Primal Recall History and Pet Food Brand Info

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Important Primal recall information appears below.

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Brand Name: Primal
Product Lines:
Primal Canine Beef Formula, Primal Canine Chicken Formula, Primal Canine Duck Formula, Primal Canine Lamb Formula, Primal Canine Pronto Lamb Formula, Canine Turkey Mix, Feline Beef & Salmon Formula, Feline Pronto Turkey Formula, Feline Beef Mix, Feline Chicken Mix, Feline Sardine Mix, Feline Raw Chicken Necks, and various treats
Primal Pet Foods Inc.
2045 McKinnon Avenue; San Francisco CA, 94124
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Primal Company Overview

Primal Pet Foods, a company that claims to offer nutrition for pets that is closely aligned with their natural dietary needs, was founded in the early 2000s by Matt Koss. Koss was motivated by his personal experience with his dog, Luna, who showed signs of renal failure and improved dramatically after switching to a raw food diet. This diet, often referred to as BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) or bones and raw food diet, is said to mimic the natural eating habits of wild animals.

The company asserts that its mission is to enhance the health of pets through what it describes as species-appropriate nutrition. Primal Pet Foods positions itself as a provider of superior nutrition options for pet owners who are concerned about the quality and source of their pets’ food. According to the company, every product in their lineup is made from high-quality ingredients, including antibiotic- and steroid-free USDA proteins, certified organic produce, and unrefined vitamins and minerals, aiming to keep pets’ diets as natural as possible.

Matt Koss’s journey from a pet owner seeking a solution for his dog’s health issues to the founder of Primal Pet Foods underscores the company’s narrative of personal commitment and belief in the benefits of a raw, natural diet for pets. Primal Pet Foods represents itself as not just a business, but a mission-driven entity focused on the well-being of pets through dietary means that are claimed to be aligned with their primal dietary requirements.

Has There Been a Primal Recall?

Yes. Our records indicate there have been 4 Primal recalls.

Most recently, in July 2022, Primal Pet Foods recalled a single lot of Primal Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula. This recall was the result of a positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria after routine sampling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Primal disputed the FDA’s test results, saying the company “confirmed that all testing results on this single lot of recalled product were negative for Listeria monocytogenes — both raw materials and finished product — before it left its production facility.”

Fewer than 400 packages were sold to customers in Maryland, Georgia, Texas, and British Columbia in late April 2022. No other lot codes or Primal products were involved. Full July 2022 Primal Recall Article here.

Several years earlier, in late December 2017, Primal Pet Foods announced that a number of freeze-dried formulas of dog and cat foods were being recalled because the bone grind size “deviated from the ideal.”

A couple of years before that, in March 2015, the company voluntarily recalled limited numbers of its Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula for suspected low thiamine levels.

The only other Primal recall was in May 2011, when a limited supply of the Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula in 4-pound bags was recalled because of suspected salmonella contamination.

Full details about all Primal Pet Foods recalls can be found immediately below:

Primal Recall History

July 2022

Cause: Potential for listeria. Announcement: FDA recall notice dated July 6, 2022 (archived here). What was recalled: 6 lb. bags of Primal Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula, lot #W10068709, best by May 22, 2023.

December 2017

Cause: Bone grind size too large. Announcement: Company announcement on social media, Dec. 22, 2017. What was recalled: Only these specific products:


  • Canine Chicken Freeze Dried Formula, 14 oz., Batch #s 2D1101817, 3D3100317, 1D4100317, 2D2100317, 1D5102717, 1D6101717 and 2D6100317
  • Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula, 14 oz., Batch #s 1D4100117, 1D5100817, 2D7100117, 2D1092517, 2D7100817, 1D8100217, 2D5100117, 3D5100117, 3D6100817, 1D10101817 and 3D10101817
  • Canine Duck Freeze Dried Formula, 5.5 oz., Batch #1D5100117
  • Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula, 5.5 oz., Batch #1D892617
  • Canine Turkey Freeze Dried Formula, 14 oz., Batch #s 3D1092517, 1D392517, 1D592517, 4D692517, 2D892617, 1D8100217 and D10100217


  • Feline Chicken-Salmon Freeze Dried Formula, 14 oz., Batch #s 2D2100217, 1D1100217, 2D9100217 and 1D4100217
  • Feline Chicken-Salmon Freeze Dried Formula, 5.5 oz., Batch #1D3100217
  • Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula, 14 oz., Batch #s 2D10100317, 2D8100317, 1D7100217, 3D5100317, 1D5101617, 1D6100317 and1D10101717
  • Feline Turkey Freeze Dried Formula, 5.5 oz., Batch #s 1D5100317 and 1D10101717

March 2015

Cause: Low thiamine levels. Announcement: FDA report dated March 13, 2015What was recalled: A single lot of Primal Pet Foods Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula, 3 lb. bags, “Best by” date of “060815 B22.”

May 2011

Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: FDA report dated May 28, 2011What was recalled: Primal Pet Foods Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula,  4 lb. chicken & salmon nuggets, “Best by” date code of 043112-17.

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