Purina Recall History and Pet Food Brand Info

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Important Purina recall information appears below.

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Brand Name: Purina
Related Brands:
ALPO, Beggin’, Beneful, Beyond, Busy Bone, DentaLife, EverRoot, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Kit & Kaboodle, Moist & Meaty, Prime Bones, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, and Tidy Cats.
Product Lines:
Purina ONE True Instinct, Purina ONE Puppy Formula, Purina ONE Sensitive Systems, Purina ProPlan, Purina Dog Chow Little Bites, Purina Dog Chow Healthy Morsels, Purina Cat Chow, Purina ONE Hairball Formula and Purina ONE Indoor Advantage
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
1 Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO 63164
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Purina Company Overview

In 1893, Ralston Purina started the journey that would lead him through various aspects of sales — from farm animal feed to batteries to cereal. Purina named his company with a label he hoped would come to represent the purity of the food he manufactured for animals of all shapes and sizes.

In 2001, Purina merged with a Nestlé subsidiary, and the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company was founded. Nestlé has continued the fight for purity by advertising its intent to stop false advertising in relation to pet food and what it contains.

Has There Ever Been a Purina Recall?

Yes. In February 2023, select lots of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental dry dog food were recalled due to elevated levels of Vitamin D. This can lead to health issues in dogs if ingested in excessive amounts. The recall was expanded in March 2023 to cover 2 additional production codes. Full details of the recall appear below, but first we list a few more Purina recalls from over the years…

In December 2022, some cans of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Low Fat (PPVD EN Low Fat) prescription wet dog food were sold to consumers but were actually a different Purina dog food that had been mislabeled. The company says the mislabeled food was safe to eat but recommended throwing them away.

In July 2021, certain 3 oz. cans of Purina Pro Plan Complete Essentials Tuna Entrée in Sauce Wet Cat Food were recalled because they may contain pieces of plastic.

In late March 2019, the company issued a limited recall of one of its Muse cat food varieties.

Also, in March 2016, a few varieties of Pro Plan wet dog food sold in tubs were recalled because of inadequate vitamin/mineral levels. Also, in summer 2013, Purina voluntarily recalled a batch of Purina ONE dog food for suspected salmonella contamination.

A year earlier, a single lot of Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management Feline Formula was recalled because of levels of thiamine that were deemed to be too low.

Also, twice in 2011, certain Purina dry cat foods were recalled for suspected salmonella contamination.

For full details about all of these recalls, please see the list below.

Pre-2004 Recalls: Purina pet foods have been around a very long time, so there certainly have been earlier recalls, which are not listed below. For example, our research turned up a 1978 recall of Purina Cat Chow because of possible contamination with PCBs — a nasty cancer-causing chemical. We also found a 1983 recall of 150 cans of cat food that Ralston Purina Co. had mistakenly labeled “Chicken of the Sea,” which consumers (and probably grocery store employees) naturally mistook for cans of tuna for people. Although those historic recalls are fascinating, this website tracks only the recall events that have taken place since about 2005.

Other Brand Lines: Purina is just one of the many pet food lines produced by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. Others include Mighty DogAlpoFriskiesBeneful and Deli-Cat.

Purina Recall History

February/March 2023
Cause: Potentially elevated Vitamin D. Announcement: FDA recall notices dated Feb. 8, 2023 (archived here) and March 10, 2023 (archived here). What was recalled: Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental dog food in 8 lb. (UPC #38100 19190) and 20 lb. (UPC #38100 19192) bags in which the first 8 characters in the Production Code is one of the following:

  • 2213 1082
  • 2214 1082
  • 2249 1082
  • 2250 1082
  • 2276 1082
  • 2277 1082
  • 2290 1082
  • 2360 1082
  • 2361 1082

Link to the full February / March 2023 Purina Recall Article here

December 2022
Cause: Mislabeling. Announcement: FDA recall notice dated Dec. 2, 2022 (archived here). What was recalled: 13.4 oz. cans of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Low Fat (PPVD EN Low Fat) prescription wet dog food, UPC #38100 17599 — only cans stamped with “22581159 L4TR6” and best by date of SEPT2024.

Link to the Full December 2022 Purina Recall Article here

July 2021
Cause: Could potentially contain plastic pieces. Announcement: Company statement dated July 14, 2021 (archived here). What was recalled: Purina Pro Plan Complete Essentials Tuna Entrée In Sauce Wet Cat Food, UPC #38100-11197 — only 3 oz. cans with Lot Production Code #11621160 and best by date of June 2023

March 2016
Cause: Inadequate vitamins and minerals. Announcement: Company news release dated March 10, 2016What was recalled: The following with both a “Best Before” date range of June 2017 to August 2017 and production code range starting with the first 4 digits of 5363 to 6054:

  • Pro Plan Savory Meals, 10 oz. tubs (limited to 5 varieties: Braised Chicken Entrée, Braised Pork Entrée, Braised Turkey Entrée, Grilled Salmon Entrée, Braised Beef & Rice Entrée)
  • Beneful was also part of this recall; we list the Beneful brand line separately.

August 2013
Cause: Possible salmonella risk. Announcement: FDA report dated Aug. 30, 2013. What was recalled: Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food, 3.5 lb. bags with BOTH a “Best by” date of October 2014 and Production Code #31071083.

May 2012
Cause: Possible low thiamine. Announcement: FDA report dated May 11, 2012. What was recalled: Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management canned cat food, 5.5 oz., with “Best by” date of June 2013 and Production Code #11721159.

July 2011
Cause: Possible salmonella risk. Announcement: Press release dated July 29, 2011 (archived on FDA site). What was recalled: Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ dry cat food, 3.5 lb. and 7 lb. bags, with a “Best by” date of May 2012 and Production Code #03341084 or #03351084.

June 2011
Cause: Possible salmonella risk. Announcement: Company press release dated June 27, 2011. What was recalled: Purina Cat Chow Naturals, 6.3 lb., Production Code #10331083 13, with “Best by” date of August 2012.

See also: Mighty DogAlpoFriskiesBeneful and Deli-Cat

Purina Company Complaints

January 2024
Purina Online Rumors
Purina dog food recall rumors spreading online over possible issues with Purina pet food spark questions about a Purina recall. The company denies any issues in recent statement, and rejects the validity of these online rumors.

Claims of Purina pet food making pets severely sick have proliferated across Facebook and TikTok, with ongoing reports of sickness being shared.

Purina has asserted that at this time, there is no evidence to support the claim that Purina pet food is the cause of these illnesses.

There is currently no FDA-issued recall for the Purina pet food in question, their last recall was in 2023 for their Purina PPVD EL.

By using words like “claim” or “rumors”, we are in no way trying to diminish the loss of any pet owners who have suffered from their experience with Purina products, nor are we trying to imply any disbelief.

Purina Responds to Negative Pet Food Claims
Purina has found themselves in some hot water as of late over online rumors spawning from

Facebook and TikTok that claim their pet food has caused a large amount of pets to develop health issues, leading many concerned pet owners to wonder about a Purina dog food recall. The latest news from Purina themselves has been a statement issued on Monday, January 15th, in which they deny any issues with Purina products. In it, they wrote that “this rumor is false, and we are saddened to see the confusion and fear that it has caused for pet owners. There are no health or safety issues with our products, and they can continue to be fed with confidence.”

What Claims Have Been Reported? 
Though the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company remains firm in their declaration, this is an ongoing situation and there are still many accusations of their pet food causing illness in dogs and cats circulating from concerned pet parents. One Facebook user stated in a post made just a few days ago on January 24th that her pup was suffering from a constant cycle of vomiting and other gastrointestinal issues after eating Purina, and suggested that the pet food she was feeding him may be the culprit. Full January 2024 Purina Recall Rumor Article here.

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