Hill’s Science Diet

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Hill’s Science Diet was created in the 1930s by Dr. Mark L. Morris, a veterinarian who had originally created the food to aid a service dog named Buddy with kidney failure.


Hill’s Science Diet advertises that it is the No. 1 pet food recommended by veterinarians to promote good health in all life stages of pets; that it focuses on special needs for special diets; and that it has expanded globally to be available in more than 80 countries.

Hill’s produces dry and wet cat and dog foods under the labels Science Diet, Ideal Balance and Prescription Diet.

Hill’s Science Diet Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Science Diet Optimal Weight for Cats, Science Diet Perfect Weight for Dogs, Science Diet Optimal Care for Cats, Science Diet Advanced Fitness for Dogs, Prescription Diet k/d Feline Renal Health, Prescription Diet k/d Canine Renal Health, Prescription Diet d/d Feline Skin Support, Healthy Advantage Feline, Healthy Advantage Canine, as well as various treats for dogs and cats
Cost: $$$$
Company: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Headquarters: 400 SW 8th Ave #101, Topeka, KS
Contact info: 1-800-445-5777

Has Science Diet Ever Been Recalled?

Yes. In November 2015, the company quietly initiated a market withdrawal (not a recall) of certain Science Diet canned dog foods because of labeling issues. Hill’s maintained that the food itself was fine. Here’s what we know about this.

Previously, in June 2014, Hill’s Science Diet voluntarily recalled 62 bags of Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed Dry Dog Food in California, Hawaii and Nevada because of potential salmonella contamination. In 2007, Hill’s was included in a recall of more than 40 brands of pet food that the FDA determined might contain melamine. All Science Diet Savory Cuts canned cat foods were pulled.

List of Hill’s Science Diet Recalls

November 2015

Cause: Labeling problems. Announcement: Notice posted in some PetSmart stores, Nov. 28, 2015. What was recalled: This was actually a product withdrawal, rather than a recall. All date codes of the following canned dog foods were withdrawn:

  • Science Diet Dog Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetables, 12.8 oz., UPC #5274229750
  • Ideal Balance Slim & Healthy Chicken, 12.8 oz., UPC #5274230770
  • Science Diet Dog Small & Toy Adult Gourmet Beef Entrée, 5.8 oz., UPC #5274249660
  • Science Diet Dog Small & Toy Mature Gourmet Beef Entrée, 5.8 oz., UPC #5274249680
  • Science Diet Dog Adult Beef Entrée, 13 oz., UPC #5274270390
  • Science Diet Dog Adult Beef & Chicken Entrée, 13 oz., UPC #5274270400
  • Science Diet Dog Mature Adult Gourmet Beef Entrée, 13 oz., UPC #5274270560

June 2014

Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: FDA report dated June 2, 2014What was recalled: Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog food with “Best by” date and production code of #08 2015 M094 in the following size: 15.5 lbs. bags with SKU #9097 (distributed in California, Hawaii and Nevada).


April 2007

Cause: Melamine. Announcement: Hill’s Pet company announcement dated April 1, 2007 (archived). What was recalled: Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry cat food.

March 2007

Cause: Melamine. Announcement: FDA report dated March 16, 2007; Hill’s Pet company announcement dated March 27, 2007 (archived). What was recalled: All Science Diet Savory Cuts canned cat foods, which included the following in both 3 oz. and 5 oz. sizes:

  • Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Kitten
  • Science Diet Ocean Fish Dinner in Sauce Savory Cuts Adult
  • Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult
  • Science Diet Beef Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Adult
  • Science Diet Chicken Dinner in Gravy Savory Cuts Mature Adult 7+

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