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Friskies Cat Food

Important recall information appears below.

In 1893, Ralston Purina created Purina. Friskies was originally sold by the Carnation Company in 1958 under the name Little Friskies. It was acquired by Nestlé in 1985.


In 2001, Purina merged with a Nestlé subsidary, and the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company was founded.

Friskies Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Friskies Indoor Cat Food Chunky Chicken & Turkey Casserole, Friskies Wet Cat Food Tasty Treasures Chicken & Ocean Fish Dinner with Cheese, Friskies Cat Treats Party Mix Naturals With Added Vitamins & Minerals With Real Salmon
Cost: $
Where to buy: Latest deals on Friskies cat food
Company: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Headquarters: 1 Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO 63164
Contact info: 1-800-778-7462, email

Has Friskies Ever Been Recalled?

Yes, there was a recall — but it was years ago. Back in 2011, a Friskies dry food product was recalled voluntarily by the Nestlé Purina because of possible salmonella contamination.

Complete information about that 2011 recall appears below. Again, it was years ago. Now let’s talk about some recent rumors …

Has There Been a 2019 Friskies Cat Food Recall?

No. There is no current Friskies cat food recall.

Since at least 2018, internet rumors have been circulating that certain cans of Friskies cat food, usually paté varieties, are “contaminated” and making cats sick.

Some people even claim their cats or kittens have died as a result of eating the food.


These rumors cite specific supposed “batch numbers” — usually the numbers are stated as being 1157, 1159 and 1161. Sometimes batch codes are said to be double-stamped or to have a pink dot or a red dot.

Here’s an example of a photo that was shared on Facebook:

Friskies “recall” rumors are rampant on social media, but the company says none of it is true and that the cat food is completely safe.

Many recent consumer reviews on (which is not affiliated with the government and is a for-profit website) have alleged serious problems, and public petitions have been started online to “make Purina recall the tainted Friskies cat food.”

An anti-Friskies Facebook page has been posting regular “alerts,” calling the products “toxic waste” and claiming that “Purina is not doing anything but taking the money and getting the cats sick.”

At Petful, we too have been noticing an increase in the number of complaints about Friskies.

However, despite all the recent rumors, there has been no Friskies cat food recall in 2019, and Purina maintains that there is no problem with the food.

For example, on the official Facebook page for Friskies, a company representative commented in late July 2019, “There are no recalls on any of our products; they are all 100% safe to feed.”

Comment thread on the official Purina Friskies Facebook page, July 25, 2019. The company maintains that there has been no 2019 recall of Friskies cat food.

Separately, another Facebook comment from the company stated:

“Consumers can continue to feed our products to their pets with total confidence. There are no product quality issues with any of our products. All of our products, including Friskies, are completely safe to feed. We value the loyalty and trust pet owners have given Purina for more than 90 years. We’re pet owners, too, and we work hard to maintain that trust, because the quality and safety of our products are our top priorities. We always appreciate hearing from our consumers, and we encourage anyone with a question or comment about our products to call us.”

By the way, the supposed “batch codes” of 1157, 1159 and 1161 don’t mean what most people think they do. These specific number sequences have frequently appeared on the bottom of Friskies cans — for years now.

In other words, if you pick up a can of Friskies, whether it was 5 years ago or today, chances are — lo and behold — you’ll see one of those 3 number sequences stamped on the bottom. This doesn’t actually mark the cans as anything special.

Rather, we think the numbers most likely denote a fixed manufacturing facility, not a specific production batch. (In the event of a recall, the “best before” dates would likely be more meaningful.)

So, long story short: The rumors around a 2019 Friskies cat food recall are just that — rumors. Take those rumors with a grain of salt, as you should with pretty much anything you see on social media these days.

Of course, if anything changes, we’ll update this article right away and, if warranted, we’ll urgently send out a recall alert to our email subscribers.

List of Friskies Recalls

June 2011

Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: Company press release dated June 27, 2011. What was recalled: Friskies Grillers Blend dry cat food, 3.15 lb. and 16 lb. bags, Production Code #10381083 06, best by August 2012.

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