Recall: Merrick, Castor & Pollux dog treats (05/23/2018)


Date: 05/23/2018
Brands: Merrick, Castor & Pollux
Company: Merrick Pet Care

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Merrick Pet Care, of Amarillo, Texas, is recalling various beef dog treat varieties due to the potential that they contain elevated levels of a naturally-occurring beef thyroid hormone.

Tainted Batch Details:

The impacted production includes the following items and lots:

Item UPC Best Before Date Range
Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Prime Patties Real Beef Recipe 4 oz. 780872510806 5/1/2017 – 9/1/2019
Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Sausage Cuts Real Beef Recipe 5 oz. 780872510745 5/1/2017 – 9/1/2019
Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky 4.5 oz. 022808786160 5/1/2019 – 9/1/2019
Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Sausage Cuts 5 oz. 022808786047 5/1/2017 – 9/1/2019
Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Steak Patties 4 oz. 022808786078 5/1/2017 – 9/1/2019
These treats are distributed in the U.S. through pet specialty, grocery and online retailers with limited distribution in Canada.

Below are just some recommended actions that you may want to take if you believe  that your dog has consumed the tainted batch.  As with all content this website, we remind you to please use this information at your own risk. You may also want to consider other actions and options beyond what is listed:

  • Discontinue use immediately
  • Check your dog for symptoms of consuming high levels of thyroid hormone
  • Call veterinarian to check any dogs that may have consumed it
  • Notify the company

Reference link to the recall on FDA website

Thyroid Hormone

Dogs consuming high levels of beef thyroid hormone may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness. These symptoms may resolve when the consumption of these levels is discontinued. However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or labored breathing.

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