Darwin’s Dog Food Recall of December 2017


December 8, 2017 — Darwin’s Natural Pet Products of Tukwila, Washington, has notified distributors that it is recalling select lots of its Darwin’s Natural Selections dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

December 23/ 2017 — Update: We are unable to locate any public announcement about the recalls on the company’s website.

The following information is taken from an article in Food Safety News dated December 22, 2017.

  • Darwin’s Natural Selections brand, frozen, raw Turkey with Organic Vegetable Meals for Dogs
    Package size: 2 lbs.
    Number of packages recalled: 1192
    Date recall initiated: 10/17/2016
    Manufacturing date: 7/20/2016
    Lot number: 3142070
    Reason for recall: Listeria monocytogenes
  • Darwin’s Natural Selections brand, frozen, raw Beef with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs
    Package size: 2 lbs.
    Number of packages recalled: 2391
    Date recall initiated: 10/17/2016
    Manufacturing date: 7/21/2016
    Lot number: 3146070
    Reason for recall: Listeria monocytogenes
  • ZooLogics brand, frozen, raw Turkey with Vegetable Meals for Dogs
    Package size: 2 lbs.
    Number of packages recalled: 1337
    Date recall initiated: 10/17/2016
    Manufacturing date: 7/25/2016
    Lot number: 3155070
    Reason for recall: Listeria monocytogenes
  • Natural Selections Duck Meals for Cats, frozen
    Package size: 2 lb. net weight flexible film, partitioned into 4 quadrants
    Number of packages recalled: 1560
    Date recall initiated: 9/8/2017
    Manufacturing date: 06/01/2017
    Lot number: 38277
    Reason for recall: Salmonella
  • Natural Selections Chicken with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs
    Package size: 2 lb. net weight flexible film, partitioned into 4 quadrants
    Number of packages recalled: 6,306
    Date recall initiated: 12/4/2017
    Manufacturing date: 09/26/2017
    Lot number: 40727
    Reason for recall: Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes
  • Natural Selections Duck With Organic Vegetables Meals for Dog
    Package size: 2 lb. net weight flexible film, partitioned into 4 quadrants
    Number of packages recalled: 3,924
    Date recall initiated: 12/4/2017
    Manufacturing date: 09/29/2017
    Lot number: 40487
    Reason for recall: Salmonella
  • Natural Selections Turkey With Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs
    Package size: 2 lb. net weight flexible film, partitioned into 4 quadrants
    Number of packages recalled: 7123
    Date recall initiated: 12/4/2017
    Manufacturing date: 08/24/2017 and 09/20/2017
    Lot number: 39937 and 40507
    Reason for recall: Salmonella

Why Is It Recalled?

Through testing, the company determined that the products listed above, have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

About Salmonella

Salmonella is a bacterial organism that can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections in people, particularly young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

There is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Some healthy individuals who are infected may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infections can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe or chronic illness.

According to the FDA, it is uncommon for healthy dogs to become sick from Salmonella.

However, dogs with weakened immune systems (such as puppies or older dogs) have a higher risk of becoming sick.

Pets with infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Further information about Salmonella can be found on the Food and Drug Administration website.

Message from the Company

In an email message to distributors, Darwin’s president, Gary Tashjian writes…

We have not received any reports from customers regarding these meals, and are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution.

However, if your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of the above symptoms, please contact your veterinarian if they persist.

We are recommending that you inspect your inventory of Darwin’s meals to determine if you have any left from the lot listed above.

If any of the above product is still in your inventory, please take the following steps:

Write down the lot number, date/time of manufacture and quantity of any product from the above lot remaining in your inventory.

Dispose of the product by placing it in a plastic bag, then placing the bag in the trash in a secure manner.

Contact us at [email protected] to confirm that you have taken the above steps and to arrange for replacement of any unused product.

Please note the following:

Your name and address (or customer number)

The date and time of manufacture and quantity of food from this lot that you have remaining in your inventory

Confirmation that you have disposed of it.

We anticipate that some of our customers will have questions or concerns regarding this matter.

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about it.

Toward that end, we have set up a special toll-free number for you to call: 866-832-8319 (Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 7 AM to 3 PM Pacific Time).

Please note that we may not be able to talk with each of you at once, so we do ask that you be patient, particularly if your issue is not of an urgent nature.

We regret any concern and/or inconvenience that this causes you.

We are taking steps to reduce the opportunity for this to occur again.

What to Do

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

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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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  • Terri

    This ticks me off, I ordered 40lbs of the Chicken and Beef in Oct. I noticed the meat for both were very gray and not the normal pink-Chicken or Red- Beef, some of the packages had a off smell after defrosting so I tossed it. What bothers me, I called Darwin’s regarding my concerns and not once was I told their was a recall . I cancelled my account.

  • Tamara Edwards

    I’m with Ms Brehm. Been feeding raw for years. A big fan of Darwins. This is the first recall in years. In a previous career, was in pet supply business. So many recalls on kibble, canned and raw, for various reasons. Salmonella however is the one thing as humans we are suseptabe to. Dogs and cats for that matter, do not get salmonella very often. If they are older or immune compromised it is possible. Scientific fact, salmonella takes 12 hours to grow in a petre dish. Dogs and cats digestive tract is much shorter and it takes them less than 8 hours to digest their meals. You do the math. Our food takes up to 18 hours to digest. We are the ones who get it by not having proper hygiene and basic cleanliness when preparing our food and our pets food. Would you prepare a raw chicken on a counter top or cutting board without disinfecting it? There have been cases of humans contracting salmonella from kibble because they haven’t washed their hands after placing their hands in the bag, using a scoop and feeding their beloved pets. Just using some basic common sense can save you and your pets from becoming ill. I have fed raw even before it was the “in” thing to do. A yorkie that lived to be 18, a cavalier that was 16 and a shictzu that is currently 8 and never has any issues and a papillon puppy. Raw is a much more bioavailable, nutrient rich diet. To each his own. Just educate yourself on what is out there and be comfortable with what you are feeding.

  • Briggs

    Our entire household of fur balls eats raw frankly because we’ve found visiting the butcher and making friends with hunters that like sharing and/or unloading offal or unusable scraps of anything they catch WAY cheaper than any kibble we could find, and we feel they’re healthier for it! Elk is a current hit =) We’ve thawed, portioned, and fed raw for many years and no one has gotten sick from it anymore than anyone has gotten sick from our preparing our own meats or vegetables. Raw isn’t for everyone but this “OMG BACTERIA” stuff is a bit over the top, especially since it’s rarely mentioned that kibble is not sterile.

  • Judi Baier Rathbun

    You can buy organic meats and eggs, chicken, pork and grass fed beef….. expensive, but even Safeway has sections of their stores where the stuff is all organic. You might also try “dogfoodadvisor.com” and see how they rate foods. If a dry dog food states anywhere, “meat meal” don’t buy it!!!!! Meat is anything: road kill, dogs and cats euthanized, and that chemical used to kill them does not, repeat NOT cook out. You’ll find Acana, Taste of the Wild and Blue Buffalo rather good stuff. Acana is now hard to find, and on some sites the prices are outrageous, just google and look up all the sites.

  • Dogwoman

    Yup, same here. No diff than handling the meat/poulty I get from Whole Foods or the like.

  • John Rolon

    Whether you get the meat from the corner market, grocery store, or the street vendor in the meat markets overseas, ugh…duh, yes there is always a chance however when was the last time you got sick buying meat for family or self? Even if you have your own farm it doesn’t mitigate the chance.

  • John Rolon

    Actually this thread is SOLELY about dog food. Troll on.

  • Briggs

    For salmonella, no, canned foods are usually not recalled. But sterilization doesn’t keep penobarbitol, chunks of plastic, or high levels of thyroid hormone out; all recall complaints from canned foods in the past year or so.

  • Edward Monroe

    USDA is a joke.

  • Edward Monroe

    Monsanto/Roundup is now owned by Bayer out of Germany. They are advertising new stuff but it is the same old stuff. When you have to buy their seed and ground treatment as well it is unfit for consumption. I have a brother who has a degree in horticulture and he said Roundup is one half the make up of Agent Orange which was sprayed on our troops in Viet Nam and everyone has developed cancer and died. I lost my first Scotty to TCC from an apartment complex that was careless with it. Unless the CEO will drink down a glass of it I will never believe it is safe. It is sprayed on the grain before harvest to keep to keep the grain from falling off. All about money.

  • Barbara Brehm

    We receive our Darwin’s Select frozen solid and it stays frozen solid until the day of thaw and it’s eaten within a day. Hands washed. Stainless steel doggie dish nice and clean from hot soapy water — no problem.

  • Barbara Brehm

    If there was a problem with anything in Darwin’s select to necessitate a recall, this sturdy puppy ate right through it and without any apparent issues besides eating an ice cream stick, swallowing the leg of a stuffed toy and eating worms washed up on the sidewalk. But since most recalls are for “just in case” let it be recorded please that Zack had no issues. Thanks for the recall notice though.

  • Edward Monroe

    Blue does not have their own plant,. It is outsourced. You have to contract these companies and ask the hard questions like do they own their own plant, are their ingredient’s truly chemical free, how many times recalled, etc., If trey won’t answer them post on this site and move on. I have used Darwin’s for years and will confront them. Had to stop using tripe. Mine would up chuck it. I gently cook all mine over low heat until the blood is cooked and only keep it 48 hours;

  • Catja Versteeg

    Some time ago there was a long list of nearly all dog foods available and an independent organization evaluated the company’s for truth in product content and consumer complaints, etc. I buy Candia All Life Stages dry food, and am extremely pleased. However, in this independent product examination, I believe their comment was simply some customer complaints, but no specifics. However Canidae was rated quite high. I was wondering your thoughts on this site; dogfoodadviser.com. about Canidae quality, etc., if any. I understand that Blue Buffalo has falsified their ingredients as stated on their packaging. Don’t know if that issue has been rectified. Thanks for your response. Catja Versteeg. [email protected]

  • aimee

    I don’t ever recall seeing a canned product recalled for Salmonella. Canning sterilizes food.

    When you look at recall data raw foods are recalled more often than dry. For example using data from this site in 2017 there were 2 recalls for Salmonella both raw products, In 2016 there were 4 recalls for Salmonella and all were for raw products. In 2015 8 recalls for Salmonella 7 for raw and 1 for dry.

  • God’s Kid

    You are either a USDA shill or ignorant. Organic food is UNDER ATTACK.

  • God’s Kid

    You are right. I love it. Never 1 problem.

  • Denise Latham

    This isn’t just about dog food. Where’s the outcry about the toxins in our food supply and water. Monsanto? Our current Administration reducing and repealing any and all of the past achievements in protecting the human consumer. That is Unacceptable.

  • Denise Latham

    A bit over the top with “the government always goes after organic food companies” comment. “scuse me” No government involvement here … only a company that is taking PREvention to avert the possible risk. I know of the brand, have never purchased or used for my dogs. Given that it’s a subscription delivery service it would be ultra easy track down the source should any dog get sick.

  • Dogwoman

    And it happens with human’s food regularly.

  • Dogwoman

    My cat eats kibble and the number of times in the last 3yrs of recalls…5!! Darwin’s for my dog-This is the 1st in 6yrs. And he & I are fine-no illness.

  • Dogwoman

    It is a subscription service which is delivered frozen to our door. I’ve had the service for 6yrs w/out a single problem.

  • Cannoli

    It is a delivery subscription dog food service in the US

  • Christian Rochon

    Hi i am from Canada Québec can we buy that kind of food in are country

  • Patti Patterson Layer

    Appears it is shipped directly to consumer. here is the site. https://www.darwinspet.com/product/raw-dog-food-ns/

  • Liz Fisher

    I am not surprised. I used to order their raw dog food until i found out the food was not sealed properly plus in some cases the packets had punctures. So when i reported it to them they did not response. I also reported it to Dog Advisor.com. but nothing was done about it.

  • Cannoli

    Hence i said “you cook it yourself”

  • Kris Tee

    You do realize dry and canned foods get recalled for salmonella more often than raw, right?

  • Cannoli

    Not unless you cook it yourself. Recalls like this scared me into no longer feeding my pup raw

  • God’s Kid

    I believe that Darwins is GREAT! The government always goes after organic food companies.

  • Stephanie Challand

    even if you make your own you have to get the meat from somewhere…..unless you have your own farm….

  • John Rolon

    Even with the better more specie appropriate diet raw foods there are recalls like this. Just goes to show you you are never safe. Make your own! Quit paying for a product that could possibly kill your dog or family. Unacceptable.

  • Mary Vedder

    Where were these products distributed and sold?