Kibbles ’n Bits Dog Food

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Kibbles ’n Bits says it’s all about joy for your pup in every bite. (Many of us will recall the catchy commercials.) The dog food brand was previously owned by Big Heart Pet Brands (which itself was formerly known as Del Monte. In early 2015, Big Heart Pet Brands was acquired by J.M. Smucker. As of this writing, though, the contact information remained the same for Kibbles ’n Bits.

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Kibbles ’n Bits Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Kibbles ’n Bits American Grill Grilled USA Beef Steak Flavor, Kibbles ’n Bits Original Savory Beef & Chicken Flavor, Kibbles ’n Bits Bistro Meals Grilled Chicken Flavor with Spring Vegetable & Baked Apple Flavors, Kibbles ’n Bits Home Style Grilled Beef Steak & Vegetable Flavor
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Company: Big Heart Pet Inc. (a subsidiary of J.M. Smucker Company)
Headquarters: One Maritime Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111
Contact info: 415-247-3000, website

Has Kibbles ’n Bits Ever Been Recalled?

Yes. In February 2018, The J.M. Smucker Company announced a recall of various flavors of Kibbles ’n Bits, Gravy Train, Ol’ Roy and Skippy canned dog foods. The company’s move came on the heels of independent testing in February 2018 by a TV news investigative team that had reportedly turned up traces of pentobarbital — often used as a euthanasia drug — in samples of Gravy Train. Pentobarbital can be deadly when consumed by dogs or cats. Full details of the 2018 recall appear below.

In this video, Petful publisher Dave Baker discusses the news:

List of Kibbles ’n Bits Recalls

February 2018

Cause: Potential for low levels of pentobarbital. Announcement: Kibbles ’n Bits website announcement (archived here); company email to Petful dated Feb. 15, 2018 (archived here); and FDA announcement dated Feb. 16, 2018, and updated dated March 2, 2018 (archived here). What was recalled: The following Kibbles ’n Bits canned dog foods manufactured from 2016 to Feb. 15, 2018:

  • 12-can Variety Pack — Chef’s Choice American Grill Burger Dinner With Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts With Real Turkey Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy, 12 pack of 13.2 oz. cans, UPC# 7910010377 and 7910010378
  • 12-Can Variety Pack — Chef’s Choice Bistro Hearty Cuts With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Homestyle Meatballs & Pasta Dinner With Real Beef in Tomato Sauce, 12 pack of 13.2 oz. cans, UPC# 7910010382, 7910048367 and 7910010378
  • 12-Can Variety Pack — Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef’s Choice American Grill Burger Dinner With Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts With Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy, 12 pack of 13.2 oz. cans, UPC# 7910010380, 7910010377 and 7910010375
  • Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts With Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 7910010375
  • Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts With Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 7910010378
  • Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 7910010380

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