Dog Treat Recall Prompts Nationwide Warning to Pet Owners

dog treat recall prompts nationwide warning to pet owners

A dog is pictured being fed a treat in this undated file photo. A recall announcement shared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warns pet owners that thousands of bags of "Green Tripe" dog treats could contain "foreign metal objects."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning dog owners that their pets could be in danger following the recall of treats that may be contaminated with "metal objects."

A voluntary recall announcement that was shared to the FDA website on Friday warns dog owners that "3,551 bags of Green Tripe dog treats" have been recalled "due to the potential presence of foreign metal objects."

The treats, made by Virginia-based TDBBS LLC and sold under the "Barkworthies" and "Best Bully Sticks" brand labels, were sold nationally in retail outlets and online from February 2024 to May 2024.

The recall announcement warns that "the potential presence of metal objects could pose a health hazard to your dog," although "there have been no reports of pet injury or illness regarding the potentially impacted product to date."

"If you believe your dog has consumed the affected product, you should monitor for any signs of illness [or] unusual behavior and contact a veterinarian in the event of any concerns," the announcement states.

The recall applies only to the following specific lots of treats:

  • Barkworthies brand "Green Tripe" treats in 7-ounce packages bearing the UPC code "816807015686," the item number "2015686," lot codes "WO151768" or "WO152373" and "best by" dates of February and March 2026.
  • Best Bully Sticks brand "Green Tripe" treats in a 2-pound bag with the UPC code "816807016027," the item number "1016027," lot codes "WO152669," "WO153321" or "WO152107" and "best by" dates from March to August 2026.
  • Best Bully Sticks brand "Green Tripe" treats in a 5-pound bag with the UPC code "816807016010," item number "1016010," lot codes "WO151401," "WO152319" or "WO153179" and "best by" dates from January to April 2026.

Those who purchased the affected products were urged to immediately stop feeding the treats to their pets and throw them away. The company said that it was "working with distributors and retailers to ensure that the affected products are no longer sold and have been removed from inventory."

Customers were also told that the recalled treats could be returned and questions could be addressed by contacting TDBBS LLC via phone at 877-483-5853 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday Eastern time or by emailing [email protected].

The exact type of "foreign metal objects" that might be present in the treats, as well as where they may have come from, was unclear at the time of publication.

Newsweek reached out for comment to TDBBS LLC via email on Friday night.

A Newsweek review of FDA records in May revealed that there had been a significant increase in the number of recalls for pet food products in recent years.

While some recalls were initiated over concerns of potential contamination with pathogens or other dangerous substances, other recalls took place due to the suspected presence of foreign metal objects.

Over 300 bags of "Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Grilled Steak & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food" sold in four states were recalled last month after they were found to contain metal pieces.

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