Natures Recipe Dog Food Recall 2019

The following recall announcement was updated on FDA’s site on December 6 and confirmed by Pet Age with all mentioned brands:

The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about recalls of several dry dog foods after receiving complaints that dogs eating the food experienced vitamin D toxicity. Testing found that samples of the affected foods contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D. Very high levels of vitamin D can cause serious health problems in dogs, such as kidney failure or death. Veterinarians should be aware that vitamin D toxicity may present as hypercalcemia, similar to dogs that have consumed a rodent killer.

At this time, the only pet products that are affected by this recall are foods made for dogs. Pet owners should discontinue feeding these recalled products.

The FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect vitamin D toxicity in their patients to report them through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners can also report suspect cases to the FDA.

This is a developing situation and this list may not be complete. The FDA will update this list as more information becomes available.

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  • Which Sub-Brand Is Right for You?

    Here are Nature’s Recipe’s most popular sub-brands. In the section below, we’ll share what makes each one different. So, you can choose the one that’s best for your dog.


    This Nature’s Recipe sub-brand is best for those who prefer a dry kibble that’s grain free.

  • Most popular sub-brand
  • Contains no corn, wheat or rice
  • 6 recipes (ratings vary)
  • Rating:

    Nature’s Recipe Original is for those seeking a dry dog food that’s made with grain.

  • Grain-inclusive design
  • Fully balanced formula
  • 7 recipes (ratings vary)
  • Rating:

    This option is ideal for those needing a wet food made with grain.

  • Contains rice, barley or other grains
  • Stews or finely chopped pates
  • 5 recipes (ratings vary)
  • Rating:

    Best for those who prefer a pre-measured, wet dog food that contains no cereal grains.

  • No corn, wheat, rice or barley
  • Nutrient rich, balanced formula
  • 3 recipes (ratings vary)
  • Who Makes Nature’s Recipe Dog Food?

    Nature’s Recipe is owned by Big Heart Pet Brands… a division of The J. M. Smucker Company of Orville, Ohio.

    All dry foods are made in the United States. Wet recipes are made in Thailand.


    Is there any recalls on Nature’s Recipe dog food?

    There is currently no Nature’s Recipe dog food recall or Big Heart Pet Brands recall. However, pet owners might take note that Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken was subject to a voluntary recall in 2012 related to potential salmonella contamination, according to

    What happened to Nature’s Recipe dog food?

    Following a 2002 merger, Nature’s Recipe became part of the Del Monte Foods portfolio of pet food brands, which included many other well-known names like 9Lives, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Pup-Peroni and Snausages.

    What dog food is on recall right now 2022?

    July 6, 2022 — Primal Pet Foods is recalling a single lot of Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

    Who owns Natures Recipe dog food?

    Nature’s Recipe was firsts launched around 35 years ago by Big Heart Pet Brands, a large U.S.-based pet products manufacturer and distributor. Big Heart is now owned by the J. M. Smucker Company, one of the biggest manufacturing companies around.