Senators Urge FDA To Investigate Allegations That Purina’s Beneful Dry Kibble Includes Toxins

Senators Urge FDA To Investigate Allegations That Purina’s Beneful Dry Kibble Includes Toxins

Several weeks after a lawsuit filed in California claimed that thousands of dogs became ill or died after eating Purina’s Beneful kibble, two senators are urging the Food & Drug Administration to open an investigation into the allegations. [More]

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J.M. Smucker Buys Big Heart Pet Brands For $5.8B, Unclear If Treats Will Now Be Jelly-Filled

While the word “Smucker’s” surely conjures up visions of jellies and jams pairing up with peanut butter, the company behind Smucker’s, Jif and Folger’s coffee is making a foray into the pet food business, buying Big Heart Brands in a $5.8 billion acquisition. Milk-Bone filled with strawberry jam, anyone? [More]

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Petco Says It’s Pulled All China-Made Jerky Treats As Fear Of Pet Sickness Looms

It’s been seven months since Petco and PetSmart announced they’d both be removing cat and dog treats made in China over pet sickness fears, and this week the former says it’s ready to pull all the products from its stores and online. [More]

These Bravo products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Several Varieties Of Bravo Raw Dog And Cat Food Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Pets are often regarded with a special level of love and devotion from their owners. When it comes to feeding those furry family members, only the best is acceptable. And the best certainly doesn’t include salmonella. That’s why dog and cat food manufacturer Bravo issued a recall of several varieties of pet food. [More]

PetSmart & Petco Will Just Say No To Made-In-China Cat And Dog Treats

PetSmart & Petco Will Just Say No To Made-In-China Cat And Dog Treats

In the past two days, Petco and PetSmart, two of the country’s biggest names in pet supplies, have said they will stop selling pet treats made in China over concerns about the safety of those products. [More]

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Purina Lawsuit Claims Blue Buffalo Is Misleading Customers About Its Natural Ingredients

There could be a rather large cat fight on the horizon. Nestle Purina PetCare is suing rival Blue Buffalo alleging the company is lying about the natural ingredients in its pet food. [More]

Some of the recalled pet foods. See chart below for full list.

Some Hubbard Life, Joy, QC+ Dog & Cat Foods Recalled Because Salmonella Is Not Vet-Recommended

Ohio-based Pro-Pet LLC has issued a limited recall of varieties of three of its dry dog and cat food brands — Hubbard Life, Joy, and QC+ — over concerns about possible salmonella contamination. [More]

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FDA Proposes New Rules To Make Pet Food More Acceptable

Great news for animals who like non-poisonous food! Fresh on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s plea for help in solving the mystery of why pet treats imported from China have allegedly killed more than 600 dogs and a few cats, today the agency proposed new rules to protect animal food from contamination from microbes, toxic chemicals, and other scary contaminants. [More]

Stupid Shipping Gang Seals Dog Food Bag With Stickers, Hopes You Won’t Notice

Stupid Shipping Gang Seals Dog Food Bag With Stickers, Hopes You Won’t Notice


Unlike most efforts of the Stupid Shipping Gang, Cheryl’s bag of dog food that came from Amazon wasn’t comically over- or under-packaged. It was comically over-stickered. At some point, the top of the bag split, and someone sealed it off with “TEAM LIFT” stickers, thinking…the customer wouldn’t notice? Yeah, we don’t know. [More]

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Nonprofit Turns Food Stamps Into Fido’s Dinner Because Pets Also Need To Eat

What does someone do when they can’t feed themselves, much less a beloved pet? There are food stamp programs for the human population, but seeing a need for owners who can’t afford to buy pet food, one nonprofit is trying to keep those dogs and cats in kibble and canned food. [More]

Make Your Own Automatic Pet Feeder With A Litter Bucket And A Pie Tin

Make Your Own Automatic Pet Feeder With A Litter Bucket And A Pie Tin

Do you have pets who won’t eat an entire bag of kibble in one sitting? If so, your household might be a good candidate for an automatic pet feeder. What you might not realize is that you can make your own auto-feeder out of ordinary products that you probably have sitting around the house. [More]

Natura Pet Recalls Four Brands Of Cat And Dog Foods For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Natura Pet Recalls Four Brands Of Cat And Dog Foods For Possible Salmonella Contamination

It seems like only a week ago that we last shared with you the news of a pet food recall––because it was. This week, a kibble sample from Natura Pet turned up with salmonella bacteria, and the company has recalled a wide variety of cat and dog kibbles sold under the California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, and Innova brand names. [More]

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Batches of raw pet food have tested positive for Salmonella, and have been recalled by the manufacturers. Minnesota Department of Agriculture tests found bacteria in 2-pound tubes of Bravo Chicken for both dogs and cats and Turducken dog food from Steve’s Real Food. The recalls affect one lot for each respective brand – check out the recall announcements for lot numbers, expiration dates, and contact information for the companies. [via Dog Food Advisor]

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Newman’s Own Takes Accusations Of Cat Food Recall Really, Really Seriously

Like most Consumerist readers, Richard was out looking for cat food of only the finest quality. The local high-end pet store didn’t carry the Newman’s Own product that he was looking for, and he was surprised to hear why. The employee told him that it had been recalled and the store wouldn’t stock it. This surprised Richard: he hadn’t heard about any recalls, so he sent a quick e-mail using the company web site’s form. Most of us would assume at this point that we’d hear back from a customer service drone, maybe. Not a staff veterinarian. [More]

FDA Trying To Protect Us From Salmonella By Testing Pet Food

Salmonella is a nasty little pathogen that can get into your home in any number of ways. That’s why the Food and Drug Administration has begun testing pet food, treats and supplements for Salmonella in an effort to keep the bacteria at bay. [More]

Buy Cat Food By The Case At Walmart, Pay More

Buy Cat Food By The Case At Walmart, Pay More

Comparing prices between different brands of canned cat food, Gabe made a discovery at Walmart: it’s cheaper to buy individual cans of Friskies cat food than to buy a case of 24 cans. Buying in bulk is supposed to be cheaper for the consumer, but maybe Walmart has imposed a convenience charge for encasing all of those cat food cans in cardboard. [More]

Wellness Recalls Canned Cat Food For Low Thiamine Levels

Wellness Recalls Canned Cat Food For Low Thiamine Levels

Wellness is a higher-end brand of dog and cat food that’s now even carried at Petsmart. After discovering that some flavors didn’t contain enough thiamine (Vitamin B1), an absolutely essential nutrient for cats, the company announced a voluntary recall of all canned cat food manufactured between certain dates. [More]

IAMS Sends Coupons, Free Food When Your Mom Can't Afford Cat Food

IAMS Sends Coupons, Free Food When Your Mom Can't Afford Cat Food

Suzanne writes that when her mother was short on money but needed high-quality food for her sick cats, Iams was a reasonable choice but still outside her budget. So she called the company’s customer service, explained her situation, and was rewarded. She not only received coupons, but she cultivated a friendly relationship with the customer service reps. [More]