Dog Food Recall: A Deadly Timeline [A Must Read]

By Chelsea Hunt-Rivera / January 29, 2018
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Good pet owners want their dogs to grow up to be big, strong, healthy dogs! That’s why they splurge when it comes to buying quality dog food. However, from time to time, dog food brands have to recall their products due to unforeseen complications. Sadly by the time the dog food recall is issued, some pets may have fallen victim to the negligence of some of these pet food brands. You may be surprised at how often this occurs in the United States. With that being said we’ve compiled a list of dog food recalls listed by date.

Wysong Dog Food Recall – 2009

The Wysong Corporation pet food company issued a dog food recall for several batches of its products due to an “above acceptable level of moisture” which could cause the formation of mold. The affected products include several batches of the Wysong Canine Diets Maintenance and Senior brands:

  1. Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090617
  2. Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090624
  3. Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090706
  4. Wysong Maintenance™: lot #: 090720
  5. Wysong Senior™: lot #: 090623

The actual date of the recall is unclear, but the Wysong Corporation posted a warning on their site on October 12, 2009.

Merrick Pet Treats Recall – 2011

The voluntary recall of the Junior Texas Taffy Pet Treat brand was issued by Merrick Pet Car, Inc. due to possible contamination of Salmonella bacteria. Dogs affected with salmonella may experience bloody diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramping, fever, and vomiting. There have been no illnesses reported to date involving any dog treat associated with this company.

Nature’s Variety Dog Food Recall – 2012

The dog food products Prairie Beef Meal and Barley Medley Kibble were recalled due to an abnormal odor that was said to develop over an extended period of time. The company claimed that the food wasn’t contaminated. However, they issued the voluntary recall to ensure that their consumers “only receive the freshest and highest quality product possible”. The recall products encompassed dog food for both small and large breed dogs.

The below products were affected by the recall:

  • UPC# 7 69949 60420 4 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 5 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60425 9 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 15 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60430 3 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 30 lb
  • UPC# 7 69949 60432 7 – Prairie Beef Meal & Barley Medley Kibble for Dogs 3 oz sample

Claudia’s Cuisine Dog Candy Recall – 2012

Claudia’s Cuisine issued a voluntary recall for its dog food products Dog Candy Blueberry Hound Cake and Dog Candy Fruit Hound Cake due to the possible contamination of mold. There were no reported cases of illnesses associated with these products.

Pedigree Dog Food Recall – 2012

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Mars Petcare Us was forced to recall three of its Pedigree weight management canned products due to the potential of chocking. While the dog food was being produced several small bits of blue plastic made its way into the food. Multiple consumers have reported finding the blue plastic within their dog food. However, there have been no reported injuries related to this incident.

Mars Petcare US has been working with its business partners and distributors to remove all affected products from retailers across the country.

Wellness Dog Food Recall – 2012

WellPet LLC issued a recall for several of its dry kibble dog treats due to possible moisture contamination. The recall is for the Wellness Small Breed Adult Health dry dog food contained within the 12 lb bag. The affected products have a “Best by” date of August 18, 2013. The company released a statement warning customers of the recall stating that “high moisture may cause food to mold before its expiration date, but poses no health risk.”

Dogsbutter Peanut Butter For Dogs Recall – 2013

Initially, Sunland, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of a few of their food products for humans. Eventually, that recall extended to their pet food products as well. This was due to a possible outbreak of salmonella. The recall included the 16-ounce jars of Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB. The Recall affects products with a “Best By” date of between May 1st and September 24, 2013.

Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat Dog Food Recall – 2013

The IMS Trading Corp issued a voluntary recall of its Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets detected small amounts of antibiotic residue from several samples of the product.

China approves of the use of antibiotics in poultry (where the dog food originated), but the U.S. deems it illegal for food use. Initially, New York State officials demanded that the Chicken Jerky Treat be removed from the state of New York alone. However, IMS Trading Corp decided to remove their recall product nationwide as they conducted tests for further detection of antibiotics.

Hy-Vee Dog Food Recall – 2013

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Hy-Vee, Inc. has recalled specific packages of their dog food products due to the discovery of higher than normal levels of aflatoxin in samples of their dog food. Aflatoxin is a toxic compound that’s most commonly found in contaminated corn.

This dangerous compound was discovered after the Iowa Department of Agriculture conducted a routine test on various samples of Hy-Vee dog food.

The growth of mold known as Aspergillus flavus causes Aflatoxin. If pets consume too much of this compound they can incur aflatoxin poisoning which can lead to a variety of ill effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Causes the eyes to develop a yellowish tint
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sluggishness

  The below products were targeted for recall:

  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 34 lb. bag) UPC #07545005647 with lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 8 lb. bag) UPC #07545005667 with a lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a Lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a lot number ending with 29912KC and a “Best By” date of 11/25/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 20 lb. bag) UPC #07545005680 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005560 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13

To date, there have been no reported illnesses from dogs who have consumed the affected products.

Nature’s Variety Dog Food Recall – 2013

Nature Variety issued a voluntary recall for a single batch of Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula due to a potential choking risk. The company became aware of the issue after a customer complained that they found clear plastic mixed in with their dog food. Nature Variety discovered the source of the issue and rectified the situation.

The affected products are only limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best by” date of 10/04/13:

  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case

There have been no actual reports of pets harmed by this dog food product.

Bravo! Dog Food Recall – 2013

Bravo! was forced to recall its raw poultry-based pet foods after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) discovered Salmonella contamination after a routine sample test. The only affected product is the Bravo! Chick Blend 2 lb bag with a “Best By” date of 6/14/14. No other products by the brand were involved. There has yet to be any reports of dogs adversely affected by the affected products to date.

Purina Dog Food Recall – 2013/2016

Purina has had more than one dog food recall over its lengthy history. During the summer of 2013, Purina sent out a voluntary dog food recall for a batch of Purina One smartblend dog food due to possible salmonella contamination. Just three years later in 2016, Purina sent out another dog food recall for 5 separate varieties of Purina Pro Plan wet dog food due to inadequate levels of vitamins and minerals. They’ve even had to deal with a recall involving cat food back in 2011. Despite these hiccups, the company still maintains a great reputation.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Dog Food Recall – 2014

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. called for a voluntary recall of 62 15.5 lbs bags of Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry food due to possible salmonella contamination.  The recall product was only part of a single production run and only 62 bags were affected. Hill pet, Inc. has expressed their regret over the incident.  Hill pet nutrition dog food can typically only be purchased through a veterinarian and is largely popular due to its benefits to dog health.

Rawhide Dog Chews Dog Food Recall – 2017

United Pet Group recalled many of its rawhide dog chew products due to possible chemical contamination of many of its products. Initially, the recall only affected a few of their most popular dog food brands. However, the recall soon expanded to also include their private label brands.

The original products that were recalled (voluntarily):

  • Good ‘n’ Fun
  • Healthy Hide
  • Good ‘n’ Fit
  • American Beefhide
  • Digest-eeze

These dog food products were eventually swept into the expanded recall:

  • Dentahex Oral Care Chew!
  • Companion (your trusted friend)
  • Essential Everyday
  • Dentley’s
  • Enzadent
  • Exer-Hides
  • Good Lovin’
  • Will Country Fare
  • Petco
  • Priority Total Pet Care

Just Food For Dogs Recall – 2018

The Just Food for Dogs brand issued a recall of its frozen dog food in January 2018 due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The affected products:

  • JustFoodForDogs Turducken
  • Beef and Russet Potato
  • Fish and Sweet Potato

The cause of the recall was a woman who reported that her Turducken mix caused her dogs to experience diarrhea and vomiting. Immediately lab results revealed that the green beans contained within the dog food were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Keep your dog safe!

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Sadly, this article barely scratches the surface of the many dozens of dog food recalls in the United States each year. The best way to keep your dog safe is to research the reputation of the companies behind your favorite dog food brands. For the sake of your dog, do your homework. There are plenty of great brands out there that have no record of a pet food recall!

About the author

Chelsea Hunt-Rivera

Chelsea Rivera is a Dedicated Pet Parent who loves to create amazing content for pet owners and is helping change pet wellness as the Head of Content for