Southeast United States grocery chain, Publix Supermarkets are voluntarily recalling all private labeled Publix brand Chicken Jerky dog treats due to the discovery of antibiotic residue.
Publix Supermarkets issued the following press release in regard to the recall:
LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats because it may contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue. The UPC, located on the back right-hand corner of the product, is 41415-18527 and the product comes in a 3.5oz bag. This product was sold in Publix grocery stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
“As part of our commitment to food safety, including that of our four-legged family members, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “To date, there have been no reported cases of pet illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department, Monday-Friday, 8a.m. – 7p.m., at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com/contact.”
These treats are among several other brands of chicken jerky dog treats imported from China that are found to contain the illegal antibiotic residue. While manufacturers maintain that this antibiotic residue is not responsible for the thousands of dog illnesses and hundreds of dog deaths, it is the first contaminant found only in the treats implicated.