In my post today, I share details of all Purina cat food recalls over the past few years. You will find this article particularly helpful if you love feeding your cat Purina products. The brand has a wide variety of recognizable cat food brands including Purina Pro Plan, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Purina Beyond, Purina Muse, and so much more! The brand is among the best! They have a lot of products and recipes that would make your head hurt trying to find the ideal pick for your feline.
Nestlé Purina PetCare was born in 2001 after a merger between Ralston Purina which was started by William H. Danforth in 1894 and Nestlé’s Friskies PetCare Company founded in 1985. Both parent brands were successful in the pet food industries where they were based. Merging the two made them stronger and more reliable. They now offer more than 25 product lines with products such as dog food, cat food, pet snacks, dog & cat litter, and animal health products as well. The company has its headquarters in 800 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, Missouri, US.
Purina Cat Food Recall History
Purina has a long list of recalls for its cat foods and recipes which dates from 1978 all the way to recently, 2019. And while the brand’s historic recalls are intriguing, the site tracks only the recall events that have occurred since around 2005. However, we shall look into all of them, including those that are not remembered.
Check out the table below:
|Year||Reason for Recall||Announcement||What was Recalled|
|March 2019||Foreign matter like rubber pieces||Purina voluntary recall. Read FDA announcement here||A limited recall on Muse cat food varieties – Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy|
|Aug 2012||Potential salmonella contamination||Voluntary press release||Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Food (6.3 lb. bags) and Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food (3.15 & 16 lbs. bags)|
|March 2012||Potential low thiamine||Release here||Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management canned cat food (5.5 oz.) with the expiry date of June 2013 Product Code #11721159. Read more|
|July 2011||Potential salmonella contamination||Press release – Read this by Chicago Tribune||Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ dry cat food (3.5 & 7 lb. bags) with expiry date of May 2012 & Product Code #03351084|
|June 2011||Possible salmonella contamination||Company press release. Read more here||Purina Cat Chow Naturals (6.3 Lb. Bags) With Expiry Date of August 2012 Product Code #10331083|
|June 2011||Potential salmonella contamination||Purina voluntary recall||Purina Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food (870 bags)|
|1983||Mistaken labeling||Voluntary recall||150 cans of cat food labeled as Chicken of the Sea (people would have thought they were for humans)|
|1978||Possible PCBs contamination||Voluntary||Purina Cat Chow|
As you can see from the table above, not many brands of the company’s cat foods have been recalled as compared to its competitors. Overall, they are a reliable cat food brand, but that does not mean they get a free pass.
Cat Food that Never Been Recalled
One thing I love about the Purina Cat Food is that they are somewhat free of recalls. So, yes, the Nestlé Purina PetCare has had its fair share of cat food recalls, but not on all brands. Some of its brands that have never been recalled include Purina Gentle cat food, Purina Beyond cat food, Purina Pro Plan cat food, and Purina One Sensitive Systems cat food.
Purina One Cat Food Recalls 2020 and 2021
Purina One cat food line has only had two recalls, one due to the risk of salmonella contamination on July 2011 on its Vibrant Maturity 7+ Adult Dry Cat Food. The other one was a short while after the one above, but its details are not well recorded. There are no recalls for Purina One cat food in 2020 or 2021.
Purina One line of products is affordable and has a specific emphasis on your feline’s diet so you can find one that suits his or her needs. It has high levels of protein content in its recipes. Yet, the brand is famous for using controversial ingredients compared to its sisters (Purina Pro Plan & Beyond). Therefore, if your cat is sensitive to some ingredients such as corn or soy, watch out for the recipe you buy.
In 2021 and 2021, FDA announced the recall of other non-cat or non-dog kibble brands – mostly feeds and supplements for beef cattle as well as feed for rabbits and turkey. Here are more details on the recalls;
- November 2021: Recall of Beef Cattle Feed RangeLand® 30-13 TUB: The reason given was “Tubs that are too soft, allowing over-consumption which can lead to urea toxicity.” – Read the FDA report about it here.
- Oct 2021: Recall of Supplement feed for cattle livestock and for wildlife such as deer, antelope, and wild sheep: The reason given was “potential of elevated urea levels“. Read more on this FDA press release
- Feb 2021: Purina® Rabbit Feed, Purina® Turkey Feed, Country Acres® Rabbit Feed and DuMOR® Chick Starter/Grower Feed – The reason given was “elevated calcium levels“. Read about it on this FDA press release.
Purina Gentle Cat Food Recall
While Nestlé Purina PetCare has had many cat food recalls over the years, their Purina Cat Chow Gentle cat food has never been recalled.
The Purina Cat Chow Gentle cat food is prepared using premium protein and natural prebiotic fiber without artificial colors or additives. This helps support your cat’s digestive health while helping her stay nourished and healthy. If your furry feline friend has a sensitive tummy, try this brand. The formula is available for all life stages.
Purina Beyond Cat Food Recall
Unlike other product lines of the brand that have had multiple recalls, Purina Beyond cat food has never been recalled even once. However, being made from the same facilities means that the brand can also be affected.
The Beyond cat food product line offers dry cat foods, wet cat foods as well as treats that are crafted with zero artificial flavors. They are also guarded by the Traceability Guarantee. These cat foods are only available as grain-free and have two categories including Beyond Indoor and Beyond Wild. This explains why the lineup is cherished with consistent positive client reviews.
Purina One Vibrant Maturity Cat Food Recall
In July 2011, Purina One Vibrant Maturity 7+ adult premium cat food was voluntarily pulled out of the shelves via a press release due to potential salmonella contamination. The recall was on the 3.5 lb. and 7 lb. bags. Humans handling these contaminated products were also at risk. They belonged to a single product that was shipped to clients in 12 states in December 2010.
The One Vibrant Maturity 7+ is crafted with premium ingredients to ensure that your feline friend gets all her nutritional needs to keep her healthy and happy. It has real chicken as the first ingredient and contains no fillers.
Purina Naturals Indoor Cat Food Recall
Yet another cat food in Purina’s Cat Chow product line, the Cat Chow Naturals Indoor Cat food was last recalled in 2011 due to potential salmonella contamination. No other instances have been recorded ever since.
The Purina Naturals line of foods features high-quality cat foods that are very beneficial to your indoor cat’s health. Depending on your cat’s needs, they offer you a choice between original, hairball, healthy weight, and grain-free. All formulas feature meat as the first ingredient and are packed with vitamins, minerals, omegas, and omegas for a complete and balanced diet. Check out for corn though.
Purina Pro Plan Cat Food Recall
Unlike the dog food formulas, the Purina Pro Plan cat food has never been recalled which would explain why it features in the list of vet recommended Purina brand’s product lines.
Probably one of the top product lines of Purina cat foods, the Pro Plan uses premium ingredients in its formulas which explains the high price tag. The Purina Pro Plan currently consists of both dry and wet cat foods available in 5 different lines. They include Savor, Focus, Veterinary Diets, True Nature, and Prime Plus.
Purina One Sensitive Systems Cat Food Recall
Although Purina One has had some recalls, their Sensitive Systems cat food has no recalls at all. That and some (not all) good ingredients are what make the formula decent for your feline friend.
If you are looking for a Purina product line that is very close to the Pro Plan and Beyond lines in a significant value, the Purina One is the go-to line. It is formulated with higher protein content than the other two to help promote a healthier lifestyle for cats of all life stages. The Purina One Sensitive Systems cat food particularly is fantastic if your cat has a sensitive tummy. Turkey is the first ingredient.
Purina Cat Food Recall 2018
Purina cat food had no recalls in 2018. As you can see in the review and recall history today, the latest cat food recall on the brand was in 2019 when it voluntarily recalled the Purina Muse’s Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy for rubber pieces that were spotted in the cat food.
Friskies Cat Food Recall
In June 2011, Purina voluntarily recalled its Friskies brand of cat foods for potential salmonella contamination on 870 bags. The featured product was their Grillers Blend dry cat food product and it is the only time it has been recalled. However, it has been on the wrong side of the FDA in other ways like in 2014 when the FDA wrote a letter after a checkup on the product was done.
The Friskies brand offers a wide range of wet or canned food options, but their wet foods line has a few products. Product lines for cat treats are also available in case you are interested. Friskies started as a Carnation Company brand that diversified to the pet food industry from evaporated milk production in the 1930s. It has 4 major product lines of cat foods.
Overall, Purina is a decent cat food brand with a lot of product lines that try their best to meet your cat’s nutritional needs at all life stages. And although they have a long list of recalls, their cat food brands are not culprits as compared to other cat food companies out there. At least there are those that have not been recalled at all. It also tries to use premium ingredients in some recipes Purina, however, is fond of using controversial ingredients in most of its formulas so always remember to read carefully before purchasing.
Q: Was there a recall on Fancy feast cat food?
A: From our research, the Fancy Feast Cat food brand by Purina has never been recalled, and to confirm this, there are no records of warning alerts or recall notifications on FDA or on Purina’s websites.
Hi there! My name is Ben Domb, an owner of two pets and I am one of the co-founders of OurPets HQ. I have several years of experience as a pet care professional in the New England region having spent time in various roles including a stint at a veterinary hospital in Upstate New York, Syracuse area. I am a certified pet care professional and mostly spend my time researching pet nutrition and sharing my thoughts in various blogs and columns. With quarantine and COVID restrictions, I have been spending a lot of time a lot with my dogs and cat and loving it! I also run a small consulting business providing advice to parents on pet nutrition, and especially safe homemade options to try. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org