The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz(R) Chicken Chews(TM) and Hartz(R) Oinkies(R) Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs

Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:00pm EST

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SECAUCUS, N.J.,  Jan. 25, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The Hartz Mountain Corporation
is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz  Chicken Chews and Hartz  Oinkies Pig Skin
Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in  the United States  because they contain
trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.

We are taking this action after recent Hartz testing found trace amounts of
unapproved antibiotic residue in samples of Hartz Chicken Chews and Oinkies Pig
Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken products. Even though two-thirds of the
products we tested did not contain antibiotic residues, we would rather be
overly cautious by voluntarily withdrawing these products from the market.

These 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 & Markets (NYSDAM) 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," said  Sean McNear, Sr. Director of Quality and
Regulatory at Hartz Mountain.

There is no indication that the trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue
are linked to the FDA's ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products produced
in  China. The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a health or pet
safety risk.

No other Hartz products are affected by this withdrawal.  

If you have these products contact the Hartz Consumer Affairs team (24 hours/day
7 days/week) at 1-800-275-1414 for a product refund or go to  www.hartz.com  for
additional information.

SOURCE  The Hartz Mountain Corporation

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