Beneful Dog Food

Important recall information appears below.

Beneful, a Purina brand, is owned and operated by the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. The line was created in 2001 and was considered Purina’s most successful dog food launch in at least a decade. Beneful is designed to fill dogs’ bowls with intriguing shapes, textures and colors.


Beneful has been recalled once — in March 2016. That recall involved wet dog food tubs. You can learn more about the recall below. In addition, over the past few years hundreds of consumers have complained that their pets have been sickened — or worse, died — after eating it. Nestlé Purina maintains that there is nothing wrong with Beneful.

Beneful Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Beneful Healthy Smile, Beneful Healthy Fiesta, Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies, Beneful Beautiful Radiance, Beneful Healthy Weight, Incredibites, Beneful Playful Life, Beneful Chopped Blends, Beneful Mediterranean Style Medley and various dog treats
Cost: $$
Company: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Headquarters: 1 Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO 63164
Contact info: 1-800-778-7462, email

Has Beneful Dog Food Ever Been Recalled?

Yes. See below for information about the March 2016 recall of Beneful wet dog food sold in tubs.

In addition, the brand has had many complaints and requests for recalls by pet consumers. Meanwhile, Nestlé Purina stands by Beneful, calling many of those claims “false and misleading.” Bill Salzman, a company spokesman, told reporters in February 2013, “There are no [current] product recalls of Beneful, and in fact, Beneful has never had a product recall.”

A lawsuit filed in February 2015 claims that Beneful contains harmful substances that can sicken or even kill dogs. Nestlé Purina says the lawsuit is “baseless” and maintains that Beneful is a “high-quality, nutritious food.”

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List of Beneful Recalls

March 2016

Cause: Inadequate vitamins and minerals. Announcement: Company news release dated March 10, 2016What was recalled: The following wet dog food brands with both a “Best Before” date range of June 2017 to August 2017 and production code range starting with the first 4 digits of 5363 to 6054:

  • Beneful Prepared Meals, 10 oz. tubs (all varieties)
  • Beneful Chopped Blends, 10 oz. tubs (all varieties)

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