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 dogfoodadvisor.com.
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Has Nature’s Recipe Pet Food Ever Been Recalled?
Yes, Nature’s Recipe has been recalled at least 2 times since 1981, according to extensive research by Petful.
Most recently, in October 2012, some of the brand’s dog treats were voluntarily recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. “No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported,” the company said, stressing that the limited recall was a result of “its commitment to safety and quality.”
The only other Nature’s Recipe recall that we could find was back in July 1995 — but it was a big one. The company began receiving dozens of complaints of dogs refusing to eat, and so an immediate investigation was launched. Following testing of pet food samples, mycotoxin was discovered in amounts 2–3 times the maximum limit allowed by federal law.
Mycotoxin can cause loss of appetite and vomiting, so just weeks after receiving those initial consumer complaints, Nature’s Recipe found itself voluntarily recalling a whopping 7,500 tons of its dog and cat foods.
A specific date range of the entire Nature’s Recipe line of 14 pet foods was pulled around the world, and the products remained off some store shelves for as long as 2 months. The packages of tainted pet food were either incinerated or buried deep in the ground in a landfill.
Described by industry analysts at the time as the largest pet food recall of its kind, the 1995 Nature’s Recipe recall was extremely costly for the company — totaling some $10 million–$15 million in expenses, not to mention significant loss of goodwill of the natural pet food’s customers.ADVERTISEMENT
“There are people who will never buy our pet food again,” Bennett told a reporter for The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California.
Media reports described mycotoxin as a naturally occurring chemical “produced by a fungus in grains such as corn and wheat when cool and wet weather conditions are present.” There were no reports of pet deaths at the time of the recall, but a newspaper article a year later mentioned that “a few owners said their dogs died after eating the food.”
The 1995 and 2012 recalls were the only 2 recalls of Nature’s Recipe Pet Food, according to Petful’s research of various databases and news archives going back 40 years.
Full details of every Nature’s Recipe Pet Food recall appear below.
Cause: Potential for salmonella. Announcement: Company news release dated Oct. 13, 2012. What was recalled: The following 19-ounce pouches of Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits With Real Chicken:
Cause: Mycotoxin contamination. Announcement: Company news release dated July 27, 1995. What was recalled: The entire Nature’s Recipe pet food line produced and shipped May 17–July 20, 1995, including the following dog and cat foods:
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Our Rating of Nature’s Recipe Dog Food
The Dog Food Advisor finds Nature’s Recipe to be an above-average dry kibble. The Original grain-inclusive recipe includes a moderate amount of lamb or poultry meal as its main source of animal protein… thus earning the brand 3.5 stars. The Grain-Free recipe gets 4.5 stars.
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