Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall Event Number 2 of March 2017


March 17, 2017 — Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs because the product may contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recall is limited to one production lot of the following product:

  • BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet
    Food for Adult Dogs
  • Size: 12.5 ounce can
  • UPC Code: 840243101153
  • Best-By Date: June 7, 2019 (bottom of can)

Affected products were distributed nationally through pet specialty and on-line retailers.

No other Blue Buffalo products are impacted by this issue.

About the Recall

Dogs ingesting high levels of beef thyroid hormones may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness.

These symptoms may resolve when the use of the impacted food is discontinued.

However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing.

Should symptoms occur, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Although the Blue Buffalo Customer Care Resource Team has not received any reports of dogs exhibiting these symptoms from consuming this product, the FDA advised Blue Buffalo of a single consumer who reported symptoms in one dog, who has now fully recovered.

Blue Buffalo immediately began an investigation.

However, after working with the FDA, Blue Buffalo decided it would be prudent to recall the one production lot in question.

What to Do?

If your pet has consumed the product listed above and has exhibited any of these symptoms, please discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased the product subject to this recall should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at 866-201-9072 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday.

Or by email at [email protected]

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

Or go to

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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  • Samuel Adams

    You insult homeopathic medicine and don’t like it when people respond? Did you stop to think that maybe what you said is a personal attack on those in the field of homeopathic medicine. Thing is, we cure problems and don’t just do disease management. And we do not charge any more than allopathic vets. In fact, in the long run, we are cheaper and the pets are healthier using our ways. So , yes, you were as you put it, ” personally attacked.” Welcome to what is called a 2 way street.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Homeopathic veterinary medicine is a business too. They don’t work for free, in fact, they tend to charge more.
    I don’t need to pay someone to tell me that all medicine is bad. If I believe that, I can just tell myself, lol.
    PS: What’s with the personal attack?
    “You aren’t too smart?”
    Attention moderator: I apologize for going off topic, I will ignore this poster in the future.

  • Samuel Adams

    You listen to people that make big money from the medical industrial complex? You aren’t too smart. I feel sorry for your pets. Homeopathic ways tend to be far better than the allopathic medical industrial complex remedies.

  • Suz

    I have been feeding the BB beef and then the chicken, both dry food, since we adopted a shelter dog in December. He started with severe diarrhea a couple of weeks ago, and we assumed it was from the heart worm treatment he was given, since that was a side affect. Our vet said no, fast him for a day, then just boiled chicken & rice. I read all this about BB and changed to Purina. Within two days he is almost normal and eating like he loves it. He gets dry mixed with canned, and is doing great. Scary…

  • chacha711


    Ps. Ms Pat/Poster, YOU need to get a 2nd Opinion from a real VET who has formal training/Pet Food nutritionist certified, and feed Junky-Crap Food like PECIGREE to you and your family on a daily basis!

    FYI, I feed our active 3 yrs old GSPointer TOP-RATED (By Of Food Advisor, Vet, etc) ACANA/Champion Pet Foods CoMfg a small-medium sized privately held Co mfg Dry Kibble only, never ever recalled, under ACANA n ORJIEN name-label from Canada/USA a Dry-Steamed Cooked Kibble w/60-70% Free-Range Hi-Protein Meats, eggs n/or Wild Fish, 30-40% Fruits & Veges, no gluten, no water-added fillers/colorings additives, grain-free, great customer service 1-877-939-0006 Q&A n free-trial sample bags upon request too!

    I Also found on Dog Food ADVISOR Top 10 List, a good low-cost/good value .85 cents 13oz Red Label can COSTCOs Kirkland NATURES DOMAIN Turkey & Pea Stew/Grain Free food used as a TOPPER 1 x day mixed over ACANA Dry Kibble, 1 can/topper lasts 3 days, results in a Happy, Healthy Dog!!! ENJOY!!!

  • chacha711

    GOODLUCK, you will need it when your pets get sick or die prematurely thx to your FRUGAL STUPIDITY! Probably you n or your VET can save the $$$ on low-end u healthy DOG FOOD so you can spend a ton more later on BIG VET BILLS if not yourselfs, hope he gave you a tip on a Great Pet Insurance Plan/Comoany too n accelts their plan too, ie PET FIRST, etc! LOL!!!

    PS. Can you please post the name and location of your DOG VET (sounds like a quack not a Duck) so people can be warned? Thx!

  • Lisa Marie Allen

    What about his vitamins and minerals? And may I ask how do you make your gravy? I was just thinking about this last night.

  • Jackson

    First, you are lying…
    Second you and/or the vet do not understand how dogs cannot digest corn due to their digestive track.
    Third, go peddle your BS on another site. Most who come here are not as dumb as you appear to be!

  • haleycookie

    Blue buffalo hasnt been bought out. They are still independently owned. And merrick and purina’s contract stated that purina couldn’t butt in for a few years, but I think thats up this year. Should be interesting to see what happens to merrick by next year.

  • Windchyme

    And this is why I never go to a regular vet for advice about nutrition…for goodness sakes they sell and push SCIENCE DIET….that tells you all you need to know if you didn’t know anything else…

  • Windchyme
  • Windchyme
  • Windchyme

    That one major company recently bought Blue Buffalo…and that major company gets shipments of meat from China…just an fyi

  • Windchyme

    I agree, just dumb luck and dogs that are more resistant to the effects. I wouldn’t touch BB with someone else’s 100 ft pole.

  • Windchyme

    Victor Pet foods but I also recommend Fromm as well. Both are family owned companies that have never had a recall (least Victor hasn’t) and go above and beyond to make the food safe and nutritious. I know a whole lot of breeders are running, not walking to Fromm from formerly using blue buffalo.

    I feed the ultra pro which is close to the ancestral diet level of nutrients…that costs me about 1.73 a lb…some of their formulations are closer to $1 a lb- a touch less than taste of the wild cost me.

  • pat


  • Jeanne Ardinger Bennett

    My dog eats the limited ingredient version and has excellent health. For her can which we mix I use merrick she likes the chunks. Our vet said she wished every one used the better foods like we do , or balanced raw diet.

  • Bill Colwell

    Try to look Merrick up doesn’t look like any of their dog can food has ever been recalled . All I see is dog treats recalled seven years ago

  • Bill Colwell

    I would stay away from Blue Buffalo.


    Feed your dogs real (preferably raw) food and stop worrying about all this.

  • Jenny Kylan

    When will people realize that this stuff is garbage!?? It is made in the same factories as all the other grocery store brands. There is nothing better about it. I saw a bag or their treats on the stand in Petco one day. You could see the plastic pieces in the food through the bag! I told the manager, he opened the bag and sure enough it was plastic! All in it. This company is horrible, just like Iams, Eukanuba, Royal Canin gosh I could go on. If you want a brand that has never had a recall .Food that is made in their own facilty, GMO free, high grade human quality ingredients, nothing sourced from CHINA like the brands I mentioned earler. Then use VERUS dog food. It and Honest Kitchen human grade food is all I feed my babies. They don’t get GMOs or anything made by commercial companies that are full of crap. You can contact the owner of VERUS directly and chat with her. They are great people. The food isn’t that expensive for what it is. There isn’t another brand that has this kind of quality other than Honest Kitchen. You can buy it online or locally . I get mine on due to the killer discounts. It is fresh and smells wonderful. My dogs and the neighbors dogs sneak in to get some as much as they can! lol They love it. High end – high quality with integrity that is what VERUS is. I cannot say enough good about them. I even wear the t-shirt they gave me all the time and hand out pamphets to those buying garbage food. If you want your pet to live a long healthy cancer free life. Stop feeding GMOs and garbage food. Blue Buffalo has already had so many recalls and people still buy it. I don’t get it. Don’t people research before they buy anymore??? My pets are my family they get only organic, gmo free food and treats. only. I will not take a chance. My daughters dog died after eating a Purina Busy Bone. She hemmoraged blood front and rear it was horrific and she suffered because of it. Someone gave her the bone. Which should hvae been in the garbage and never on the market in the first place. Do your research people, search the dog food name and sick or died and recalls on Google. Look at the ingredients. Is it GMO free? Is it organic? If not don’t buy it. Does it tell you where the ingredients are sourced and guarantee nothing comes from Asia? If not don’t buy it. Just because it is expensive doesn’t make it good. Price just creates a false illusion. Check out VERUS here: and for the best quality treats go to My dogs love the tall BEAMS which are dried icelandic catfish skins and that is it. The only ingredient. Plus they love the dried Nice Mussels! As with all Honest Kitchen foods they are human grade. You could eat it if you wanted. The prices reflect the cost of human food and it’s worth it. For a treat I will mix the dehydrated Honest Kitchen BRAVE (fish & coconut) with VERUS and they go NUTS. VERUS also makes canned meats that contain mussles from New Zealand. Where GMOs are banned. So no water contaimination. Good luck and please research, your pets life depends on it.

  • Loboe Rex

    Not true. Orijen, for one, has their own suppliers for all meat and fish ingredients. Even to the point of hiring their own boats for fish to be delivered direct to the manufacturing facility .. which they own and is exclusivly theirs.

  • Jesse James

    Which company, if you dont mind me asking?

  • Susan Harrison

    Me too. I have a Mini-Schnauzer the is 5 years old. She got very ill on Purina Puppy Chow when she was very young and almost died. So I switched her to BB right away. I feed her the same as you…the dry lamb variety for small dogs. No problems whatsoever! She also gets BB treats, and occasionally a different brand…but absolutely NOTHING with any ingredients from China!!!

  • Sheron Howe

    Who make it

  • AriaH

    You’ve just been lucky. This company has recalls of their food every month. Or you’re on their payroll.

  • Windchyme

    See my response parents dogs’ got sick on Blue Wilderness SALMON Dry in February. My mom just reminded me that he was having liver problems and testing in the middle of it to find out what was wrong with his liver.

    They couldn’t find anything wrong physically with his liver- ultrasounds and the like. Since changing foods the issue has gone away.

  • Windchyme

    My company tests their meat at a remote location before they take the shipment.. They do it at a remote location because they don’t want to contaminate their premises or equipment.

  • Windchyme

    My parents dogs recently got sick from the BB DRY food, the same symptoms, then refused to eat it entirely. My parents bought a new bag thinking somehow their supply went bad. NOPE! Dogs wouldn’t touch it (and at this point they were REALLY sick with diarrhea and vomiting) My parents went out and got a bag of Fromm…the dogs fell on it like they were starving and finished off the bowl and asked for more. Within a couple days they cleared right up.

    When they “voluntarily” recall it’s a situation of they’ve been caught and they either “voluntarily” recall or the official agency will declare it for them without their consent and that looks worse to consumers. I’m positive the dry food had/has some issues that have not been caught- yet. This all happened last month with my parents dogs- Feb 2017.

    Rule of thumb: If it is made by a corporate entity (Purina recently bought BB) then it is crap or is likely to become crap at some point and the only question is will the animals live through it. Don’t feed it or don’t feed significant amounts of it.

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  • Toni Chandler

    I cook my Mr.tuddle chicken peas ans carrots with gravy.that way i have no worries abt dog food pronlems

  • Michele Gray

    I have had very good luck with The Honest Kitchen brand….my dog has a veerrry sensitive tummy so i alternate the flavors of the grain free varieties. The company has a good reputation also.

  • unicornhunting

    These symptoms sound very similar to my dog–this was the type she ate too

  • unicornhunting

    I’m furious. My 12 year old dachshund was hospitalized for 3 days after eating BB Chicken dinner 4 weeks ago.
    I filed a report with the FDA and BB–I don’t see that flavor being recalled after 1 very serious incident! Low blood pressure, reduced white blood cell count, dehydration, diarrhea, rapid breathing were her symptoms. My other dog vomited after eating from the same can. He didn’t have as violent a reaction due to his younger age I’m assuming.
    Needless to say, I’m off this brand for good. After discussing it my regular vet he condemned the brand for its deceptivel advertising to customers as well is the quality of the food.

  • Christine Daley

    Dogs cannot live on dry kibble alone no matter how good. More moisture is needed. I use Orijen which I believe to be one of the best on the market but I also incorporate primal raw and Ziwi peak canned. Not a BB fan!!

  • Hummingbird

    So disappointing. I have been using Blue Buffalo products (dry small breed chicken & brown rice, dry grain free turkey, and divine delights chicken and/or beef) for years x 2 small dogs without any problems. These particular products have not been included in any of the recalls…yet. But I am getting concerned, naturally.

  • Mayra Barbara Espino

    Sorry i have a fracture right arm. My Marley woke up massive diarrhea. He nwvee poops inside waited held it in mouning in pain. Almost dehydrated aent into the bathtub looking for water. He drank over a gallon if water. Blue wilderness chicken flavor baught thi king it was good for my Marley. OmG poor thing lukiky I ran to the immodium and hydrated him .

  • Jorge A Caraballo

    beef thyroid hormone?????? Yikes! Right, naturally occurring.

  • Mayra Barbara Espino

    My piir Marley massive diarrhea almost dehydrated over Dry Blue Wilderness needs a recall chicken flavor

  • gogoblu

    I agree blue buffalo is not healthy they put way too much protein in their food which will eventually cause issues for your pet
    Not to mention all the recalls

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Ugh. I don’t listen to the homeopathic vets…….
    Been there, done that. I prefer science based veterinary medicine.

  • Jake

    I bet we will see this in a few more companies that can at the same location. My wife and I have been using Canidae for years with no problems. We did try feeding a raw diet until our Vet had advised against it. He was seeing many a lot of sick dogs as a because people were being careless with the ingredients.

  • Terese Genecco

    Actually, I’ve been researching dry dog food/kibble for the past year and have discovered that it is all basically like feeding your pet cardboard. Any nutritional value that might have started out as an ingredient is super-heated to well over 400 degrees during the extrusion process which kills the amino acids, active enzymes and anything else that provides nutrition. Avoid kibble and big brand pet foods entirely and do your research! We feed The Honest Kitchen to our dog but there are many other amazing companies who are transforming the pet food industry one dog or cat lover at a time. We have to spread the word and help educate our fellow pet lovers. Check out Susan Thixton’s 2017 List of approved pet food companies here: It’s $10 but it’s totally worth it! Also, keep up on all things pet healthy with Dr. Karen Becker at:

  • Deborah Tucker

    You can sign up for pet food recalls. I Googled it and was able to sign up

  • Nancy Fearon

    Where did you find the recall? I just bought some of these.

  • Brenda Ashby Berry

    I feed my Yorkies Halo grain free kibble – excellent quality & they love it

  • Phil

    Here we go , Blue PR has been kicked into action.
    Yes PR rep ,
    I own 3 year old Westie….more like he owns me.

  • mudd

    you must be the competition…. ive fed my dogs blue buffalo for many years with no problems.ive seen a total of 3 bb products that have been recalled, none of the foods that i use…do you even have dogs phil?

  • Chris Shannon

    I have been feeding my ShihTzu Blue Buffalo kibble for small dogs, lamb variety for several years and she has done the best with that brand than any I have tried. I also feed her treat biscuits made by them and no issues. She has a very delicate system that is easy to irritate. That being said I think you are being overly harsh. I do suggest avoiding canned food, but I would heartily recommend Blue Buffalo.

  • Susan

    I see that Wellness Beef “Topper” has been recalled for the same reason. Do they use the same co-packer? or the same supplier?

  • Matthew Heikkila

    There are not as many dog food ingredient suppliers as you may think. Take chicken for an example. There are only three companies that supply chicken for all dog food companies.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Exactly, avoid the canned foods, find a kibble that works as a base (1/3 to 1/2 of the diet) add a little water and real food.
    Find a vet that you trust, take a chance. Go for the annual checkups, question things, negotiate.
    No guarantees with anything in life.

  • Elaine

    My little guy was sick for a week after eating Blue Buffalo canned Salmon in February. It took me 2 feedings to connect the dots and a full week for him to recover. This flavor was not recalled but I threw the can away along with 4 others I purchased. I am now giving him ground chicken, rice and carrots that I prepare, weekly, and very little kibble. He is healthy happy and I KNOW what I’m giving him! You just can’t trust ANYBODY anymore it seems.

  • Phil

    Well Blue shouts from roof tops with BIG $ their products best for your dog.
    Hmm whats not adding up?
    If Blue was a baby food company playing this game they would be out of business fast.

  • Phil

    Hmm keeping standards high yet buying from tainted ingredient supplier.
    Hmm that makes sense!

    How about they dump high price advetertising-TV commercials & put that $ into safe ingredients….after all that’s what they claim to sell.

  • Matthew Heikkila

    That’s a little bit harsh to say. Most dog food companies do not even make their own food, they are copacked by another company. This recall has affected many companies not just Blue.

  • Jeanne Ardinger Bennett

    Several companies were supplied by the same beef company. Look at the same reason for recall on wellness and others. Just like human food it gets harder to control the quality as the companies grow. Blue has had less recalls than the majority of pet food companies. Merrick as well has had fewer. They at least try to keep high standards unlike at least one major company that puts total junk in the food.

  • Phil

    Ok dog lovers , Blue Buffalo Company is evil!
    Pretty TV commercials selling best for your dog is a scam.
    They have recalls every month products are dangerous tell family , friends & buyers in pet stores etc let’s put them out of business!