The following items represent some of The Dog Food Advisor’s most frequently asked questions about dog food recalls.
Where can I find a list of the most recent dog food recalls?
The Dog Food Advisor maintains a list of recent recall alerts on its Dog Food Recalls summary page.
Once a company experiences a dog food recall, isn’t it more likely to happen to that same company again?
So far, we’ve never been able to find a scientific study proving the predictive ability of any one (human or pet) food recall to reliably forecast another. Most recall events appear to be random and entirely unpredictable.
How do dog food recalls affect your star ratings?
As we explain throughout our website, our star ratings are based upon the information we retrieve from government-regulated and standardized pet food labels only.
Pet (and human) food recalls should be considered a natural result of any properly functioning food distribution system.
Food recalls typically involve only a limited number of product runs and batches — at a particular point in time.
So, just because a specific recipe has been recalled does not mean the entire brand should be considered permanently defective.
Is there any way I can get dog food recall alerts sent to me?
We make every effort to alert our readers the moment we can confirm the news of a dog food recall. To be notified, be sure to sign up to receive free dog food recall alerts by email.
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Who is responsible for ordering a dog food recall?
Recalls are almost always voluntary. Sometimes a company discovers a problem and recalls a product on its own. Other times, a company recalls a product after the FDA raises concerns. Only in rare cases will the FDA request a recall.
What are the most common reasons for a dog food recall?
A dog food can be recalled for almost any reason. A few of the most common causes include contamination with mold, bacteria (like Salmonella) or a toxic substance (like aflatoxin).
How can I report a possible problem to the FDA?
The FDA maintains a system to help you report dog food products you suspect to be hazardous or defective.
You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.