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Hill’s Science Diet

Important recall information appears below.

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.

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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
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Where to buy: Latest deals on Hill’s Science Diet
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. Most recently, in late January 2019, Hill’s issued a recall for a wide variety of canned dog foods because of potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D. That recall included both the Science Diet and Prescription Diet lines.

Also, in November 2015, the company quietly initiated a market withdrawal of certain Science Diet canned dog foods because of labeling issues. Hill’s maintained that the food itself was fine.

The year before, in June 2014, Hill’s recalled 62 bags of Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed Dry Dog Food in California, Hawaii and Nevada because of potential salmonella contamination.

Finally, way back in 2007, Science Diet was one of more than 100 brands included in a wide-ranging recall of pet food that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other food safety officials determined may contain melamine — a chemical used in plastics manufacture. All Science Diet Savory Cuts canned cat foods were recalled. Thousands of pets died around the time of these so-called “melamine recalls” of 2007.

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List of Hill’s Science Diet Recalls

January 2019

Cause: Elevated levels of Vitamin D. Announcement: FDA announcement dated Jan. 31, 2019 (archived here); company “product list” page dated Jan. 31, 2019 and updated March 20, 2019 (archived here) and May 15, 2019. What was recalled: The full list of recalled dog foods appears below.

Hill’s Prescription Diet (canned dog food only):
  • c/d Multicare Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #3384, Lot #092020T29, or 102020T10 or 102020T25
  • c/d Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew, 5.5 oz., 24-pack, SKU #3388, Lot #102020T18
  • g/d Canine, 13 oz., SKU #7006, Lot #092020T22, or 112020T19, or 112020T20
  • i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #3389, Lot #092020T28, or 102020T24, or 102020T25, or 102020T04, or 102020T10, or 102020T19, or 102020T20, or 102020T21
  • i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew, 5.5 oz., SKU #3390, Lot #102020T11, or 112020T23, or 122020T07
  • i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #10423, Lot #092020T27, or 092020T28, or 092020T24, or 102020T17, or 102020T19, or 112020T04
  • i/d Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew, 5.5 oz., 24-pack, SKU #3391, Lot #092020T27
  • i/d Canine, 13 oz., SKU #7008, Lot #092020T21, or 092020T30, or 102020T07, or 102020T11, or 112020T22, or 112020T23
  • j/d Canine, 13 oz., SKU #7009, Lot #112020T20
  • k/d Canine, 13 oz., SKU #7010, Lot #102020T10 or 102020T11
  • k/d Kidney Care With Lamb, 13 oz., 12-pack, SKU #2697, Lot #102020T25
  • r/d Canine, 12.3 oz. cans, 12-pack, SKU #7014, Lot #092020T28, or 102020T27, or 102020T28
  • w/d Canine, 13 oz., SKU #7017, Lot #102020T24, or 102020T25, or 112020T09, or 112020T10, or 092020T30, or 102020T11, or 102020T12
  • w/d Canine Vegetable & Chicken Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #10129, Lot #112020T11, or 112020T05, or 102020T04, or 102020T21
  • z/d Canine, 13 oz., SKU #7018, Lot #102020T04 or 112020T22
  • z/d Canine, 5.5 oz., SKU #5403, Lot #102020T17 or 112020T22
  • Metabolic + Mobility Canine Vegetable & Tuna Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #10086, Lot #102020T05 or 102020T26
  • Derm Defense Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #10509, Lot #102020T05
Hill’s Science Diet (canned dog food only):
  • Puppy Chicken & Barley Entrée, 13 oz., SKU #7036, Lot #102020T12
  • Adult Beef & Barley Entrée, 13 oz., 12-pack, SKU #7039, Lot #092020T31 or 102020T21
  • Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée, 13 oz., SKU #7037, Lot #092020T22, or 102020T13, or 102020T14, or 112020T23, or 112020T24
  • Adult Turkey & Barley, 13 oz., SKU #7038, Lot #102020T06
  • Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée, 13 oz., SKU #7040, Lot #112020T10, or 112020T11, or 102020T13
  • Adult Light With Liver, 13 oz., SKU #7048, Lot #112020T19
  • Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetable Entrée, 12.8 oz., 12-pack, SKU #2975, Lot #092020T28
  • Adult 7+ Chicken & Barley Entrée, 13o oz., SKU #7055, Lot #092020T31 or 102020T13
  • Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée, 13 oz., SKU #7056, Lot #102020T28, or 092020T31, or 112020T20, or 112020T24
  • Adult 7+ Turkey & Barley Entrée, 13 oz., SKU #7057, Lot #112020T19
  • Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #10452, Lot #102020T28, or 102020T14, or 102020T21
  • Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew, 12.5 oz., 12-pack, SKU #10451, Lot #102020T28
  • Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Spinach Stew, 12.5 oz., 12-pack, SKU #10449, Lot #092020T28
  • Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken & Vegetable Stew, 12.5 oz., SKU #10763, Lot #102020T04, or 102020T05, or 112020T11
  • Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed Chicken & Barley Entrée, 5.8 oz., SKU #4969, Lot #102020T18

The above list was updated on March 21, 2019, about 2 months after the initial recall announcement. Then, on May 15, 2019, the company again expanded its recall of Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz (SKU 3389) to include Lot #102020T21.

Of special note to anyone outside of the United States:

“Impacted products outside of the United States will be subject to separate notices on the country-specific website. If you are outside of the United States, please check your own country’s Hill’s website for more information.”

November 2015

Cause: Labeling problems. Announcement: Notice posted in some PetSmart stores, Nov. 28, 2015. What was recalled: This was technically 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, 2014 (archived here). What 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 lb. 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 here). What was recalled: Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry cat food.

March 2007

Cause: Melamine. Announcement: FDA report dated March 16, 2007 (archived here); Hill’s Pet company announcement dated March 27, 2007 (archived here). 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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