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Pet Food Recall Analysis

A pet food recall or withdraw is typically issued when the product does not meet the guarantees of the manufacturer or regulations set by the FDA. Essentially, a recall or withdraw is like a broken promise to pets and consumers. So then we ask ourselves, why do so many brands have repetitive recalls? They tout “premium ingredients”, “clean facilities”, and “100+ tests during production.”

 

The companies or trade names with the most pet food recalls include Nutro / Natural Choice, Iams, Hill Country Fare, Sophistocat, Ol’Roy, Eukanuba Pet Price, Diamond, ALPO, Natural Balance and a few others. The brands have been consistently recalled which shows that they are not fixing the source of the problem. Why would you feed a brand that is consistently recalled?

NUTRO / Natural Choice 78
Iams 74
Hill Country Fare 44
SOPHISTACAT 42
Ol’ Roy 39
PET PRIDE 38
Eukanuba 35
PRIORITY 32
SPECIAL KITTY 30
PRESIDENT’S CHOICE 27
STOP & SHOP COMPANION 27
GRREAT CHOICE 25

PAWS 23
ALPO 18
Diamond 19
Natural Balance 17
LAURA LYNN 16
WEGMANS 16
COMPLIMENTS 14
MIXABLES 14
AWARD 13
Sensible Choice 13
Wellness 14
Western Family 13

FOOD LION 11
PRICE CHOPPER 11
Royal Canin 11
SCHNUCKS 11
Springfield Prize 11
HY-VEE 10
Nutrena 10
NUTRIPLAN 10
STATER BROTHERS 10
WINN DIXIE 10
AMERICAS CHOICE 9
Beef Hooves 9

 

 

The year of 2013 did not have many pet food recalls but that should not overshadow the problems that have occurred in the pet food industry this year. The FDA has been investigating Jerky Pet Treats due to hundreds of deaths and thousands of reported illnesses but has yet to issue any recalls.

 

Pet Food Recalls & Withdraws By Cause

Salmonella was the number one cause of recalls in 2013 with 18 recalls or withdraws issued by the FDA. Salmonella is likely one of the most dangerous causes for recalls as it can cause illness and death in pets but can have similar effects on humans who typically handle pet food when feeding.  Salmonella can be found in raw meats and poultry products and contamination of pet food can be caused by cross contamination of cooked and uncooked products.

Vitamin/Mineral levels were the second most frequent cause of recalls. Most of these were where the vitamin levels did not meet the guaranteed analysis. While this is typically not as toxic as other causes of recalls, it can mean that your pet is not receiving the vitamins or minerals it needs. In one instance, there was a recall due to higher levels of calcium that may be unsafe for pets.

Antibiotic residue was the third most frequent cause of recalls. This is likely caused by the use of antibiotics in feed for poultry. The FDA has prohibited specific antibiotics from being included in pet foods.

There was one instance of Aflatoxin which is related to mold. Foods that have been recalled due to this are typically high in grains like wheat, corn, or soy.

 

Pet Food Brands with NO Recalls

In my search for brands without any recalls, I only recommend one company. The dog and cat food company was started in 1998 and touts a product that is made in the USA without any of the fillers, often wheat, corn, or soy based, which are common causes of recalls. It is made in the USA and delivered fresh, generally within 4 to 6 weeks of being made.

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Full list of Recalls


 

4health 1
Abady 1
ALPO 18
American Bullie 1
American Nutrition 5
AMERICAS CHOICE 9
ARROWBRAND 3
AUTHORITY 8
AWARD 13
Bailey’s Choice 1
Beef Hooves 9
Beefeaters 6
Berkley & Jensen 1
BEST CHOICE 9
BIG BET 1
BIG RED 2
Bil-Jac 1
BLOOM 2
Blue Buffalo 5
Blue Wilderness 1
Boots & Barkley 1
Bravo 3
CADILLAC 1
Canine Caviar 1
CAT’S CHOICE 1
Catswell Brand Vitakitty 1
Champion 2
Charlee Bear 1
Claudia’s Canine 1
COMPANION 5
COMPLIMENTS 14
CO-OP 6
Country Value 3
Creekside Lifestages Horse Pellet 1
DEMOULAS MARKET BASKET 8
Dentley’s 4
Diamond 19
Dick Van Patten’s 2
Digger’s 1
Diggin’ Your Dog 1
DINGO 2
Disney 1
DOCTORS FOSTER & SMITH 6
DOG POWER 3
Dog treats 2
Dollar General 2
Dumor 2
Equine One 1
Eukanuba 35
EVOLVE 1
FAME 1
Family Farm Complete Horse 10 1
Feed Mixes 1
FELINE CLASSIC 1
FELINE CUISINE 3
Feline’s Pride 1
FINE FELINE CAT 2
FOOD LION 11
FOODTOWN 2
Friends 2

 

Friskies 1
Frozen Reptile Feed 1
GIANT COMPANION 9
GIANT EAGLE 1
Good Buddy 1
Grain Mix 1
Grandpa Louie’s Dog Treats 1
Gravy Train 1
GRREAT CHOICE 25
Happy Tails 3
Harmony Farms 2
Hartz Naturals 2
HEALTH DIET 4
Hill Country Fare 44
Hoof & Coat for Horses 3
HY-VEE 10
Iams 74
Integrity 1
Jerky Treats 1
Jones 2
KASCO 7
Kirkland Signature Premium 1
Kroger 2
LA GRIFFE 4
LAURA LYNN 16
LICK YOUR CHOPS 2
Life’s Abundance 0
LI’L RED 2
LOVING MEALS 4
Marksman 3
MASTER CHOICE 5
Mathews 1
MEIJER MAIN CHOICE 7
Merrick 6
MIGHTY DOG 1
Mill Creek Premium 2
Milo’s Kitchen 1
MIXABLES 14
Mulligan Stew 1
Natura Pet 4
Natural Balance 17
NATURAL LIFE 3
NATURAL ULTRAMIX 4
Natural Way 1
Nature’s Deli 1
Nature’s Recipe 1
Nature’s Variety 3
Next Generation Pet Products 1
Northwest Royal 1
NUPET 6
Nurture 1
Nutra Nugget 6
NutraGold 7
Nutrena 10
NUTRIPLAN 10
NUTRO / Natural Choice 78
Ol’ Roy 39
PAWS 23
Pedigree 3
Perfect Pals 1

 

PERFORMATRIN ULTRA 3
PET ESSENTIALS 2
Pet Life 9
PET PRIDE 38
PetPride 3
PETRUS FEEDS 1
Pig Ears for Pet Treats 1
Planet Dog Eats 1
Pork Chomps 1
Pounce 1
Premium Edge 3
Premium Natural 1
Premium Smarty 1
Prescription Diet 1
PRESIDENT’S CHOICE 27
PRICE CHOPPER 11
Primal Pet Foods 1
PRIORITY 32
Producer’s Pride 1
Professional 7
PUBLIX 10
Purina 4
River Run 4
ROCHE BROTHERS 2
ROUNDYS 1
Royal Canin 11
Safe-Guard 1
SAVE-A-LOT 5
SCHNUCKS 11
SCIENCE DIET 9
Sensible Choice 13
SHEP 4
SHOP RITE 1
SmartPak 2
Solid Gold WolfKing 2
SOPHISTACAT 42
Southern States 2
Spa Select 1
SPECIAL KITTY 30
Springfield Prize 11
SPROUT 2
STATER BROTHERS 10
Steve’s Real Food 1
STOP & SHOP COMPANION 27
Timberwolf Organics 2
TRIUMPH 4
TRULY 4
VF Hairball 1
Wardley 1
WEGMANS 16
WEIS TOTAL PET 4
Wellness 14
Wendland’s 1
Western Family 13
WESTERN FAMILY US 3
WHITE ROSE 8
Wild Kitty 3
WINN DIXIE 10
Wsi Pride 2
Wysong 3
Yeaster 1
Your True Companion 1
Yourpet 7

 

Disclaimer: Data based off of electronic records of pet food recalls in the USA & Canada since 2007. Recall statistics do not provide enough information about the brand and does not guarantee the future lack of pet food recalls. Data provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last updated 12/13/2013. Data and analysis is provided without warranty.

Making sense of more than 1000 dog and cat food recalls issued by the FDA since 2007.

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