Nature’s Recipe Pet Food

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The Nature’s Recipe brand includes wet and dry dog food and treats, as well as wet and dry cat food. The history of Nature’s Recipe is difficult to substantiate. Jeffrey Bennett founded Earth Elements in 1981 in California and produced Nature’s Recipe pet food.


Bennett sold the company in 1996 to the H.J. Heinz Company; it was once a division of Del Monte and was later acquired by Big Heart Pet Brands. Although Big Heart Pet Brands was recently acquired by the J.M. Smucker Company, the contact information for the brand remains the same for now, as of late 2015.

Nature’s Recipe Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Nature’s Recipe Puppy, Nature’s Recipe Adult, Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin, Nature’s Recipe Breed Specific, Nature’s Recipe Pure Essentials, Nature’s Recipe Grain Free Cat Food, Nature’s Recipe Wet Cat Food
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Company: Big Heart Pet Brands
Headquarters: One Maritime Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111
Contact info: 1-800-252-7022, email, website

Has Nature’s Recipe Pet Food Ever Been Recalled?

Yes. Some dog treats were pulled from shelves in 2012. This is not listed on the FDA’s website, most likely because it was a voluntary recall by the company. “No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported,” the company said at the time, stressing that the limited recall was a result of “its commitment to safety and quality.”

List of Nature’s Recipe Recalls

October 2012

Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: Company news release dated Oct. 13, 2012 (PDF). What was recalled: The following 19-ounce pouches of Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits With Real Chicken:

  • Lot Code 2199TP and “Best By” date of Oct. 11, 2013
  • Lot Code 2200TP and “Best By” date of Oct. 12, 2013

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