BARF World Dog Food Recall


April 1, 2013 – BARF World Inc. has today confirmed it is conducting a voluntary recall of three of its raw frozen dog food products due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

BARF Raw Frozen Patties Dog Food RecallThe company is recalling the following three products:

  • BARF Lamb Patties
  • BARF Combo Patties
  • BARF Combo Patties (bulk package)

All three products share the same “Use By” date of July 27, 2013.

BARF World has published a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide more details about the recall.

What to Do?

Consumers who find they have a recalled product at their home are advised to dispose of the product in a safe manner (i.e. in a securely covered trash receptacle).

They may also contact Christopher Hampson at 866-282-2273 to request a replacement or a refund. According to the company…

“In the meantime, you can go ahead and continue feeding any other bags of the BARF Diet that you have in stock.”

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

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  • I’m use in rotation Halo Herbal Dip and pure Eucalyptus Citriodora essential oil from StarWest Botanicals. I put a couple drops on their harness (or other cloth) before going out 3 or 4 times a week. They also have been getting Flea Free Supplement (garlic and vinegar) in their food which I am going to rotate with Bug Off. For the yard, I use garlic spray and neem oil spray and sometimes cedar oil spray during the spring and as needed. No fleas on my dogs or the fosters.

  • SummitLover1

    how effective do you find this? I’d be interested in your ‘recipe’ if it works!! :))
    I am trying to find a way to control fleas etc this way!

  • Madds

    It may of stood for “available” in the “70’s, but June’ is right’ it stands for “APPROPRIATE”. BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE,RAW,FOOD.
    Appropriate as in species appropriate.Many things are available but NOT “appropriate”,thats exactly why it’s appropriate,as in suitable,apt,natural to them!

    Biologically appropriate for Dogs & Cats as after all they are carnivorous by nature,and consider who they’re related too! Their digestive tract is very short,IT HAS NOT CHANGED.Nor have their teeth which are equipped to rip & shred raw meat,and crush bone.So an appropriate diet of RAW meat and Bones would be their natural diet of choice.Over processed Kibble is the most unnatural food a dog or cat can eat.And their digestive tracts and system is not equipped to cope,no wonder they have so many disorders.When fed over rated manufactured food,made for profit ONLY,its big business the pet food industry.And the ingredients in most commercial foods is appalling to say the least.Meat By products,grain and other fillers,preservatives,and other artificial substances.What do you think they do with whats left over and not fit for human consumption?most company’s also test their products inhumanely on other animals in labs or pay someone else to test.The pet food industry is a disgrace.
    Sadly for your pets, the pet food industry is rapidly becoming Big Business.
    Big Business to the tune of $15 billion worldwide.

    Behind closed doors, strategic acquisitions of smaller companies are quietly taking place – clearly to capitalize on the tremendous profits the pet food industry offers.

    What most pet owners don’t realize is that the pet food industry is actually an extension of the food and agricultural industries.

    Pet food provides these giant multinational corporations a very convenient and very profitable “built-in” market for wastes left over from their human food production.

    But here’s the problem… Your beloved pet was never designed to eat ‘wastes’.

    Today’s commercial pet food is a far cry from your dog’s or cat’s ancestral diet – the diet their species has thrived upon for thousands of years.

  • Guest

    Hmmm, I agree with the commentor below, however, when it comes to the original ‘BARF’ acronym coin phraser in Dr. Billinghurst, should anyone trust anything to do with BARF. I think much better to follow the advice of one and only Dr. Tom Lonsdale.

  • InkedMarie

    Hmm….my holistic vet didn’t have any when I took Gemma in in january

  • beaglemom

    Yea, the website isn’t the greatest. I hadn’t heard of “sentinel spectrum”… You can still get the original stuff with just the two drugs, so that’s good at least.

  • Pattyvaughn

    It was Sentinel.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Thanks Aimee, that is it.

  • aimee
  • Pattyvaughn

    I just went to their website and couldn’t find what my vet was talking about, which was months ago BTW. I can say I was NOT impressed with their website. They provide next to no info and no details, like they expect everyone to be too stupid to know what they are reading anyway. I’m guessing they expect everyone to blindly believe what they are told and unquestioningly follow their vets recommendations.

  • beaglemom

    I agree, the less chemicals the better. I don’t see anything about a new ingredient on their website. Let me know if you find out what your vet was talking about? I’d be interested to know.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Just to clarify, there is a type of tapeworms that they can get from eating lizards(at least cats can, never heard of dogs having it), but it takes a different medication to get rid of it, if your dog does somehow get it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    My vet said they are starting to come out again, but they added something to it. I don’t remember what it was for sure, but it seems to me it was something to kill tapeworms, which is the least noxious of all worms. Most dog don’t have a problem with tapeworms. My 11 year old dog has had them twice in her life, and my other 2 have longer thick coats, which pretty much prevent tapeworm infestation, since they have to eat fleas to get tapeworms. I don’t like being in a position where I feel I have to give more chemicals to my dogs than is absolutely necessary.

  • beaglemom

    Oh, right. Sorry πŸ™‚ It does look like Interceptor is still made like HDM said… my vet made me believe otherwise. Maybe they’re just not carrying it again, who knows.

  • InkedMarie

    Hi Beglemom, I know wht it is but I don’t need flea stuff, just heart worm protection

  • beaglemom

    Hi Marie, Sentinel is identical to Interceptor with the addition of a chemical that inhibits flea reproduction.

  • InkedMarie

    I dont use sentinel, used to use Interceptor which isn’t being made anymore (unless they have started back up in the last couple of months)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Marie –

    As far as I know Interceptor is still being sold. It’s in stock on the website I order my preventatives from.

    It’s also in stock on 1800 pet meds and Foster and Smith.

  • I was shocked when I was on just this afternoon and saw that they carried Sentinel. I didn’t think it was being made any longer. I first used it more than 10 years ago for my black lab that had flea bite dermatitis. We lived in the hot, humid Southeastern US and couldn’t get rid of the fleas. The Sentinel improved her quality of life so much.

  • Kate

    My vet told me this week that Novartis will still make Sentinel, if that’s any help. Could always get it via mail order?

  • InkedMarie

    I always used Interceptor as we had Shelties, I err on the side of caution. Wish they still made it. I think all my holistic vet has now is Heartguard

  • Shawna

    I don’t use traditional heartworm preventatives and haven’t for over 20 years. My vet does not either. We’re in Nebraska and our mosquito/heartworm season is approximately May through October.

    In addition to what the others have said, mosquitoes use the carbon dioxide exhaled when we and our pets breath as well as from the pores of our skin to track their next victim. Studies have shown that garlic throws them off track. Plus the oil from garlic kills mosquito larvae. Mosquitos can be controlled in the environment using garlic oil, eliminating standing water etc.

    Colorado State Extension Office has an article on garlics effectiveness against mosquitoes.

    Recently it was discovered that heartworm is not as deadly when the bacteria that hitchhikes along with them, wolbachia, are killed. I haven’t been able to find any data on it as wolbachia is a relatively new discovery but my guess is that garlic kills the wolbachia too. It is a very very effective antibacterial. With the wolbachia dead the heartworm can not reproduce and the one or few in the body will eventually die of old age without causing any harm. That’s if the larvae make it past the immune system to begin with.

    Dr. William Falconer DVM, in Austin Texas, is another vet that is anti-heartworm preventative. There are many other vets that don’t suggest the use of preventatives if you look for them.

    It is such a personal decision though.. We each have to live with the consequences of the decision we make (whether we give the preventative or not). So I think it is in our best interest to learn as much as we can about how heartworm is contracted, how pervasive it truly is in our area, can we manage the environment adequately, does pup have a strong immune system etc and then make the best choice for us and our situation.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Marie –

    I usually use Heartguard (just regular Heartguard not Heartguard Plus) but for this season I got Valuheart – generic to regular Heartguard, it was quite a bit cheaper.

  • InkedMarie

    HDM, what do you use for heart worm preventive?

  • I haven’t given it to my dogs since last year because of the toxicity. They all tested negative this month. I’m using essential oils/garlic for fleas/ticks/mosquitoes. I did a full workup on all 3 this month.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Nectarmom –

    Some don’t give heartworm preventative because the administering the preventative in and of itself is a risk to a dog’s health – any time you administer a “chemical” to your dog there’s going to be a risk of side effect (think of what the drug does – kills parasites). It’s up to owners to determine whether the risk of the dog contracting heartworm outweighs the risk of administering the preventative.

    This is a quote from “The Nature of Animal Healing” by Dr. Goldstein:

    “We’re seeing cancer kill dogs on a daily basis. To my mind, the likelihood that toxicity from heartworm pills is contributing to the tremendous amount of immune suppression now occurring, especially in cases of liver disease and cancer, is far greater and more immediate than the threat of the disease they’re meant to prevent.”

    This is an excerpt from an article on heartworms written by Dr. Levy DVM PCH:

    “This parasite is a source of great anxiety among dog caretakers. Thanks in large part to the scare tactics of many veterinarians in promoting preventive drugs, many people believe that contracting heartworms is the equivalent of a death sentence for their dogs. This is not true…For what it’s worth, I never gave my dog any type of heartworm preventive, even when we lived in the Santa Cruz area where heartworms were very prevalent. I tested him yearly, and he never had a problem.”

    As Patty stated, the stronger a dog’s immune system is the less susceptible the dog will be to parasites (including heartworm). Some choose not to administer heartworm preventatives and instead to use diet and supplementation to create a strong immune system. Some choose to only administer when necessary. Others follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the preventative and administer every 30 days year round.

    I’m one of the individuals that only administers when it’s necessary in order to minimize the toxic load on my dogs while still having the security of protection. In order for heartworm to develop within a mosquito the temperature needs to be 57 degrees Fahrenheit for two weeks – if at any point in time the temperature dips below 57 degrees the development cycle is halted and needs to start all over. So, for most areas of the country it is not necessary to administer heartworm preventative year round. I live in northern New York and administer June – October. I administer every 45 days (as Patty noted, the efficacy of preventative doesn’t decrease significantly until after 45 days – not 30 as the manufacturer leads you to believe) and I supplement with milk thistle for 7 days following each treatment in order to minimize any damage to the liver. I’m proactive and have my dogs tested prior to the start of heartworm season and after heartworm season every year. I also use the preventative that only treats for heartworm – not the combo preventatives that also do intestinal parasites, fleas, etc.

  • Pattyvaughn
  • Pattyvaughn

    I give heartworm prevention too, because where I live it is extremely prevalent. However, it is not as easy for a healthy dog to get a full blown heartworm infection as the companies that make preventives would like you to believe. Remember, if you get all your info about something from someone who is trying to sell you something, you will only get what they want you to know. The temperature has to be over a certain level for a period of time(sorry the details didn’t apply to me, so I don’t remember all of them) before the mosquito bite can be infective. There is much opportunity for an immune response to kill the larva, before it becomes an adult. The B vitamins in raw food make mosquitos less likely to go for your dog. And a single adult worm does not a heartworm infection make(well, not one that matters anyway). Heartworm preventions are toxic, we have to decide how much exposure to toxic substances we are OK with. All the current monthly heartworm preventatives are actually good for 45 days, the companies want you to give it every 30 days that way they sell quite a bit more. They don’t even tell you that you can go longer, just how convenient it is that you can pick a day of the month and always give it on that day. BTW, I was a vet tech, before children.

  • Nectarmom

    I am curious why some don’t give heart worm prevention? No matter what diet you are feeding a bite from a mosquito that carries heart worm can infect your dog with heart worms. I work at a vet clinic and know of people that skip a month and the dogs got heart worms. I don’t do vaccines except for Rabies and that is only because it is the law and I do yearly exams, bloodwork..etc but I do give heart worm medication.

  • LabsRawesome

    BARF stands for Bones And Raw Food. Genius.

  • monicakei

    Try there raw treats too, they’re called The Squirts.

  • monicakei

    OK, here’s a hint…..BARF.

  • Cool! That’s the good stuff.

  • Shawna

    Rabbit is hard to come by here.. ;(

    My boss is a hunter and will give me the heart of the deer he gets (when he remembers).

    I can get things like liver, heart, kidney and even pork brains from my local grocer. And then we have six different pet botiques that all carry different raw foods as well as at least one groomer (two of the botiques I just found out about recently)…

  • Doggie Mom

    Who buys a dog food named B A R F ??

  • Thanks, the picture did come through. And that’s another good point, bones are a great source of nutrients for your pets joint health. I get knuckle bones from the same Butcher we get our organ meats from. In our area we have a huge Portugese population, they are a great source for organ meats and rabbit.
    I’ve also made some connections through them for game meat.

  • ohnoesaz

    I really don’t think raw foods need to be recalled for salmonella. It exists on all raw meats and other foods. It’s a fact of life. As humans we will then cook our foods correctly to avoid it. If we’re in the small majority that feed our dogs raw then we need to take very careful precautions.
    We shouldn’t be surprised it’s found in raw dog foods, and we shouldn’t hold it against companies that are trying to fill a very needed area in the industry. It’s all just common sense.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    salmonella is really more of a concern for humans handling it. Dogs and cats, so long as they have an otherwise healthy immune system, can handle it. That’s because we only started forcing these animals to eat cooked food about 70 years ago, where as our ancestry has been using fire to kill bacteria in meat and make plants easier to digest for upwards of (and potentially more than) 250,000 years. That is plenty long enough for evolution to make us dependent upon cooking to protect us from bacteria in raw meats. 70 years is not.

  • Shawna

    Try again…

    The black marks on her snout are mud. Not sure what she was doing but….. πŸ™‚

  • Shawna


    I used to exclusively home prepare but life got the better of me. Now I use commercial raw products (Darwins, Bravo etc) in conjuction with premixes and home made.

    I too avoid vaccinations (except rabies) and don’t give flea/tick or heartworm :)..

    The below is a pick of my 16 year old Chihuahua, Cloee, gnawing on a pork neck bone two weekends ago. (having issues with attaching pics – hope it works)

  • Hi Shawna, That’s true. I wish everyone fed their pets homemade meals. I believe it’s the only choice. Their immune systems are much stronger, not just concerning food, but they have less reactions to fleas, and other common allergies. I don’t use flea and tick pesticides or heart worm meds, and they get only the vaccines they need.
    I have a great holistic vet, my pets get check-ups every 6 months, and I give them a weekly nose to tail exam.
    It works for us.

  • Shawna

    Hi Erel,

    Although there really is no good excuse for food contamination, salmonella is actually a “normal” constituent of a healthy dogs digestive tract. Only immune compromised dogs or dogs subjected to a large dose of salmonella will be affected by it. And those with a strong immune system should be able to handle even a large dose without death being the outcome.

    In my opinion, the issue is as much “why are our dogs so immune compromised as to not be able to handle a mild exposure”.

  • InkedMarie

    While Nutro isn’t horrible, Alpo is

  • Linda Lou

    has anyone heard anything about Nutro Ultra? Has it been recalled? or Alpo canned food?

  • Arden

    Are you aware of how many human foods are recalled every day?

  • Arden

    Your Mom

    I have 2 dogs. One of my dogs has alot of health issues and the other one rarely gets ill. Both dogs did get sick. One got extremely sick and took over 3 weeks to shake it off, and the other responded to treatment and was getting better. Salmonella is not just about “lazy people”.

  • Arden

    Donna- obviously you do not know anything about Salmonella. My dogs got very sick with the evo recall, and 1 of them we were scared she might not make it. Our vet had said if we had thought to wait until the next day instead of calling 15 minutes before the vet office closed with what came on with her- most likely she would of died during the night. Rarely does salmonella cause problems with dogs, but it can.

  • You’re right, but I think it’s going to get worse. All of this stuff is pet fast food. Buy the meat local in smaller packages, if it’s frozen keep it frozen until you’re ready to use it. If it’s fresh, freeze it packages you can use within 3-4 days. You cannot thaw any type of food and refreeze it unless you cook it. I saw a video B.A.R.F. put out. The guy handled everything in sight, the meat, the containers, the vegetables, everything! I’ve been feeding my pets homemade for years and have never had a recall. Salmonella may not sicken your pets in the same way that people are affected, but that’s kind of a lame argument. At the very least they will probably get a raging case of diarrhea. But that could lead to dehydration and anemia, which can be fatal.

  • Thank you guys for keeping us informed and keeping our beloved little friends safe.

  • edgrr alen pug

    Ironically predicted in the company’s name….what were they thinking? I would never feed my little guy anything titled BARF

  • Earthborn Holistic dog and cat food has never been involved in a recall.

  • Stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food

  • InkedMarie

    No joke. Anyone who spends any time on dog food nutrition forums has heard of BARF. If someone hasn’t , they sure aren’t feeding this food & won’t need to worry about a recall.

  • Get over it. It was a joke. Anyone not knowing what it stands for would be turned off by the name.
    I bet you would buy a Burger that said Best BARF burger in town. As always we’re glad to be informed with the re-calls.

  • Seriously, there is a brand named BARF? I thought for a moment this was a joke. Thank you for the update. I am beginning to think the only safe way to feed our beloved pets is by raising our own meat and preparing it for them. :/

  • InkedMarie

    60 lbs already? Wow!

  • InkedMarie

    replying to myself, as I read more responses, maybe this food does NOT stand for that. Who knows

  • InkedMarie

    you do realize that BARF stands for Bones And Raw Food, right?

  • sisu

    From the Barf World site:

    “BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It’s about feeding pets responsibly and properly to maximize health, longevity and reduce allergies and vet bills. The diet is based on human grade whole foods including raw meat, finely ground bones, offal and other healthy ingredients such as fruit and vegetables.”

  • sisu

    Salmonella is not usually harmful to a healthy dog. It can cause serious illness to puppies, immune compromised and older pets. Many people are only aware of salmonella in raw food. Until recently it has not been a problem in processed food. The people are not lazy. They simply are not informed.

  • Doggonefedup

    actually it is Bioligically AVAILABLE Raw Food. dirt for instance is not exactly appropriate but it is available and has certain enzymes that a dog uses. certain animal feces certainly isn’t appropriate, but is available and digestable (not that I would feed my dogs feces). Available as in readily digestable Available as in some things grow here but not there some animals live here but not there. So the original term actually was Biologically Available Raw Foods. Something I was feeding to my dogs in the early 1970’s

  • April fools joke!

  • your mom

    if i were a lazy and irresponsible dog owner who didnt care about my dogs health, i would feed nutri source.

  • your mom

    salmonella only kills lazy ppl who dont wash their hands after feeding their pets

  • your mom

    nutro is for idiots who could care less about their responsibilities. so sad.

  • AngryPatriot5

    All raw meat could possibly have some type of bacteria or contamination. Dogs and cats have eaten raw meat ever since they’ve been on this planet. God created them with high stomach acid so this is not a problem for them. We’ve been feeding our dogs and cats
    an all raw diet for over 16 years and not once have any of them been sick. This is another way pet food manufacturers and foolish veterinarians use to frighten people so they won’t feed raw to their cats and dogs.

  • Doggonefedup

    Hi Patty,
    The puppy (Nick) is 60lbs and into everything! Friday he will be 5months old and is already tracking. He jumps like a kangaroo too! I’ve been very busy myself.

  • joe & blitz

    Me too!

  • annette carver

    Nutri Source NOT NUTRO SOURCE has NOT had a recall. Try it!

  • dallasguy66

    And here are NEVER any recalls or issues with home prepared food?? If EVERY pet owner prepared their own dog food there would be even MORE illness and deaths.

  • Alice Marino

    I don’t care what it stands for… it’s the dumbest name for a food product I ever heard of, lmao ; p

  • Alice Marino

    RECALL ALERT!!! Can’t say I’m surprised w/a name like Barf…

  • Frank B Any dogfood that has biproducts in it should not be feed to your animals. I’m sure that if you read this link you’ll know what I’m talking about.

  • With you never need to worry, because they call or email you if there is ever a problem with their food – then they replace it! Probably won’t hear from them because they have NEVER had a recall since 1999!

  • hanoverboxer

    It was a joke. Get over yourself, a$$hole.

  • – this food doesn’t have the garbage ingredients and has never been recalled.

  • STUPID! Plain and simple! Salmonella can kill!

  • SolarBozo

    Who said I didn’t? The correction should be made where the error is, not somewhere else on the page.

  • SolarBozo

    Sorry, no. It would have made sense for you to reply to the error with a correction. No big deal, just a few electrons.

  • Pattyvaughn

    The good news is your not the only person who doesn’t read or think others read more than just one comment.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Guess you didn’t see my post below. From an hour ago.

  • SolarBozo

    Biologically Appropriate Raw Food

  • SolarBozo

    nope. Biologically Appropriate Raw Food

  • SolarBozo

    Stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food

  • SolarBozo

    Stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food

  • I know what you mean. Still use Acana too. They earned a little trust with their actions lately and there are some others too. But it is getting worse and worse!

  • beaglemom

    Lol… Approved by who?

  • Pattyvaughn

    I like that one. How about Bones Are Really Fine.

  • June

    PLEASE, doggonefedup — know what you’re talking about — it’s Biologically APPROPRIATE Raw Food.

  • donna

    it’s only salmonella everyone, get over it…….

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah, I’ve always said Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Another one I’ve heard is “Born Again Raw Feeders” lol

  • Pattyvaughn

    or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. I think it’s one of those things that many people use differently.
    BTW, Hi Doggone, long time no see, how is the puppy coming along?

  • Doggonefedup

    B.A.R.F stands for Biologically Available Raw Food.

  • OHNO

    Oh geez! What line HASN’T been recalled or linked to a company that has ever had a recall?
    Currently doing Acana as it’s outside the US.. doesn’t use any of the terrible manufacturing plants that the US pet-food recalls have been from. But even now I’m starting to feel uneasy about ALL companies (even the ones not owned by Proctor & Gamble or other big name sell-outs) πŸ™

  • Pattyvaughn

    No it isn’t an April Fools joke. BARF stands for Bones And Raw Food. It is a raw feeding philosophy.

  • Dan

    Its Biologically Approved Raw Food not bones and raw food no its not an april’s fool and yes the food is normally of good quality sadly this type of contamination happens to most food Raw or not

  • Pattyvaughn

    Bones And Raw Food BARF

  • Judy Adams

    April fool?

  • This must be an April Fool’s joke…right?

  • who would buy a treat with the name BARF?

  • GT

    I’d just like to say thank you to dog food advisor.

    Without you how would we ever know to save our pets from painful deaths.——THANK YOU!

  • peteditor
  • pidgie

    Instead of poking fun at the product name, shouldn’t the concern be that many products are and have been recalled lately due to Salmonella bacteria! This is freaking rediculous!

  • disgusting. when are yhese food companies going to be held accountable. This is why I prepare my own dog food

  • PanamaJeepster

    Thanks for reminding me!

  • You should learn about the product, and the entire concept of B.A.R.F. Go’head…google it.

  • Ed

    April Fool πŸ™‚ Barf brand? Really? lol

  • CJ

    It stands for Bones And Raw Food, genius

  • Jayscott

    April fools?

  • hanoverboxer

    A line of dog food contaminated with food poisoning going by the brand name “Barf”?? Well at least the product lives up to the name.