Latest pet food and pet product recalls, spring 2016

Small Batch Dog FoodBelow are the latest pet food and pet product recalls as of March 31, 2016. Pet food recalls are reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and pet product recalls are reported by the U.S. Consumer Protection Commission.

Recalls are arranged in order with the earliest recall of the period listed first. Paws Corner collects recall data quarterly or more frequently when urgent alerts are made public.

Big Dog Natural

Big Dog Natural Chicken & Fish Supreme dog foods were recalled Jan. 4.

Big Dog Natural – Chicken Supreme & Fish Supreme Dog Food
— Products shipped between Oct. 31, 2015 and Nov. 13, 2015
: Possible Salmonella & Listeria contamination
Manufacturer: Big Dog Natural
Note: Big Dog Natural of Brick, N.J., is voluntary recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme and Fish Supreme potentially contaminated with Salmonella and Fish Supreme potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes that was shipped in the week of 10/31/2015 to 11/13/2015 to online customers.

Consumers should discontinue feeding the affected product and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns. Consumers who purchased the product can obtain a full refund or exchange by returning the product in its original packaging.

Consumers with questions should contact Big Dog Natural at its website or by calling 1-732-785-2600 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST.


Vital Essentials frozen chicken patties. Source:

Vital Essentials frozen chicken patties were recalled Jan. 15. Source:

Vital Essentials – Frozen Chicken Patties Entree for Dogs
— Net wt. 6 lbs – UPC 33211 00807, Lot # 11475, Best by date 20161108 (11/08/16)
Problem: Possible Salmonella contamination
Manufacturer: Carnivore Meat Company, LLC
Note: Consumers who purchased the 6-lb. Product with the above lot number and Best By date (found on the back of the package can call (920) 370-6542 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST to get assistance in obtaining a replacement or full refund from the local retailer where you originally bought the product. If the product has been opened, dispose of the raw food in a covered trash receptacle that your dog cannot break into.

Abbott’s Compounding Pharmacy – All Sterile Compounded Products
Problem: Lack of sterility assurance
Manufacturer: Abbott’s Compounding Pharmacy
Note: All unexpired sterile compounded products that include injectable medications, sterile solutions, eye drops, and eye ointments distributed between Jan. 1, 2015 and Jan. 14, 2016 are being recalled as a caution measure following a series of inspections by the FDA.

These products include compounded products prepared for both animals and humans. They were distributed to patients, physicians’ offices and veterinary clinics throughout California during the above period. No adverse effects have been reported.

Check the label of the compounded product, which should be marked “Abbott’s Compounding Pharmacy” and include an expiration date. If unsure, contact the pharmacy at (510) 548-8777 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST for assistance. Customers who have recalled products should stop using the product, and if they or their pets have experienced any adverse reactions, should contact their physicians or veterinarian.

Top Fin power filter

Recalled Top Fin aquarium power filter. Source: CPC

Top Fin Power Filters for Aquariums – Models 10, 20, 30, 40 and 75
Problem: Shock hazard
Manufacturer: United Pet Group
Note: A conductor on the pump motor can become exposed and electrify the aquarium water, causing a shock hazard for consumers. In addition to Models 10, 20, 30, 40 and 75, the filters were also sold as part of Top Fin 5.5 and 10 gallon LED aquarium kits.

Top Fin filters were sold exclusively at PetSmart between September 2015 and December 2015.

Consumers should immediately stop using the filters, unplug them, and contact United Pet Group for a replacement. Call the company at (800) 338-4896 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go online at and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

MFA – Rabbit Feed, 16% to 17%, both bagged and bulk pellets
— Bulk feed lot numbers: 213207, 213898, 214890, 217243, 218665 and 218666
— Bagged feed lot numbers: 214865, 216032, and 217178
— Additional bagged feed lot numbers: 213802 of bagged MFA 16% rabbit pellets, and MFA 17% rabbit pellets lots 213877, 216427 and 217549
Problem: High salt content
Manufacturer: MFA Incorporated
Note: Lot numbers can be found on the feed tag which is attached to the bags. If you purchased a bag of MFA rabbit feed with any of the above lot numbers, you can return it to the store where it was purchased for credit or replacement. Products were distributed in southwest Missouri.

Additionally, customers who had bulk quantities of MFA rabbit feed delivered between Jan. 15, 2016 and March 1, 2016 will be contacted by MFA store personnel, or can contact the store where they purchased the bulk feed for return or replacement.

Adverse effects have been reported in rabbits that ate the feed. If you have fed rabbits feed from bagged or bulk MFA products containing the above lot numbers, stop doing so immediately and make sure the rabbits have access to plenty of fresh water in order to flush excess salt from their systems.

Reliable Drug / Reliable Compounding Pharmacy – All compounded products
Problem: Lack of quality assurance, possible mislabeling
Manufacturer: Reliable Drug Pharmacy
Note: This voluntary recall impacts all compounded products distributed between 3/24/2015 and 03/25/2016, after a series of onsite inspections by the FDA.

These compounded products were distributed to patients and veterinary clinics throughout California during the above period. A few products were shipped to Hawaii, New Mexico, and Michigan.

Customers that have the recalled product should stop using it and contact Reliable Drug Pharmacy by phone at (415) 664-8800, Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., to arrange to return the unused product.

Small Batch Dog Food

Smallbatch Pets’ Frozen Dried Duck Sliders – exp. date 1/27/17 was recalled March 26.

Smallbatch Pets – Frozen Dog Duckbatch Sliders – Frozen 3 lb. bags
— Lot # CO27 – Best By Date: 1/27/17 – UPC: 713757339001
Problem: Potential Salmonella and Listeria contamination
Note: The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. These products were distributed in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington between Feb. 23, 2016 and March 10, 2016. Consumers who have purchased the above lots of dog duck sliders are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately.

Click here for a letter from Smallbatch Pets’ owners regarding the recall.

For all consumer questions, please call (888) 507-2712, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST or email