Addiction Dog Food Recall of September 2016


September 8, 2016 — Addiction Foods of Seattle, WA, announced it is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of its New Zealand Brushtail and Vegetable and New Zealand Venison and Apple canned dog foods.1

Addiction New Zealand Brushtail Dog Food

Addiction New Zealand Venison

What’s Being Recalled?

The affected product was shipped to select distributors and online retailers between February 11, 2016 and March 19, 2016 and include the following:

  • Addiction New Zealand Brushtail and Vegetables Canned Dog Food Entrée
    Size: 13.8oz/390g
    UPC Code: 8 885004 070028
    Lot Number: 8940:02Dec2018
    Expiration Date: December 2018
  • Addiction New Zealand Venison and Apples Canned Dog Food Entrée
    Size: 13.8oz/390g
    UPC Code: 8 885004 070462
    Lot Number: 8936:01Dec2018
    Expiration Date: December 2018

No other Addiction Pet Food products are affected by this recall.

What Caused the Recall

Addiction’s testing has identified elevated levels of Vitamin A and a slight variance in calcium / phosphorous ratios.

There have been no reports of animal health concerns. However, the company claims the affected lots do not meet its quality standards.

According to the company, Addiction Food’s top priority is the safety and quality of its products. For this reason, they are taking immediate action and implementing additional operating procedures to prevent a similar issue from occurring in the future.

What It Means to You

If dogs were fed exclusively these products for 60 days, the expected effect would be a reduction in appetite.

Exposure to excessive Vitamin A levels for an extended period of time may cause adverse health consequences in young, growing animals.

Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, the company is voluntarily recalling these products.

What to Do?

Consumers who purchased the affected items are asked to discontinue use of the product.

Unused cans may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers may contact the company at 425-251-0330, Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm PST.

Or via email at [email protected]

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Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  1. Confirmed via company email 9/8/2016
  • Yoyo

    What about the brand Mauri, which is now Koha? They have food with Brushtail from New Zealand in it, or at least that’s what the pet food store told us.

  • Alvin Wong

    Thanks !

  • KcQ8ov

    Just an observation. As someone that has worked in healthcare, they really should consider changing the name of their product.
    Just my opinion, but, I would never buy a product that was called “Addiction”.

  • Di4dogs

    Would you consider feeding another food with this one to cut the vitamin dosage? It seems reasonable..

  • Chris Ridling

    I’m sorry to sound so skeptical but this almost smells like a publicity stunt. I should be more trusting I know.

  • Andy

    Vitamin A is an important nutrient for all dogs, and deficiencies can cause problems with vision, growth and skin and coat health. But it is also one of two vitamins which can cause toxicosis in excessive amounts, which can lead to muscle weakness and bone abnormalities. This would require massive doses for months or years, however.

  • Gale

    Vit A can cause birth defects in puppies when mom eats too much vit A

  • Dolores Musumeci

    Yes, I did that. They told me it’s only those expiration dates.

  • Mary Vedder

    “Exposure to EXCESSIVE Vitamin A levels for an extended period of time may cause adverse health consequences in young, growing animals.”

  • Sherry

    I would call the phone # just to make sure.

  • Dolores Musumeci

    Is it just the ones with expiration of December 2018. My cans have same UPC code but different expiration dates?????

  • Lyman Duggan

    Is Vitamin A harmful to dogs?