Iams Pet Food

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Paul F. Iams, a self-taught animal nutritionist, started Iams in 1946. Over the years he produced several brands of pet food including Iams Chunks, Iams Plus, and Eukanuba. In 1999, The Iams Company was acquired by Procter & Gamble and expanded to selling pet food in 70 countries worldwide. In 2014, Iams (along with Eukanuba and Natura) was acquired by Mars Inc.


Iams Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Iams Proactive Health, Iams Premium Protection, Iams Wet Dog and Cat Food, Iams Veterinary Formula, Iams Naturals, Iams SO GOOD, and various treats and biscuits
Cost: $$
Company: Mars Inc.
Headquarters: 6885 Elm St, McLean, VA, 22101
Contact info: 1-800-675-3849, emailwebsite

Has Iams Ever Been Recalled?

Yes, quite a few times over the years. The most recent recalls were in 2013 — one time because of possible salmonella contamination, and another because of mold growth. In 2011, Iams voluntarily recalled a small production of dry dog food because aflatoxin levels were shown to be above the acceptable limit.

In 2010, some Iams cat food was recalled because of low levels of thiamine, as well as salmonella exposure. In 2007, Iams was part of the Menu Foods nationwide food recall.

List of Iams Pet Food Recalls

August 2013

Cause: Salmonella potential. Announcement: FDA report dated Aug. 14, 2013What was recalled: Certain lots of various Iams dry dog foods, including Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult, Premium Protection Chicken Adult, ProActive Health Large Breed, ProActive Health Small Breed, ProActive Health Large Chunks (for complete list, including lot codes and dates, see recall announcement).

March 2013

Cause: Potential mold growth. Announcement: Company press release dated March 22, 2013 (updated four days later). What was recalled: Iams Shakeables Dog Treats, 6 oz. sizes in the following lot codes only:

  • Turkey — first four digits of the lot number are: 2342, 2325, 2331, 2332, 2341, 3016, 3017, 3018 or 3046
  • Lamb — first four digits of the lot number are: 2338

December 2011

Cause: Aflatoxin. Announcement: FDA report dated Dec. 6, 2011What was recalled: Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food with “Best by” dates of February 5 or February 6, 2013, in the following sizes and lot codes:

  • 7 lb. bag, Lot Code #12784177I6
  • 8 lb. bag, Lot Codes #12794177D2/D3
  • 17.5 lb. bag, Lot Codes #12794177K1/K2

August 2010

Cause: Salmonella potential. Announcement: FDA report dated Aug. 31, 2010What was recalled: Iams Indoor Weight Control with Hairball Care dry cat food, 6.8 lb. bags, Lot Codes #02304173 (B1-B6), no “Best by” date provided.


July 2010

Cause: Salmonella potential. Announcement: FDA report dated July 25, 2010What was recalled: Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs, Lot Codes #01384174B4/B2.

June 2010

Cause: Low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). Announcement: FDA report dated June 9, 2010What was recalled: Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food – all varieties of 3 oz. and 5.5 oz. cans with dates falling between August 2011 and June 2012.

March 2007

Cause: Melamine. Announcement: FDA websiteWhat was recalled: CAT FOOD: Iams Flakes With Salmon in Sauce, Iams Flakes With Tuna & Ocean White Fish in Sauce, Iams Kitten Slices With Turkey in Gravy, Iams Select Bites (various), Iams Slices (various); DOG FOOD: Iams Chunks (various), Iams Select Bites (various), Iams Small bites (various).

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