For FDA Recall Information:

Pet Food Recalls

It is difficult to keep up with pet food recalls.  The raw diets are commonly recalled for E.Coli, Salmonella and other similar food poisonings.  If you go to there is some information about the some current recall, yet this site is maintained by law firms that are seeking clients for a class action law suit.  The best site is the agency which regulates pet and human foods; go to convenience we also have this and the FDA website link on our clinic website at; go into the Education and Resources and then into the Nutrition & Drug area.  

If you are looking for ALL of the recalls for food, human drugs, animal drugs, biologicals and medical devices go to one goes into and into the Education and Resources this and other links can be easily found.  If you want to be kept up to date on the recalls we do post them on our Twitter if/when we find these notices.  Once or twice a year we will post major problem recalls on our Facebook.  

There is also a which has the USA recalls for almost all products including animal medicines; pet foods are not at this site because pet foods are not regulated by the FDA.    

For information on pet food recalls you can also go to www.fda/gov  

If you want to report an issue, problem or concern, the FDA has a “Safety Reporting Portal”.  If you search the Internet you will find the site at……….. (a long address).

E.coli, Campylobactor and Salmonella recalls are very common with the non-processed raw meat products sold; too numerous to list.  It should be noted that all manufacturers can have a recall for many reasons and a quality pet food manufacturer usually has in-house quality control that may catch these problems before the items are released.  It is common for one manufacturer to make many different brands (private labeler).  The below are only other recent examples.  The FDA site above has a list going back many years for all species of animals.

  • Aflotoxins in pet food – Diamond Dry dog food, 2005.  Advanoneed, Iams (Proctor & Gamble), Kroger and others, 2011
  • Botulism from a human canned meat processor (canned dog food, 2007)
  • Listeria in Raw cat food (Radcat), Big Dog Food, Raw Dog and Cat food (Blue Ridge Beef) in 2016 also 2017
  • Melamine in wheat and rice gluten imported from china (2007)
  • Metal pieces in Grreat dog food (PetSmart) in 2017
  • Mold in Purely for Pets in 2015
  • Phenobarbital in 2017 involved may food (Against The Grain, Evanger, Party Animal,   
  • Plastic pieces in Cesar (Mars Pet Food) in 2016,
  • Propylene Glycol in Kitty Yums (Blue Buffalo) in 2015
  • Quaternary ammonia (a disinfectant) in rawhide pet chews (United Pet Group) in 2017
  • Salmonella in Iams cat food, 2010.   Bravo dog food, Blue Buffalo in 2015.  Big Dog Food, Raw Cat food (Radcat) in 2016. 
    • Pig ear treats with salmonella in pigs ears from Eurocan in 2017. Organic peanut pet treats due to salmonella.
    • SmallbBatch cat and dog food, Blue Ridge pet food in 2017.
  • Thiamine deficiency in Diamond cat food, 2009.  WellPet in 2011.  Best Furry Friends, 9 lives (JM Smucker),
    • Wervuva  (Massachusetts) in 2017.
  • Thyroid gland excess in Blue Buffalo, Well Pet in 2017.
  • Vitamin D excess in Blue Buffalo, 2010.


  • 10/2007 = jerky-style treats from China causing a Ganconi-like syndrome; a glucosuria and proteinuria for no reason initially


Livestock labeled feeds are usually controlled by the state’s department of agriculture.  The labeling requirements are much less than that for a pet food.  It should also be noted that drugs and human or pet food products are inspected by the FDA and/or human health departments; this is why you see pet food recalls but not any recalls on exotic and livestock feeds unless poisons or deaths are involved.  Supplements and vitamins have no protocols and oversight organizations; for more information go to   

Making your own pet food, especially a raw meat and/or bones diet, will increase the chances of your pet developing a bacterial food born disease such as E. Coli, Campylobacter or Salmonella; this includes buying such raw diets sold commercially.  If you grow your own root vegetables and/or feed these vegetables to your pets we recommend that you use only aged manure (3 years if untested and you are concern).

There have been foods and drugs that have been recalled and/or pubic concern that later evidence showed that in fact these products were safe.  Saccharin (1970’s, human), ethoxyquin (1990, pet food) are such examples.

For ALL of the recalls for animal drugs, human drugs, biologicals and medical devices go to (2011) also has the USA products which were recalled (except animal food which is not FDA regulated).