

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The dog and cat treats should not pose a health risk to pets or people, according to the manufacturer, Los Angeles-based Arthur Dogswell LLC.

The company reported Friday that the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets discovered the antibiotic during routine product sampling. The antibiotic is accepted for use in poultry in other parts of the world, the company added.

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The withdrawn dog and cat food products include Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky under the Breathies, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Veggie Life, Vitality and Vitakitty brands. Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky with a "Best Before” date of Jan. 29, 2015, and later are not affected.

The date is stamped in black ink on the back of the package on the bottom right-hand side.

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"We encourage our customers to reach out to us with any questions about this withdrawal,” said company spokesman Brad Armistead. "It is important for consumers to know that all Dogswell and Catswell products remaining on the market are safe for dogs and cats to consume and enjoy as directed.

"Since January, the company has been using state-of-the-art testing procedures to ensure that our chicken and duck products do not contain these unapproved antibiotics,” Armistead added.

Dog and cat owners may request a refund by calling 888-559-8833 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time Monday through Friday.
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Don    Syracuse, NY

8/16/2013 3:44:33 AM

Oh my goodness! I'll have to watch the news more often.

alesha    nixa, MO

8/9/2013 12:17:53 PM

My babies hated them, but I had stocked up on sales, now need to get refund, wish these COMPANIES would get act together!!

Sarah    De Pere, WI

8/8/2013 6:38:12 PM

All of these products say right on the front "NO Antibiotics". So if this wasn't a prohibited antibiotic would we even have found out it contained antibiotics? Makes me wonder about what else is in these.
Also, I have three bags of these in my cupboard I've been using that are a bit expired. Does anyone know if that makes a difference for the recall?

Carol    Silver Spring, MD

8/8/2013 6:31:43 PM

A double edged sword: great that the identification and recall was made, but where was the manufacturing quality control that let it pass in the first place. It's difficult to have a level of trust in corporate America.

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