Cat Food Recalls

What Is a Recall and Why Do They Happen?

When any food becomes contaminated or potentially could have become contaminated during the food prep, packaging or distribution process, a recall is issued as soon as it is discovered. The purpose is to prevent illness or possibly even death by anyone who eats it (such as your kitty) or in some cases, who handles it (such as you).  

There Are Three Ways That Recalls (Including Cat Food Recalls) Are Initiated:

  • Recalls may be conducted on a firm's own initiative,
  • They are also done by FDA request,
  • Or by FDA order under statutory authority.

Cat Food Recalls

On this page, you will find the most current cat food recalls and an extensive history of recalls going back several years. One of the services that we provide is to keep you alerted to any new recalls as quickly as we can. After we update this page with the recall information, we send you an email (that is if you are on our list) alerting you to the recall.  Knowing that your cat is not eating tainted food is great comfort.

Most Recent Cat Food Recall

Cat food recalls

J.M. Smucker Company

Orrville, OH – The J. M. Smucker Co. today announced a limited, voluntary recall of two lots of Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food (30LB bag) due to potential salmonella contamination.

The Company has received no reports of pet illness or adverse reaction and has issued this recall out of an abundance of caution. The impacted products were sold at select Walmart stores in IL, MO, NE, NM, OK, UT, WI and WY. No other Meow Mix® products are impacted by this recall.

Read the Complete Recall Here

 

 

 

Cat Food Recalls by Year

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Midwestern Pet Food – Evansville, Indiana

On March 26th, Midwestern Pet Foods, Evansville, Indiana issued 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. Read the Full FDA Cat Food Recalls Alert Here

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Midwestern Pet Food – Expanded Recall -All Foods Containing Corn from Oklahoma Plant

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.

July 3, 2020  J.M. Smucker Company Issues Voluntary Recall on Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Pate

March 23, 2020 Icelandic+ IcelandicPlus LLC Voluntarily Recalls Whole Capelin Fish Pet Treats Because Product Exceeds FDA Size Restrictions

December 5, 2019, The J. M. Smucker Company today announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of Special Kitty® wet, canned cat food due to health concerns potentially associated with ingredients believed to not meet the Company’s quality and safety standards. 

November 14, 2019, Go Raw, LLC, of Cottonwood Utah is recalling its 2lb. frozen bags of “Quest Beef Cat Food” because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Salmonella can affect animals.

August 14, and August 15 2019, Texas Tripe, FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed Texas Tripe Inc. Raw Pet Food Due to Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes.  There are two links for this Recall as the FDA also issued a press release.

April 4, 2019 Thogersen Family Farm Thorgensen Family Farm Recalls Raw Frozen Ground Pet Food (Rabbit; Duck; Llama; Pork) Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk.

March 29, 2019 Purina Muse: Nestle Purina PetCare Company Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Amount of Muse Wet Cat Food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy in Three-ounce Cans Due to the Potential Presence of Rubber Pieces.

Jan 28, 2019 The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is notifying consumers of a recall of raw turkey pet food from Woody’s Pet Food Deli due to Salmonella contamination. 

January 23,2019 Hare Today: FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed One Lot of Hare Today Gone Tomorrow Due to Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes

Dec. 21, 2018 Columbia River Natural Pet Foods Cow Pie, Chicken & Vegetables: Columbia River Natural Pet Foods of Vancouver, WA is voluntarily expanding their current recall to include additional products: 261 packages of Cow Pie Lot # 72618 and 82 packages of Chicken & Vegetables Lot# 111518 fresh frozen meats for dogs and cats, produced in July 2018 and November 2018, due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Dec. 7, 2018, J.M. Smucker Company 9Lives Protein Plus Tuna & Chicken and Tuna & Liver: The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of 9Lives® Protein Plus® wet, canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Oct. 25, 2018,  G & C Raw, LLC Multiple products – G & C Raw, of Versailles, OH is recalling all products lots manufactured from February 27, 2018 through July 20, 2018, as a precaution because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Sept. 7, 2018, Steve’s Real Food Turducken, Emu, Beef: Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, Utah is voluntarily recalling one lot of 5lb Turducken Recipe, one lot of 2lb Quest Emu Diet, and one lot of 2lb Quest Beef Diet, due to their possible Salmonella and/or L. mono contamination.

Aug. 21, 2018, Radagast Pet Food, Inc.  Raw Diet All recipes: Radagast Pet Food, Inc. of Portland, OR is expanding its voluntary recall to include an additional quantity of Rad Cat Raw Diet across all varieties with Best By dates of 10/19/18 through 12/3/19 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Radagast Pet Food is conducting this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution because of its strong commitment to food safety and quality.

Aug. 3, 2018, G & C Raw, LLC Pat’s Cat Turkey: G & C Raw, of Versailles, OH is recalling 30 1–lb containers of Pat's Cat Turkey Cat Food and 40 2-lb containers of Ground Lamb Dog Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

July 27, 2018 Raws for Paws: The FDA advises consumers not to feed pets certain lots of Raws For Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella, the presence of which has the potential to cause salmonellosis in humans and animals.  The Minnesota Department of Health reports that two children in a single household became sick from Salmonella Reading (S. Reading).

July 6, 2018, Radagast Pet Food, Inc.  Raw Diet Chicken and Venison recipes: Radagast Pet Food, Inc. of Portland, OR is recalling three lots of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Recipe because testing results indicate they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Company is also recalling one lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe because testing results indicate it has the potential to be contaminated with Shiga Toxin producing E. coli O121.

April 16, 2018, Carnivore Meat Company Vital Essentials Beef Toppers: 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.

March 20, 2018, Radagast Pet Food, Inc.  Raw Diet Chicken and Turkey recipes: Radagast Pet Food, Inc. of Portland, OR is expanding its voluntary recall to include an additional quantity of Rad Cat Raw Diet across all varieties with Best By dates of 10/19/18 through 12/3/19 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. 

February 28, 2018, Blue Ridge Beef Kitten Grind: Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, GA, is recalling lot#GA1102 of Kitten Grind raw pet food because of the potential of contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Feb. 8, 2018, Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food: Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN is recalling approximately 4,000 pounds of its 5 lb. and 1 lb. chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

More Information on Common Food Toxins Found in Cat Food

Cat Food Recalls 1

The FDA provides complete information on many toxins that can cause humans or animals to become sick.  The most commonly found toxins for cat food that generate recalls are these three.  To find out more about what they are and what to do if you or your cat should become poisoned, click on the links below.

 

 

 

What Should You Do If Your Cat's Food Is On the Recall List?

The Cat Food Recalls information provided by the FDA is very detailed. 

Look for your specific bag, can or other containers of cat food or treats are listed on the recall list. When a recall is announced, the UPC codes, “best by” dates, lot numbers, and package sizes that are affected are usually all listed as identifiers to help you determine if you have recalled product in your home.

Keep in mind that your cat's brand of food being on a recall list doesn't mean that the specific item you have in your home has been recalled.  PetFood is created in batches or lots, and usually, only certain lots will be recalled. The problem that contaminated the food typically only happened during one specific time period and thus only affected the lot that was being created. 

If you find your food listed on the recall.  Immediately throw it away.  You can also contact the manufacturer for a refund. Be certain to wash your hands thoroughly after handling the food.

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