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

Midwestern Pet Food – Expanded Recall

All Foods Containing Corn from Oklahoma Plant

On January 11, 2021, Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. expanded the recall of 12/30/2020 to include all pet foods containing corn and manufactured in the company’s Oklahoma plant, and having an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022.

As of January 11, FDA has been made aware of more than 70 pets that have died and more than 80 that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food.

The FDA in cooperation with the state departments of agriculture for Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, is investigating certain Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins.

Read the full FDA Cat Food Recalls Alert here. 


Cat Food Recalls by Year

Click on the links to read the full FDA report.

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

More Information on Common Food Toxins Found in Cat Food

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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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