Purina One Beyond Dog Food Recall


August 30, 2013 – Nestlé Purina PetCare Company of St. Louis, MO has announced it is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5 pound bags of Purina One Beyond due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Purina One Beyond Chicken and Barley

Purina One Beyond Our White Meat Chicken and Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food from a single production run was shipped to retail customers in the United States.

Only one bag of the product was found to be contaminated.

No additional Purina or Purina ONE dog or cat products are involved in this recall at this time.

And according to the company, no salmonella-related illness has been reported to date in association with this product.

What’s Being Recalled?

The only product being recalled in this event is Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food in the 3.5 pound bag size.

The affected product contains both a “Best By” date and production code shown below:

  • Bag Size = 3.5 pounds
  • Best By Date = OCT 2014
  • Production Code = 31071083
  • UPC Code = 17800 12679

The “Best By” Date and the Production Code are found on the back or bottom of the bag.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products.

People handling contaminated dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and 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 exhibit decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting.

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 have purchased Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food products with the specific “Best By” Date and Production Code should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.

For further information or to obtain a product refund, consumers are asked to call Nestle Purina toll-free at 800-473-8546, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You 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.

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  • Jlh

    My german Shepard lived 16 years on purina one. My 2nd. Is 13 and going strong my 3rd 2 and heath good proof purina one is good.

  • John David Hall

    That is one of the most asinine comments I’ve ever heard. Enjoy them? These are loving, caring creatures that most times we refer to as family members and our “best friends” and they give us UNCONDITIONAL LOVE EVERY SINGLE DAY. We are their world. And in return? Enjoy them, feed them as best you can, and go from there? I disagree. Most times I give mine filtered water because – I drink filtered. There’s a starting point. They have livers and kidneys don’t they? Why should they drink unfiltered if we don’t?

  • candy

    Frances did Purina end up reimbursing you?

  • Miss Kris


  • theBCnut

    Definitely!!! It’s actually the only brand of food that my vet recommends against.

  • Silver

    Ok so they haven’t recalled yet but there are still problems with the food:http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/blue_buffalo.html

  • theBCnut

    Blue Buffalo has not had a lot of recalls and they haven’t had even one for salmonella. I don’t like BB, but get your facts straight. You can use the search function at the top left of this page to search “Blue Buffalo recalls” and you will find that they did have one for excessive amounts of vit. D. And there are many of us that think they should have recently had another recall, but they didn’t.

  • Silver

    BB also has had a lot of recalls for salmonella and yet no one seems to say anything about that. I can’t even begin to count the times I’ve seen recalls for BB, TOTW and countless other ‘high dollar’ supposed top quality dog foods.

  • Silver

    I wouldn’t feed BB to my worst enemies dog it has countless more recalls then Purina and at least Purina is recalling their food after one bag. BB, TOTW and countless other so called “top quality food” have had more recalls then Purina has and it generally takes more then one bag for those manufacturers to recall their food.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, I use Kirkland and Pure Balance also. We don’t have the 4health canned here. (Darn it) My two dogs split 1 can per day. I’m going to try to increase, but will have to keep their kibble expense down to accomplish this. Thanks for your help.

  • LabsRawesome

    I feed 50% kibble and 50% canned & fresh. Probably said this a million times but, my favorite budget canned foods are Kirkland cuts in gravy, 4health, and Pure balance . My dogs love them too. I go thru 2-3 cans per day. 🙂

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, thank you for posting this. I’m starting to think about changing the way I feed my pups. Maybe a less expensive quality budget kibble so I can afford to add more canned, dehydrated or raw to it. Right now feeding about 80% kibble. I think I need to decrease a little. Thanks again.

  • Shawna

    Wow, I hadn’t seen this article!! Great find USA.

    Didn’t have time to read the entire article for retention purposes but did scan and this sentenced jumped out at me. “Most importantly, there are thousands of chemicals in food that may have important effects on the body but are not yet officially recognized as nutrients. These too are often destroyed by processing.”

    A cats need for taurine wasn’t figured out till enough cats died of heart disease. Omega 3 is another. AAFCO has no nutrient requirement yet we all know it is a necessary nutrient.

    Synergistics of nutrients is also quite important and likely not even remotely fully understood yet.

    Thanks for posting that!!!

  • USA Dog Treats

    This is from Dogs Naturally Magazine,

    KIBBLE MYTHS & DANGERS. What You Need To Know


    The Problem With Processing

    A study conducted in Stockholm, Sweden by Dr. Kollath showed that young animals fed a cooked, processed diet initially appeared to be healthy, but once they reached maturity, they began to rapidly age and develop degenerative disease symptoms. The control group that was raised on a raw, uncooked diet did not age as fast and showed no degenerative disease symptoms
    but remained healthy.

    Another study out of Belgium, “Relation Between the Domestic Dogs’ Well Being and Life Expectancy, a statistical essay”, utilized data gathered from more than 500 domestic dogs over a consecutive five year time period (1998-2002). The authors, Lippert and Sapy, were able to statistically show that dogs fed a homemade diet, consisting of high quality foods used from their owners’ meals versus dogs fed an industrial, commercial pet food diet had a life expectancy of 32 months longer – that’s almost 3 years!

    What many unsuspecting caretakers are unaware of, is that in addition to substandard ingredients, there are many forms of toxins introduced into our pets’ bodies through these highly processed, cooked, kibble diets. These toxins include: aflatoxins,
    heterocyclic amines, acrylamides, and most recently discovered in dry, cooked pet foods, PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) a chemical used as a flame retardant.

  • dchassett

    It’s not so much me being happy, but I will say that my dogs are happy that I feed them raw and sometimes dehydrated. I don’t feed cans because of the bha and none of the girls do well on freeze dried. I’ve tried different brands. I don’t know why they don’t do well on freeze dried because there are so many good reviews on them. Each of my girls has different issues on freeze dried and it’s weird because two of my girls never have issues with any food. Only Katie, allergy girl.

  • Tiffani Hallan

    I can say exactly the same thing. I know the both of us have happy dogs at meal time!

  • Shawna

    Most kibbles, due to the way they are processed, are carcinogenic. Dr. Demian Dressler of the Dog Cancer Blog has an article on it explaining why. The article is titled – “Dog Food: Is There A Cancer Risk”. http://www.dogcancerblog.com/dog-food-is-there-a-cancer-risk/#.UzNDd4X1WYg

    And not only is it what is put “in” some kibbles (like dyes) but also what isn’t put in (or back in). There are eight “known” forms of vitmain E. They are alpha, beta, gamma and delta tochopherols and alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocotrienols. They add “alpha” tochopherol back in and have recently started adding “mixed” tocopherols but you never see added tocotrienols. Recent research has demonstrated that it is one of the tocotrienols that is the potent cancer fighter of the E family. Surely they are important for other things besides cancer as well??? Those benefits won’t be experienced from those eating high heat processed foods exclusively.

    Just two of many examples.

  • theBCnut

    I am a happy raw feeder. I’m also a happy dehydrated feeder and freeze dried feeder and canned feeder and kibble feeder. No one size fits all here.

  • Tiffani Hallan

    Well, this is where we have to agree to disagree. I have to wonder, though BC nut, if you are a happy raw feeder, why are you on the kibble pages?

  • theBCnut

    Dogs were not meant to only make it a little over a decade. Dogs dying that young are not dying of old age, they are dying of disease. Yes, genetics plays a role, so does environment, but so does food. Not just this one food, there are tons of foods that have known cancer causing agents in them, not to mention that kibble is extremely processed food. As far as healthy diet goes, you really can’t get worse than kibble for the sheer amount of junk that is in it.

  • Tiffani Hallan

    Ok, sure. I’ll buy that. They also have pesticides applied to their skin monthly, pesticides taken internally monthly, vaccines are still given to the vast majority of dogs annually. There are tons of things we’re doing “wrong” to our animals, but then again, they were only meant to live a little more than a decade, sadly. It’s a gift if they make it to 16 and a rarity of they see 20. I understand wanting to have a cause, a blame. It simply cannot boil down to one food. Especially since this vet sees BOTH dogs- likely gives the same vaccines and heart worm meds and flea meds, you know? Sad to say, and I’m very sorry for anyone losing their dogs to cancer (my minpin had splenic cancer but died ultimately from heart failure). You just never know. Enjoy them, feed them as best you can, and go from there. it’s all anyone can do.

  • losul

    There are a surprisingly large number of dogs dying from cancer, more than humans. My own previous dog died from bone cancer at too young an age.

    “Did you know cancer in dogs will likely affect 50 percent of our canine companions by the time they reach their senior years?”

    Alarming Statistics on Cancer in Dogs

    The statistics on cancer in dogs is a bit alarming, and in fact, the current rate of cancer is higher in dogs than it is in humans.

    According to recent stats from VPI Pet Insurance, dogs are:

    Twice as likely to develop leukemia than humans.

    Four times more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

    Eight times more likely to develop bone cancer.

    An incredible thirty-five times more at risk for developing skin cancer.

    So the question begs, why is cancer in dogs so prevalent? The answer likely lies in the amount of exposure our pets receive to carcinogens in their environment.

    Dogs may actually be consuming carcinogens in their dog food. Some of the chemicals used to preserve pet foods have been revealed to be cancer causing agents. Sadly, Mouth cancer is actually the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in dogs.

    Dogs regularly inhale unseen cancer causing materials. When does a dog ever really stop sniffing everything it comes in contact with? Carcinogens in the environment tend to settle on the ground and other objects, where they remain in trace form until Fido sniffs them up. These carcinogens may have a cumulative effect and eventually cause one or more types of cancer to develop.

    Dogs get a lot of sun exposure. Of course, sunshine and fresh air are both good for dogs, but how many of us consider sun protection for our pets. Yes, responsible owners provide shade for their pets to escape the sun, but on mild days, a dog is just as likely to bask in the sunlight for hours. This can result in a phenomenal amount of ultraviolet exposure and is likely the culprit responsible for so many incidences of skin cancer in dogs.


  • Tiffani Hallan

    Vaccines, flea treatment, yard fertilizer… There are an awful lot of variables that could’ve caused the leukemia. If purina caused it, there would be an awful lot of dogs in America dying of cancer, since the majority of the nation’s dogs are fed Purina, Science, Diet, Pedigree, etc. they are all pretty low end foods and dogs are eating and reproducing on it and some make it to very old ages. My first foster poodle just passed away at 20 years old and was fed Science Diet.. Can we then assume that we should all feed SD to get twenty years out of our dogs? I’m not trying to be rude in any way and I’m typing this with the most compassion and love for your dogs and my own. I am so very sorry about your pet dying, but it don’t think its plausible that it’s 100% the food’s fault.

  • Tiffani Hallan

    Were they in the same town? I’d be questioning water and environment as well. I’m very sorry to hear of them passing, I’m not trying to discount your broken heart.

  • rworth

    Genetic crapshoot? How do you explain two dogs, one male, one female, different breeds, 5 years apart who also lived in different homes, coming down with the same extremely rare form of leukemia? So rare that it left my vet scratching his head wondering how I could have been struck by lightening twice. The only connectioin, Purina One. …the dog food that came so highly recommended. One died at age 5 and the other died at 9…both much sooner than the norm. Now that I think back to my first dog who got seizures before the age of two with no reasonable reason why, I wonder if the Purina did it too. She died at age 7. Purina and I parted ways, but unfortunately way too late for my beautiful companions.

  • Tiffani Hallan

    Well Beneful is another story! I find it very insulting with the research and knowledge that company has- they only put in Purina One and Proplan and then put out this other junk. Now you know for any future dogs what to watch out for.

  • wendymrhs02

    Hi Tiffani, thankyou & sorry to hear about the loss of your special friend, cancer is terrible but isn’t just genetics that causes cancer it is alot of other things. I should have been able to trust a reputable company & to trust what is written on the label such as on the Purina Beneful dog food but they let me down big time! These companies are only interested in making profits before people & the welfare of a nimals!

  • Tiffani Hallan

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your special pet 🙁 Life is a crap shoot, and a single food or company does not cause a dog to have cancer. It’s a genetic crap shoot, unfortunately. I fed all raw to my first dog, which is supposed to be the “be-all, end-all” best way to feed. He died at age 14 from heart failure and splenic cancer. It’s just one of the facts of life, unfortunately. Fear does a good job of selling fancy foods and supplements, though, doesn’t it?

  • Guest

    Cancer is not caused by eating dog food or any other food. Can you explain the connection you posted?

  • Wendy

    thankyou Cyndi

  • Cyndi

    Same here. I had to find out the hard way as well. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Cyndi

    Awesome answer! I was going to reply, but I wouldn’t have been so nice.

  • Wendymrhs02

    Thankyou Beth Knuth

  • Wendy Moorhouse

    it’s a long story if you read the links you would understand! don’t buy any Purina pet foods!

  • Beth Knuth

    What a rude way to address someone who has experienced a tragedy. If you have studied this web site, you would know what cancer has to do with any of this. Many of the questionable ingredients in the pet foods reviewed here have articles on studies done showing some are cancer causing.

  • Peggy Anderton

    Your dog got sick and got cancer & died? WTH does cancer have to do with any of this?

  • Betsy Greer

    I won’t speak for Frances, but in her post, she did say that both she and her dog were ill and I presumed that she was saying that she was ill as a result of handling the food.

  • Ratchet

    “It took me a month to recover my usually good digestion.”
    Do you mean your digestion? Were you eating it too? I’m not being rude, I was just wondering if that’s what you meant to say?

  • Frances Andrews

    Avoid anything from Purina.

    I bought one of the recalled bags in Washington state. About a month after my dog (took him twice in one week to the vet and received medications for diarrhea) and I had both been ill, I received a call from my grocery store informing me that the bag I had bought was potentially contaminated. I submitted my vet bills to Purina’s insurance agency asking for a $200 reimbursement for the bills and they are dragging their feet on a refund??? They want more proof although usually one does not grow a culture when dog has issues like this. It took me a month to recover my usually good digestion. We’ll see if that big fat cat corporation Nestle Purina can afford to mail me a small check.

  • wendymrhs02

    Yes Finally Nestle Purina have recalled their dog food so they should I’m not happy with them & will not buy any of their products! because my dog got sick & got cancer & died! I trusted them & their label not anymore. see Dog Food Secrets at http://www.Healthy-K9.com

  • Shiloh64

    Some Salmonella naturally lives in the Gi tract of dogs.A healthy dog with immune system thats running at its peak will be more that capable of handling Salmonella.High ph 1 stomach acids will handle just about anything.Watch the Youtube video Karen Becker DVM on the benefits of feeding a species appropriate diet raw food.She intelligently explains and addresses concerns with Salmonella, bacteria and parasites.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Why would you assume that? I didn’t assume you sell Greenies because you feed them to your dog.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I don’t doubt that there have been dogs and wild candids that have suffered intestinal perforations, blockages or choking due to raw bones – however these would be isolated incidents and not the norm. I could come up with many more incidents of dogs becoming ill or dying due to mycotoxin contamination, fat soluble vitamin overdose or melamine contamination in commercial pet foods or contamination with illegal and harmful antibiotics, choking or bowel obstruction from commercial treats (chicken jerky, rawhides, greenies, etc.). Eating is risky business and it’s up to every pet owner to weigh the pros and the cons of different feeding methods and decide on what they feel is in the best interest of their dog. For me the benefits I’ve observed due to feeding a homemade raw diet far outweigh the minute risk of my dogs suffering from a bowel impaction or perforation – I personally feel a death due to tainted commercial food would be much more likely.

    I also must say, I find it a bit ironic that you’re so quick to vilify raw bones as dangerous yet you openly admit to feeding your dog “Greenies” which have caused (documented) intestinal obstructions in numerous dogs, several of which resulted in death.

    The claims you’re trying to make: 1) that the majority of canines that consume raw bones suffer intestinal perforations; 2) that dogs prefer commercial foods to raw foods and 3) that dogs fed commercial diets live longer than dogs fed balanced raw diets have no basis – period. Any claims on either side of the argument are merely anecdotal. You keep speaking of this “scientific study” proving these claims however you have yet to show it. Believe me, if such a study existed it would be very easy to find and highly publicized.

  • Jo. Unrau

    Do you sell raw food?

  • Jo. Unrau

    I’m telling the truth, just can’t remember his name. It was a man who studied wolves who said it. I’ll keep looking & check the library.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Jo –

    You aren’t going to find anything because no such research exists. It’s perfectly fine if you aren’t comfortable feeding a raw diet however please express your feelings as what they are – an opinion. Please do not make baseless statements and claim they’re backed by “research.” There’s a huge difference between pulling up a website with unfounded scare tactics aimed at deterring people from feeding raw food and finding an actual peer reviewed article on the subject that explicitly proves that the majority of wild animals that consume raw bones die of intestinal perforation, dogs that eat balanced raw diets don’t live as long as dogs that eat commercial foods and that in palatability trials dogs have been shown to prefer processed food to raw food.

    My speculation as to why there has been no definitive research done on the raw vs. commercial food debate is because the majority of pet food research is funded by and performed by the big name commercial pet food companies (Hill’s, Purina, Iams/Eukanuba and Royal Canin). The raw vs. commercial food debate is one that has raged on for a long time. These companies could easily put an end to the debate by performing a lifetime feeding trial – they’ve got the money to do it. However they don’t do it. I believe it’s because they know what the results would be and the results would not be in their favor. Again, just my theory.

    Yes dogs can get worms from eating wild game raw – this is why raw feeders freeze the meat for two weeks prior to feeding. Freezing effectively eliminates most parasites – my dogs have eaten raw for a few years and their fecals have always been clear. Ironically, when I used to feed kibble they got worms frequently (I work at a humane society so I’m sure they picked them up there). They also used to get fleas when they ate commercial food. I believe they don’t get parasites on raw food because their immune systems are stronger.

  • Jo. Unrau

    I don’t have lot of time today, looked around, didn’t find, look more when I have time.If anyone else can find would appreciate the help. Found article on Wikipedia called Raw Diet. Some interesting things there, both for & against. I know for a fact that raw meat can give dogs worms. I grew up on a farm & my husband & I had our own for 7 yrs.

  • Jo. Unrau

    It was quite a while ago that I saw articles but I’ll do research & send as soon as I can.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    If you are going to make such claims could you please post the research showing all these deaths due to raw bone consumption and also studies showing dogs fed commercial foods live longer than dogs fed balanced raw diets. Thanks in advance.

  • Jo. Unrau

    Research has been done which shows that wild animals who eat bones quite often die from damaged intestines, etc. caused by bones. I’m sure they don’t cook them. As for being “created to eat them”, when you’re hungry enough you’ll eat anything. We don’t live in paradise. There are unavoidable dangers for everything. Domestic dogs usually live longer because they usually aren’t fed raw bones, etc.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Raw bones aren’t any more dangerous than a chew such as greenies – it’s cooked bones that are the real danger (they can splinter). Dogs were designed to consume raw bones and they wouldn’t have been created to do this if it was an inherently dangerous activity – of course eating anything carries a risk but the risk that comes with raw bones is minor as opposed to with other chews and commercial products. What evidence do you have that raw bones are more dangerous than any other chew?

  • Jo. Unrau

    Hi Aimee, I know that but seems a lot of folks don’t. I’m very careful with Bailey. Love my baby more than anything.

  • Jo. Unrau

    Thanks Mellissa, that’s one of his baby pics. but he’s just as beautiful now.I’m adding pic. to this taken last summer so you can see. I can’t see the pic. of your dog very well but I bet he’s beautiful.

  • Jo. Unrau

    I do brush his teeth, won’t give raw bones. They’re even more dangerous. I grew up with dogs & have had them all my life. When giving things to Bailey I weigh the pros & cons. He’s been with me since he was 8 wks. old. He’s 7 yrs. now & his vet says his teeth are in unusually good condition for his age & breed. He’s a Maltese X Shih Tzu.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Giving your dog a greenies is kind of the equivalent of giving your kid a candy bar – it’s processed junk food.


    Wheat flour, glycerin, wheat protein isolate, gelatin, water, rice flour, oat fiber, pea protein, potato protein, lecithin, natural poultry flavor, apple pomace, tomato pomace, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, magnesium amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, potassium iodide), ground flaxseed, choline chloride, decaffeinated green tea extract, sodium copper chlorophyllin, vitamins (dl-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of
    vitamin E], vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate [vitamin B5],
    niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement [vitaminB2], vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], folic acid)

    These are loaded with carbohdyrates, gluten, non-species-appropriate plant-derived protein, natural flavor which is a potential source of MSG, lecithin which is likely derived from genetically modified soy and a long list of synthetic vitamins. Why not give your dog some real food that promotes dental health like a raw meaty bone or just brush his teeth?

  • Melissaandcrew

    Your dog is adorable. I never used greenies but I know people who do now that the reformulation has occurred

  • aimee

    Greenies treats had been reformulated to address the problem highlighted in the article. The reformulation does seem to have corrected the problem.

  • Jo. Unrau

    Thanks Tammy. I read the whole article & really can’t decide. Lots of Vets say they’re good for dogs & others don’t. It’s true that almost anything can get stuck if the dog is greedy & gulps his food without chewing. It can even happen to humans. I watch Bailey close & he chews his food. Because I’ve made sure there is always food in his dry food dish, never let it get empty, & always fresh water he’s never known real hunger & doesn’t gulp. I’ll certainly keep a close eye when he has them. He’s been getting them since he was a baby & never had a problem. You can bet if he’d ever choked on one he wouldn’t be getting them & his Vet says he’s in perfect health.

  • Tammy
  • John

    I choose only human grade food and treats for my cats and dogs, like Pets’N’Nature for example. I never think twice about it. It’s not possible that we have so many recalls if the meat was of a good quality in the first place. I really like to support smaller companies whose only goal is not just to earn few dollars more using cheap ingredients from who knows where grown who knows how.

  • ptolaini

    In all honesty, it has never mattered to Purina. They dont care about your pets health. No one bit.

  • Betsy Greer

    In her very first post, Tammy said it seemed as though the quality of the product no longer matter to Purina and that she was disappointed in the brand. She also said she was going to be switching to another brand.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Tammy,

    I can totally understand the need to switch to another brand that you actually have confidence in.

    Any thoughts on what you might switch to? Fortunately, there are still a number of quality foods you can trust out there. A few of my favorites are Earthborn Holistics, Nutri Source and Nature’s Logic.

  • Tammy Lord

    Did you NOT understand the last 2 sentences on the very FIRST comment I made 3 days ago ? If you did then you wouldn’t feel the need to keep putting in your two cents worth..

  • ptolaini

    LOL. Thats not what I meant. What I mean is, that not one Purina product is better than 3 stars. Most are 1 or 2 stars. You don’t feel you dog(s) is worth 4 or 5 stars? You should have been disappointed with Purina from the first time you read the review.

  • Tammy Lord

    Yes,I do read the reviews..the recalls are NOT on the kind of food I use

  • ptolaini

    I am confused…. you subscribe to this website but you continue to feed Purina? Are you not reading the reviews on the Purina products?

  • Annette Trinidad

    Merrick always gave my dogs loose stools. A raw food diet is the best. Look into it. I never had a problem giving my dogs or cats raw food.

  • Brendan

    You’re very welcome. I forgot to mention, it’s also relatively inexpensive compared to other premium brands. Especially the “classic” line. I usually buy it from chewy.com.

  • Skeptic Septic

    I agree, if you are in a car accident because of a fault in the vehicle, do you blame the dealer who sold it to you or the manufacturer who made it? Many retailors take the fall for faulty products by apologizing for, and even refunding products in the name of good business, but they don’t have to… Don’t place all the fault on the retailor, you should take some responsibility for your purchase. (“This guy sold me crap… Well, you bought it”)… Stores will sell what people want to buy… Stores that don’t sell what is in demand don’t stay in business long. GainsBurgers probably meet the minimum standards. Do you have any idea what meat is in a Big Mac?

  • Mea59

    Thank you Dave. I’m glad to hear that. That’s what I’ve been using & my four legged babies seem to love it.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    Merrick is a good food – their grain free line is excellent.

  • Mea59

    From the information I’ve been able to find, Merrick is a good brand. Their website states that they won’t use “anything” in their foods that is imported from outside the US. I sure hope that’s true. I’ve been using their products for a couple of months now.

  • Dr. Jenkens

    There is salmonella in the chicken in your grocery store – every food handler still alive knows this. It is not that simple to simply blame China. That’s giving up on finding out what is really wrong. What if the problems were found coming from Mexico too? Or maybe they already do? The melamine issue clearly identified as a false positive protien test was significant, but it was definative so it could be identified and prevented. Salmonella contamination can happen to anyone. Either demand proper QC or, and here’s a thought; source engredients locally. You will pay more for local. Are you prepared to pay more?

  • Dr, Jenkens


    comes down to convenience and knowledge. If you are sharp enough to be a vegetarian, do it; however many people attempt it without being armed with the correct information about what happens if you do it wrong. Too much or too little of arious (most) nutrients can be detrimental to your health, and this is true for all animals. You probably bake the best apple pie there is – but that in itself is not the issue, the issue would be only eating apple pie. The pet food companies acting in your best interest have invested great resources into feeding trials and optimization (tweaking) the diets in relation to the success or failure of those trials. Also, every brand out there is trying to tell you on their package how their diet is the best – there is great competition to do a good job. Even the best companies will make mistakes (Maple Leaf Foods Canada made a mistake and people died) We are inevitably going to run into problems, and in mass production – there will never be a small problem, it will always be big. My advice: do what works for you, or trust someone who knows more about it than you.

  • kathleen zink

    We do not eat fast food or “junk food” my husband has conditions that long ago made us aware of the fact you are what you eat. What I don’t get is why a meal prepared by a factory is so much superior to what I can make. I make sure it is well balanced and check for any items that might not be good for a dogs system. On the nights we have pizza or something of that nature I always have frozen beef or chicken stew for them with brown rice, sweet potatoes carrots and peas. They have never refused a meal in 14 years, and like I said still puppyish at 14. I also make chicken jerky and dried sweet potato slices for snacks. Our trust in commercial foods has been crushed by the by products and “other” junk put in our pets foods and until the pet industry cleans up its act the only one I trust to make their food is me. Does my name have to be
    Rachel Ray in order to be deemed good enough to prepare a dog dinner? Not for everybody but it works for us.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I agree completely. If it is so hard for companies to get their vit/ min from the US, they need to educate their customers though, not try to trick them. I understand the issues, but I won’t buy from a company that is trying to deceive me. I would rather have the bad news honestly and a reason, than the deception. But I guess they think people are too stupid to figure it out. And what does it tell you about a company that wants stupid customers? It tells me that there is something about the company that smart people don’t want to have anything to do with, which makes me look even closer.

  • Dr. Jenkens

    Did you know the brand Blue Buffalo is owned by a company that does not make any pet food. Blue Buffalo is a successful marketing proof of concept with more money spent outside of the package than inside of the package. Coodos to Purina and other companies who are concerned about the quality of their product enough to actually volunteer to wear mud on their face to recall product with the slightest concern. Remember, all of this is from a single confirmed contaminated bag.

  • Dr. Jenkens

    Isn’t this shooting the messenger?

  • Dr. Jenkens

    You will always find exactly what you are looking for on the internet.

  • Beagle Trainer

    Well, while I agree absolutely that cheaper is almost never better, however, in the case of salmonella contamination, even the more expensive brands have had extensive recalls. Remember about a year ago, I think it was Natural Balance who had a wide scale recall for the same issue. I could be incorrect on the brand but it was an expensive “natural” brand.

  • Dr. Jenkens

    Two points to these comments. First, Blue Buffalo is blogged to death by people who are paid to speak well of the product. I would not recommend this food for that reason alone. This is deceptive, and a bad introduction in my mine. Second, You can not dedude by reading a package the quality or source ingredients. Most pharmaceuticals (Vitamines and Mineral suplements in all foods) are sourced overseas and so there is no getting around the end-product being completely sourced from any one place.

  • Dr. Jenkens

    On average, commercailly available pet food has increase the life expecancy and quality of life of pets by more than 25%. If only we can do this with People. You can not tell me that commercial pet food is bad for your pets, You need to be aware of the better ones to buy. Many many people do.

  • Pdaley

    Come on America! When are we going to realize Cheaper is not Always better! What makes me sick is that this is at the expense of our “fur kids”!

  • John

    Food “Made in the USA” may legally be made from Chinese raw materials. Dogswell just had a recall (whose packaging clearly states that it is “Made in the USA” but had been tainted by the Chinese meat that was used to produce it. The company stated that they used meat from China to prevent waste. I don’t know what they meant by that. “Product of the USA” is also meaningless for the same reason, as well as “Produced for (fill in company name.)”

  • sandy


    Please read what is also in the treets people have been giving.

  • concernedabout
  • Hammockbear

    Thank you for this valuable information.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I can’t say if it has changed recently, but it wasn’t that long ago that if you called customer service and asked if they had any ingredients from China instead of simply saying no, they would say that their meat doesn’t come from China. That tells me that something else did, and they were not willing to admit it.

  • Brendan

    I feed my picky French Bulldog, Fromm Family Foods. Made in the USA and I have never seen any recalls.


  • smilin eyes

    Blue Buffalo uses ingredients that are from the U.S. The chicken is farm raised. The only exception is that lamb is imported from New Zealand. Blue Buffalo is holistic, so there are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. All Blue’s food (wet and dry) and the treats, are all free of corn, soy and wheat. There are even two grain-free formulas in the dry and wet food.

  • Marie Jackson

    any pet food company that would continue to sell “Gainesburgers” but then try to grab onto the natural food market, does not care about our animals, only the profit !
    wake up Pet owners!! research companies and what they are selling along with the so called Natural foods…..

  • Jo. Unrau

    Why would Greenies be bad? They’re to clean his teeth & they don’t make him sick. They’re supposed to be good for him.

  • crqvindee

    Wondering why a certain pet food store where I bought this food in June told me they were discontinuing it but he didn’t know why. Amazing that they waited this long. And “shipped to retail customers in the United States” tells me it was NOT made in the U.S. Purina, I have used your food for all 7 of the dogs I’ve had in my life and now I’m wondering if my last 3 were done in by hush hush problems brought to light much too late.

  • 1950semperfi

    I use blue buffalo and always try to get pet food made in USA I have a golden and a westie each one has problems with soy -wheat products-bakers yeast —

  • kathleen zink

    I long ago gave up prepared dog food and feed my 3 Corgis’ basically what we eat I just make more of it (except of course spicy or things with onions etc.) What we have are 3 happy healthy dogs. My Grandmother always fed our dog people food and she (Blondie) lived to be 19 years old. When people look at me in a negative way when I tell them what I feed, I tell them “it’s what in the can only no chemicals” and my husband and I have done just fine with my cooking. My guys are now 14 years old and still act like pups and I know their food was not processed in China.

  • Beth

    Greenies are also bad for your little one. Look it up

  • Tammy Lord

    What is this on going problem with Purina..I had/have been feeding Puring to my pets for many years…now all of a sudden all these recalls..sounds like the quality of the food doesn’t matter anymore..I’m seriously going to change my brand ..Purina you disappoint me

  • carol gray

    I wont buy any more purina

  • Tere

    we need to fight back on what is right for our pet love ones! I have two dogs and a cat. I just changed from purina in May to nutro max for bothe puppy and cat. All my animals is doing well! My cat was throwing up after she ate purina natural cat food. Will never ever buy purina ever again!

  • Mom of several four-legged kid

    All the recalls have in fact contained chicken and in several instances, duck. In addition, they have been processed in China. Companies often place on their bags it is a USA owned company, but have failed to mention that the buy and/or have their products processed in China. Therefore, I will not buy dog food or dog treats that contain ANY poultry products.

  • Jo. Unrau

    My Malty X gets Merrick’s grain free wet & Nutro Natural Choice dry. I also give greenies, denta sticks & natural milk bones. He got sick frequently when I fed Cesars & some other brands of wet food. He’s fine since I switched about a year ago.

  • Amazing Person 101

    It is coming from China
    Also their fish are contaminated too

  • Dog Eat Dog.

    Honestly, I believe that Purina knew about this contamination earlier this week and waited til today to freak people out. “Oh, it’s Labor Day weekend, why don’t we start this nice weekend off with SALMONELLA.”

  • John

    all of the recent recalls have been for salmonella and all have featured chicken as a ingredient. it has to be coming from China.

  • Jt Tuck

    Great info. Thanks again.

  • Wellington Hamilton Lemmer

    Thank you for your alerts.

  • Nina

    Bravo for the quick catch!!