Dog Food Recalls

The following are some of our most frequently asked questions about dog food recalls.

Where can I find a list of dog food recalls?

The Dog Food Advisor maintains a list of all dog food and dog treat recall events since 2009 on its Dog Food Recalls summary page.

Once a company experiences a dog food recall, isn’t it more likely to happen to that same company again?

So far, we’ve never been able to find a scientific study proving the predictive ability of any one (human or pet) food recall to reliably forecast another. Most recall events appear to be random and entirely unpredictable.

How do dog food recalls affect your star ratings?

As we explain throughout our website, our star ratings are based upon the information we retrieve from government-regulated pet food labels only.

Pet (and human) food recalls should be considered a natural result of any properly functioning food distribution system.

Food recalls typically involve only a limited number of product runs and batches — at a particular point in time.

So, just because a specific recipe has been recalled does not mean the entire brand should be considered permanently defective.

Why do some dog foods still get high ratings even though they have been previously recalled?

Food recalls typically involve only a limited number of product runs and batches. So, just because a specific recipe has been recalled does not mean the entire brand should be considered defective.

Unless they become a habit, individual manufacturing accidents should not be interpreted as a sign of an inferior producer. After all, even the very best companies occasionally experience a recall.

So, a history of previous recalls does not by itself prevent any otherwise good dog food company from earning a top rating.

Is there any way I can get dog food recall alerts sent to me?

We make every effort to alert our subscribers as soon as we can confirm the news of a dog food or dog treats recall. To be notified, simply sign up to get free dog food recall alerts by email.

Who is responsible for ordering a dog food recall?

Recalls are usually voluntary. Sometimes a company discovers a problem and recalls a product on its own. Other times, a company recalls a product after the FDA raises concerns. Only rarely will the FDA order a recall.

What are the most common reasons for a dog food recall?

A dog food can be recalled for almost any reason. A few of the most common causes include contamination with mold, bacteria (like Salmonella) or a toxic substance (like aflatoxin).

How can I report a possible problem to the FDA?

The FDA maintains a system to help you report dog food products you suspect to be hazardous or defective.

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

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  1. Darlena Taylor-Bonds says:

    Has anyone had a bad experience with Pro Pac dog food? My Lab weight 85 pounds but after eating it he became ill, he lost 20 pounds in less than two weeks and has been going downhill since. I’ve decided (heartbroken) to put him down. We rescued him 10 years ago now this!

  2. Bev J. Dow-French says:

    home made……more expensive and have to go by trial and error on the amounts but at least you know. And if you are that worried, home made will relieve your mind.

  3. disqus_SBl7sCuYS7 says:

    Bird and duck feces can contain salmonella.
    A type of food poisoning that results in vomiting and diarrhea.

  4. disqus_SBl7sCuYS7 says:

    Don’t leave him unattended outside, duck feces, rabbit feces….it’s all out there, some dogs are more attracted to it than others. Loaded with bacteria.
    It’s not the dog food (imo)

  5. Fauntine Fauncita says:

    My puppy has been eating duck pop and has had 2 cases of diarrhea. …He is on Whole Earth puppy food and is now 24 pounds. Could it be his fog food? Has anyone else experienced this type of condition? Oh. he is a rottie and is up to date with vacs and doctor says it’s not parvo or worms. IDK

  6. HealthyDogs says:

    The book “Pet Food Politics” would be an outstanding resource.

  7. Pattyvaughn says:
  8. hi didnt know if anyone could help me. i am a student in college for vet assistant and our one assignment wants us to find out about pet food recalls and have stories to back them up about pets becoming ill. preferably from canada but I cant find anything. please let me know if you know an incident on which this happened and what year.. thanks

  9. karenscotties says:

    I use Acana and it is an excellent food that has not had recalls

  10. Does anyone know of a company that makes duck jerky treats? Prefer made in the USA…but my 3 shih tzus are looking at me with those eyes asking, “You expect us to eat THIS?”

  11. Jan_Mom2Cavs says:

    Also, Breeder’s Choice…Avoderm and Pinnacle.

  12. dog walker says:

    Marie go to the FDA site…     you may be surprised some 5 star foods are on it.

  13. shennyhenny says:

     Hi Snortnbuckfarm

    You can make your own chicken jerky if you want. Buy some boneless skinless chicken breasts. Slice in to 1/4 in wide strips. Turn oven on to low setting about 200 degrees F. place strips on a greased rack. Leave oven door slightly ajar for evaporation. Cook anywhere from 6 to 18 hours depending on environmental conditions. Turn once after 4-8 hrs if chicken is not cooking evenly. Chicken is done when it bends slightly before it breaks in half.

  14. go to this site FDA for a list of all dog foods that are involved in recalls

  15. Marie

    Brothers has never been recalled but find out the others that haven’t it would probably be easier to find a list of the dog foods that HAVE been recalled and choose a different brand. Someone somewhere is certain to have such a list – maybe Mike S can advise.

  16. Hi Labs

    That may be true at times but unfortunately it’s not something I would recommend relying on and I’ll try to explain why.

    Do you remember when I talked about how almost every food we would get in our dog food store would already be 4 to 6 months old on average by the time we got it – and it was usually closer to 6 months old already?

    This is normal for companies that have wholesalers,  distributer networks, and extensive supply lines. They must produce product months in advance that goes into storage to be certain the supply line doesn’t run dry. Then the distributors are also encouraged to buy large bulk quantities to get a price break and also to ensure they don’t run out of supply for their retailers.

    So, on July 1, 2012 I walk into a store and buy brand X dog food with a “good by date” of July 2013 (they are now putting “good by dates” 18 months out to address retailers and customers complaints about freshness. So my bag of dog food is already 6 months old). This bag of food was made Jan 1, 2012 and after my dog gets sick from it I report it and within a month or so others join in and finally on a late Friday afternoon they announce a partial recall, so hopefully the recall will be buried by developing news over the weekend.

    Now, you must realize that they have been making and storing food that’s been run through the same contaminated machinery and plant or from the same contaminated supplier for 7 months by the time you hear there is a recall. It’s all in storage and is going to come on the market over the next 7 months.

    This is why there is ALMOST ALWAYS additional recalls during the next few weeks or months as the stuff in the distributers warehouses hits the shelves or they go digging through the warehouses looking for anything made up to 7 months ago.

    At first they will tell you the “good by dates” first discovered to be bad, but to be safe I would consider any food produced with “good by dates” as much as 6 months PAST that date to be suspect. In our example the bad bag of food had a “good by date” of July 1, 2013 so over the next 7 months food with “good by dates” of as late as Dec 31, 2013 could be contaminated because this food was ALREADY MADE AND BAGGED BEFORE THEY REALIZED THERE WAS A PROBLEM. The food has been sitting in hot warehouses where any pathogens can multiply to their hearts content. 

    It isn’t always the case but it very often is depending on the cause of the contamination. Just bringing it up so you can be ultra safe and don’t take any chances. 

    One of our customers came into the store on Saturday because his German Shepard was very ill from a bag of Taste of the Wild he had bought two weeks ago that had not yet made the recall list. Aaron had tried to talk him out of it at the time to be safe but he relied on the “good by dates” they had posted. 

  17. From what I’ve seen, there’s only lists of foods that have been recalled. I know Earthborn, and Natures Logic haven’t ever had recalls. I don’t think Back to Basics ever has been involved in one either, and Fromm hasn’t as Marie pointed out. 

  18.  That’s gonna be difficult – most brands have been recalled at some point. I know Fromm’s hasn’t, off the top of my head.

  19. Tired of recalls says:

    Is there anywhere I can get a listing of dog foods (dry) that have not been recalled? 

  20. LabsRawesome says:

     Hi Treeshibug, when a dog food is recalled, it involves the production code/best by date. So as long as you have a newer product that has a new/different production code you are fine. All the recalled food should have been pulled from the shelves weeks ago. So the food is actually “off” the recall list.

  21. Treeshibug says:

    Might be a silly question – but do you send alerts when a dog food is “off” the recall list?  When it’s safe to buy that brand again?  Thanks.

  22. Pawsitivechangesaustin Org says:

    Return them to the store you baught it, or on line shop.  I returned China made, Waggin Train,Tails,Ears and there was an overwhelming OKAY, no receipt, no questions asked.  Any store would not want to be known as the sick puppy or kill the dogs food.  This kind of nonsence would do them a big black eye.  Take it back.

  23. Hi Snortnbuckfarm,

    Unfortunately, if your chicken jerky treats say “Made in China”, I’d definitely throw them out.

  24. Snortnbuckfarm says:

    am I taking a gamble by giving my 4 to 7 lbs dogs DUCK JERKY by the company Waggin Tails since their chicken jerky may be making dogs sick.  I ahve about a dozen packages which I would be willing to throw out.  They do LOVE it but I’m concerned about giving it.

  25. Hi Snortnbuckfarm,

    The does not have a store that sells dog food or anything. There is a link to PetFlow.

    What’s more, to this date, there have been no recalls issued by the FDA for these or any products.

  26. Snortnbuckfarm says:

    I just checked this sites online store hoping to find safe jerky treats.  To my surprize….OMG…MILO’S brand of treats was listed.  That is one of the “suspicious”  brands.  Very confusing!  Truly would just like a SAFE brand of dog food.  It’s an awful feeling that instead of spoiling your baby dog, you scared sh–less of poisoning the poor little thing.  Any help out there?

  27. Good to know.  I’m going to have to put that in my notes for future ref since I have CRS sometimes!  It’s the yolks…

    I used to drink raw egg myself a decade or so ago…

  28. LabsRawesome says:

    Hi Shawna, thanks! Glad my dog could give you a laugh! When she lays on her back like that she looks like she is smiling, don’t know what’s up with her eye though, lol. Btw, when she was a puppy, she was cross-eyed, she just grew out of it on her own, with no medical intervention. 🙂

  29. Toxed2loss says:

    Thanks Shawna!!! I’ll take the compliments 🙂 though I’m feeling more like Road-Kill-Rabbit today. = :-}

  30. As Toxed already knows, I broke my foot Thursday, December 22nd.  That has really not been a big deal at all.  I had a MAJOR toxic reaction to the meds I was put on for the break and was down and out, in bed, during the Christmas weekend and into this week…  UGHHH

    I have a very healthy and new respect for what Toxed must go through on a day to day basis!!  And my exposure/reaction was minor compared to hers.  You’re the woman!!!!!!  Keep keepin on girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Labs ~~ I don’t think I have had this good a laugh (especially over the last week) in a very long time…  I had to “Like” your post because of your picture!!!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!  This is one of those pictures you see on greeting cards..  You could make money ya know :)….

  32. Toxed2loss says:

    Aaa-ha!! I heard that! Hee, hee. I’m out of it myself today, been up with lymphoma since 1:30 a.m. Ick. I assumed she meant with their regular food. Sorry, I should have been more specific. Thanks for the added stuff on cooked v. Raw. I knew there was more but couodn’t scrape it together, so “tried” to post what I knew. :-}

    Glad to see you up and functioning again!!!!!!

  33. Hi everyone 🙂  I’ve been really ill the last week so haven’t been checking in at all.  Today is the first day I feel well enough and caught this conversation.

    Sandy ~~ you have it slightly backwards.  Avidin in the white blocks biotin.  Because the yolk is an excellent source of biotin if both are fed raw enough biotin will still get thru to prevent a deficiency.  Dr. Mercola and Dr. Josh Axe both eat a raw egg (white and yolk) every day. 

    It’s also best NOT to cook the yolk as it is a source of omega 3 fatty acids and cooking it destroys the fat.  When cooking the whites it is best only to cook them to the point they are opaque so as not to damage the amino acids making them less usable by the body..  🙂

    I usually split one egg between two dogs but every once in a while (when I have nothing else prepared) I feed my toy breed dogs (3 to 9 pounds) a whole egg as their meal and never have any issues — shhhhh, don’t tell Toxed.  🙂

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas weekend!!

  34. I put what looks like 4 teaspoons of the coconut and 4 eggs for my 4 pugs!!  Have to use it on the one with the crusty nose too!  He does not lick his nose, that’s just not normal.  And I still have problems posting pictures!!

  35. Sandy, scrambling the eggs in coconut oil is a great idea! Ive only just started giving scrambled eggs every once and a while, ive just been dealing with using no oils. I’m for sure going to do this, since i supplement coconut oil anyway.

  36. LabsRawesome says:

    Hi sandy, I agree with you. I scramble eggs for my dogs too. I have tried giving raw eggs, she looked at me as if to say, what do you want me to do with that? lol

  37. They can eat raw eggs, but the raw yolk blocks the absorption of biotin.  So I wouldn’t give them just raw all the time.  I lightly scramble mine in coconut oil.

  38. Toxed2loss says:

    Dogs can eat raw eggs but there are some caveats. First is the freshness of the egg. An egg that is old from the grocery store can have the wrong kind of bacteria… Once an egg is processed it loses it protective coating called “bloom.” it actually protects the egg from penetration by salmonella, etc.

    Second, the size of the dog. If your pup is 5 lbs. you shouldn’t feed it a whole egg.

    Third, what’s your dog eating regularly. Sudden dietary changes can cause diarrhea in dogs whose systems aren’t accustom to change.

    So if you wish to feed your dog eggs, as an additional source of excellent nutrition, start slow, with part of a fresh egg, feeding only a size appropriate amount.

  39. do dog can eat raw egg?