Bil-Jac Dog Food Recall


August 24, 2012 – Bil-Jac Foods of Medinia Ohio has announced a product withdrawal of a limited number of one of its dry kibbles due to possible contamination with mold.

According to a company spokesperson, the withdrawal includes only the 6 pound package of its Bil-Jac Adult Select Formula dry dog food with a lot code of 1792-02 and a Best By date of 27 December 2013.

The products in question are currently being tested for the presence of mold toxins and the company has assured us they will share more information as it becomes available.1

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  1. All information provided by Bil-Jac Customer Service on 8/24/2012
  • Diana Harris

    I find it funny that some worry about this dog food so much. Some dogs eat their own crap and/or vomit… Too much thought being put into this.

  • NoneyBizNess

    who’s doing the reviewing? Certainly not the dogs! Dog’s love Bil-Jac and thrive on it! My dog’s are a testament to high quality as well as the taste of bil-jac. I think these comments are trolls from another dog food company. I won’t feed anything but Bil-Jac. Vet told me my Westie is the epitome of health (when she was 12)… now 15!!!

  • NoneyBizNess

    I have a one of my dogs that has eaten nothing but Bil-Jac for 15 years! She is very healthy… and for a Westie, has never had a skin problem!!!

  • NoneyBizNess

    Believe me… after eating Bil-Jac. Your dog won’t want any other kind of dog food. Dog’s love Bil-Jac and YES it is very healthy!

  • NoneyBizNess

    What??? I’ve been buying Bil-Jac at PetSmart for 10 years!

  • NoneyBizNess

    What??? My Vet suggested Bil-Jac. And it’s the only food my 3 dogs will touch. All three are very healthy. My Westie is 14 and has never eaten any other food. And has NEVER has a skin allergy. Ever! Very unusual for a Westie in North FL to not have skin problems. I credit Bil-Jac with her having great health and skin.

  • NoneyBizNess

    I have a Westie, a Schnauzer and a Poodle. All 3 won’t eat anything but Bil-Jac! I’ve tried Nutro and Blue Buffalo. They turn their noses up… won’t touch it. They gobble up Bil-Jac!

  • NoneyBizNess

    I doubt it’s bil-jac that is the problem. More like a storage problem at the store. I’ve only fed my 3 dogs bil-jac for the past 15 years. And have never heard seen or heard anything like what you’re describing. Bil-Jac is awesome!

  • M Rickett

    You are so right. I started feeding my dogs frozen Bil Jac over twenty years ago on the advice of my vet. All of my dogs loved it! When the dry came out I started feeding them half dry and half frozen, I wouldn’t consider another dog food. I was loyal to Bil Jac. Am I starting to sound like your neighbor? One of my dogs developed periodontal disease. She had her teeth cleaned and three extracted. For some strange reason it made me look at the ingredients in their food. What I found was appaling. The frozen has dried bakery product as the third ingredient and cane molasses. The dry reduced fat wasn’t much better. Corn meal was the second ingredient plus they use BHA. That did it for me. I started feeding my dogs Wellness Core and Orijen. One dog accepted the change with no problem. My picky eater did not. During the transition she would pull out the new kibble bit by bit and drop it on the floor and eat only the Bil Jac. Great testimony for Bil Jac’s palatability. Of course they like it better. Nothing but sugar in the bakery product and molasses. I could go on an ice cream diet but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. The higher protein diet has benefited my two girls. They are more active and shed less. They have also lost the extra pounds.

  • Shawna

    Hi Dianna,

    I don’t dislike the Bil-Jac Grain Free but I do prefer foods slightly higher in protein. This can be accomplished by adding a higher protein canned or human food though..

    Rather than feeding just one food I think rotation is a much healthier option. So along with the Bil-Jac Grain Free I might rotate in a bag of Orijen, Nature’s Variety Instinct and Earthborn Primitive Naturals and then the Bil-Jac again.

    I also like rotation with canned foods and feed Merrick, Trippet, Weruva and others.

  • Betsy Greer

    I have to say, I’m confused by your posts. It sounds as though you’re looking at other products to considering using and looking for input from others. You’re admitting that Bil-Jac “isn’t all that,” and I can hear your ambivalence toward the products; and yet you’re recommending Bil-Jac to others.

    Are you truly sold on this product, or are you looking to switch?

  • diannna

    If you’re gonna feed bil jac at least give your dog the grain free one not the other corn meal etc junk they also offer

  • diannna

    So what dry and wet dog food do you suggest?

  • diannna

    I only feed my dog bil jac grain free, try it

  • diannna

    i can get bil jac at petco and petsmart here in cali

  • diannna

    my dog is a very picky eater too, I got advice from a petsmart person to try bil jac and that was a good choice. My dog won’t eat anything else but bil jac unless its human food which i rarely give him. I’m glad your dog lived a long life and was happy with her food and you’re right, it’s not greasy.

  • diannna

    my dog has been eating bil jac for a year and his stools are great. I tried giving him other dog food and his stools would turn into different colors and either had constipation or watery so I tried giving him bil jac again and stools went back to normal within a day or two. I mean some dogs may be allergic to this food like fake name dog but same with humans, what may not work for one person may work for someone else.

  • doc121

    Our toy poodle puppy did not like Wellness small bred puppy so we tried Puppy Chow. She liked Puppy Chow better but the vet said that was noting but a lot of grain filler. He suggested Bil-Jac Puppy because of the protein. Our dog loves Bil Jac Puppy and her stools are the best she has had.

  • John R.

    FDA said GMO grains are safe, but rats get tumors from GMO corn.

  • Fake name

    I tried the trial size of bill jac. My dog’s testicles turned bright pink and huge rash on his belly. Never again.

  • fiij85

    Recently I was really, really low on money and debts were eating me from all sides! That was UNTIL I decided to make money on the internet. I went to surveymoneymaker dot net, and started filling in surveys for cash, and surely I’ve been far more able to pay my bills! I’m so glad, I did this! – toxd

  • Bil Jac has one 4 star food and that is their Wet Food Tubs- this company needs to improve their other formulas!

  • M. Lagalo

    I fed my Jindo Iams for years, but when she got older, they changed the formula or something and she refused to eat it, and when she did, she would vomit. She was losing a lot of weight and was starving herself–she wouldn’t eat any foods at that point. I remember a sample of Biljac I got at the local store that my dog loved. It wasn’t greasy like Iams, and was easier to digest. She did great on Biljac! She gained all her weight back and lived for 6 more years–healthy, great weight, energetic and happy. She passed at 15 years old. She would’ve died if it weren’t for Biljac (she was a very, very picky eater), and I would use it again if I got another dog.

  • Kathleen Pastorelli

    What about the BPH it uses?

  • Skybride56

    I just read the complaint about Diamond Pet Foods. About 2 months ago an upscale pet store was selling 50lb bags of Canidae @ 41$ ea. This is right up there when a drug store chain was selling peanut butter crackers @ avery reasonable price. If the price is too good to be true it probably is. BTW I didn’t buy the dog food because I was worried about them not liking it and having to drag it back!

  • InkedMarie

    I hope you have contacted the company

  • tate

    picked up a bag of bil jac yesterday for the first time from my local PetCo, the bag came with some white stringy stuff caked all over and maggots galore. Never again.

  • Melissaandcrew

     After the recall, we had two dogs come in that were eating Bil Jac-both had the smelliest nasty stool that you could ever imagine. You could smell when they went and it stunk up my kennel. One ate it just fine, the other acted like someone had peed in her bowl-and only ate when she had to. We cold switched them to Nutrisource and both immediately developed firm small stool of the non odoriferous variety

  • InkedMarie

    Read the reviews….if you’re okay with your dog having by products then you will probably be ok with this food. Alot of us don’t do by products, me included so they won’t ever eat this food

  • guest

    Thanx for that review Barrons7.. I just put my yr old puppy on Bill-jac..hope its not a bad food..I’m not sure since I really just started reading all the reviews..

  • Daniel

    out dog & cat just got sick from Bil Jac Little jacs treats.
    any suggestions on where to get the package tested? 

  • Professor

    What are you talking about?   Bil Jac doesn’t have animal fat.  Bil Jac doesn’t have ANY added fat, because they don’t cook it out of the chicken to begin with.  Other kibbles cook the meat down to a powder, and then they spray fat or (worse yet) vegetable oils on the outside, because they cooked all the fat out.  Bil Jac just has the natural fat the chicken came with.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Bil Jac is sold at my local Petsmart, and has been for a long time…I’m in Ohio.

  • Kare

    I was under the understanding that Bill Jac was only availble at Pet Co. I have never seen it at my PetSmart.

  • melissa


    Your right-Bil Jac is NOT more expensive than other highly rated foods-problem is, Bil Jac is NOT highly rated, lol. Great argument as to why people who feed Bil Jac can/could afford to switch to something with better ingredients.

    As for your  claims to feeding guidelines and requirements-you state that other companies over estimate the feeding portions, and that you can feed 1/3 the amount of Bil Jac as compared to another brand of food.

    Well, the adult Bil Jac says I would have to feed my 60-80lb dog 3-3 1/2 cups per day-the same guideline that most other mid to low foods require. I feed Acana, and my 68lb gal only eats 1 3/4 cup, and the guideline on that bag says she would eat about 2 cups. BY that math, the Bil Jac would only last 1/2 as long as the Acana.

    If you wish to feed Bil Jac, good for you, but please do not make such outlandish statments that are easily verified on line.

  • Barrons7

    The recall was voluntary by the company. Nobody outed them. Nobody reported them.
    BIL-JAC instituted the recall ON THEIR OWN, becuase of company intergrity.

  • Barrons7

    Bil-Jac is not any more expensive than many other highly rated foods. It is recommended that, due to the superior digestability. that you feed appx. 1/3 the amount that you would of another food. Most foods put guidelines on their bags that suggest much more than you should feed the dog optimally, so you will go through the food and buy more frequently. (regarding a previous comment, those same other foods are the ones that print on their bags to  “wean” the dog over to their food over a period of time, and not just switch.
    Bil-Jac states to feed less, and that you can switch immediately, without any ill effects.
    If you research dog foods, you will find that many are subsidiaries and owned by large corporations  like Proctor and Gamble, Mars, General Mills, and many other corporations that make multiple use products, such as dish cleaners, household goods, candy bars, breakfast cereals, fertilizers, etc.
    Bil-Jac is a single company, that is owned by one family, and ONLY MAKES DOG FOOD. Period.
    The question should be, why do those other companies charge so much for THEIR food, when they are making so much money aff all the other household products and billions they bring in from that, and who subcontract their foods out, and do not have the quality control regulated directly by the parent corporation.
    Maybe that answers your question, maybe not.

  • Barrons7

    First of all, I’m a vet tech, and not stupid. I know what the “Little hairs” are. I also know what IBS is and that it can also be cause by stress and other things, I also know that dog foods with things like high concentrations of beet pulp can mask a dog having loose stools from poor quality ingredientw.
    I did NOT say my foster did well on a corn based food. Where did you get that?? Bil-Jac is NOT corn based. WHAT I SAID, was that the corn that is used in Bil-Jac is cooked, .. Oh, well, why bother.
    Go ahead and twist words, and make yourself look superior. I don’t care, Just don’t say I said something I didn’t and be patronizing and concescending.
    You want to call yourself a “raw snob” go ahead. I won’t be the one to insult you. It would be nice if you responded to others in a way that you would like to be addressed. But, like I said,. “Oh, well..”

  • JRB

    When I called the company, they said that this food had already been distributed to PetSmart stores and that consumers had purchased some of it. Guess they complained when it was moldy! So gross.

  • You don’t know how many arguments I’ve had with my neighbor about Bil-Jac. Its expensive for no reason and his dog still has bad allergies. “Oh, I’ve been using Bil-jac for almost 20 years!” or something like that. I get that everyone has something their comfortable with, but if you CAN afford to up the ante and see the words “by-products” or “animal fat,” you should switch. Animal fat can come from ANY mammal that walks this earth. Euthanized pets, roadkill, sick animals, scraps from restaurants or factories that aren’t human grade. I bet even people are in there too (joking.). Its crazy how much they try to go behind your back. Go for Taste of the Wild or Orijen! They’re grain-free and natural as you can get from a bag. Good luck!

  • monkey

    Back to Basics uses organs and they dont call them by-products. Bil-jac calls it by-products because it isnt JUST organs. The rep is lying to you

  • BryanV21

    Next time you see your rep ask him why it’s so expensive. I’d love to hear that excuse. 

  • MaryK

    I use Bil Jac too.  After talking to a rep who is upset over their low rating, I agree it should be higher rated.  As for by-products, they use organ meats and USDA says that has to be listed as by-products.  I use the dry and have had great results with my 2 dogs.  As the rep said not every dog food fits every dog and some dogs but I’m sticking with Bil Jac.

  • Shawna

    Hi Barrons7 (Barb Cole) ~~ I think you are contributing things to Bil Jac that really have nothing to do with Bil Jac.

    1.  IBS is caused by inflammation in the digestive tract.  Foods that have a protein called a lectin are often the cause of that IBS/IBD/Colitis.  Corn, any grain, soy, dairy, chicken, eggs etc all have lectins that can be problematic for some dogs.  Your foster may have done well on a corn based foods but many others do poorly on corn due to the lectins.

    Additionally, corn is only one of four foods that can cause the little hairs in the small intestine that absorb nutrients (called villi) to be damaged to the point of cause malnutrition (villous atrophy).

    Corn, last I knew, is the most genetically modified crop in the US.  This mutation will make it difficult for the immune systems of some to handle it..  I also read the book called “Seeds of Deception” and GM could be a very very big mistake that we only find out about later on..

    2.  Acclimating has NOTHING to do with the food and EVERYTHING to do with the health of the digestive tract of the animal.  I have 8 dogs and I switch their foods every other day (canned and raw) and with every new bag (kibble).  I only use the best of the five star foods and I never transition.  I also foster and once I have the foster dog’s digestive tract in shape I don’t have to transition with them either.

    3.  I am a raw snob and I gotta tell you — I wouldn’t feed Bil Jac’s raw food if it was the only food left on the market.  I’d switch to making my own (which I used to do before time became an issue).  Their raw food is PATHETIC!!  They should be ashamed of themselves for putting out a food like that in my opinion.

    4.  Many of the 5 star, higher protein, better ingredient foods are also cooked at lower temperatures.  At least three of the companies actually spray “raw” food (along with probiotics) on the kibbled product. 

    5.  The chicken for at least a few of the 5 star foods (the ones I know of) get their chicken from Tyson. 

    6.  Bil Jac’s raw food has only 32% protein..  That is ridiculously low for a raw food.  The food’s I (and most raw feeders) feed range from 45% to 54%

  • BryanV21

    You can be the best chef in the world, but if you have poor ingredients then you won’t be able to make a meal worthy of a Michelin star.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The cereal food fines are pretty bad too:

    “Cereal Food Fines are a byproduct or left-over of breakfast cereal food processing. Usually the source is unknown and sometimes this product is used in low quality dog food. The quality is unknown and fines may contain possible chemical residue, sweeteners or other additives. A patent definition states that they “often will contain a significant quantity of sugar.
    Generally, the total sugar content of the deformable core will be in
    the range of about 15% to about 27%, preferably about 18% to about 20%”

  • InkedMarie

    I think you need to look again, BilJac’s frozen raw has indeed been reviewed; I believe it got a 2.5 star rating. This product also has by products. 

  • InkedMarie

    You say you don’t know why BilJac is only rated two stars….read the review. For one, it has by products. I think that’s probably a hint as to why.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Barrons7 –

    Bil Jac’s frozen raw is a joke. I feed my dogs real raw, not slaughterhouse waste and mill floor sweepings. And you can say all you want about their dry food, the ingredients are printed right on the bag. You can process the ingredients any way you want, corn is corn and animal waste is animal waste, BHA is BHA.

  • Valeriewhal

    Feed your dogs raw then you won’t have to worry about all the recall’s, this is the way nature intended anyway man created kibble for our convienence not the dogs best choice!!!!!

  • Barrons7

    Doesn’t PROCESSING have a little to do with it?

    **Along those same lines, this site doesn’t even recognize that Bil-Jac has had a frozen/raw food for over 65 years. Only in the 90’s did they start making dry food, when they felt their PROCESSING system was up to their high standards.

  • BryanV21

    Unless you’re going to say that the ingredient listing is wrong, then you may as well save your breath. 

  • Barrons7

    I don’t know why this food is only rated 2 stars, except that you may not be educated on this food. I have shown dogs for over 35 years, and after I demonstrated dog food, I would not feed anything other than Bil-Jac.
    Firstly, it is a company that is owned by 2 private brothers, Bill and Jack Kelly, and has been producing dog food for 65 years, with ongoing research, so has a proven track record, and not a designer food that has only been on the market for 5-10 years. Bil-Jac is also not a company that is sold or contracted out to a conglomerate like Mars, General Foods, Proctor and Gamble, Diamond, etc, that manufacturs candy bars, household cleaners, etc.
    They make only dog food, and do not deliver the frozen any farther away than a day’s drive from the plant.
    They did not make the dry food until they knew that it would be up to their standards.
    You talk about the probiotics sprayed on the kibbles of other foods. That is quite humorous to me, as thise foods are cooked at such high temperatures, and extruded, that the nutrients are all cooked beyond benefit, and the “coating” is a grease sprayed on for flavor, so the dogs will eat the food.
    If you put these foods in warm water for about 15 minutes, they will expand, and float, due to the fillers, and the water becomes cloudy.
    Bil Jac is slow cooked, and is like rabbit pellets, that crumble in you fingers. If you put it in water, the water stays clear, and the food sinks to the bottom, and goes into an immediately digestible pile.
    The chicken is directly from two Purdue plants, and are human grade, and human grade cuts.
    The corn is cooked for 45 minutes in a SEPARATE plant, so it is broken down to be used as carbohydrates for the dog, and not a filler for the food. I asked about the beet pulp, because I know it can be used to form tighter stools to make the owner feel that the stools are indicative of thorough digestion. I was assured, as you said, that it was included as a source of fiber.
    Bil-Jac is one of the only foods that you do not need to “acclimate” your dog to, but can put the dog right on it, with no adverse affects. (Other foods are nearly a week, and for Blue, they suggest a TWO week change over transition.)
    The stools are smaller, you only feed about 1/3 the amount that you would other foods (hence, the cost is not as bad as people are saying), and the stools have MUCH less odor, in fact hardly any at all.
    Bil-Jac GUARANTEES that your dog will like their food over others, or they will refund your money, from the MAKERS, not the store.
    I did extensive research on my own, on other foods, as well as on Bil-Jac, voluntarily on my own, if I was going to recommend it to others, and used my own show dogs as testers of their claims, before i recommended any of this to others. (I might note that my one rescue dog has always had IBS, and his stools and passing them are completely normal now, and the dogs have naturally maintained their proper weight.)
    I do not demonstrate Bil-Jac anymore, because my area manager only had the job for the money, and had no interest in learning about the product. I didn’t like making her look good, and her getting bonuses on my research, while I got below scale and no perks from demo’s.
    I still freely tell other people about it, because I believe so strongly in it.
    I would hope YOU might also do some more research into Bil-Jac, and reconsider the number of stars and the poor/mediocre reviews you have given it.
    Very Sincerely.
    Barb Cole (Yes, my REAL name.)

  • InkedMarie

    You’ve got that right, HDM!

  • Hi Wolfdogged,

    Thanks for the clarification. I am aware of these FDA definitions.

    However, my use of the word “recall” in my article is still appropriate as even the FDA itself doesn’t typically differentiate between the terms “withdrawal” and “recall” when announcing these events in its official news bulletins.

    The Agency refers to “market withdrawals” as “Recalls” in all its official bulletins. Over the last year, there have been a number of FDA official Recall bulletins announcing “market withdrawals”. Yet each time the Agency uses the term “Recall” in each bulletin’s title.

    Here are a few examples so you can see for yourself how the FDA actually announces product withdrawals:

    Notice the word “Recall” in the header and title of each voluntary withdrawal bulletin.

    What’s more, when consumers search for information on these kinds of events, they also use the word recall. Who would go to the Internet and search for the phrase “market withdrawal”?

    In any case, with the exception of the already indexed title itself, I have changed the body text of my article to read “withdrawal” in place of the word recall.

    Thanks for bringing this issue to my attention. I’ll try to do as better job in the future.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’d feed my dogs Bil Jac before I’d feed them a vegetarian soy based food.

  • doggonefedup

    Who cares really? I look for the term “recall” to alert me to a possible problem with the product. Then I expect to see some explanation following the word recall. politically correct and proper terminology are not always necessary as far as I’m concerned, and are sometimes quite annoying.  

  • Wolfdogged

    see also  for additional definitions.
    Recall TerminologyRecall – A firm’s voluntary removal of distributed food products from commerce when there is reasonto believe that such products are adulterated or misbranded under the provisions of applicable stateand federal laws. “Recall” does not include a market withdrawal or a stock recovery.
    Recall Terminology

    Recall – A firm’s voluntary removal of distributed food products from commerce when there is reasonto believe that such products are adulterated or misbranded under the provisions of applicable stateand federal laws. “Recall” does not include a market withdrawal or a stock recovery.A firm’s voluntary removal of distributed food products from commerce when there is reasonto believe that such products are adulterated or misbranded under the provisions of applicable state
    and federal laws. “Recall” does not include a market withdrawal or a stock recovery.Market Withdrawal – A firm’s removal or correction by its own volition of a distributed product thatinvolves a minor infraction that would not warrant legal action by MDA, or involves no violation of thestate or federal laws, or health hazard.A firm’s removal or correction by its own volition of a distributed product thatinvolves a minor infraction that would not warrant legal action by MDA, or involves no violation of thestate or federal laws, or health hazard.

  • Wolfdogged

    Hi Mike

    My info came from a site that I later learned was from New Zealand, sorry about that mistake. lol However, with that said, even according to our FDA, a “market withdrawal” is most certainly NOT the same thing as a “voluntary recall”.

    Recalls are a firm’s removal or correction of a marketed product that the FDA considers to be in violation of the laws it administers and against which the agency would initiate legal action, e.g., seizure. Recalls may be conducted on a firm’s own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority.

    Market Withdrawals are a firm’s removal or correction of a distributed product which involves a minor violation that would not be subject to legal action by the FDA, or which involves no violation.

  • Shawna

     I do agree with Labs in that at least with Ol Roy you pay for what you get.

  • Shawna

    Hi Guest45 ~~ I’m a raw feeder so organ/gland by-products are a staple for my crew.  I have no problem with the organs (as long as good quality) in any diet.

    My problem is the other ingredients in the food — like (per the ingredient list here) chicken by-product meal (which would be more then just organs), the corn meal, oatmeal (I’m a grain free proponent), brewers dried yeast and BHA.  And I was appalled when I looked at the ingredients in their frozen food!!!!!

    However I would certainly agree that Bil Jac is not as bad as Ol Roy and others like it..  🙂

  • Sjeur

    We use Nature’s Recipe Vegetarian. No nasty animal parts there, and my dogs looks and feel fabulous!

  • LabsRawesome

     What I was saying is Bil-jac’s ingredients aren’t worth their price. And Walmart’s Ol’roy is cheaply made crappy food with a price that at least matches the quality (Or lack thereof) of it’s ingredients. So basically what I meant was imo & based on Bil-jac’s ingredient list their food IS NOT worthy of a such a high price.  M’KAY?   🙂

  • Guest45

    There are better foods than BilJac for sure, but it is not nearly close to crappy walmart food. Yes, it technically has by-products, but only because the Organs are considered by-products. There are no beaks, feet, etc like you will find in cheaper food. In the wild, when pack animals make a kill the fist thing they go for is the high protein organs. This is the reason BilJac includes them, and they are inspected all the time to make sure that is the only by-product in their foods.

    That being said, I do prefer other foods myself, like taste of the wild or natural balance. For the price tag, I want an all natural/better quality food. But to compare BilJac to crap like Old Roy is ridiculous.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Agreed. It runs like $50 a bag. I don’t know who in their right mind would spend $50 on a bag of by-products and corn, there are 4 and 5 star foods available for the same price or cheaper. I mean if someone insists on feeding their dog a two star food they should at least buy pro-plan and save themselves some money.

  • BryanV21

    LOL, what? Even though the food is crap you’ll still buy it because the company was up front about it? 

    First of all, that’s ridiculous. Secondly, if the company could have gotten away without recalling it they would have.

    The only people with a “hair up their rumps” are Bil-Jac users that keep trying to justify feeding junk food to their dogs.

    I got a wild idea… why not just buy a good food? And how about being loyal to your dog instead?

  • LabsRawesome

     People that use Ol’roy claim that their dogs do great on that crap too. At least when you buy the Walmart special you get what you’re paying for. People are getting ripped off by Bil-Jac.

  • InkedMarie

    Pinkersig: It’s not the company it’s the ingredients. They are not good. If your dogs do good on this food, that’s great but please don’t kid yourself that it’s a good food. 

  • Pinkerslg

    I use to buy it frozen/fresh back in the 80’s but then once I moved south I could only get the dry. I will continue to use them, at least they came out themselves unlike other foods, that wait until it’s friggin’ mass media to let the consumers know! I use the low fat for my furbabies, I don’t know why so many have a hair up their rumps over this company. I’m loyal and will remain that way. Thank you Bil-Jac for warning people with doing your own recall!

  • BryanV21

    I have a couple of friends that have fed their dogs Bil-Jac for years, while adding some shredded raw chicken to it once a day. I don’t know exactly how much they pay, but I know it’s quite a bit. I don’t feel too bad for them though, as they have money. I do feel bad for their dogs though.

  • LabsRawesome

    They’re paying top dollar for a 2 star food with this list of ingredients?? I would be MAD too!!
    Bil Jac Adult Select
    Dry Dog Food
    Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

    Ingredients: Chicken, chicken by-products (organs only, source of arginine), corn meal, chicken by-product meal, oatmeal, dried beet pulp, brewers dried yeast,
    flaxseed, dl-methionine, l-lysine, sodium propionate and mixed
    tocopherols (preservatives), salt, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3
    supplement, vitamin E supplement, riboflavin supplement, niacin, biotin,
    choline chloride, folic acid, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine
    hydrochloride (vitamin B6), ascorbic acid, vitamin B12 supplement,
    d-calcium pantothenate, manganous oxide, inositol, BHA
    (a preservative), ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, cobalt
    carbonate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, rosemary extract
    Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%
    Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

  • melissa


    Where does it say Mike is simply “reposting” copying or pasting information as presented on another website??? Recall, withdrawal, whatever you want to term it, the fact remains the food has or is suspected by the company of having mold in it. Period.

  • BryanV21

    I think Bil-Jac uses are trying hard to justify having spent so much money on that food. Unfortunately, no matter how hard they try, it’s still crap. I feel bad for those that have been duped into spending so much, but it’s better to hear the truth.

  • LabsRawesome

    Before Biljac users get all butt sore about the RECALL, they should consider this- RECALL or not, the ingredients in Biljac suck either way.  🙂

  • BryanV21

    It was a “recall”. Call it whatever you want, but the facts are the same either way. I seriously can’t believe you’re arguing semantics on the internet.

    Oh, and people here were hating on Bil-Jac long before this RECALL. It doesn’t take a person with a doctorate in dog nutrition to see why.

  • doggonefedup

    I’ve always thought of the word “recall” as being a generic term to indicate when thinking about dog food for instance just don’t let your dog eat it period. And that the manufacturer has decided to bring it all back to their facility to make whatever corrections are necessary to prevent harm to the consumer be it human animal or whatever. The term “recall” serves to bring attention to the fact and should be followed with and explanation and course of action. I could site many examples but I don’t think that is really necessary.

  • Goo


    The fact that you chose to use the word “recall” even though you are supposed to simply be “re-posting” information to help us dog owners, not “interpret” the information the way you see fit is interesting.  Bil-Jac posted the notice as a withdrawal so that is what you should be copying and pasting, plain and simple.  The fact that you posted the wrong expiration date in your hurry to post this makes me wonder about your bias against this food.  I guess that is why I keep coming back, it is intriguing to see it play out.

    Then again that is what all this seems to be about, the haters were thrown a bone and now we get to seem them all have a blast throwing it around.  I could be wrong about that but there seems to be a lot of familar screen names from the dry food forum….

    Hope this helps…

  • Hi Wolfdogged,

    According to the FDA, a “market withdrawal” is the same thing as a “voluntary recall”.

    The government does not distinguish between the two phrases.

    I believe the choice to use the kinder and gentler phrase “product withdrawal” rather than “voluntary recall” is more a marketing decision than a matter of scientific accuracy.

    Hope this helps.

  • Wolfdogged

    This website incorrectly identified the situation as a “recall” when it’s actually a *Product Withdrawal*.

    A P-W is company initiated to inform suppliers to remove product from their shelves or storehouses “before” it has been sold and, therefore, a public advertisement is not needed to alert consumers.
    A true recall would only be evoked “after” retail sales had occurred.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    I was in a low end Pet store (needed Instinct canned)  and they had Bil Jack on the shelves and a ton of chinese made chicken jerky. Couldn’t believe it. The manager told me there is no recall on the Chinese made jerky.

  • All Bil-Jac pet products are CRAP

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Dulciesdogbowl –

    I completely agree. It’s all about freshness and meat quality. My dogs eat a homemade raw diet and frequently eat “by-products” (chicken feet, trachea, gullet, etc.) – but it’s all fresh and from high quality sources. When you buy something already made and labeled “by-product” you have no idea what the “by-product” is or where it came from.

  • Niemuth22

    I do know that Fromm’s has fresh meat deliveries made everyday and they are used immediately.  I did alot of research and I am familiar with the family the runs this company so I believe they do produce a great product.  I believe it was their grandfather who was credited with creating the distemper shots.

  • Dulciesdogbowl

    The way I look at it is…it is not just about by-Products that we don’t want to see in our dogs food…… we want to THINK that all ingredients are fresh.  Do you really think they are as fresh as the ad pictures… they show…. fresh meats and vegis and grain that are  picture perfect. I don’t think so… YECK!  That is why I make my own dog food.  Research…It is worth it! 

  • Niemuth22

    Just wanted to let you know that Fromm Dog food is made in Thiensville(Mequon) Wisconsin – the kibble and they have the canned made at a small family company in South Dakota.  Never a recall, great food.  Because I live in Grafton, Wi, I pass the factory on my way to work – It is new and clean and offers tours.  One of my friends husband made a delivery there and said he never saw a cleaner kitchen.  I feed my German Shepherd and my Border Collie both kibble and canned grain free  — great food!!!!  Check it out!!!

  • Bob K

    Lisamccarty1983 –  PALEEEEZE….keep in mind…  A recall is a recall – They screwed up plain and simple, How many people fed this moldy crap to their dogs?  So what really happened to cause the mold? (just sayin’)

  • BryanV21

    What is all the arguing about? All you have to do is look at the ingredients to see that Bil-Jac is not a good dog food. Recall or not, I wouldn’t feed this to my dog or recommend it to another. 

  • InkedMarie

    I don’t purchase deli meat but that’s not the point. If you like BilJac, that’s all fine & dandy. Like it all you want, just don’t say this is a good food with quality ingredients. It’s not. 

  • Shawna

    Lisamccarty1983 — you are absolutely right in everything you are saying.  However, just because they do it for human food doesn’t make it right and certainly doesn’t make it quality..

    I don’t eat deli meat and I certainly wouldn’t feed deli meats to my dogs either.  Or my kid/grandkids.

    I don’t want to have to take prescription meds (or give them to my dogs) when we all get older so I chose to feed quality..  Just me though..  My dogs (and others that feed higher quality foods like me) don’t have to treat our dogs with flea/tick meds even.  They are too healthy to attract fleas.  So you can save money on your food but I chose to save money on meds and helath care costs.. 🙂

  • Shawna

    I actually don’t have a problem with the recall — s-it happens.  I just don’t like the quality of ingredients used in this poor quality food.. 🙂

  • Shawna

    They also put monosodium glutamate (MSG) in baby food..  An ingredient known to cause brain damage (like the brain lesions I have, diagnosed via MRI when I was in my early 30’s), multiple sclerosis, strokes etc…

    Simply because they use it in a food, including baby food, doesn’t mean it is healthful..  LOL!!!

  • Lisamccarty1983

    Isn’t this the same ingredient used in K-Y Jelly???  (just sayin’)

  • Liamccarty1983

    That’s what I’ve been trying to say!! check out the label on the deli meat you purchase…

  • Judy

    Hi Holly, I fed Great Dog (cavalier king Charles) known to me as Patti Bil-Jac for quite a while. But, she is a lazy dog(would rather lay in my lap and sleep. Would rather walk then run). So she gained weight on that. Since she is very lazy, it was really hard to get the weight off. Ah heck, she is still over weight. Depriving her of anything is not in my make-up. She did like the food however. I do however make her food myself now. The cet told me exactly what and how much. This way I know for sure she gets exactly the right stuff. Good luck

  • Lisamccarty1983

    Rodent FECES are “Acceptable” for human consumption…. Just sayin’

  • Lisamccarty1983

    People, PALEEEEZE….keep in mind… Bil*Jac recalled this VOLUNTARILY…. NOT by INVESTIGATION!!  If this SMALL recall is all ppl have to bitch about, then perhaps they should look into the “By-Products that are used for HUMAN CONSUMPTION!!!!   (just sayin’)

  • Judy

    Love a loving animal parent- thanks for taking the time to make your pets food

  • Lisamccarty1983

    I ate moldy bread growing up, should I be DEAD??????

  • Lisamccarty1983

    LOL!!! And in, Baby Food…. and….

  • Cya


  • Cya

    We have been making checken jerky for over a year now. We bought a meat slicer at Lowes to make it easy. We are never going back to any pet products that are not made in the USA.

  • JRB

     I don’t buy their products anyway. But I was curious because I help at an animal rescue and wanted to double-check that any donations were not contaminated!

  • melissa


    In all fairness, I have to wonder if its not all the “extras” that they are thriving on, rather than the “base” kibble.

  • Wundergsd

    I also feel my dogs Bil-Jac. I’m not worried about ONE recall they’ve had in 65yrs!! They are a great company and have MANY loyal, satified customers!

  • Wundergsd

     I also raise German Shepherds. We have fed them Bil-Jac for years and they do wonderful on it! They like nothing better than this dry food! They also get boiled chicken, ground meat, shopped steak, etc.

    Check us out:

  • Dulciesdogbowl

    Ever think of making your own dog treats?  Buy a dehydrater.  You can make your own liver, chicken, beef..etc. jerky.  It is cheap and much safer.  No longer have to worry about recalls on your treats.  Your pups will love them.   You can make them in large batches and freeze them.

  • InkedMarie

    As I said to someone else, have you looked at the ingredients in the BilJac frozen? By products? For someone who uses a Nature’s Farmacy website, I wouldn’t think you’d feed by products.

  • InkedMarie

    They deleted the post? Wow. If I was a Bil Jac customer, that would not make me happy.

  • InkedMarie

    Wow, definitely not a treat for my dogs. 

  • InkedMarie

    Have you taken a look at the review of the Bil Jac frozen? It’s only rated 2.5 stars, it has by products in it. If you want to feed frozen, why not feed something without by products?

  • Hound Dog Mom
  • freebird44

    Our cocker developed hot spots 2 consecutive summers, took him to the vet who prescribed meds which didn’t really help. I started reading stuff online and found out carrots and/or sweet potatoes may cause allergies and/or hot spots. After eliminating both from the recipe no more hot spots! Scooter still loves raw carrots but has never been bothered with the hot spots since. Throwing in the blueberries is a great idea!

  • Disney32

    I have the treats right in front of me and that is not the same list on the bag as you are citing from the website; be careful to do the actual research first then comment

  • Dixie Diva

    I have found this link to be helpful:

    I feed my dogs dry food (4Health no wheat, no corn, no soy at the moment), and supplement with boiled chicken, broth, and green beans or sweet potatoes, sometimes a handful of fruit in the mix like blueberries. I have 5 bigger dogs, pits and a husky mix, so have to balance between budget and good food.

  • DDLyon

    Go to Nature’s Farmacy home page they have a great diet that I have used – cooking the meat. a little over whelming the first time I made it but easy once I figured it out… My dogs love it! I also feed the frozen BilJac

  • Lapierrejudy

    Thank you for this website I have 5 dogs and it is so important to know when there is a problem Again Thank You

  • Boogiepatout

    AND in popsicyles

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Not true, often times mold contamination is not visible.

    “The visible mold/mycotoxin relationship is
    not clear-cut. In other words, it is possible to have visible mold and not
    have any mycotoxins. Conversely, it is also possible to NOT see any
    visible mold and have relatively high levels of mycotoxins. This is what
    makes management and the potential identification of mycotoxin feeding
    problems so difficult.”

    Mycotoxins are the poison produced by molds and can include: aflatoxin, vomitoxin, zearalenone, ochratoxin, and fumonisin.

    Many dogs have died due to mold contamination, it’s very serious:


  • freebird44

    Monsanto sucks – period, they are going to kill us! Thanks for posting the ingredients in BilJac treats, I don’t purchase any food for my family that includes high fructose corn syrup and I won’t by buying the liver treats in the future!

  • Karen

    Thanks hound dog mom!

  • freebird44

    Well, guess I won’t be purchasing Biljac liver treats in the future..

  • Goo

    Everyone seems to be overreacting. Mold due to moisture is not exactly the same as salmonella.. Also you can see mold and not feed it. Everybody breathe.

  • Bj

    I raise and compete in Schutzhund with my German Shepherds.  I have used Bil-Jac for years and this is their first recall.  It is a great food and my dogs have done exceptionally with it.

  • JRB

    Bil-Jac has a loyal following among their consumers. But they need to be up-front about recall facts. I posted on their Facebook yesterday and asked about the recall, which a friend had mentioned. They commented back with a number for me to call. When I went back to look at the post, they had deleted it off their Facebook page. When I called, they said that the mold was from a defect in their drying process and that the food was too moist when packed into bags, causing the mold.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Wow! Propylene glycol has applications as antifreeze, a coolant, and an aircraft de-icer…not to mention it can also be used in cosmetics and fragrances. YUM!

  • Holly
  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Karen 🙂

    I feed my dogs a homemade raw diet. is a great resource for homemade diets, they have recipes for both cooked and raw meals. Another option would be to use a pre-mix (like The Honest Kitchen’s Preference, Sojos, Urban Wolf, etc.) with a pre-mix all you have to do is add meat, all the supplements and fruits and veggies are in the mix.

    I feed my dogs 80% meat (of which 80% muscle meat, 10% organ meat, 10% bone) and 20% fruits & veggies (pureed, cooked). I add extras such as eggs, cottage cheese, and raw goat’s milk. I give vitamin e, vitamin c, fish oil, probiotics, and whole foods supplements like kelp, alfalfa, spiulina, and bee pollen daily.

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  • Karen

    I just started feeding my 3 springer spaniels Bil-Jac dry dog
    food as I had heard it was a good company, and not too expensive for the supposed quality of its ingredients.  Lucky me and my dogs, a recall.  I was wondering if anyone could
    help me out with some dog food recipes I could make at home
    and freeze so I would be assured that my springers are getting nutritious and safe food.

  • Holly

     Many dogs have died from dog foods. To the people who loved their animal, I am sure they did not say,”Sh-t happens” ! Ever hear of Aspartame? Well Monsanto had the FDA pass it and it is not safe for humans. Just another example of lying to the masses.   You should look up Monsanto and it will open your eyes to the lies!

  • doggonefedup

    According to the Environmental Working Group,
    propylene glycol can cause a whole host of problems. It is rated a 4
    by them, which is categorized as a “moderate” health issue. It has been
    shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues,
    allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption

  • Holly

    Here is some research and I can’t believe we eat this. No wonder we all have cancer these days.

  • Holly

     Excuse me!! I am researching right now!!!

  • Holly

     Yeah! It is unreal what the FDA passes as safe!!!

  • Holly

     I get all the Glycols confused!! My brother just told me.. He has a degree in Science, so he knows all these things I am confused about!! 🙂

  • Hound Dog Mom
  • Hound Dog Mom

    Don’t know. Petsmart, petco, and petflow all list the same ingredients list the neezerfan posted. A user commented on and posted the same ingredients as well:

    Must be they’re all wrong.

    Propylene glycol is the cousin to anti-freeze and banned by the FDA in cat food – but for some reason still legal in dog food.

    Either way a food with by-products, wheat, BHA and propylene glycol isn’t going in my dogs’ mouths. 🙂

  • Holly

    We even eat it!!!

  • Holly

     Most of you are probably wondering, “What the heck is propylene glycol?”
    Propylene glycol may sound fancy and scientific, but it’s really just a
    clear, odorless liquid made from petroleum. It’s used as a stabilizer
    (to keep things held together, and keep them from evaporating), and to
    keep foods moist. It’s used in many of the foods that we eat, and the
    FDA deems it safe for human consumption. Sounds harmless enough, right?
    But I stumbled upon a little something that you may not know about
    propylene glycol.

  • Cheryl

    no it is used in car antifreeze…stops things from freezing…in this case it is used to control moisture and because it is sweet, it is used so the dogs will eat this junk….without it they would turn their nose up at it. It causes cancer…and tumours…and lots of other stuff as well. Too much of it and you have rat poison…and they can start internally bleeding!!…But its cheap…and no one regulates what they can or can not feed your pet…or what they claim the food even has for nutrition.  Good stuff huh??!!

  • Goo

    Did you hear that somewhere?  What is you are referring to in anti-freeze is ethylene glycol.  Propylene Glycol is used as a substitute in non-toxic antifreezes marketed as “pet friendly.”  Do your research.

  • Holly

    No, that is an ingredient in anti-freeze…. 

  • Holly

    Am I wrong, but propylene glycol, is a laxative ingredient?

  • Goo

    why do you care about propylene glycol anyway?

  • Goo

    I am staring at a box of liver treats I proudly bought at Petsmart and the ingredients list is as follows:
    Chicken Liver, Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Wheat Flour, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Phosphoric Acid, Salt, Potassium Sorbate and Citric Acid and BHA and Calcium Propionate (Preservatives), Iron Oxide.

    I guess you should continue to believe EVERYTHING you read on the internet.  Including DFA, the expiration date is wrong on his recall posting.  BilJac website says 2013. 

  • neezerfan

    The ingredients listed for the Bil Jac  Liver treats on the Pet Smart website are as follows: Liver, chicken by-products, chicken by-product meal, corn, chicken fat, glycerin, high fructose corn syrup, propylene glycol, wheat flour, phosphoric acid, salt, sodium propionate, potassium sorbate, BHA, citric acid and iron oxide. The Bil Jac website doesn’t even put the ingredients on there.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Goo –

    The ingredients list is straight off petsmart’s website


    p.s. I missed the propylene glycol, they contain that as well.

  • I found tiny pieces of feathers in my Eukanuba and larvae in some other “top” brand once.  Give ’em a break.  They’re not trying to kill your dog — sh-t happens.  They’ll fix the problem.  Move on!

  • Goo

    oh wait.. wheat is on there too

  • Goo

    You are extremely uninformed.. BHA is the only ingredient that you listed that is actually on the liver treates label… You were bad mouthing the dry food on that forum as well.  what is your problem?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    My dogs love the Gimborn Pro-Treat liver treats (made in the US) – they have a line with liver as the only ingredient and a line with added fruits & veggies. I make my dogs’ food too. Just thought I’d mention the Gimborn treats because the Bil Jac treats contain by-products, corn, high fructose corn syrup, wheat, and BHA. I like to feed my dogs healthy treats so I don’t undo all the hard work I put into making them healthy meals.

  • Beckert

    For years my dogs have loved the Biljac liver treats, great for rewarding good behavior!
    I cook their daytime food and freeze large batches including chicken, veggies and one or 2 crushed garlic cloves which fends off ticks and fleas, they don’t wear toxic flea collars and our 2 rescues have never had either. They also get top rated dry food.

  • Bourbonsetters

     I have been feeding Bil-Jac for over 20 yrs. They are very responsible. A few years ago, I opened a 35# bag that I had purchased at a show and noticed that the color was off. I immediately called them and they told me to open the other bags that I had purchased that same day-the color was off on all. They asked for the lot # and told me they would send a pick up for one bag and to throw the others away. I told them I bought 3 bags and what show I bought them at. They sent me 5 bags for my troubles. They also contacted the vendor at the show. Later I found out his bags and several others were discarded also. Turned out to be a storage issue. No other problems before or since.

  • Shawna

    Hi Carahai ~~ I feed my pups a commercial raw food too.  However, (please don’t take offense to this) I would choose to home prepare their food if this was the only commercial raw food available.. 🙁  There are many kibbles with more protein in them then the Bil Jac raw (based on Mike’s review).  And the ingredients are hugely questionable..

  • Carahai

    BilJac has been around for 65 years. (I’ve fed the Frozen for nearly 20 years.) Theyspend very little on advertising. Most people learn about it from other dog people. The Frozen BilJac is only available in areas where the company can deliver it in their own freezer trucks by drivers they employ. This is so they can completely control the conditions under which it is shipped.

  • Carahai

    No, only the dry food stated in the recall notice is affected.

  • Lrpirkl

    Never heard of BilJac dog food!

  • Trigger111

    R liver treats affected?

  • Carahai

    I feed BilJac Frozen and know from experience that BilJac is responsible in dealing with possible problems. I wish all dog food companies were willing to immediately acknowledge problems and issue immediate notices and recalls.

  • Danky4690

    Thank you so much for the alert. I wish every pet owner would sign up for alerts like this. Even though my dogs don’t eat this brand I am sure there are alot of pet owners who do.Thank you for this alert.

  • melissa

     My question would be-what caused the mold? If its only the 6lb packages and it was improper storage-ease to rectify and probably would not be highly likely to occur again. If its moldy ingredients that were used, that is a different issue for me.(not that I feed this, as I don;t)

  • Peggy

    First ever recall. Not worried

  • mkg

    Wow.  1st recall in 65 years.