Blue Buffalo Spa Select Dry Formula for Cats Recalled

Due to the melamine found in the Wilbur-Ellis rice protein, Blue Buffalo has recalled one production run of their Spa Select Kitten dry food marked “Best Used By Mar. 07 08 B.”

Of the 4,752 bags produced in this one run, we were able to prevent the majority from ever entering retail distribution.

FDA confirms that Blue Buffalo is one of four other companies that received this supply.

Full release after the jump.

(Post bumped. Original timestamp 4:45pm Eastern)


Voluntary Recall of Spa Select Kitten Dry Food

Dear Pet Parents:

The Blue Buffalo Company has undertaken a voluntary recall of one production run of our Spa Select Kitten dry food. The production code on the recalled product is:

“Best Used By Mar. 07 08 B.”

We have taken this action because the rice protein concentrate used for this run was obtained from Wilbur-Ellis, the same company who supplied this ingredient to Natural Balance. Test results received late last evening (4/18) indicated that this rice protein concentrate tested positive for melamine. This is the first and only time our manufacturing partner sourced an ingredient from Wilbur-Ellis, and we had no knowledge that they had imported the ingredients from China.

We have advised the FDA of this finding and will be working closely with them on this issue.

Of the 4,752 bags produced in this one run, we were able to prevent the majority from ever entering retail distribution. We are working closely with our retail partners to remove this product immediately and will be re-stocking the shelves with Spa Select Kitten dry food that was produced without any rice protein sourced from Wilbur-Ellis as soon as possible.

If you currently have a bag of Spa Select Kitten dry food, please check the code date and if it matches the one shown above discontinue use immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If your cat has eaten any of the recalled food, please call your veterinarian immediately to discuss if there are any risks to your pet.

Should you have a specific question call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-919-2833 or email us at We understand your desire for immediate answers and we will be working to get back to you as quickly as we can.

No other Spa Select cat food or dog food, canned or dry, is included in this recall.

As a family owned company whose reason for being is to provide cats and dogs with the highest quality natural foods, we are extremely upset by this recall and can’t begin to apologize enough to our customers. From our perspective, it is unacceptable to produce even one bag of food with the potential to cause a pet to become ill, and we will further tighten our ingredient sourcing and quality assurance procedures as a result of this incident.


Bill Bishop
The Blue Buffalo Company

291 Responses to “Blue Buffalo Spa Select Dry Formula for Cats Recalled”

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  1. Cathy says:

    Apparently not only does the chicken in pet food have aresenic in it but also many of the chicken products we use. I switched over to Tyson chicken products when I learned they don’t use arsenic in their chicken. I use Merrick that has the “organic” chicken (Grammys Pot Pie) for whatever that is worth at this point and Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey. I worked with a guy who told me that both he and his wife got arsenic posioning from eating chicken 2-3 times a week. THey both got a rash and had to be treated and now only eat organic chicken. It appears that a great deal of the chicken we buy in the grocery stores have poision in them and they have known about this for many years. At least Tyson did something about it as have a few others. Europe banned the practice of using arsenic years ago but not this country….. GREED once again reigns supreme.

  2. Barbara says:

    Oh, that sounds just wonderful( NOT). More good news. Just what we need, a little arsenic with our chicken. I hope it’s not in Merrick or Performatrin ULTRA (chicken stew). I just opened one tonight after I heard NB Venison & Green Pea can food for cats may have a problem. I’ve heard two versions. I’m not giving ot to mine anymore, although they seem fine and have been eating it for 2 weeks. I haven’t opened Merricks yet. I also bought Thankgiving Turkey and Pot Pie.
    How did that guy and his wife know that had posioning? How did they feel? I hope thet are alright now.

  3. Toni Kaye says:

    Hi Marjorie,

    Thank you for passing along the information about Blue Buffalos manufacturing facilities and steps they are taking to keep our pets food safe during this mess. I also feed Blue Buffalo dog food and Spa Select cat and I would have loved to share this information with the board but you beat me to it! Happy b-day to your grand-daughter. I have a cousin, Sally Sue in Montana with the same birthday!

    Toni Kaye

  4. Marjorie says:

    You’re welcome, Toni. I spoke with Kevin Wells from Blue Buffalo. We must have talked for over 1/2 hour. I asked pointed questions, and he answered in a forthright manner. I was surprised the company cared enough to have someone get in touch with me on a Sunday, in response to my email to them, and spend so much time answering each question. I was contemplating switching to a home cooked diet, before speaking with Kevin, but after our conversation, I felt a lot better and will continue to feed Blue Buffalo. While home cooked is good for a short term, to get a balanced diet for the long run is really quite a challenge. I have been doing my homework..

    The FDA has to take a more proactive role, IMHO. If China wont allow inspections, and they are supplying food for US companies, the FDA should allow zero foodstuff into the USA from that country. Period, end.

    Happy Birthday to Sally Sue :)

  5. meagan says:

    This is my response to the person who slammed Blue Buffalo:
    Hey! What makes you think Blue Buffalo waited to recall their food? It’s my understanding that they started testing even before they should have been suspicious. They had no reason to suspect that their rice protein was contaminated because they thought it was coming from the U.S. Most of the tainted food never left their plant and they went way overboard by pulling all their kitten food even though they knew the stuff with other expiration dates was safe after testing it all. Did you read the apology on their website? How many other companies agonized over what happened and sincerely apologized? This family really cares and understands how we feel about our pets. Please get your facts straight before firing off next time.

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Meagan, I applaud your enthusiasm. But I hope that cooler heads prevail and I would like to believe that your language sounds more aggressive than you intended. We all would like to see positive criticism rather than words that could escalate arguments.

  6. Eileen says:

    THANK you for the Blue Buffalo info! I was worried about giving the Spa Adult Cat to my two orange tabby’s……after they recalled the kitten food. I feel a little better now, and really appreciate the info.

    The cats don’t like the Newmans - they actually wanted to have the Vet offices stuff - which is the OM by Purina for “chubbies”, which is NOT a full nutrition item, but their “fill in”. Read so much here, and ordered from Honest Kitchen on Saturday, in the hopes that I can find something they will like. They were really nuts about the Purina in cans (not with any gravy), but this is all so crazy that I’m worried about everything!
    To all of those who put up all the info on various foods - God bless you for all the work you’ve done. And this site……I’ve told a good number of friends and family about it, as about the darned best for info and recall on the net! With all this, Conner and Cosmo the chub-brothers, don’t seem to have lost any weight, and at this point, I’m actually happy - if they suddenly refused food, I’d be worried out of my mind! - Eileen

  7. Eileen says:

    Marjorie - the info you posted, about not approving the purchase by one of it’s companies from China - that helps quite a bit on BB. I couldn’t understand how the food could be certified organic if the conditions of the growth were such that they couldn’t possibly know what the heck was being used as fertilizer, insect control, etc.
    I went to do a little checking on the company that made the VITAMINS that were recommended to be added to home-made food for the nutrition missing in home meals. My heart SANK - when I saw all the recalls on various medical items. Geezaloo! On top of going nuts over foods, now I have to worry about track records on Pet vitamin makers!!! To be honest, I don’t do as much work checking on medicines we humans use! All I know is that we have a Lynx and a Bobcat that wander in and out of our property near the barn, and they look pretty darned healthy to us! And I’m sure all they are eating are what comes “natural” and not any commercial foods! Makes a person wonder, you know??

  8. Marjorie says:


    Kevin’s response to me when we were discussing the unauthorized outsourcing was that Blue Buff would rather have empty shelves, than ill pets. Again, I was impressed with the care in which they put into keeping their products healthy.

    I follow DR Roger Clemmons’ program for keeping dogs healthy. I add human vitamins, supplements and herbs to my dogs food, in addition to fresh veggies and meat, fish or chicken.


  9. Toni Kaye says:

    No wonder people can’t get through to BB about this. Between the Associated Press retraction that must be generating 100 extra phone calls a day and then some bad and worse info on the Internet they must be pretty busy. That’s the problem with the Internet. There is more infomation available to a person than ever before BUT like that old game “telephone”, you get enough he said-she said in there and you’ve completely lost any hope for accurate info. Okay, I was thinking about this and I want to put something out there. Why would any company risk killing their consumers? I like what I read about that guy at BB saying he would rather have empty shelves than ill pets. I’ll stick with Blue and Spa Select.

  10. Kevin Wells From Blue Buffalo says:

    Marjorie, Toni Kaye and all others,

    Thank you all for your postings. Folks, I know this is a long post. I just thought you’d like to hear it from us direct. We have been bombarded by phone calls and e-mail and are working as quickly as we can to answer each of the personally.

    All products have been tested for melamine and No other Spa Select cat food or dog food, canned or dry, is included in this recall.

    We do understand your concern. The foods we use are human grade. The lamb that we use is Free-Range Lamb from New Zealand. We use this product because it is the highest quality lamb available. But please rest assured that the rest of our products are from here in the U.S.A. Our supplier ran out of the rice protein we use and took it upon them selves to substitute it with another (Rice protein is used in many human baked goods).


    We have tested all our products for melamine only the one batch of kitten food tested positive. Here is more information as to how and why this happened. Product quality is our #1 priority. We have strict controls in place to make sure that our ingredients meet the highest quality standards. These controls include the following:

    Certificate of origin for all ingredients

    COA’s (certificates of analysis) on all of our ingredients prior to accepting

    Testing of each ingredient for known toxins prior to accepting

    Product quality is the top priority for every member of the Blue Buffalo team. Our goal is to have the highest quality pet food and treats in the business. Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of the dogs and cats that rely on BLUE and Spa Select for their nutrition and protection needs. Pet parent’s place a lot of trusts in our brands, so we always go the extra mile to make sure that every bag, can, box or pouch we sell is the best it can be.

    We Only Manufacture in AIB Approved Facilities

    The AIB (American Institute of Baking), which is widely recognized as the best and most highly respected safety and sanitation inspection firm in the human food business, conducts inspections of our manufacturing facilities annually. Their criteria are stringent, and they conduct unannounced inspections to ensure that high standards are being adhered to at all times. Our manufacturing facilities consistently receive “superior” and “excellent” ratings. In addition, our dry manufacturing facility is one of the few certified organic pet food plants in the US.

    We have started testing for melamine in present and past productions of our foods.

    Quality Control is a Continuous Process
    Each and every ingredient that is delivered to our manufacturing facilities is inspected and evaluated against our strict nutritional, quality and safety standards before it is accepted. This includes screening for various toxins, including the aflatoxin that has been in the news recently. Testing is conducted by trained personnel, utilizing the most up to date equipment and procedures. If any sample doesn’t meet our standards, the entire shipment is rejected. After all the ingredients have been certified for safety, nutritional content and overall quality, the manufacturing process is started. Samples of each production run are collected at various stages and evaluated to ensure that the required nutritional profiles for each formula are being met. Each sample is time dated s o any deviation from standard can be traced back to a specific batch, and disposed of prior to packaging. In addition, there are metal detectors placed in strategic locations throughout all production lines to prevent any foreign objects from getting into our products.

    The Testing Never Stops
    While you might think that testing would stop when product has been packaged, the truth is that it starts again. We do freshness and stability testing to insure that our “best used by” dating is correct and utilize independent services to confirm the palatability of our products. In addition, state regulatory agencies test our products to make sure that all our label guarantees are met.

    The Blue Buffalo Company has undertaken a voluntary recall of one production run of our Spa Select Kitten dry food. Over 90% of this food never left our warehouse. The production code on the recalled product is:

    “BEST IF USED BY MAR 07 08 B”

    All products have been tested for melamine and No other Spa Select cat food or dog food, canned or dry, is included in this recall.

    We use only domestic (US) suppliers. We are not disclosing their names at this time as they are not set up to receive customer calls. But we will once they are ready to handle the calls.

    We have only 2 ingredients that have been out-sourced; one intentionally and the other without our knowledge. The lamb that we use is Free-Range Lamb from New Zealand. We use this product because it is the highest quality lamb available. The rice protein concentrate that we use in some of our formulas is not normally an out-sourced ingredient and will not be an out-sourced ingredient in the future. This is the first and only time our manufacturing partner sourced rice protein from Wilbur-Ellis, and we had no knowledge that they had imported that ingredient from China.

    As a family owned company whose reason for being is to provide cats and dogs with the highest quality natural foods, we are extremely upset by this recall and can’t begin to apologize enough to our customers. From our perspective, it is unacceptable to produce even one bag of food with the potential to cause a pet to become ill, and we will further tighten our ingredient sourcing and quality assurance procedures as a result of this incident.

    And yes we would rather see empty shelves than to see one family pet get sick from any of our foods. We at Blue Buffalo are all devoted pet parents.

    On a personal note: I have 2 dogs (9 yr old Mikie and the baby 11 months Eli) and a 17 yr old cat named Biff. They all eat Blue Buffalo foods and if I felt there was any problem with the food. I would not be working for Blue Buffalo.

    Kevin Wells
    The Blue Buffalo Company

  11. Kevin Wells From Blue Buffalo says:

    Sorry for any grammatical errors as it is 4:00 AM and I’m still working to answer your e-mails.
    Again, thank you all for your support!
    Kevin Wells

  12. Eileen says:

    Mr. Wells, speaking for myself only, I really appreciate all that you explained above. I confess to taking better care of our “family” of pets than I do myself, and my husband and daughter and son feel the same way. Because my daughter lost her cat to IAMS, confirmed kidney failure, it also was very “personal” and not just a media story to us, just as this is the case for so many others who have suffered a loss of a beloved pet here on this site and many others the country over.

    I just want to be as sure as I can that the cats and dogs are not being hurt by anything I feed them - and so have to “trust” the word of those in the pet food “business”. With all that’s happened, coupled with a lof of distrust and hedging on the part of both the FDA and some manufacturer’s/distributors, “trust” is a difficult commodity to come by. We made the big switch to Blue Buffalo - to try to get the best we could for our pets. While I am still very frightened by all of this, and still spend a lot of time praying that our pets will be alright, I do feel better after having read your post. So - I suppose you could say that I will “trust” you….and take your word on Blue Buffalo. I’m putting our pets, especially my own two cats who I spend 24 hours day with and love dearly, in your company’s hands. In the end, in life and all of it’s situations, there does often come a time that one has to trust in others and their good word. It’s not easy to do, given all that’s happened - but having some faith in others is really the only way to live life without assuming everyone is “out to get you”.
    Thank you for all of your information….I personally very much appreciate it. - Eileen V.

  13. gatorfan says:

    I have been contracted to remove recalled pet food and have been doing so for the past 4 weeks. I DO NOT work for the manufacturers. I own my own small business, and as this is so important to me, I have basically left my business in the hands of my secretary so I can help get this poison off the shelves. From chain stores, to pet stores, to cow stores to convenient stores, not one time do I enter a store that people either want to talk to me or yell at me. I feel I am trying to do a service to protect our babies both canine and feline, but my nerves are getting a bit freyed. I have 5 adult cats who run my house and me. My “children” will only eat Fancy Feast grilled canned and One Salmon Flavor dry. When recall began, I researched , and found Blue Buffalo. They love the Spa Select Adult, now I dont trust that. Sorry Mr. Wells, how else are we to feel? Who can interpret the ingrediants - just because it does not have a grain, half of the other crap listed is mystery product. Also tired Natural Balance - Dick Van Patten must be having a fit as it is now effected. I personally want to feed effected product to the CEO of Menu, Purina, Diamond, P and G, Colgate Palmolive and those yet to be announced (yes, there are MANY more to come). Anyone with “picky” cats who MAY have suggestions as to what they feel is safe, OR have a receipe that my guys might eat please advise. One of my five “newphews” died 2 weeks ago from this
    nightmare. My in-laws are still in mourning. Now melamine is in hog urine. Dont know when it will end, but I will keep removing cans and bags and hope it helps a bit. Thank you for listening and any cat food advice you can share is greatly appreciated.

  14. Christine says:

    To everyone that is calling Blue Buffalo “money grubbing” and “irresponsible”, I recommend you actually read their press release. They did their testing immediately as soon as they found out about the contaminated ingredients from Wilbur-Ellis. While it is unfortunate that some of their ingredients were contaminated, they did not wait at all to test all their batches once they found out that there was a possibility of a problem. They made their announcement immediately, and prevented the majority of the product from reaching any shelves. Their recall was voluntary and immediate, and because of their quick and responsible reaction, they should be commended.

  15. SmileOnADog says:

    I’m so relieved I found a food I feel no worry about.

    I spent the first month of this recall buried in web pages sorting out tons of information with my head spinning, stressed out, watching my animals’ every twitch and breath.

    It’s been a little over a month that my dogs have been on no-grain Canidae, and the dogs are happy and healthy, thank God. I’m actually impressed with this product; they’re doing better on Canidae than they ever had on Science Diet or Purina. Canidae’s customer service person was horrible, but the food is pretty good. The dogs look amazing and appear extra-alive.

    As for the companies affected by the recall, it wouldn’t be surprising if, because of the tainted ingredients found in some of their products, those companies’ foods were actually safer than others in the future. The companies willing to step up to the plate may actually have more testing done than the average company that was unaffected exactly because they were hit with the tainted ingredients.

    I do believe that some of these companies are authentically saddened and even horrified, and do care about our pets, being pet owners themselves. Not everyone in the world is out to deceive us and rob us of our money for crap products.

    But the hard part now for those companies is that pet owners who love their animals won’t take life and death chances. No brand loyalty is worth it. Until the situation is sorted out and changes made, some pet food companies, unfortunately, are in the wrong place at the wrong time historically. While I do feel very badly for them, I’d feel worse with dead dogs.


  16. KAEFamily says:

    Some companies claim that their foods contain US and Canadian ingredients; not China’s. Isn’t Menu Foods a Canadian company? D’oh!

  17. VeryWorried says:

    Okay, I’m really, REALLY starting to panic now…before the first recall reports came out, we were feeding our cat Nutro wet food and Wellness dry. We took her to the vet for tests at the end of March, and were told that she’s in perfect health (thank god). We’ve stuck with the Wellness…not sure if we’ve made the right choice…she’s on the last few servings of her bag, and we’ve now bought CORE by Wellness, which is at least grain free. For wet food, we’re feeding her Blue Buffalo…now that I hear that companies are recalling wet food that doesn’t even list the contaminated ingredients, I just don’t know what to do!!! All the top natural foods all seem to somehow be linked to menu foods somehow or have been recalled…I’M GOING CRAZY!!! Anyway, just had to vent…and wanted to know: is anyone still feeding Blue Buffalo wet food??? I just don’t know who to trust…

  18. Karen says:

    I have still been feeding Blue Buffalo wet and dry, but after reading about the newest round of recalls tonight, am afraid to feed my cats ANYTHING. I spoke to someone at Blue Buffalo last Friday (after their recall) and she assured me the rest of their food was safe. I guess I will be doing more research tomorrow, although I hate to change again because they are doing so well. I started them on Blue Buffalo several months ago, but still fed Nutro and Iams pouches once in a while. Needless to say, I’m going crazy too!

  19. VeryWorried says:

    A bit relieved to hear that I’m not the only one in the Buffalo Blue situation Karen (and some of the rest of you)…I’m starting to think that Evangers could be a good option…seems like that the only brand from the natural pet food store that hasn’t been linked to the recall in any way…I’ll be continuing my research tomorrow…but in the meantime, I’m stuck feeding Vixen Buffalo Blue…dammit

  20. Tracey says:

    Please check out a web site called They carry Life’s abundance dry cat food, and Instinctive Choice wet food. They also carry Dog food as well. This company holds itself to such strict standards that it’s manufacturing plant can be switched over to produce human grade food at any given time. I feel totally confident that I will never find this food on the recall list. I was turned to this by my Ragdoll breeder Penny Pomplin owner of Purfect Purrs Cattery in Ripon, WI. She uses this high quality line for her whole cattery and extends the health guarentee of her cats another 2 years if you continue to feed them this food. I have used it for almost a year now and all 3 of mine are in great health. Bless all our 4 legged friends!!
    I hope this comes to an end soon.

  21. Karen says:

    I have been losing sleep over this and am trying to pull information together from many sources. Last month, I read a blog that stated Blue Buffalo’s canned food was manufactured by American Nutrition in Utah. Today American Nutrition recalled canned Natural Balance products because they added rice protein concentrate to the food without telling Natural Balance. Natural Balance did not have the ingredient listed, because they did not know it was in the product. If Blue Buffalo’s canned food is also made by American Nutrition, I wouldn’t be surprised to wake up to another recall tomorrow. I will be calling Blue Buffalo again tomorrow, and also looking into Evangers and Felidae (Canidae for dogs)–they both seem safe so far. I really don’t know what to do anymore.

  22. Mille says:

    April 26, 2007

    Dear Pet Parents,

    Due to a product-tampering incident, I regret to inform you that we are recalling all BLUE dog can products, Spa Select cat can products and BLUE Health Bars effective immediately. It is extremely difficult for us to make this announcement as we spoke with many of you last week, before this tampering incident was known, and assured you that only one production run of Spa Select kitten dry food was unfit for consumption.

    The product tampering came to our attention when American Nutrition, Inc. (ANI), the manufacturer of our canned dog and cat foods and biscuits, informed us that they had been adding rice protein concentrate to our canned formulas without our knowledge or approval. Apparently this has been going on for some time, and ANI only chose to inform us when the FDA began an investigation of their rice protein concentrate supplies.

    While this activity by ANI is in itself unlawful, the situation is further complicated by the fact that ANI has been receiving rice protein concentrate contaminated with melamine from Wilbur-Ellis.

    So while no BLUE or Spa Select canned product has tested positive for the presence of the melamine, and there have been no reported illnesses from our canned foods, we have lost all confidence in the honesty and integrity of ANI, and the products that they manufacture.

    For this reason, we have decided to remove all of our canned foods and biscuits from the retail market. While this may seem to some as a major over-reaction, the Blue Buffalo Company was founded on the principle of providing the highest quality and most nutritious pet foods available to our pet parents. Anything less is not acceptable.

    The obvious question is how could Blue Buffalo not know that ANI was altering the formulas by putting in an ingredient such as rice protein concentrate. The simple answer is we trusted ANI as a partner. They deliberately deceived us and betrayed our trust.

    In the end, it all comes down to integrity. ANI has not been honest with us or with pet parents who trust BLUE, so we are going to temporarily stop the production and sale of all cans and biscuits until we can provide you with products that are exactly what we say they are.

    We have already taken steps to identify a new manufacturer-a company with integrity that will meet the standards of excellence that our brand is known for and that pet parents have come to expect from BLUE.

    We want to thank our loyal pet parents who have stood by us during these extraordinary times, and we pledge to you that we will continue to do the right thing for our beloved cats and dogs.


    The Bishop and The Blue Buffalo Company Family

  23. Mille says:


    BB still doesn’t have any reports of their canned products testing positive for any contaminated. They were told the biscuits never had the rice protein added, and they will NOT do business with ANI any longer due to the fraud. That is why they pulled the biscuits.

  24. frank says:

    canidae and felidae dry dog and cat food is made, and distributed by a company in hamlin, texas, as well as thier snap biscuits.

    however, the canned products that canidae markets are made by a company in illionios.

    canidae has NO ownership in pied piper pet & wildlife. pied piper makes other well known brands that are competition to canidae. canidae is owned by two brothers that live in california.

    canidae is a very good choice for anyones pet….neither canidae OR pied piper has any affiliation with the recall of pet food. there is nothing to worry about if you are thinking of switching to canidae. i feed it to my dog and would recomend it to anyone.

  25. Mikie says:

    The FDA do not order any recall of Blue Buffalo canned foods or treats. So that tells me the FDA deems them safe. It was a choice made by Blue Buffalo to pull them off the shelves due to tampering done by ANI. Which makes me ask how many other canned foods for other companies are out there that ANI tampered with? And why aren’t they being as honest as Blue Buffalo? Another reason I will stay with Blue Buffalo for my pets. Honesty is the only thing we have to base our choices on in this whole mess. I personally would rather stay with an honest company than with one that hides the facts. Because in this world we have to learn to trust or to live in fear, which to me is not worth living. But trust does nave to be earned and I feel Blue has done that, at least for me.

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Kevin Wells a.k.a. Mikie, next time, please identify yourself as a Blue Buffalo employee if you are posting to defend your company’s actions — as you did before. This makes your company look dishonest.

    FYI. Legally, FDA cannot order pet food recalls. All pet food recalls are classified as “voluntary”.

  26. asif says:

    no comments

  27. Marjorie says:

    I had both my dogs tested for kidney function and they also both had CBCs. They have been eating canned Blue Buff and the Blue Buff treats, along with their dry food. The results came in this morning-Their kidney function is perfect and their CBCs came back perfectly normal. Hope this will put some minds at ease.


  28. Bobo says:

    Is there any HONEST manufacturers of pet food out there? I’ve been feeding Blue Buffalo Spa Select and Natural Balance to my cat. Now Natural Balance Ocean Fish Formula canned food has been recalled. And Blue Buffalo is recalling all of theirs voluntarily. I have about 24 cans of Blue Buffalo Spa Select and about 10 Natural Balance that I need to take back now for refund.

    These companies need to start producing their own food, and make it RIGHT HERE in USA from DOMESTIC food sources. None of this importing.

    If any ingredient was imported to make the pet food, the pet food should be labeled with the country of origin. It should not say Made In USA at all on it.

    Now I read that Mikie above is from Blue Buffalo and is claiming they are sorry for the recall. How do we know Mikie is from Blue Buffalo in first place? I don’t know who to believe any more about this whole recall situation.

  29. Amber says:

    I am upset about this recall, but I respect the companies that recalled their food before it was even tested and didn’t waste any time! I feed Nutro dry dog food and it is made in Lebanon TN, and in California. There is corn gluten in some of their dry food, but not all of the brands. They manufacture their own dry foods, but not any of their wet. I am glad that they recalled their food asap! I can’t believe BB waited so long. They were taking advantage of all of the scared pet owners and didn’t even think about their food being contaminated. How dare they say they do not know what goes into their food? If they are not checking it then they shouldn’t be selling it!

  30. maggie says:

    AAFCO should be doing something about this! They have the power to regulate. The FDA may not be able to, but that is the reason AAFCO is in place. They need to be regulating what and where it comes from. I now have heard our pork may be contaminated because farmers were feeding some of the recalled dog food to them.

  31. susan says:

    I had two cats, my “kids” rather… switched to Blue Buffalo because of recall. Within 3 days of feeding this food, after emergency care; huge vet bills, and many tears - we lost one, and our 8 month old sphynx kitten made it through. It’s been a tough ride for our family, and a tougher ride for our kitten, who will now live a life that entails care for that of a kidney failure patient. This could have been prevented. –

  32. Cynthia says:

    BB does not use rice protien!! It was allegedly used without their permission. Don’t get me all worked up…. I feed their product to my cat.

  33. Cynthia says:

    Ok, I just backed up and read Kevin Wells mini book and ah….WHAT… didnt Blue Buffalo claim in their own press release that they dont use rice protien concentrate in their products and that the ANI added it without concent??

  34. kelli says:

    i just want to say just feed dry foods not wet. pedigree has not had no can food recalled. their dry food does have corn gluiten in it but it has not been recalled. i have 3 boxers 2 shizys.the last 2 days i have cooked for them untill i can figure something out to feed i got bb adult holistic fish and potatoes.dry food of course. i went with this becouse every ingrediant sounds natural no crap or glutin corn or anything like that.petsmart said that would be the best way to go. but nobody nos.i seen people buying iams can and pedigree.i would not buy no can.we did feed purina one dry but i stoped after the recall becouse it has a gluiten.but today it was the goodlife or blue buffalo.and i made my choice becouse goodlife has no recalls but a gluiten and im not takeing no chance with that word.or go to only,and buy by nature all organic dog food 30 bucks for a 16lb. bag but probualy worth it.i wish myself and everyone else the best of luck.

  35. kelli says:

    every company thats pulled stuff should check all dry and can and make sure its safe.not wait untill another pet dies and another heart breaks.

  36. kelli says:

    i want to add my male boxer was throwing for the last couple weeks his purina one.thats what we always feed are dogs. then the recall came it was not on the list but we went and got them nutro ultra adult holistic. he threw it up and my shizy threw it up. we have had the blue buffalo fish and potatos holistic for 2 days so far so good. read the ingrdiants no crap in it. not even soy. no gluiten or anything.i recomend it to everyone.

  37. ME says:


  38. Itchmo » Blog Archive » Adopted Kitten Dies From Eating Recalled Food says:

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  39. Anonymous says:

    Hi. my cat was less than 3 years old.
    after 2 days of eating Blue Wilderness diet.
    he choked and died.
    woke up this morning to see him laying there in his basket dead.
    they can choke..
    now i dont even know what to feed my pets..
    i tried feeding them what i thought was “natural” and turns up i feed them something that killed one of our 4 pets.
    2 dogs 2 cats.
    please do a little more reaserch

  40. Lyzz- PetSmart Trainer says:

    FYI, Nutro recently got bought out by the mars candy company, their formulas are changing.
    BB is a great food, and I really think you need to think about what you write before you post it.
    If you think yous animal died from BB you need to examine what CAUSED the death. Blaming BB is very nebulous, it doesn’t pinpoint an ingredient, or rule out that your animal may have ingested something else, or had an allergy that you were not aware of.
    Allergys are very common in animals these days, because we have been poorly informed and feeding them things that deteriorate their digestive and immune systems, and so the kittens and puppies they have are not as resilient as they should be.
    Pinpoint a source, like “the corn in (insert pet food) caused my dog pancreatitis.”
    Read the ingredients, there isn’t anything that would cause death (excluding that your animal may have an allergy).
    You ought to do a little more research as to what REALLY caused your animal to die.

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