Any update on the food recall?


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Our question this week was:

I have three cats and feed them both dry and wet food. I have not heard anymore about cat food recall. I check the web sites but there is only old information. Is there still food I should be watching out for or is the problem taken care of?

Melissa Myrtle


Hi – thanks for your email Melissa. You asked about the food recall and if there have been any updates. You are right – there has been very little in the press about the recalls since last summer (2007).

I did look at the updated list on the FDA site which I think is the most complete. They update it as needed – it was last updated with new foods about 3 weeks ago. I don't think it hurts to look at it periodically to make sure anything you are feeding is not on the list. There have not been any BIG issues for a while. If there are – I'll let you know. Make sure you sign up for my newsletter as I send out any alerts as needed.

For information or an updated list, call 1-866-895-2708 or go to

An article that might be interesting is the history of the recall - Pet Food Recall - Food Causing Death: Update from Dr. Debra.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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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.