Cause: Potentially elevated levels of thyroid hormone
Announcement: FDA recall notice dated March. 27, 2020
What was recalled: Castor & Pollux and Merrick beef dog treat varieties
Merrick Pet Care is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of beef dog treats due to potentially elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. The affected treats were distributed nationwide in the US and in certain parts of Canada.
The health risk was brought to attention due to a consumer complaint about a dog’s health being impacted by eating Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky. The recall includes specific production codes of the following beef treat products:
- Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Prime Patties Real Beef Recipe 4 oz.
- Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Sausage Cuts Real Beef Recipe 5 oz.
- Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky 4.5 oz.
- Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Sausage Cuts 5 oz.
- Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Steak Patties 4 oz.
Consuming high levels of beef thyroid hormone can cause dogs to experience increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate, and restlessness. Prolonged exposure may lead to more serious illness.