Stella and Chewy’s Dog and Cat Food Recall of December 2015


December 11, 2015 — Stella and Chewy’s of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, has announced it is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The recall affects a total of 990 cases — 964 cases in the U.S. and 26 cases in Canada.

What’s Recalled?

As a precautionary measure, Stella and Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling selected products from Lot # 165-15, which includes:

Stella and Chewys Recall Batch Info 1

While the following products have not tested positive for Listeria, the company is also recalling the following products which may have come into contact with the affected lot:

Stella and Chewys Recall Batch Info 2

Retailers and consumers can find the full product recall list and additional information on the company’s website.

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What Caused the Recall?

The recall was prompted by a positive test confirming Listeria monocytogenes in Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs 8.5 oz. frozen bags, lot #165-15, “Use by 6-25-2016”, during routine surveillance testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

About Listeria

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

What to Do?

Consumers should look at the product descriptions, UPCs, lot numbers, and “Use By” dates on each bag for an exact match to determine if it is subject to the recall.

Those who purchased these products are instructed to dispose of the food or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For more information, customers may contact Stella and Chewy’s Customer Service at 888-477-8977 Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM CT.

Or via 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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  • Kimberly Hendricks Graham

    Hi Sophie, I know this thread is very old, but trying to find a food for my dogs. They seem to have an allergy to Chicken so I am limited on what I can try. They didn’t seem to care for the Earthborn that I tried, but I will check into the Meadow Feast since they seem to like Venison. Did you ever research if the second company you like is available in other states? I am in Indiana. Thanks! Wonderful Post!

  • James Doorey

    Thanks Marty, I was replying to the recall (two years ago) which we had in the the cupboard. I still use Stella and Chewy’s and wish you luck brother.

  • Rolls Royse

    It seems like Dr. Harvey is 100 percent all natural chicken….why couldnt you just go to teh store, buy some organix chicken and cook it?? I sthere a down side to that? seems like it would be even fresher?

  • Marty Taylor

    I still only feed my dogs Wellness Core dried kibble as a snack and Stella and Chewy’s Duck Duck Goose freeze dried dinner burgers as a main meal. For snacks I only go with Dr. Harvey’s Le Dogue Bites in Salmon or Beef or their Tripe flavored Power Pops.

  • Marty Taylor

    Do you know how many dogs out there pick up viruses just like people do? Or eat something that you don’t know about? Your dog gets an upset stomach that is treated with an antibiotic for infection and you immediately blame it on Stella and Chewy’s. I have used Duck Duck Goose Freeze Dried burgers and feel confident that my dogs are eating safe and healthy meals. Dogs get upset stomachs just like people do. Sounds like he had an infection or a parasite easily treated with a dose of antibiotics.

  • Rolls Royse

    Unfortuantly, Freshpet also had a problem with MOLD awhile back. What do you recommend?

  • Rolls Royse

    Unfortuantly, Freshpet had a problem with MOLD awhile back.

  • Bonnie Gross

    Hello Just a note about the Venison. A friend of mine had cancer, (BAD) and could not keep ANYTHING she ate down, so a friend gave her some ‘Summer susage” made with wild venison and herbs, nothing else. she loved it and did keep it down and was not sick. No hormones or the other JUNK they feed our cattle and chickens. That WE eat and get sick, .

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    When you see phrases like “freeze dried” or “dehydrated” I would assume that extra sodium/chemicals have been added to preserve the product. Same thing with seasonings, ask a chemist or someone with an advanced degree in nutrition, they will tell you like it is. Otherwise, it is all just speculation.

  • Marty Taylor

    The salt content is very high in this food. So high in fact that they would rather not tell you how much and when you call them they are very vague and will not give you clear cut answers. Dogs love Fresh Pet, especially the Vital, but the salt content is not at all healthy for them. This was the only food my baby girl would ever eat for 8 years. She died at the young age of only 8 years old from heart disease.

  • Debbie Burger

    Hi all,

    Was just doing a little research on this brand as an option for my allergy dog and looking for something with the fewest, but best, most whole-food ingredients. I’ve specifically been looking for rabbit and other alternatives to beef and chicken. The recall issue, particularly if there is a question about it being resolved, eliminates it from consideration. Sophie – I appreciate all of your wisdom, common sense and dedication to your dog. My dog is currently on a commercial raw diet, but I think I’m coming to the conclusion more and more that a homemade diet is the way to go. It seems like a huge undertaking – at least in getting the right advice to determine what the proper diet will consist of and making sure to supplement appropriately. Sounds like I need to do some research. Have to say, though, that I appreciate having some kibble around for the treat ball or to put in my pocket when we go out. And I’ve used Ziwi Peak that way (because it has very limited ingredients compared to other raw bites) or as a topper and think it’s an excellent product. Thanks again. Nice to hear what other loving and careful dog parents are doing!

  • macat5

    I feed Emma Fresh Pet dog food, I haven’t found anything about recalls for them, they are family owned and run and have been making dog food on their farm for 40 years:

    So far no problems and Emma loves it!!

  • ntlthrR0save1

    keep in mind, they also had a Listeria issue back in July of this past year. Looks like they need to try out a different meat supplier. Problem was not fixed after the last recall, so the supplier could be the one with the issue.

  • Karin Boukzam

    Thanks so much

  • Crazy4dogs

    I don’t think “toppers” are necessarily bad. If you’re only feeding dry food, any moist food added is really important in a dog’s diet. If you don’t want to use commercial foods, you could add a bit of fresh meat and vegetables mixed in with the kibble.

  • Dar

    Corn could be a culprit, it’s in most commercial animal feed. I have a friend who can’t eat commercial meat of any kind because of corn allergy, but can eat moose and caribou.

  • Dar

    Try adding MSM (joint supplement) to food, our dog rescue center has a couple dogs whose seizures disappeared after starting MSM.

  • Kathy

    My husband sometimes pokes fun at me for only buying food from The Farmer’s Dog – but this is yet another reason why we should only feed human edible / homemade dog food. It comforts me that the process is as stringent as human food, and that it is made-to-order so pathogens and bacteria don’t have much time to grow.

  • Sophie

    The holistic, green company I’ve settled on is Earthborn. I feed the Meadow Feat lamb variety, as lamb, elk, and venison are the only animal proteins my dog isn’t allergic to. The other company is small and local, so I don’t know if their product is available outside the state. I’ll look into it and check back.

  • Karin Boukzam

    Thanks Christine, my little pommy is very picky with food and currently eats raw instinct bites. I’ve tried Orijen but she refused to eat it. My Shepards enjoyed it though. I’ve heard a lot about Ziwi peaks raw though, not the canned. I’ll have to look into it. Thanks again

  • James Doorey

    Thanks great post and yes I will chop up a tablespoon of chicken if a toppers is warented!

  • James Doorey

    I’ve used Stella’s & Chewy’s “freeze dried” chicken for years as a topper. Just two weeks ago my 6 year old beagle/lab ( who I think is part goat, he eats anything I give him ) became very weak lazy and started having bad diarrhea, even passing blood. Very scary! After a $150.00 vet bill with a round of antibiotics, “Buddy” bounced back. I have held back on certain treats to eliminate culprits but with no toppers there’s been no problems. I think it’s time to stop with the toppers. Hey and a big thanks to the folks at this “Recall Alert” site.

  • Crazy4cats

    Can we come live with you? Lol! Nice post. I wish the best for you and your best buddy.

  • Debi Swanson

    I love your post – my 18 mo old GSD pup just started having seizures after his rabies vacc. My Vet wants me to go all raw along with supplements and Chinese herbs.

  • Christine Daley

    I also am presently using primal raw venison and rabbit and ziwi peak canned venison. Alternating over Orijen kibble. But in the morning they eat their Orijen kibble with just a little warm water. They love it. I add raw or canned to their evening meal for the moisture and added health benefits.

  • Christine Daley

    Hi Karin. I don’t know what 2 companies are being referred to here but I also am very careful what I feed my 3 labs. I personally use Orijen and am very satisfied with their quality and holding to high standards with their pet food!!

  • driggs

    Another reason I will stick to Darwin’s raw food. No middle man, can’t buy in a store, fresh from farm to your door. Been using Darwin’s for 5 yrs now, and not one recall or problem.

  • DogFoodie

    Great post, Sophie!

  • Karin Boukzam

    Hi, do you mind listing the 2 companies you mentioned? Thanks so much

  • Pam Briggs

    I really appreciated your comments and I love what you are doing – just curious as to the two companies you have put on your ‘ok’ list if you wouldn’t mind sharing … I will probably take this step when I retire next year – just done have the energy yet :-).

  • Sophie

    My service dog developed profound allergies soon after we were matched, and is unable to eat almost 99% of commercial dog food on the market. After the 2008 melamine debacle which affected even some of the most premium brands, then seeing the ongoing recalls of specialty and “healthy” foods for deadly contamination such as this I realized the only safe and sensible option was to prepare my own dog food. I worked with her own vet, the allergy specialists, and the nutrition specialists at the nearby veterinary teaching hospital to develop a homemade diet for her that includes all the required nutrients for her size, breed, condition, activity level, etc.

    Once a week I cook up a large batch of one of several recipes and freeze it in individual portions I can thaw in the fridge each night. The upside is that I ended up eating better myself as a result of her allergies. Before I add her supplements I simply scoop out enough for my own meals and freeze in different packaging. I joined a local food coop where I can get organic veggies, fruits, and meats, and I order grass-fed, antibiotic, hormone, and GMO-free elk and lamb from a remote ranch and store it in a small chest freezer I got for only $149 at Home Depot. We now drink only filtered water from the large size PUR tank I keep in the fridge; filters last 2 months and I get 4 at a time at a very reasonable price from Eating healthy has made a huge difference to both of us in terms of our disease management and symptomatic relief for our chronic health conditions, which improves my moods, as well.

    Rather than looking for an alternative to your Stella & Chewy’s topper, why not look into dicing up a lean cut of meat and lightly sauteeing it to add to your dog’s food? I guarantee he will scarf it up as gladly as he does anything on the market out there. On the rare occasions I do find myself having to feed a meal of commercial kibble, I sautee a bit of diced elk or lamb lightly and add 1/4 cup of low sodium, organic vegetable broth at the end, adding it to the kibble just before serving to make “dog soup.” Dicing and cutting the meat takes no more than 5 minutes total, and as long as you know where the meat is coming from, you know it’s safe.

    I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t trust any brands any more unless and until I have spoken to several people who are actually involved in the production of the dog food at various levels. Some things I consider are location of the plant, whether the facilities are used by any other entities to produce pet food products (if so, I don’t buy that food), the source of ALL their ingredients (location and names of suppliers), grade of ingredients and methods of preparation (human grade is what I’m looking for), and whether their facility, particularly the production area, is regularly inspected by the So far I have discovered two pet food companies that actually fit my admittedly overly stringent requirements and I’ve recently made the transition to buying the minimal quantities of dry kibble type dog food I do use from just one of them. This company is not only committed to producing the healthiest, highest quality pet food possible, they are also committed to the environment and all their production methods and materials are as “green” as they can possibly make them. Although this wasn’t something I was looking for, it’s a big plus to find an environmentally responsible company out there that also produces a safe, tasty, and healthy product for my dog which is also surprisingly affordable.

    Sorry for the dissertation – just wanted to make the suggestion about the fresh meat topper since you seem to be considering switching anyway and I got a bit carried away. I am well aware that I’m probably far too careful (even a bit paranoid?) when it comes to this dog food business, but I don’t intend to lose a highly-trained service dog upon whom I depend for my very survival and quality of life, and who also happens to be my best friend and closest companion in life just because I couldn’t take the time or expend the effort to keep her safe and make sure I do everything I can to provide for her. It’s the least I can do, considering she’s “on duty” basically 24/7 watching out for me, and asks nothing in return.

  • Lauren L.

    My foster Great Pyrenees will only eat dry dog food if I add Stella and Chewys meal mixers… Good thing those weren’t recalled but I’ll pass on this brand next time.