In this article you will find:
- Dog Food Recall Information and Alerts
- Sunshine Mills, Inc.
- Voluntarily Recall Due To Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin
- Understanding Dog Food Recalls
- What Should You Do If Your Dog's Food Has Been Recalled?
- Dog Food Recalls By Year
- Human-Grade Foods That Have Never Been Recalled
Dog Food Recall Information and Alerts
Most Recent Dog Food Recall
Sunshine Mills, Inc.
Voluntarily Recall Due To Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin
July 29, 2021 – Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of certain products due to potentially elevated levels of Aflatoxin above the acceptable limit.
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.
No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.
To see the full list of products affected by this recall, click here.
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Understanding Dog Food Recalls
When you spend good money on dog food for your canine companion, you want to know that the product you have chosen is safe for him to eat. Most high-quality pet food brands follow strict standards for safety and quality when it comes to the manufacture of their products, but mistakes do happen. When they do, the product might be recalled.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a recall is “when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful”.
There are two different types of recalls for pet food – an FDA-issued recall and a voluntary recall. FDA-issued recalls usually occur when the FDA discovers a problem when testing a particular product – the problem may also be brought to their attention through consumer complaints.
The problem itself might involve potential contamination with a dangerous pathogen (like E. coli or salmonella) or it could involve inadequate levels of certain nutrients.
A voluntary recall occurs when the manufacturer themselves discover a problem and they withdraw the product of their own volition and then make the necessary corrections.
What Should You Do If Your Dog's Food Has Been Recalled?
As soon as you become aware of the recall, the first thing you should do is stop feeding the product to your dog. To help minimize any negative effects of suddenly changing your dog’s diet, try to find a similar product.
In some cases, only certain batches of a product will be recalled so you might be able to just buy a new bag of the same food – just be sure to read the recall information thoroughly to determine which steps to take.
But what do you do with that bag of dog food that has now become worthless? You should be able to return the product to the pet store where you got it for a full refund.
If you aren’t concerned about getting your money back, you can feel free to dispose of the product but be sure to do so safely in a way that no other animal can come into contact with it.
If you have additional questions about the recall you can always contact the manufacturer of the product.
You may also want to take your dog to the veterinarian for a check-up just to be safe, even if he isn’t showing any signs of illness. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to pet food recalls.
Dog Food Recalls By Year
Voluntarily Recall Due To Salmonella
June 13, 2021 – Freshpet Inc.. is announcing a voluntary recall of a single lot of Freshpet® Select Small Dog Bite Size Beef & Egg Recipe Dog Food (1 LB bags), with Sell by Date 10/30/2021,due to potential contamination with Salmonella.
The Freshpet Team had designated this single lot for destruction, but it was inadvertently shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets between June 7 to June 10, 2021. No other Freshpet products or lot codes are impacted by this recall.
Sunshine Mills, Inc.
Voluntary Recall due to Salmonella
June 2, 2021 – Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of certain dog food products because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported to date. The potential for contamination was noted after the firm was notified by the distributor, Fleet Wholesale Supply Company, who was informed by Minnesota Department of Agriculture when a sample of 5 lbs. Sprout Sporting Dog Food product was collected and tested positive for Salmonella during routine surveillance.
Zukes Mini Treats
Product Removal due to Quality Issue May 6, 2021
Zukes has notified its customers by email to remove the Zukes mini treats from the shelves. Dogfood.guide has monitored the FDA recalls since learning about the issue to see if it would develop into a recall.
As of May 6, 2021, there is no recall recorded with the FDA and Zukes has stated the removal is due to an undefined quality issue. Zukes has not posted any detailed information about the quality issue in the product removal requests.
Although Zukes has requested removal from the shelves, pet owners who use Zukes Mini treats have not been instructed to throw any product away.
Products Removed from Stores:
- Zukes Mini Naturals Chicken Recipe, 6 oz. & 16 oz.
- Zukes Mini Naturals Chicken Recipe, Sample Size (0.5 oz)
- Zukes Mini Naturals Peanut Butter & Oats Recipe, 6 oz. & 16 oz.
- Zukes Mini Naturals Duck Recipe, 6 oz. & 16 oz.
- Zukes Mini Naturals Salmon Recipe, 6 oz. & 16 oz.
- Zukes Mini Naturals Pork Recipe, 6 oz. & 16 oz.
- Zukes Mini Naturals Rabbit Recipe, 6 oz. & 16 oz.
- Zukes Mini Naturals Beef Recipe, 6 oz. & 16 oz.
Voluntary Recall March 26, 2021
Midwestern Pet Foods, Evansville, Indiana is issuing a voluntary recall of specific expiration dates of certain dog and cat food brands including CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian brands produced at its Monmouth, Illinois Production Facility because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Bravo Packing, Inc.
All Performance Dog and Ground Beef Raw Pet Food
March 16, 2021 – Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ is expanding the previously announced voluntary recall of two pet food products to now include all pet food and bones in all package sizes. During an FDA inspection, samples collected tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes and resulted in a recall due to the potential health risks to humans and pets. Bravo Packing, Inc. is expanding the recall due to potential cross contamination.
On March 03, 2021 Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ is recalling all Ground Beef and Performance Dog, a frozen raw pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
- Salmonella can cause illness in animals eating the products, as well as people who handle contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, infected animals or any surfaces exposed to these products.
- Listeria monocytogenes 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, servere headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Sportmix Pet Food Products
January 26, 2021 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in cooperation with the state departments of agriculture for Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, is investigating certain pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins.
On January 25, 2021, FDA added a list of countries to which the recalled product may have been exported by Midwestern Pet Foods.
As of January 21, 2021, FDA is aware of more than 110 pets that have died and more than 210 pets that are sick after eating certain pet food manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods. Not all of these cases have been officially confirmed as aflatoxin poisoning through laboratory testing or veterinary record review. This count is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected.
On January 11, 2021, Midwestern Pet Foods expanded the recall to include additional products that contain corn and were made in their Oklahoma manufacturing plant. These include Sportmix, Pro Pac and Nunn pet foods and Splash Fat Cat fish foods that were made in the firm’s Oklahoma plant and that expire on or before July 9, 2022.
On December 30, 2020, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. announced a recall of certain lots of Sportmix pet food products after FDA was alerted about reports of at least 28 dogs that died and eight that were ill after consuming the recalled pet food. Multiple product samples were tested by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and found to contain very high levels of aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are toxins produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus and, at high levels, can cause illness and death in pets. The toxins can be present even if there is no visible mold.
Midwestern Pet Food
Sportmix Pet Food Products
On December 30, 2020, Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. announced a recall of certain lots of Sportmix pet food products after FDA was alerted about reports of at least 28 dogs that have died and eight that have fallen ill after consuming the recalled Sportmix pet food.
Multiple product samples were tested by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and found to contain very high levels of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus and at high levels it can cause illness and death in pets. The toxin can be present even if there is no visible mold.
Albright’s Raw Dog Food
On November 13, 2020, Albright’s Raw Dog Food of Fort Wayne, IN voluntarily recalled 67 cases of Chicken Recipe for Dogs because it has the potential to be contaminated with 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.
On October 8, Sunshine Mills expanded its recall from Sept 2 to include several additional products. Numerous products under several different brand names were affected by this recall.
FDA has issued the advisory to alert anyone who may still have the product in their homes or on grocery shelves. Please use the links below to review the complete list:
Masters Best Friend –
Paws Up! and Western Family brands of pig ear dog treats.
On September 29, 2020, Masters Best Friend, voluntarily issued a Notice of Stop Sale for Paws Up! and Western Family brands of pig ear dog treats. These products were sold nationally.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial and territorial public health partners to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella infections occurring in British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon.
Real Pet Food Company
Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe (4 lb. bags)
On September 22, 2020, Real Pet Food Company voluntarily recalled Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe 4lb bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.
Sunshine Mills, Inc.
Family Pet® Meaty Cuts Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavors Premium Dog Food
Heartland Farms® Grilled Favorites Beef Chicken & Cheese Flavor
Paws Happy Life® Butcher’s Choice Dog Food
On September 2, 2020, Sunshine Mills, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of the above dog food products due to levels of Aflatoxin that are potentially above the acceptable limit. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.
Sunshine Mills, Inc.
Nature's Menu Super Premium Dog Food
On August 24, 2020, Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issued a voluntary recall of Nature’s Menu® Super Premium dog food with a blend of real chicken & quail because of possible salmonella health risk.
Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of Nature’s Menu® Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
InHE Manufacturing, LLC (Multiple Brands)
Hemp Oil Tinctures
On July 17, 2020, the FDA posted the company's recall press release that they issued on 06-23-2020 only to benefit the public for informational purposes. The recall was volunteered by the company due to excess lead in the product.
Carnivora Fresh Frozen Patties for Dogs and Cats
June 15, 2020 — Health Canada recalled Carnivora Fresh Frozen Patties for Dogs and Cats due to possible contamination with E. coli O157. Six varieties of Carnivora brand raw pet food totaling appx. 1,803 packages of the affected products were sold nationwide in Canada between January 13, 2020 and June, 2020.
Aunt Jeni’s Home Made
All-Natural Raw Turkey Dinner Dog Food
On February 14, 2020, the FDA issued a caution letter over the potential for salmonella contamination in their frozen raw dog food, lot #175331
Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish Pure Fish Treats for Dogs, 2.5 oz. bag
On March 24, 2020, the FDA recalled any of the following treats with lot numbers falling between 02/2020 and 02/2022 due to the potential for Clostridium botulinum:
- Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish Pure Fish Treats for Dogs, 2.5 oz. bag, UPC #854854007117
- Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish Pure Fish Treats for Dogs, 2.5 oz. tube, UPC #854854007759
- Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish Pure Fish Treats for Cats, 1.5 oz. bag, UPC #854854007575
Texas Tripe Inc.
- Texas Tripe Chicken Blend – Lot 19196-6
- Texas Tripe Pork Blend – Lot 19190-09
- Texas Tripe Beef Blend – Lot 19191-05
On August 15, 2109, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned pet owners not to feed their pets certain lots of Texas Tripe Inc. raw pet food after samples from some of these lots tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono).
Hills Science Diet
Hills Prescription Diet & Hills Science Diet
On January 31, 2019, the Hills Pet Food Company voluntarily issued a recall for cans of Hills Prescription Diet dog food as well as wet Science Diet recipes for potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D. And as of March 20, 2020 they updated their status stating that: “it is expanding its recall of select canned dog food products “
Purina Honor Show Chow Showlamb Grower
On December 28, 2018, the Purina company announced a voluntary recall for select lots of their Purina Honor Show Chow dog food due to the discovery of elevated copper levels.
April 15, 2018, Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of pet food because the products may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products were distributed in the continental USA through independent retailers and via online retailers Chewy.com and Amazon.com through direct delivery.
BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner
On March 17, 2017, the Blue Buffalo Company voluntarily issued a recall for one lot of their BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs, as the product has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally-occurring beef thyroid hormones. It is a potential health risk for pets.
Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs
On March 17, 2017, the WellPet Company issued a voluntary recall for one of their canned topper products, Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs. The recall was issued due to potentially elevated levels of naturally-occurring beef thyroid hormone. No other Wellness products are affected by this recall.
Against the Grain
Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs
February 13, 2017, Against the Grain is voluntarily recalling one batch of Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed to independent pet retailers in December 2015 in Washington and Maryland due to Potential Adulteration with Pentobarbital.
Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight
Blue Buffalo, headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut, is voluntarily recalling cans of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Healthy Weight dog food according to an announcement on their web site Monday, February 13, 2017.
Grreat Choice® Adult Dog Food
On February 9, 2017, PetSmart issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of its Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food sold on PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com, and in nationwide PetSmart retail stores. This product is being voluntarily recalled as a precautionary measure due to metal contamination that could potentially be a choking hazard to pets.
Hunk of Beef, Braised Beef
On March 2, 2017, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, Illinois, has voluntarily recalled specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because the contaminant pentobarbital was detected in one lot of the pet food. Evanger’s wants 100% of its products to be 100% safe 100% of the time prompting removal of the products.
Blue Ridge Beef
Turkey with bone
On January 12, 2017, Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling one (1) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes ( a Gram-positive bacterium). Listeria can affect animals eating the product.
Filet Mignon Flavor Wet Food
On October 7, 2016, Mars Petcare US (the manufacturer of Cesar dog food products) issued a voluntary recall of their Filet Mignon Flavor wet food due to the presence of plastic in certain batches. This recall occurred because small hard white pieces of plastic entered the food during the production process, causing a potential choking risk.
New Zealand Brushtail And Vegetable And New Zealand Venison And Apple Canned
On September 8, 2016, Addiction Foods issued a voluntary recall for batches of their New Zealand canned dog food entrees due to elevated levels of Vitamin A and a slight variance in calcium-phosphorus ratios. This recall affected 13.8-ounce cans of Addiction New Zealand Brushtail and Vegetables entrée and Addiction New Zealand Venison and Apples entrée.
Life Protection Formula
On May 31, 2016, Blue Buffalo issued a very limited recall for one of their Life Protection formulas due to possible mold contamination. This recall affected 30-pound bags of Life Protection Formula Fish and Sweet Potato dry food.
Smallbatch Pets Inc.
Dog Duckbatch Patties
On March 26, 2016, Smallbatch Pets was affected by an FDA-issued recall due to potential salmonella and listeria contamination. This recall affected a single batch of 3-pound frozen bags of Smallbatch Dog Duckbatch Sliders – no illnesses were reported.
Gold Chicken Pate Dog, Gold Chicken & Duck, Gold Salmon & Chicken Pate
On March 18, 2016, Fromm issued a voluntary recall of several Gold canned food recipes due to inadequate levels of vitamins and minerals. This recall affected all lots of 12-ounce cans for the Gold Chicken Pate, Chicken & Duck, and Salmon & Chicken Pate canned food recipes.
Beneful And Pro Plan Wet Dog Foods
On March 10, 2016, Purina issued a voluntary recall for several Beneful and Proplan products due to inadequate levels of vitamins and mienrals. This recall affected 10-ounce tubs from certain batches for the following recipes: Beneful Prepared Meals (all varieties), Beneful Chopped Blends (all varieties), Proplan Savory Meals (Braised Chicken Entrée, Braised Pork Entrée, Braised Turkey Entrée, Grilled Salmon Entrée, and Braised Beef & Rice Entrée).
Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée
On January 15, 2016, Vital Essentials issued a voluntary recall for 6-pound bags of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrees for dogs due to potential salmonella contamination. This recall affected products distributed in Florida, Georgia, California, Texas, Rhode Island, and Washington.
Big Dog Natural
Chicken Supreme And Fish Supreme
On January 4, 2016, Big Dog Natural was affected by an FDA-issued recall for a single production lot of two products due to potential salmonella or listeria contamination. The recipes affected were all weight volumes of Big Dog Natural Fish Supreme and Big Dog Natural Chicken Supreme recipe.
Stella & Chewy’s
Super Beef Dinner Morsels
On December 11, 2015, Stella & Chewy’s issued a voluntary recall for several frozen pet food products due to potential listeria contamination. This recall affected the following recipes: Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs, Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs, Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats, and Frozen Chick Chicken Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats.
Simply The Best
On December 1, 2015, Dave’s Pet Food issued a voluntary recall of a single batch of dog food due to an “off odor”. This recall affected the Dave’s Simply the Best Dog Food with a “Best By” date of October 15, 2016. Customer supplied date code information and retain samples were pulled, tested and found to have high peroxide values.
Hill’s Science Diet
Various Canned Foods
On November 28, 2015, Hill’s Science Diet issued a voluntary recall for some Hill’s Science Diet canned dog foods. The company did not release any specific details regarding the reason for this recall but the stated reason was a “mislabeling problem”.
Wilderness Wild Chews
On November 25, 2015, Blue Buffalo issued a voluntary recall of one lot size of bone treats due to potential for salmonella contamination. This recall affected one lot size of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones distributed in PetSmart stores.
On October 2, 2015, K-9 Kraving was affected by an FDA-issued recall for one of their dog food products due to potential salmonella and listeria contamination. The product affected by this recall was the Chicken Patties Dog Food product.
Good ‘N Fun
Beefhide Chicken Sticks
On October 25, 2015, Good ‘N Fun was affected by an FDA-issued recall for one of their dog treat products due to potential salmonella contamination. The product affected by this recall was 2.8-ounce bags of Good ‘N Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks.
OC Raw Dog
Assorted Raw Products
On September 25, 2015, OC Raw Dog was affected by an FDA-issued recall for several of their frozen dog food products due to potential salmonella contamination. This recall affected the following products: 6.5-pound Doggie Dozen Patties, 4-pound Doggie Sliders and 3-pound Meaty Rox of the Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Recipe.
Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines
On April 212, 2018, another recall was issued. OC Raw Dog LLC is recalling freeze-dried sardines because they were determined by the Food and Drug Administration to exceed the agency’s size restriction guideline for fish that had not been eviscerated.
Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites, Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties For Dogs
On July 24, 2015, Nature’s Variety was affected by an FDA-issued recall for two raw dog food products due to potential salmonella contamination. The products affected by this recall were 4-pound and 7-pound packages of Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites and 6-pound bags of Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties.
Natural Dog Co.
On July 21, 2015, Natural Dog Co. was affected by an FDA-issued recall for a single batch of dog treats due to potential salmonella contamination. The product affected by this recall was 12-ounce bags of 12-inch Tremenda Sticks pet chews.
Bravo Blends Chicken
On July 23, 2015, Bravo issued a voluntary recall for several chicken formula products due to potential salmonella contamination. The products affected by this recall include the following: Bravo Blend Chicken Diet and Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner in chubs and patties.
Bravo Blend Chicken Diet For Dogs And Cats
On December 10, 2015, Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, Connecticut, has announced it is recalling select lots of its Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cats due to the possible presence of Salmonella.
Chicken Blend and Turkey Blend
On December 26, 2014, Bravo Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for several products due to potential salmonella contamination. This recall affected the following products: Chicken Blend diet 2-pound chubs, Chicken Blend diet 5-pound chubs, Turkey Blend diet 5-pound bags, and Balance Turkey diet 3-pound bags.
Do not take the health and wellness of your dog for granted – stay up to date with the latest recalls to ensure that your pet’s food is safe to eat. In addition to keeping an eye on recall notices, you should also make an effort to feed your dog the highest quality food you can afford.
High-quality pet food manufacturers are not immune to recalls but they typically employ safer manufacturing processes with higher standards for quality and safety.
Human-Grade Foods That Have Never Been Recalled
(as of August 25, 2020)