Petco Food Bowl Recall


Petco has announced a voluntary recall of certain stainless steel pet food bowls due to contamination with radioactive material.

The following company statement provides full details:
Petco Pet Food Bowl

Petco has determined that one of its foreign suppliers used stainless steel mistakenly containing small quantities of Cobalt-60 when fabricating certain orders of certain SKUs/models of stainless steel pet food bowls. Cobalt-60 is a radioactive material commonly used in industrial gauging equipment and other uses.

We don’t know for certain how it got into our product, but we believe it came from scrap metal that had some Cobalt-60 accidentally mixed in. The affected products were found to emit low levels of radiation.

The Cobalt-60 levels in the affected products are far below State and Federal regulatory limits. All of the expert testing conducted on these products to date indicates that there is no health risk to the public, to our associates or to pets.

To our knowledge, the affected products were limited to two cargo containers that entered the United States in late May and early June. We’ve also determined that the affected products pose no health risk, and were and are safe to be handled by our associates.

The issue was discovered by Customs and Border Protection agents during a routine import screening of one of the containers. That container was held at the port and never reached Petco. The second container had previously cleared Customs and reached Petco’s distribution network.

Upon learning of this issue following the delivery of the affected products to our distribution centers, we promptly retained experts to examine the potentially affected products, and those experts determined that the SKUs examined were safe for handling.

Out of concern that products from the second container reached our stores, we removed from our store shelves and from our website all products from the supplier that produced the bowls.

We have confirmed that the vast majority of all of the affected products remain at Petco distribution centers, are quarantined outside and never reached our stores.

We also confirmed that very few affected items were actually sold to consumers. We are working to contact those customers to inform them of the situation and to retrieve those particular bowls.

Petco has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a number of state governments, and is in the process of notifying other appropriate states as we continue to collect and verify information.

The Illinois state government did its own testing and issued a news release stating that “a person would have to hold one of the bowls against their chest for roughly six and a half days to receive a dose of radiation equivalent to a single chest X-ray,” and that “these bowls do not pose an immediate health risk.”

Petco tested other stainless steel pet products it carries from other suppliers and found no similar issues. The supplier that produced the affected products has told us that it has already instituted special screening procedures. We are in the process of reviewing those procedures ourselves, and we have put a hold on future shipments until this issue is resolved.

Customers who purchased these products between the dates of May 31 and June 20, 2012, should bring it to their local Petco store for a full refund. If you have any questions, please call Petco Customer Service at 877-738-6742.

SKU numbers can be found on labels inside and on the bottom of the bowls.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

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  • dchassett

    Just ordered three sets of the small dog bowls for food and one set of the large to use as water bowls from Silly to say, but they are beautiful. Love the rounded bottoms on the inside so that no food gets left behind. I got three sets so that I always have one set for my three dogs while the others are in the dishwasher. By the way I put them in dishwasher as soon as they arrived and they came out spectacular. Also feeling very safe that they are made in the USA of USA stainless steel. It’s as important to know what your feeding your dogs out of as it is what food your putting in their bowls. Happy campers my dogs and I.

  • Betsy Greer

    You bet. I’m already working on another shopping cart right now. : )

  • Basis Pet

    Hey Betsy, thanks for ordering and for the kind words. Both are VERY much appreciated!

  • InkedMarie

    Thanks for saying this, Betsy! I want to order more soon, so fa I just got bowls

  • Betsy Greer

    I ordered a couple of large antlers from Basis Pet on Monday evening and they arrived this morning, Thursday. They’re nice looking, clean split antlers. They were both on the long end of the stated length of the item on the website and while one weighed exactly within the weight stated on the site, the other weighed several ounces more. They’re really nice and I’m very pleased with my purchase. I’ll be ordering more!

  • Basis Pet
  • Basis Pet

    Hey Betsy, It’s a fair question, and truth is, the bowl you’re using may be fine. The problem is that there are no standards or regulations for pet food bowls, and in an effort to keep costs down, most companies do not go out of their way to ensure a safe product themselves. Steel from low quality producers can be contaminated by many things – radioactive sources like in the Petco recall above, but even by lead or mercury metals. This doesn’t mean every bowl, or even the majority of bowls produced are contaminated. But, it does mean that when you’re picking a bowl from a foreign supplier up off the store shelf, there’s no way to tell if you’re getting one of the good ones or one of the bad ones.

    I think that a food bowl is a great place to splurge, frankly. If you get a good one, it’ll last for many years, and the cost becomes a drop in the bucket compared with the routine costs of owning a pet. It makes even more sense to ensure you’re getting a bowl that’s free of contamination when you’re burdening the extra expense of a premium food.

    As to the bowls I think you’re mentioning, see this link and specifically, the second paragraph:

    Again, I’m not trying to call out any specific company. Truth is, they all use the same suppliers, typically in India.

  • Betsy Greer

    I use stainless steel bowls that have a “bonded rubber ring” on the base of the bowl to keep them from skidding around. I like that. I’m sure you know who makes them. Why shouldn’t I use those?

  • Pattyvaughn

    You can certainly post a link.

  • Basis Pet

    Questions are always welcome. If you have more, you can also feel free to email me. My address is on the website (not sure I can post it here so I won’t).

  • InkedMarie

    Ok, figured I’d ask. I love the dog bowls…I will measure the size I currently use. I have no idea how many cups they are.

  • Basis Pet

    Hey neighbor! Sadly, they aren’t available in retail stores at this time (with a couple of exceptions, but none in NH). I’m still at a very small scale so the costs scare most retailers away! We’re pretty much online only for now.

  • InkedMarie

    Wow, pretty interesting! Are they available in stores? I’m in central nh

  • Basis Pet

    Wow! Thanks for the kind words, Jan! I’m thrilled to hear you’re happy with your purchase.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I know this was posted a long time ago, but I just wanted to make sure your ceramic bowls also come from the USA and the glaze doesn’t contain lead. 🙂

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I have a few made in America bowls I’ve ordered recently. I am not using any others now. I love all these bowls! I have bowls from Basis Pet, they’re stainless steel. I have bowls from Platinum Pet, they’re stainless steel. And, I have bowls from Fiesta Ware….I admit, these are my favorite. They are just like the Fiesta Ware dinnerware. They come in great colors and are glass, good weight, sizes, etc. Oh, I forgot to add that I have some handmade ceramic spaniel bowls that are glazed properly that are very nice, too! Thanks to all those who make bowls in the USA.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I have your bowls for my dogs and cat! Ordered them recently….they’re very nice. Thanks!

  • Basis Pet

    Yay! Please do!

  • I might have to look into that. Haven’t looked at my dogs’ bowls yet!!

  • Basis Pet

    I own a small pet products company in Vermont and I’m pretty sure we’re the only ones truly making a 100% made in the USA pet bowl. You’re all welcome to shop with us! -Basis Pet

  • Yay ceramic!

  • Bj Hocke

    If you go to a local owned pet supply store you will probably have better luck trying to find a US made bowl. The clerks, generally speaking, are able to find a little bit more information on their products.

  • Brindle

    I had one of the three styles of bowls outlined in the recall and they had no problem giving a full refund without a receipt this weekend. The bowls were actually about a year older than the recall batch and all the SKU stickers were missing. The store clerks were super helpful and friendly about it. I walked out with cash. Hopes this helps anyone hesitant about taking their bowls back. Now I’m at a loss of where to find USA-made Stainless Steel. Like the other commenter said, an internet search is finding nothing. Has anyone had any luck?

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  • Guess who’s eating out of the bag and drinking from my US made bowl… 😛

  • Snappy

     Maybe it is safer just to eat off the floor!!!

  • Leave it to IEMA to tell someone how to start a law suit!  I guess we know where one of the many Russian Co-60 sources went.

  • LabsRawesome
  • InkedMarie

    Dave, can you give us the link to where you order from? Thank you!

  • Dave’s Hounds

    Erin C – it is ridiculous that you have to get political. Romney was Gov of MA and a venture capitalist. The reason these products are made in India and China is because Americans wanted the cheapest prices possible – that is why we no longer manufacture electronics etc. Americans didn’t flock to Walmart because they wanted to buy American – they want to save money. Maybe all of this will help us get back to buying American made products. I am willing to pay more for almost any product if it is made in the US.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    I order most of my dog products from a supplier in TN (online) that specializes in US made products and they told me that there are no stainless steel bowls made in the US – most are made in India. 

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  • Chelebell34

    Thats gweat that your pulling this bowl! I think you also pull all the chicken treats among others that are killing our animals as well! Cmon petco step up and be the hero that will stop it!

  • Shawna

    My post didn’t initially show — when I reposted it did so deleting the duplicate.. SORRY 😉

  • Shawna

    I think everyone who voted for NAFTA (democrates and republicans alike) shares some responsibility :).

  • erin c.

    Hey, we were told to use Stainless Steel containers to carry our water around, and put our hot coffee in.

    Most stainless steel coffee mugs are made in China, no?

  • erin c.

    Just wondering…

    Was Romney the first to use China to make stuff?

    It’s probably Bush’s fault. 😉

  • erin c.

    From all the radioactive material in our water and on land, what doesn’t have traces of radioactivity?

  • erin c.

    Let’s see ceramic might have lead, glass might have lead, and stainless steel might have radioactive material.

    Back to plastic bowls?

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  • dixon_mason

    BTW, MOST human vitamin supplements, including all Vitamin E and B-12, is produced entirely in China now. There is no escaping it. We and our pets are being forced to consume Chinese-made poison. Have to agree about Romney, but unfortunately the incumbent is just as bad in dealing with dangerous Chinese imports.

  • melissa


    you would need to contact Petco- but, if I had purchased bowls during this time frame, you had better believe me, the bowls and the receipt would have already been there  : )

  • Doves3

    What about us Rescues that just bought some extra bowls….. we use the bowls, and the stickers with the SKU# are gone…now what?? WOW. 

  • Dave’s Hounds

     who was the “manufacturer”

  • Luke6_39

     Why do you even need to ask….CHINA!  Where else????  Oh and BTW…they should have put ” ” around the word accident.  This crap is a pattern, not an accident.

  • Joan

    lemme guess…..CHINA! I refuse to buy and pet or human foods from CHINA! Now, i will refuse to buy anything from CHINA! Buy MADE IN AMERICA! Put Americans back to work, and do not vote for Romney!

  • Tobycappel

    “SKU numbers can be found on labels inside and on the bottom of the bowls.”

    And what sku #s are we looking for?  I saw no list or link to a list.  All those paragraphs of apology yet no sku #?

  • Same country that makes the poisoned dog treats they continue to sell – CHINA

  • melissa

    Love the line “foreign suppliers”…which country this time??

  • melissa

    At 10hrs a day, its more like one xray every 15.6days. Either way, I would not want a radioactive bowl no mater HOW low the dose was!

  • Wirthitfrenchies

    So if one of these bowls is in their kennel where they are 10 hours a day they would probably be getting an x ray every week?