How I can tell if the food I give my cat came from Canada or the United States


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Our question this week was:

Thank you very much for the update on the pet food crisis. It was very much appreciated and very helpful. I have one more question. I live in Canada and would like to know how I can tell if the food I give my cat came from Canada or the United States. Once again thank you for your help.

Annette Taylor


Hi Annette – thanks for your email. I'm glad you have found our recall updates helpful. I have found it confusing for my clients to figure out what is going on.

As far as your question, my understanding is that the can says where it was produced. I put a few calls and emails out and no one responded to this question.

I'd recommend focusing on the codes that indicate if the product has been recalled.

I hope this helps. By the way, the an updated list of recalled pet foods, call 1-866-895-2708 or go to

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.