Canine Carry Outs Pet Food Recall History
Has Canine Carry Outs Ever Been Recalled?
No, Canine Carry Outs has never been recalled.
In 2015, rumors began circulating across social media platforms regarding the inclusion of propylene glycol in Canine Carry Outs. These rumors claimed that propylene glycol was a hidden name for antifreeze. They also claimed that propylene glycol could cause seizures and death in dogs.
Propylene glycol could indeed be used as an antifreeze, but the consumption of propylene glycol is considered safe for dogs. In fact, propylene glycol is often referred to as the pet-safe antifreeze.
The FDA has classified propylene glycol as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) for use in dog food. Although there are plenty of credible research articles which question the FDA's decision, the notion that propylene glycol will cause seizures and death is an exaggeration.
The most common usage of propylene glycol in dog food is to absorb water and maintain moisture levels. The most common type of products which contain propylene glycol are semi-moist dog foods.
In general, brands which add propylene glycol into their recipes are lower-quality grocery store brands. These dog foods often include many other harmful ingredients such as artificial colors and preservatives.
We'd also like to highlight that propylene glycol is banned for use in cat food. Be careful not to feed Canine Carry Outs or any other brand of treats with propylene glycol to your cats.
Here is a statement provided by the FDA regarding propylene glycol in cat food.
propylene glycol was used as a humectant in soft-moist pet foods, which helps retain water and gives these products their unique texture and taste. It was affirmed Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for use in human and animal food before the advent of soft-moist foods.
It was known for some time that propylene glycol caused Heinz Body formation in the red blood cells of cats (small clumps of proteins seen in the cells when viewed under the microscope), but it could not be shown to cause overt anemia or other clinical effects.
However, reports in the veterinary literature of scientifically sound studies have shown that propylene glycol reduces the red blood cell survival time, renders red blood cells more susceptible to oxidative damage, and has other adverse effects in cats consuming the substance at levels found in soft-moist food.
In light of these new data, CVM amended the regulations to expressly prohibit the use of propylene glycol in cat foods.
Where Are Canine Carry Outs Treats/Chews Made?
Canine Carry Outs are made in the USA. All major ingredients are sourced from suppliers in the USA. Here is the official statement regarding the origin of Canine Carry Outs taken directly from the Canine Carry Outs website.
All Canine Carry Outs® chewy dog treats are made right here in the USA. All major ingredients, including the meat, come from the USA. Like most pet companies, we source a limited amount of minor ingredients from other countries due to limited availability in the U.S. We do not source any of our ingredients from China.
Are Canine Carry Outs Treats/Chews Safe?
Although Canine Carry Outs has never issued a recall, we have serious questions regarding the safety of ingredients used to produce their dog food products.
In addition to propylene glycol, Canine Carry Outs also adds artificial food coloring dyes and artificial preservatives into all of their treats. Despite being classified as safe by the FDA, these ingredients are known to cause serious health issues in large quantities.
For example, many treats manufactured by Canine Carry Outs contain the artificial preservative BHA. The U.S. National Institutes of Health has reported that BHA is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. They supported this statement with animal studies which showed that high doses of BHA caused papillomas and squamous cell carcinomas. In layman terms, BHA was been shown to cause cancer in rats and hamsters.
Furthermore, Canine Carry Outs chooses to add artificial food coloring into all of their dog chews/treats. They include a wide variety of artificial colors, include Blue 1, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 40, and others. Most of these artificial food coloring dyes have been shown to cause serious health problems in animal studies.
Although Canine Carry Outs has never been recalled, we cannot affirmatively say that Canine Carry Outs is completely safe because of these questionable ingredients.