NEW RECALL: Hills Recalls Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry Food

Full press release below. Also on the Hills Web site. Now we know who was the other manufacturer that used the contaminated wheat gluten.

Why did Hills wait so long to pull this product if it used the same source?
Hills MD Bag

Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Single Product, Prescription Dietâ„¢ m/dâ„¢ Feline Dry Food, Only Product Containing Wheat GlutenTopeka, KS (March 30, 2007) - In accordance with its over-riding commitment to pet health and well-being, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food from the market. Hill’s is taking this precautionary action because during a two-month period in early 2007, wheat gluten for this product was provided by a company that also supplied wheat gluten to Menu Foods. U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests of wheat gluten samples from this period show the presence of a small amount of melamine. Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry represents less than one half of one percent of all Hill’s products.

This is the only product Hill’s currently sells in the United States and Canada that contains wheat gluten from any supplier. No other Hill’s Prescription Diet® or Science Diet® products are affected by this voluntary recall. Hill’s Science Diet Savory Cuts Feline canned cat foods, manufactured by Menu Foods, were previously withdrawn from the market as a precaution. Together with this earlier withdrawal, less than 1% of all Hill’s products have been affected.

More, including UPC codes after the jump.

The voluntary recall of Hill’s Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food involves discontinuation of all retail sales and product retrieval from sellers. This recall does not include Prescription Diet m/d Feline canned food which contains no wheat gluten.

Consumers should stop using this product and return it for a refund. All Hill’s products carry a 100 percent guarantee, and consumers can receive a refund for recalled product.

Hill’s expects to resume shipment shortly of a reformulated version of this highly beneficial product that will not contain wheat gluten. Please check with your veterinarian for an alternative Prescription Diet until m/d Feline dry is reformulated and made available again.

Following is a list of Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry products included in this recall:

Prescription Dietâ„¢ m/dâ„¢ Feline dry food 52742 42770
(all lot numbers) 4 lb. bag
Prescription Dietâ„¢ m/dâ„¢ Feline dry food 52742 42790
(all lot numbers) 10 lb. bag

Hill’s has been fully cooperating with the FDA since the outset of its investigation and made the decision to voluntarily recall these products in consultation with the FDA. We deeply regret any concern that this has caused our valued customers.

For more information, consumers can contact the company at 1-800-445-5777 or visit for details.

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Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Science Diet® brand pet foods sold through veterinarians and finer pet specialty stores. Founded nearly 60 years ago by one veterinarian’s unique commitment to pet nutrition and well-being, Hill’s has never wavered from their mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Hill’s produces high-quality, great tasting pet foods, so pet owners can follow the recommendations of the veterinary health care team. This ultimately improves patient health and the health of the practice. Visit for more information on Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. and Hill’s Evidence-Based Clinical Nutritionâ„¢ products.

23 Responses to “NEW RECALL: Hills Recalls Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry Food”

  1. 4lgdfriend says:

    Have a sick or already deceased pet and you want their food tested? Call the FDA now. They are interested in testing any batches not already on the recall list.

    Comment by Dee — March 30, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

  2. Janice says:

    Hills Prescription c/d Dry also needs to be tested. Our cat suffered a seizure and died after eating only c/d dry. He became ill shortly after we opened a new bag of food. I think all dry food by all manufacturers needs to be tested. The FDA in Louisiana has referred my complaint to the Kansas office which is the FDA district where Hills is manufactured. I have had 2 calls from 2 different FDA inspectors. Both were very polite and sympathetic. Please call the FDA if you have any concerns about the food you are giving your pet.

  3. 4lgdfriend says:

    Looks like the start of a good trend. pull all this crap off the market.
    who’s buying it anyway? i suppose all the vets now are calling all the petowners
    the prescribed this rotgut bottom of the barrel putrid worthless low quality high profit food to. Wonder what kind of a line they’re using?

    Sounds like Hills is worried about lawsuits. Vets too.
    may they come back to life as mistreated pets.

  4. Heart-Sick says:

    I agree that ALL the dry food should be tested. My cat died on March 13th of Acute Kidney Failure after a 2 week-long illness. She ate Hill’s Science Diet Indoor Cat dry food exclusively. I have contacted the NY office f the FDA and am waiting for a callback from them. Are there any others who have sick cats fed on this food?

  5. jackie says:

    I say ‘SHAME ON ALL OF THESE COMPANIES’ for being the cowards they are trying to hide behind the other manufactures in the spotlight, hoping they will not be found out for their secret issues. My 3 1/2 year old cat died feb 28, 2007 of what after the autopsy was labeled as “toxic substance” He fell ill 2 1/2 weeks after his yearly vet exam, at which time he was perfectly healthy. After opening a new bag of Hill’s Science Diet Light Adult he became ill just days after he began eating it. After his passing the vet did a necropsy and found nothing in his cavity (no cysts or tumors) but strangely his
    stomach and bladder were full of blood. Per the vets request i immediately called Hill’s and they sent me a retrevial label so i could send this bag of food in for testing. After trying to call them to find out the status of any findings in Puffs food my vet was finally able to get a hold of one of their vets and he told her that because of all of the canned recall it has pushed my cats dry food back to look at the wet food situation. Hill’s is now saying it will probably not be before the end of April before we will know any results of Puffs food. I am wonderingto myself why they are making me feel my babys death is not as important as others. I believe they are hoping maybe all the smoke will clear down after the
    wet food investigation is done and they will not have to start looking inot
    the possibility of looking into the dry food. From this site as well as the website it is clearly evident that there are many, many animals that are also getting sick and dying from dry food also. The
    FDA needs to focus on this whole pet food industry and give us worried
    and grieving pet owners some answers. Thanks to everyone that is posting here and elsewhere to keep this situation alive and not allowing it to be swept under the rug as I am sure these food manufactures wish it would/

    P.S. also per my vets request I also kept some of the potentially
    “toxic” food behind and I was woundering if anyone knows of
    somewhere I can send it to have it tested myself.

  6. E wem says:

    I researched Melamine in Wikpedia, and my heart stopped.

    While melamine is said to be used in fertilizer in China, Wikpedia said that melamine is related to dicyandiamide and cyanamide.

    OSHA lists cyanamide as a toxic product but not toxic enough to kill

    OSHA has less references on melamine. This study shows kidney effects on rats

    Menu foods said it would release the name of the company in China that supplied the product. Menu foods said it would stop doing business with the company in China. Menu foods did not say it would cease doing business with Chinese companies

    My sickest cat was so weak yesterday. I stopped all commercial food and feed her macerated fast food meat that we also ate. She did not throw up for the first time. I have never been able to get her to eat raw meat. I am going to try grinding some into paste and feeding it as ‘pills’ to get her more nutrients.

  7. Jonathan says:

    Iams Dry is good as in the trash at my house. I switched to Nature Variety Raw Instinct, it was a toss up between that and Innova Evo. I might try that next week.

    I talked to the guy at the feed store and he said those were the two best on the market.

    The cats immediately started eating it and on the bag it says Made in the USA hopefully they really mean it.

    I was talking to my neighbors and thier cats have been getting sick eating Purina One so I picked them up a bag also.

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  9. lisa says:

    The pet food store/shelter where I volunteer received their Hill’s m/d recall information by fax at about 1: 30 PM TODAY! Not last night when the recall was announced…

  10. Irene says:

    Wake up cat people (dogs, too!). I’m buying only HUMAN foods for my 4 cats for the time being. Tuna, salmon, sardines, etc. Better safe than sorry! Prayers for you all for your little ‘family’ members . Irene.

  11. Pam F. says:

    I have been in the tnr feral cat rescue now for over 11 yrs and just recently noticed allot of my cats/kittens getting sick, I just brushed it off as being a hair ball. I rely on my donations of food and so therefore have always been thankful for what I get to help with feeding my many colonies. I have noticed here the past few months that my indoor kitty’s were getting sick allot, their urine has a very strong odor and I had been buying purina one for the indoor kitty’s. Can anyone guide me to whom to contact in Florida about this? and if there may be another list of recall foods that I can look at? thank you,

  12. Bridget M says:

    My cat… has became ill after eating some pet food as well.. we’re having to pay an arm and a leg trying to get his kidneys working better.. i think this is totally REDICULOUS…. i mean seriously don’t ya think that the manufacturers should test their stuff before putting it out on the market anyways??????

  13. Maureen G. says:

    Our 7 year old male cat has just been diagnosed with renal insufficiency. He was eating Hill’s Science MD exclusively as directed by our vet. I just feel totally mislead by Hill’s and our vet. I researched commercial pet foods and all the popular makers are owned by large corporations. We are now faced with dropping our cat off at the vets for 24 hours of IV fluids to hopefully flush out the toxins and get is renal function back to normal. We have already paid $150 for an exam and bloodwork and we can only imagine the upcoming and future bills. The biggest part is that our cat is not feeling well and we love him so. He is such a part of our little family and we would be heart broken if we lose him. We have saved a sample of the food plus pictures of the food bag before returning it to the vet’s for the voluntary recall. We are also saving all of our vet bills and hope to get compensated. I now have both of beautiful cats on a natural food that is made locally here in Massachusetts. We have chosen Wellness Core which is high in protein and low in carbs without any grains. Best wishes to all pet owners dealing with this tragedy.

  14. Regina says:

    On March 10th,2007 I bought another bag of Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small Bites of dry dog food for my almost 12 year old poodle “Princess”..She started drinking 8/20 oz bottles of water in a 24 hr period.. I took her to the vet and had lab and urine test done on her..Her Ketone and sugar levels were off the chart.. They gave her insulin and IV fluids and I brought her home the next day..Thinking that her food was fine I feed it to her and she started vomiting with bloody stools and drinking more water.. She couldn’t hardly walk..So I took her to another Vet and they said that she was so far gone that I needed to have her put to sleep.. She died in my arms..I just know in my heart that it was the the “DRY” dog food…And I sent Hill’s an email and asked them to pull it until it could be checked but they haven’t..I feel just like someone has reached in my chest and pulled my heart right out…I love and miss my little Princess so much..The sad thing is that Princess was perfectly healthy until she started on her last bag of food that I had just bought..If I had it to do all over again I would not feed her ANY dog food dry or wet.. So I beg you all to take your dogs off DRY dog food because these people don’t care and are just taking their sweeet time about checking it…Princess I hope you are healthy and happy playing in Heaven.. Mommy & Daddy miss you Angel..

  15. Bridget Look says:

    I have just bought a 10kg bag of Hills c/d, Im of which I am chucking whole bag away. I feel that these scientific brands do not deserve our support as consumers. They clearly do not have our animals best interest at heart, only our wallets in mind. Aside from their horrible support of ANIMAL TESTING, how can they authorise poisonous food into the market without having it tested?(stop importing wheat from CHINA altogether!!) We trusted you with the lives of our fury babies but instead your products have killed masses of loved pets out there. You have absolutely made a mockery out of yourselves and your brands. While you sit tonight with your family to eat a good meal, please think about those animals died due to meal time. I am so filled with utter disgust and anger. I will from now on keep to our trusted South African brand of food. My regards and thoughts to those out there who lost their beloved pets.

  16. Taeki's Friend says:

    Our cat Taeki died after eating a mix of Hill’s Prescription Diet m/d and Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d (changing over from one to the other). It was terrible. He had been with us since before we got married (12 years), a constant companion in the highs and lows (and there have been some very low lows) of our life, and his loss was devastating.

    He died on March 16th, and we didn’t know anything about the recall- even of the Menu Foods. When we compared his symptoms to those that were being reported for the Menu Foods deaths, they were identical. We called Hill’s, and were assured that all of their food was perfectly safe and unaffected by the recall.

    We called them again on 3/31 after the recall, and they didn’t even apologize or express any sympathy for our loss. They told us we were “welcome to return the food for a refund or replacement.” Talk about rubbing salt in our wounds…

    To those who have had animals sickened by Hill’s Prescription Dry foods, we *might* be working out a testing with a university. The university has agreed to test our food (we pulled some strings with connections), but there is a slight possibility that once set up they may be willing to test other foods, though I understand the demand far exceeds the supply of qualified testing organizations and the funds available to do the tests.

    If you are interested in the slight possibility of maybe having your food tested, please post here or even better at as that is where I spend most of my posting time.

    So sorry for everyone’s loss and/or the pain of sick family member. I so wish we had known how sick Taeki was…we just thought he had a stomach virus and didn’t get him to the vet in time…so sad…

  17. kevin says:

    Hills suks. We pay all that money and their food makes it on the list.

  18. Kevin says:

    I have a question to the person who was feeding their cat the Hills c/d dry food. That is the food I am currently giving my two cats. They seem to be fine. I’m unsure whether to keep feeding them that.

  19. Regina says:

    Kevin..I would not feed your cats any cat food.. I would give them tuna or just anything but pet food.. My poodle Princess died from eating Hill’s Science Dry dog food and it has not even been recalled yet..But until I bought the new bag on March 10th she was perfectly fine..It doesn’t take much to figure it out when she went through such a painful death..I’ll never get over losing her.. I had her almost 12 years..I wrote to Hill’s and they said maybe next week the phones won’t be so busy and I can call them to discuss it.. What are they going to do, bring our Princess back to life.. Princess we love and miss you so much baby girl..

  20. Nellie M says:

    I’ve been reading all the posts regarding Hill’s dry dog food. I wasn’t at all worried about my eight year old Lab, Lola, until last night. We had her boarded over the weekend (Easter). She came home last night and I found she had thrown up in several places during the course of the night and even now this morning. She appears to be lethargic and not even interested in food. Normally, she won’t let you alone in the morning she’s so hungry. I called my vet and he said that it’s really only cats that have been affected and he would check Lola later today, four hours from now. I called the Doggy Daycare and they were VERY concerned since they had three dogs just this weekend diagnosed with kidney problems. We all supply our own food when the dogs are boarded so I don’t know what kind those dogs ate. I haven’t noticed any other symptoms except vomiting and lethargy. Should I be freaking out like I already am or should I not worry too much? My vet said he would test her for a virus first and just check her out. He really doubts it’s about this recall. Now I’m not so sure. What tests should he preform so I’m sure she’s going to be ok. Also, who do I report her illness to? She eats Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Senior. A quick response with any advice would be greatly appreciated. Lola has been our baby for 8 years now and our five year old twins LOVE her! I can’t imagine our family without her.

  21. Bonnie says:

    Hi I am trying to switch my kitties to chicken breasts and other human foods although they are still on hills c/d .. I think you can get a urine test to see what toxins are in the pets , you can get a small test set that includes beaded litter and a tube for the urine .. and syringe .. I have one as one of the older kitties has been sick but has improved … it dosen;t cost as much as taking the pet into the vet … hope this helps

  22. jenna says:

    hi my cat is on the hills c/d …in reading the posts about dry food i am not going to continue feeding him any more cat food ….can anyone suggest what human food would be safe for cats with urinary tract crystals…
    thank you
    please respond to my e-mail address

  23. Frankie says:

    All this information is really interesting I have my yorkie on Hill Prescription DIet food
    W/D. Wet and dry and I would have to say that the dry food is making her drink so much water and urinate alot.. she seems to be getting heavier…plus 3 weeks ago could not walk
    she was just lame and lifeless and took her to the vet and no one knew what was wrong even with blood test. Now I am starting to think that its her food…Any comments please

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