Hill’s Science Diet Dog Food Recall June 2014


June 2, 2014 – Hill’s Pet Nutrition of Topeka, KS has announced it is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food as they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Hill's Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed
The suspect product was part of a single production run.

It was distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet store customers between April 24 and May 13, 2014 in the following states:

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada

This product was accidentally released, as revealed during a routine inventory reconciliation.

All 17 affected customers have been contacted by Hill’s and there have been no reported illnesses related to this product to date.

What Was Recalled?

This voluntary recall is limited to 62 15.5 lb. bags of Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog food with the Stock-Keeping Unit (SKU) code, “Best before” date and production code shown below.

  • Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed
  • Package Size 15.5 pounds
  • SKU 9097
  • Best Before Date 08 2015
  • Production Code M094

The SKU number is located on the bottom of the bag, both side panels and on the back lower right hand corner below the UPC code.

The “Best before” date and production code is stamped on the top, middle of each bag.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

Consumers who may have purchased any of these specific bags of Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog food should discontinue use of the product and immediately and call Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 800-445-5777 Monday through Friday during the hours of 7am-7pm (CT).

Hill’s will arrange to collect the unused portion of the product at its own expense at a time convenient for the consumer and will provide a full refund.

This voluntary recall does not impact any Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed products with different “Best Before” dates or any other Science Diet products.

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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  • Hammockbear

    Bought that same food in Maine for my Yorkie. she got very sick, and at age 14 was too much for her. We thought she just got a bug. Now we are thinking her food was bad. Heart broken and do not know what company to trust for dog food.

  • Bea

    you do know that guidelines to have “vet recommended” means that only ONE vet needs to “recommend”

    do you still trust it?

  • Robert Zornes
  • Robert Zornes

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Science Diet one of the foods that the Chinese put melamine into at one time?

  • theBCnut

    Don’t dump the food. Wait until the FDA or Hill’s decides whether or not they need some of it for testing.

  • Teri

    To Science Diet:
    Your company recalled the Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed 15.5 lbs bag SKU 9097 Best Before Date 08 2015 M094
    Product Name
    Bag Size
    “Best Before” Date/ Production Code

    Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed
    15.5 lbs.
    08 2015 M094I
    think you should recall the 4.5 lb. bag. Our rat terrier changed to the
    adult 1-6 from the puppy (and yes, we gradually introduced it to her)
    threw up 5 times, after each time we fed her (which is 1/4 cup a.m. and
    1/4 cup p.m.). She convulsed the 2nd night and I laid with her
    all night.

    The 2nd day she refused to eat it but got hungry later and ate it. Became ill shortly after that throwing up.
    The 3rd day again she refused to eat it, got hungry, ate some later and had horrible diarrhea.

    decided to put her on the Science Diet can food since we had no other
    food in the house for her and her stool returned to normal.

    This food is extremely strong smelling. I feel it is tainted and should be recalled.

    The SKU is 9096 (your recall is 9097 – the larger bag). The best before date is 08 2014 M2711509 SL 028.

    I think it’s a coincidence that the SKU’s are off by one number and both are for Adult Small & Toy Breed.

    TO THE PUBLIC! Please be aware of the smaller bags that are probably tainted. If your dog or cat refuses to eat the food, gets diarrhea or vomits take that as a sign there is something wrong with the food.

    Science Diet said to return the product to the store as they guarantee 100%. Of course, we can’t find the receipt so the bag will dumped.

    Report it right away to the FDA, Hill’s and the store you purchased it from.I am hoping this will save your animals!

  • Gindy51

    Beg to differ with you but around here the coyotes and foxes leave the intestines and they rot over the course of the year. Nothing else the guts around here on our wild life refuge.

  • barbeeyorkielover

    I have 5 Yorkies and feed then Acana duck and pear. Acana and Orijen are made by the same company in Mornville Alberta Canada and sold all over the world.
    My dogs love it and I have never had any health issues, that I can speak of. I also feed home made dog food and home made treats. So I alternate when I can. I don’t think that you can go wrong with either brand. Both brands contain NOTHING from China. They have a great web page.Thanks

  • barbeeyorkielover

    It may be easy for you to stick up for Hills but when you loose a dog from their food, I don’t care who or what you are.

  • Christine Daley

    Hi guest. Sorry to hear your pup was sick. Hope she is better!! Anyway FYI that recall supposedly was only in 3 states. I believe it said Nevada, California , and Hawaii!! Not fond of science diet though despite the recall. Much better out there. Orijen, natures variety just to name two. Check out mr chewy. They have it all!!

  • Guest

    reading this about the recall now I know why I ended up with a 300 dollar vet bill for my teacup Yorkie she was throwing up runny poop and could not even keep water down I ended up having to rush her to the vet she was really sick and she is so small it was scary

  • linda555555

    My son just got a gsd “puppy” I love this breed he has her out of state I will get her in about 15dys.I am poor & disabled & want to train her to help/service. My son knows nothing about all the poison foods & is feeding her purina puppy food, so why I’m on here looking for good food I can afford! I would like to know how/what raw food I can feed her I heard raw chicken w/bones are safer than cooked (I need to do more research on that I don’t remember much maybe was even for cats) If u can would appreciate how to feed my dog raw food.or maybe if cooked alittle to kill some bacteria? idk have more research to do. But would love a safe cheaper dog food for now too THANKS!

  • linda555555

    I’m sure the vitamins are from china, they do most vitamins so who knows what’s all in it for sure they won’t let us inspect there & here a few boxes of shipment? And does are gov really care I doubt it, the money from china they profit is more important that’s why the companies do the recall mostly…they want to “look” good to keep ppl buying products.

  • linda555555

    Well since china makes most vitamins in the usa & don’t have whats claimed in list of ingredients & also some products from china are stamped “USDA organic” which aren’t even inspected by the USDA because CHINA won’t let them I found out, but they go ahead & stamp it. I know some independent lab’s I think one was consumers report did test many vitamins to find out many didn’t have what was claimed on list of ingred’s & had heavy metals arsenic etc. The Gov don’t check. So my question is if the Gov don’t check our supplements same as expensive beauty products that can list ANYTHING but can be anything in it because they don’t check it! Why would they check our dog/cat food which the vitamins in it is from CHINA too & NOT checked?

    I think we all may be fooled sadly. I wish had money to just grow/raise & make own food.

  • Shawna

    I can REALLY respect that.. It is quite admirable even if she can only point those clients wanting alternatives in the right direction..

    Now we just need to figure out how to get you in front of other potentially open minded vets!!!! 🙂

  • theBCnut

    She will continue to carry the easy way out as a quick fix, but she does tell her clients that there are better solutions, if they are willing to look for them. I don’t know if she will ever personally take the time, other than having these long conversations with me, due to owning 2 practices, having 3 kids, and training for triathalons.

  • Shawna

    Wow, that is wonderful!!! Do you think she will take the time to educate herself further or do you think she will continue to take the easy way out?

    A friend recently called me after learning her cat has early stage chronic kd. The holistic vet here in town (whom I greatly admire) even took the easy way out by recommending Rayne prescription kd food which is a “lower protein” prescription food for “early to late stage” feline kd. Although MUCH better than standard prescription foods, it is still low protein. And the killer thing is my friend would be completely willing to follow a recipe and make homemade.

  • theBCnut

    I had Micah to my vet yesterday for his yearly, and she again told me how lucky my dogs were that I didn’t settle for the easy route with food. She said he is the only dog in her practice that has food intolerance issues that she can’t even tell there is a problem. She says her Hill’s and Royal Canin dogs don’t look that good. She is completely sold that going the prescription diet route is the easy way out, not the best way to handle problems that are dietary in nature. And she freely admits that vets don’t know nearly enough about nutrition or the immune system, not only that, but she’s the one that started the conversation. I was the last client of the day and we spent about an hour talking nutrition and immune response.