Category Archives: Dog Food Recalls

Recall: Cocolicious Dog Food Products

Party Animal, Inc., has issued a voluntary recall of specific lot numbers of its Cocolicous dog food products due to a positive test for pentobarbital.  The company was notified on April 13 by a Texas retailer that the product, which was tested by an independent laboratory, had shown evidence of the drug in the products tested.

The company tracked the particular product and lot numbers and asked the retailers to pull all of these products from the shelves. Party Animal requested that all of the affected cans be shipped to them for further testing.

The products being recalled are 13 ounce cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey with the lot number of #0136E15204 04, and best by date of July, 2019. Also included are 13 ounce cans of Cocolicious Chicken & Beef with the lot number of #0134E15 237 13 and best by date of August, 2019.

If you have purchased any of these products, return them to your place of purchase for a full refund.  For any questions, call 855-727-8926 or email the company at

The usual way that pentobarbital would appear in any pet food is through the rendering process. One doesn’t expect this to apply to organic pet foods.

As I wrote here, this Cocolicious pet food is manufactured by Evanger’s, a company that has endured a number of health-related problems in recent months with their own products. Party Animal states that they will be reexamining their manufacturing processes.


Recall: Pig Ears Pet Treats

EuroCan Manufacturing has voluntarily recalled one lot of its Barnsdale Farms, Houndstooth, and Mac’s Choice Pig Ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The recalled products were distributed throughout the United States and Canada.

Recall of Pet Treats

The pig ears were individually shrink-wrapped in 6-pack, 12-pack, and 25-pack bags under the brand names, Barnsdale Farms, Barnsdale Farms Select, Houndstooth and Mac’s Choice. The Lot # is 84.

No illnesses have been reported.  However, should you experience the following symptoms, contact your medical professional at once:

Bloody Diarrhea
Abdominal Cramping

In more serious cases such conditions as endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract infections could occur but these are rare and usually only affect those with underlying conditions that affect their immune systems.

Salmonella can affect animals, as well as the humans who handle them or their belongings. Some pets may exhibit the above symptoms but many will be carriers of the bacteria with no symptoms. If your pet has eaten any of the affected products, contact your veterinarian at once for further advice.

Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling pet bowls or toys or any pet-related products.

Routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in these products. They have withheld distribution of products while they and the FDA investigate to find the source of contamination.

If you have purchased any of the recalled products, return them to your place of purchase for a refund. With further questions, you may call the company at 888-290-7606, Monday – Friday, 9-5 EST.


Recall: WellPet Issues Voluntary Recall of Products

WellPet has issued a voluntary recall of a Wellness Beef Topper for dogs, saying a small amount of  one recipe has the potential to contain elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. The following is the only affected product:

Recalled Product Details:
• Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs – 13.2 oz
• Best-By Dates of 02 FEB 19, 29 AUG 19 and 30 AUG 19, located on the bottom of the can.

Elevated levels of the thyroid hormone can affect a dog’s metabolism and increase thirst, frequency of urination, restless behavior and weight loss. No reports have been received by the company of any dogs affected by this problem.

If you have purchased any of the cans of the specific product listed above, return it to your place of purchase for a refund. You may also call the company at 877-227-9587 for more information.

Because this product is used as supplemental feeding only, it is unlikely a dog would be harmed should he consume the food with elevated hormone levels, but the company is issuing the recall out of precaution.

Pet food recall


Recall: A Blue Wilderness Product Is Voluntarily Pulled

Pet Food Recall


In a press release yesterday, March 17, 2017, Blue Buffalo issued a voluntary recall for one production lot of Blue Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe™ Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs.  There is the potential for this product to contain elevated levels of naturally-occurring beef thyroid hormones.

Dogs that ingest high levels of the hormone could exhibit symptoms of excessive urination, increased thirst, excessive heart rate, weight loss and restlessness. If the animal stops eating the affected food, the symptoms may abate. But with prolonged use, the symptoms could increase and worsen and include vomiting, diarrhea, and breathing difficulties. Contact your veterinarian at once, if  your pet displays such symptoms.

Although Blue Buffalo has not received any complaints of dogs suffering problems from eating this food, the FDA did advise the company of one consumer who reported symptoms in a dog.  The dog recovered. Blue Buffalo decided to issue the voluntary recall of the following:

Pet food recall




The affected products were distributed nationally to pet food retailers, as well as online.

If your pet consumed any of the products listed above, discontinue feeding and contact your veterinarian immediately. If you have questions, contact Blue Buffalo at 866-201-9072 between 8-5, Eastern Time, Monday – Friday. You may return any unused product to  your place of purchase.



Recall: Blue Buffalo Issues Voluntary Market Withdrawal of Products

Blue Buffalo dog food recall

Blue Buffalo has voluntarily issued a market withdrawal of certain products. The recall is due to a quality issue with the foil seal on top of the cups. Only the following products are involved in this recall:



BLUE Divine Delights Filet Mignon Flavor in Gravy 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights New York Strip Flavor in Gravy 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Prime Rib Flavor in Gravy 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Pate Filet Mignon Flavor 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Pate Porterhouse Flavor 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Pate Grilled Chicken Flavor 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Pate Top Sirloin Flavor 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Pate Angus Beef Flavor 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Pate Roasted Turkey Flavor 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Pate with Bacon, Egg & Cheese 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Pate Sausage, Egg & Cheese Flavor 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Divine Delights Pate Steak & Egg Flavor 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Duck Grill 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Beef Grill 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Chicken Grill 3.5 oz. Cup


BLUE Wilderness Trail Trays Turkey Grill 3.5 oz. Cup


No other Blue Buffalo products are affected, and no reports of dogs becoming ill from this problem with the seal have been reported.

If you have purchased this product, please return it to your place of purchase for a refund.  For more information, call 877-870-7363.


Recall: Evanger’s Has Expanded Their Previous Recall of Dog Food

Evanger’s has added to their previous recall. In a letter to their distributors and retailers dated today, 2/28/2017, the Sher family who owns the company state their case, while announcing an additional voluntary recall of the following:

Evanger's Hunk of Beef Recall

Evanger’s: Hunk of Beef: Item # 776155

Dog Food Recall
Evanger’s: Braised Beef: Item # 776150

Another Evanger's Dog Food Recall
Against the Grain: Pulled Beef: Item # 776107

These products were manufactured between December, 2015, and January, 2017, and have expiration dates of  December, 2019, and January, 2021. To date, the company has not received any reports of illnesses caused by the products in this newest recall and say they are recalling the dog food “out of an abundance of caution” because of the potential for pentobarbital in the food.

Consumers who have any of these products should return them to their place of purchase for a refund.

Pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, loss of balance and even death in animals that ingest it.

Evanger’s disputes some of the Food & Drug Administration’s findings and their side of the story is written in the link above. We consumers don’t know where the truth lies but it pays to be very cautious when it comes to the health of our pets.

Editor’s Update:

As expected, the FDA has responded with their comments in their release about Evanger’s expanded recall of 3 types of canned dog foods.  Check out this link for the FDA response to Evanger’s claim that the supplier of meat they used was inspected by USDA-APHIS as that organization “specifically processes meat for pet foods” and that FDA was shown the supplier’s USDA-APHIS number, ” which is also on every pallet that comes in from the supplier and on their bills of lading and invoices,” and that the FDA ignored that. In the FDA response, they said that the supplier’s export certification had expired and their APHIS number is no longer valid.

The FDA also responded to Evanger’s claim that pentobarbital is allowed in pet food in certain amounts by explaining that there is NO acceptable amount of pentobarbital allowed in pet food and such presence renders the food adulterated.

If you are concerned about the claims and counterclaims that appear to be ongoing in this Evanger’s Pet Food situation, I urge you to read both links. I think you will form your opinion based on what you read, but I expect there will be more to come.  Stay tuned….

*Update:  An April 17, 2017, report from discusses a pet food consumer who had food tested at the Texas A & M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab after her foster dog became ill. Pentobarbital was found in the foods tested. The company website’s FAQ page stated that their products are sourced from the United States, except for lamb and venison. No specific locations were mentioned. But according to, the manufacturer was notified on April 13, 2017, about the pentobarbital in the foods. That manufacturer was Evanger’s Pet Food. You can read about the testing, including the lab results here.  The affected dog foods have not yet been recalled, because this was a private testing and results were just shared, but I’m sure we’ll read more about this in time to come.

Recall: Uh-Oh! Here We Go Again

Ed. note: Update at the end of the article.


Apparently, Evangers is voluntarily recalling more of their product, as says that the company is expanding their earlier limited recall to include all Hunk of Beef products.  Again, this is concern for the possible presence of pentobarbitol in the dog food. Evanger’s earlier recall was for just 5 lots of the Hunk of Beef products.

The company previously stated that only the Hunk of Beef line of dog food contains the beef chunks obtained from one supplier.

Evanger’s associate brand, Against the Grain, which is owned by the same family, also experienced a recall last week for the same issue.  On Feb. 3, 2017, horse meat was found in Evanger’s products. The company is family owned and say the recent recalls are the first in their 82-year history.

Recalls Don’t Tell the Whole Story

As the article by Melissa Smith  states, Evanger’s was proud of its 82-year recall free history. The current owners took over in 2002 and since that time, there have been issues related to quality. The Town of Wheeling, IL, sued the company in 2006 for lax operating procedures due to “failure to use tight-fitting garbage can lids…food waste held in unapproved containers… failure to remove refuse…and failure to remove stagnant water on the property…” all of which led to citations by the city to Evanger’s for violating numerous laws. Testimonies included complaints by residents of foul odors on the property and a health inspector testified that she saw “thousands of maggots on decaying animal parts and maggots on unknown, rotting substances.”

In 2008, the Food & Drug Administration  ordered Evanger’s to obtain an emergency permit from the agency before being allowed to enter its products into Interstate Commerce. An FDA inspector found “significant deviations from prescribed documentation of processes, equipment and recordkeeping in the production of …thermally-processed, low-acid food products. One of the owners disagreed with the FDA assessment, saying the FDA comments were highly inaccurate and misleading.”  The FDA issued an emergency temporary permit in June, 2008, after deciding Evanger’s had fixed the issues.

In 2009, the emergency permit was revoked after the FDA found that Evanger’s was not operating in compliance with the temporary permit they had earlier been granted.

In 2011, the FDA sent a warning letter to Evanger’s about violations it found during a 2 month inspection process, as well as in a food sample obtained from the distributor. Testing found that some products did not contain the foods listed on the labels. For example, a lamb & rice product contained beef, not lamb.

In 2011, the company was cited for many health and sanitation issues. Those are listed here.

In 2012, Evanger’s was cited for many more violations, some new and some uncorrected from previous warnings.

One really needs a timeline to follow the Evanger’s case. Along the way there were arrests and charges for various offenses against the owners, and I expect to hear more about the problems with this company in the near future.

I have always recommended Evanger’s as a reliable pet food manufacturer but their sterling production record changed in 2002 with the change of ownership. All I can say now is buyer beware.


When the trouble with Evanger’s Hunk of Beef Dog Food was first reported, Joel Sher, an owner of the company, blamed the tainted food on their beef supplier. The FDA inspected the supplier’s plant and found nothing to suggest that the problem came from them. They reported that the supplier does  “… have systems in place to ensure that euthanized animals are segregated from animal protein going for animal food use.”

The case is still open and the FDA will continue to investigate the customer list of the supplier to be absolutely certain there are no problems. Meanwhile, we consumers still don’t know how Pentobarbital made its way into the pet food.

Recall: Against the Grain Recalls Product Due to Potential for Pentobarbitol

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen several commercial pet food recalls for various reasons.  This latest is from Against the Grain Pet Food that is recalling their Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs because of the potential for pentobarbitol contamination.

One lot of the product manufactured in 2015 is being recalled out of caution. The affected product has an expiration date of December, 2019 and a lot number of 2415E01ATB12. The second  half of the UPC code is 80001 and can be found on the back of the product label.

This one lot of the product was distributed in 2015 only in Washington and Maryland. It has been confirmed that no product is left on retail shelves, but if any consumer still has any cans of the affected lot number, they can return it to their place of purchase and receive an entire case of Against the Grain food for their trouble.

If a pet should consume pentobarbitol, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, lack of balance, eyes moving rapidly back and forth, and even coma could ensue. As of now, no complaints have been registered with the company.

You may contact the company at 1-800-288-6796 between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central Time, MondayFriday, with questions or concerns.

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Recall: Blue Buffalo Recalls Specific Lots of Dog Food


Blue Buffalo Canned Dog Food Recalled


Blue Buffalo has voluntarily recalled their Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables with one UPC code.

The recalled product includes:

  • Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables
  • 12.5 ounce can
  • UPC: 8-40243-10017-0
  • Codes: Best By 08/03/2019

The reason for the recall is possible aluminum contamination.

If you have purchased this product, return it to your retailer for a full refund or call 866-800-2917 for more information.

This year has seen several canned dog foods recalled for possible metal contamination. To date, there have been no reports of illness from the Blue Buffalo recalled product but the coincidence of several companies having recalls for the same reason so close together might indicate they were using the same production facility.

Here are links to other recent recalls for the same problem:

Recall: Companion Pet Food

Recall: Great Choice Adult Dog Food from Pet Smart


Recall: Companion Pet Food

Companion Dog and Cat Food is a store brand, manufactured by Simmons PetFood. Companion is sold in Stop & Shop Supermarkets and Giant Food Stores in several states. According to a release by Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, the manufacturer is recalling all of its “cuts and gravy” style dog and cat food. Apparently, this recall affects different private label brands all across the United States.

Recalled Companion products are:

Brand      Description                             Size       UPC


Companion  Chicken Dinner and Gravy Cat Food       3 oz       8826700301


Companion  With Tuna and Gravy Cat Food            3 oz       8826700303


Companion  With Turkey and Giblets In Gravy

Cat Food                                3 oz       8826700304


Companion  With Beef and Gravy Cat Food            3 oz       8826700302


Companion  Mixed Grill and Gravy Cat Food          3 oz       8826700300


Companion  Pouch Variety Pack Cat Food       12-3 oz Pouches  8826705355


Companion  Two Flavor Variety Pack Dog Food  12-13.2 oz Cans  8826705341


Companion  Pouch Variety Pack Dog Food      12-5.3 oz Pouches 8826705356


Companion  With Turkey In Gravy Dog Food       5.3 oz Pouch   8826700385

Companion  Stew With Beef In Gravy Dog Food    5.3 oz Pouch   8826700384

Companion  Chicken Dinner In Gravy Dog Food    5.3 oz Pouch   8826700386

Stop and Shop

Companion      With Beef Cuts In Gravy Dog Food     13.2 oz   8826700353

Stop and Shop

Companion      Slice Beef Dinner In Gravy Cat Food   5.5 oz   8826700306

Stop and Shop

Companion      Sliced Chicken Dinner In Gravy

Cat Food                              5.5 oz   8826700305

Stop and Shop

Companion      Country Stew Cuts In Gravy Dog Food  13.2 oz   8826700355

Stop and Shop

Companion      With Chicken Cuts In Gravy Dog Food  13.2 oz   8826700357

Stop and Shop

Companion      With Beef Cuts In Gravy Dog Food       22 oz   8826700375

Stop and Shop

Companion      Country Stew Cuts In Gravy Dog Food    22 oz   8826700378


Companion  Slice Beef Dinner In Gravy Cat Food       5.5 oz   8826700306


Companion  Sliced Chicken Dinner In Gravy Cat Food   5.5 oz   8826700305


Companion  With Beef Cuts In Gravy Dog Food         13.2 oz   8826700353


Companion  With Beef Cuts In Gravy Dog Food           22 oz   8826700375


Companion  Country Stew Cuts In Gravy Dog Food        22 oz   8826700378


Companion  With Chicken Cuts In Gravy Dog Food        22 oz   8826700381


Companion  With Beef Slices In Gravy Dog Food       13.2 oz   8826705342


Companion  With Chicken Slices In Gravy Dog Food    13.2 oz   8826705340

Because other brands may be involved, expect to see more of these recalls in coming days. This recall is occurring because of possible metal contamination in the products. If you have purchased one of the affected foods, return it to your retailer for a refund. You may also call the manufacturers Customer Affairs office at 800/232-9880 for more information.