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Merrick Pet Food

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Garth Merrick created Merrick Pet Care in 1988 in Texas. The first product was a dog treat named Flossie. Merrick continued working on the recipes and was dedicated to using high-quality ingredients without fillers or preservatives.


As the company grew, so did his kitchen. Merrick now has more than 125 recipes. The company manufactures wet and dry cat food, wet and dry dog food, and dog treats. In summer 2015, Merrick was acquired by Nestlé Purina PetCare.

Merrick Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Real Chicken Recipe, Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Real Salmon Recipe, Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Beef Pâté, Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Beef Wellington, Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Grain Free Recipe
Cost: $$$
Where to buy: Latest deals on Merrick
Company: Merrick Pet Care
Headquarters: 101 SE 11th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79101
Contact info: 1-800-664-7387, website

Has Merrick Ever Been Recalled?

Yes. In May 2018, some Merrick beef-based dog treats were recalled because of potentially elevated beef thyroid hormone.

Several years earlier, the FDA conducted routine testing and found salmonella in some Merrick pet treats, triggering other recalls.

More recently, in late June 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified Merrick as one of 16 pet food brands that may be linked to heart disease in dogs and cats. None of those 16 brands have been recalled as part of the agency’s ongoing investigation, though. Most, but not all, of the pet foods are “grain-free” and/or dry (kibble) dog food formulations.

The FDA says this is a “complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors,” and that it cannot even be certain that diet is a cause of the heart problems.

The full list of Merrick pet food recalls appears below.


List of Merrick Recalls

May 2018

Causes: Potential for elevated beef thyroid hormone. Announcement: Company news release dated May 23, 2018 (archived here). What was recalled: The following beef dog treats, but only the ones with “best before” dates falling between May 1, 2017 and Sept. 1, 2019 :

  • Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Prime Patties Real Beef Recipe, 4 oz.
  • Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Sausage Cuts Real Beef Recipe, 5 oz.
  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky, 4.5 oz.
  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Sausage Cuts, 5 oz.
  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Steak Patties, 4 oz.

August 2011

Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: FDA report dated Aug. 8, 2011. Recalled: Merrick Doggie Wishbone pet treats, Lot #11031, Best by Jan. 30, 2013.

January 2011

Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: FDA report dated Jan. 28, 2011Recalled: Merrick Jr. Texas Taffy pet treats with all lot numbers up to and including 10364. No “Best by” date given.

July/August 2010

Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: FDA reports dated July 2, Aug. 3 and Aug. 16, 2010. Recalled:

  • Merrick Beef Filet Squares, 10 oz., Lot #10084TL7, Best by March 24, 2012
  • Merrick Texas Hold’ems pet treats, 10 oz., Lot #10127, Best by May 6, 2012

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