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FDA Warning to Purina Pet Food Plant

The FDA issued a Warning Letter to a Purina Pet Food canning facility finding “significant deviations” from pet food regulations. Though no recalls have been issued, FDA had serious concerns about this pet food plant.

The FDA Warning Letter stated their inspection lasted for two weeks – from September 15, 2014 through October 1, 2014. Inspection revealed “that your facility has significant deviations from the LACF (low-acid can food) regulations.”

The inspection found that this Purina plant deviated from the required processing of the pet food – and further did not document the deviation (as required by law). The FDA Warning Letter stated “your firm did not provide documentation associated with the evaluation of the entire lot of product affected by the process deviation and did not provide documentation and/or the specifics of your corrective action plan in order to ensure that your firm will prevent these occurrences in the future.”

FDA also found temperature drop concerns with the pet food manufactured at this plant. Law requires canned pet food to be heated to specific temperatures and any variations of these required temperatures are required to be noted in a log. This Purina plant did not document the drop in temperatures.

FDA “observed” that the conveyor system in this plant did “not have adequate protection in place to prevent an unprocessed can” from ultimately reaching the consumer. An ‘unprocessed can’ of pet food would be an uncooked can of pet food – uncooked can of feed grade ingredients that could be full of dangerous bacteria. Purina responded to FDA they are in the process of correcting this issue, however FDA stated “We do not consider this response acceptable because you did not provide specifics of your corrective action plan in order to insure that your firm will prevent these occurrences in the future.”

The public FDA Warning Letter to Purina – posted on the FDA website – does not provide lot numbers of products involved. The only information consumers have is product names – listed below. All of these products are canned/moist foods.

Alpo Prime Cuts with Beef
Alpo Chop House Originals Filet Mignon
Alpo Chop House Originals roasted Chicken
Friskies Mariner’s Catch
Friskies Mixed Grill
Friskies Gravy Sensations with Turkey and Giblets
Friskies Supreme Supper
Friskies Indoor Chicken
Friskies Salmon Dinner
Mighty Dog Chicken Egg & Bacon Country Platter
Mighty Dog Chop House Originals Filet Mignon
Mighty Dog Lamb and Rice
ProPlan Senior Beef and Rice Entree

If you are feeding your pet one of these products – please pay close attention to your pet’s health. Should any illness occur, notify your veterinarian first, the FDA second. You can report a pet illness to the FDA here: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm

 

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
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138 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “FDA Warning to Purina Pet Food Plant”

  1. Alicia says:

    My daughter’s 4 year old indoor cat died from liver failure recently. He ate strictly Purina Indoor Cat Chow as well as Purina’s canned foods. I would like to know if there are any class actions suits against Purina because of all of the cat and dog deaths recently?

    • Anne says:

      Sorry to hear about your daughter’s cat; I do not think “Indoor Feed” is necessary; so this may have attributed; I do not recommend canned feed; when your daughter gets her next Cat; feed “home cooked only”…

      • Angie says:

        You can get raw pet food from a holistic vet & then you don’t have toake it you self. My 12 year old cat was diagnosed with diabetes in January & he is now in remission just by switching him to a balanced raw diet. Never had to give him insulin. I believe this is the best diet for our carnivore pets. I wish I would of feed my cats a raw diet since they were kittens!!!

      • Airy_1 says:

        Cats are supposed to eat raw meat, including bones and organs from prey animals. Cooked food is dead food. If you’re going to give your cat a homemade diet then make sure to add a lot of supplements. It’s important to know the exact amount of vitamins/minerals your cat needs.

    • Sara P says:

      Millions of dogs and cats die. Millions of dogs and cats also eat Purina. Odds are, many of the pets that die will have eaten Purina. This means NOTHING. You cannot connect the two without an awful lot of further evidence. Correlation does not equal causation.

      • Ann says:

        Wow. Must be a response from a retailer, distributor or product sales rep. Does Purina even need one? Or maybe just tasked with off-setting all the negative web publicity lately. No condolences offered, no mention of inconvenience which is a normal PF big company blind-folded reaction.

        Last evening I had an incredibly pertinent response worked up for this posting. Unfortunately the CAPCHA “burped” and all was lost. Two points: (1) Defects in the PFI can be likened to the habit of smoking several decades past. Everyone did it. People died. Nobody made (or wanted to) the correlation. A lot was at stake. One day a few people got their lawsuits into court. It took YEARS, decades really, for enough evidence to accumulate. But it turns out injured parties were awarded, actually not just because the product damaged their health. but because there was no full disclosure about the product’s risks! Simple as that. Nowadays we call that little detail “transparency.” In the case of smoking it was proven the company knew the risks to consumers BUT chose not to disclose them! It was about having the information and proceeding to deceive anyway.

        Regarding PF including Purina (or whichever is in the hot-seat) let people make their choices. Nobody is denying free market enterprise. Just give them the truth, or at least all the details they need to know, first. Do people still smoke, of course. Are people still dying, sure. Do you know a person who’s a chain smoker, bourbon guzzler, eats fast food and never exercises, but who’s outliving all your relatives? Does that lifestyle make anymore common sense than a healthy one.

        Anecdotes do not represent statistics. (Two) And I do wonder why no independent objective research has or is being done regarding the vast range of PF quality, the effects of diets on different types of dogs/cats, long term survival rates, and the real causes of death. Well the answer is politics. But it’s also the permission we give to businesses not to be transparent which something the PFI very carefully and diligently suppresses. And we allow it every time we excuse a mistake (isolated by “Lot” number) and continue to support the same company anyway! Are there problems, well even industry insiders are reluctant to speak out in fear of losing careers and retribution. The most un-favorite comment I hear is about a dog eating Purina (or similar) living to a ripe old age, never a sick day in life. Well okay so the questions really are, you mean no ailments manifested or nothing was noticed because the pet seldom saw a Vet. Can you say it dropped dead from a heart attack or died in an accident instead. I’m not looking forward to my dog’s demise. He’s old and while there are no problems yet they’re bound to crop up anyway. It’s the process of … aging! But one thing is real. His diet won’t be to blame because I KNOW what he’s been eating. And it’s virtually human grade, blah, blah, blah.

        • Anne says:

          Hello my name is Anne from Connecticut; I have been feeding Tabby Queen Purina One for 5 years; she is as healthy as any Cat I know; I do not see a scientific correlation between Purina feed and cats getting sick!

          • Anne says:

            Purina One dry pellets are great!
            I know I have them for breakfast every day…lol Anne:”
            hey lighten up people; Purina is not perfect; no company is ! 🙂

          • Brittany says:

            It’s not about “lightening up” .. i’ve been using purina for a while now both wet canned and dry food and my 5 year old cat now has diabetes. He has extremely high glucose levels. We are switching to home made meals immediately. Read up on diabetes. More cats every day are becoming diabetic. I wouldn’t bet my cats life on it again that these brands of food are safe.

          • Tracey says:

            If your pets food tolerance is good, then you have no problem. If they have no allergies you have no problem. My Beagle, Jane is Gluten intolerant, or may even be allergic to the gluten in Purina One. I cannot feed her anything that has Gluten in it or she will throw it up. She keeps throwing up for several days and if her stomach is empty and she tries to take a drink she will throw up water. The only thing I can really get at the grocery store is the Mighty Dog cans without gravy.

        • Pet Owner says:

          People never believe until it happens to them. TAPF is dedicated to helping people make the best choices they can. That’s all it can do.

          • Anne says:

            so people can read the ingredients on the cans of feed for themselves to make a choice

            ones that add flavors and colors are bad
            Purina One adds no color period!

          • Anne says:

            final comment from Anne (Nutritionist); do you know what really makes Cats sick ?

            THE NEW CLUMPING LITTER THEY SELL
            the stuff creates cement intestinal blockages in the Cats; intestines blocks after the Cat licks its paws !!!

            ONE GRAIN OF CLUMPING LITTER CAN EXPAND TO 10 TIMES THE SIZE OF THE GRAIN IF YOUR CAT INGESTS IT

            I used clump litter once ; cat had bloody stools!
            I never used it again; Cat is in perfect health
            I use plain clay litter do not use clumping PLS!!!

          • Namcy Plemmons says:

            My vet said to never use clumping litter..

          • Pet Owner says:

            What a “killer” comment! Nobody ever thinks about the Cat Litter they ingest. See what I mean about TAPF being so helpful ….?

        • Alicia says:

          I agree with Ann’s post. If the same food product is consumed day after day, year after year and liver cancer occurs, then one would come to the conclusion that the food product caused the disease. This is the same when it comes to cigarettes being smoked day after day and lung cancer occurs. Not all will contract cancer but a good majority will. Until it happens to Sara P or to her pet/s, then maybe she will change her way of thinking.

      • Christine says:

        I’ve always used purine cat chow, my cat wound up with diabetes, insulin daily but I cannot say it was Purina with today the breeding and there was a day you could feed pets scraps and they were healthy. I believe it’s environmental!

    • Kim says:

      I called the fDA office in kc today after noticing that my female that LIVES for canned food had not eaten a bite in 6 days. My male who LOVES the shreds eats too fast sometimes and throws up has thrown up after eating each day she would not eat. The woman “Star” asked me to read the codes on the can those ending in 1159 (I had the 6 last cans) were the ones making Jack sick. She literally called me back 20 minutes after the first conversation telling me something was up and to set the cans aside. She told me I would hear from her by Feb 3, and that someone from her office would probably be picking up the food for testing. After I got off the phone I found a can with 1161, I put it down and Mabel made a running leap to eat it. So far they are both fine. On the bottom of the can look at the first set of numbers, the last 4 digits if it is 1159 DO NOT FEEd it to your pet. For example these are the numbers from one of my cans. 42741159 L53992237 see the 1159? DoNOT take your food back to the stores yet, because without a recall they will put it right back on the shelf and someone else will feed it to their pet. Star told me cat and dog food was involved. Now I am seeing dry food too. WOW!

      • Pet Owner says:

        This is the absolute HOLD Purina has on its customers! If the numbers don’t match the suspected ones, then carry on!

        DON’T.
        For that Rep to call somebody back in 20 minutes and recommend not feeding the food, means something is truly UP. And it’s called Purina’s liability. They’re just waiting for a lawsuit to materialize. So DON’T let them conveniently pick up the food. They might test it alright. But nobody will ever hear about it. They just want the evidence to disappear. They just want corroborated cases to vanish.

        If you want to strike fear in their hearts claim you’re going to have the UN-opened cans tested by an independent lab, and that you’ll have those results forwarded to the FDA. That ought to catch Purina’s attention. Bet’cha they’ll offer you a whole bunch of coupons now, maybe even a free can or two of food. Wow! Instead go back to that Retail Store, and let them know what’s really “up” so they can warn other customers. If they don’t want to cooperate, then review the store on-line, and re-tell this story. They have just as much responsibility to be selling a safe product, as the manufacturer, and if they don’t back it up the line (refusing to carry the brand) then it will never hurt Purina.

        For the last time, due to diet, no pet should NOT be eating for 6 days, or be vomiting food and/or showing diarrhea. If that’s happening then you’ve got a very sick pet you never know what is happening to their internal organs.

        Please give Purina a rest for heaven’s sake.

      • Dianne says:

        Kim….Were they the 13 oz. Cans? My 2 cars are very sick. I’m taking them to the doctor today.

        • Dianne says:

          My 2 cats have not eaten or drank in 2 days…code on cans 53441159. L3ah61943. Ex. Dec…2017. Adding to my previous message….

          • Patrick says:

            Found what appeared to be small pieces of black plastic and rubber in 2 separate cans of Friskies Turkey and Giblets 13 oz cans from the 1157 plant. These cans came from cases and had best by dates of October 2017, and the 2nd batch had best by dates of December 2017. Have already sent them the first batch of pieces and parts. They did refund my money for the remaining cans I had on the first occasion. I have stopped using their product for the strays I feed that people have dumped around my house. Am waiting for the 2nd letter they are sending me to send in the last piece of plastic I found and for the refund check for the 2nd batch. They did tell me I could check back with them in about 6 weeks and they would give me the results of their investigation. How they handle this will determine if I will eventually decide to use their products again.

            Had a problem with their Fancy Feast Classic Chicken about 1 year ago which made all of my indoor cats vomit. Luckily the place I bought them refunded the money on the unused cans. It seems the quality control of the Fancy Feast has deteriorated lately from batch to batch, as my cats no longer seem to care for it as much as before. Looking for an alternate solution for all of them. Considering Wellness Chicken, but is much more expensive than the Purina Turkey and Giblets, and slightly more expensive than the Fancy Feast. Am looking for a balance on cost/quality and using the cat food nutritional composition chart compiled by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM.

            Above Reposted from a different comment section.

            What type of food was it, Purina, Fancy Feast? What size cans? I am changing food for all mine. No more Purina until I hear back from them, and even then, probably not going to feed them Purina again.

          • Nancy Plemmons says:

            I quit using Purina some time ago because of all the complaints..I did use Wellness at one time but so expensive..my cat needs to lose weight so I have her on Prescription Science Diet and she seems fine wth that..
            I have used Purina for years but don’t trust it anymore…

          • leona says:

            how do you go by the code on the cases without opening them?

    • Kim says:

      WE need to start one. From what I am reading here and what the FDA told me this morning they should be included . They know of this problem and have not forced a recall..

    • Lindsay says:

      One of my 3 indoor cats (4 years old) passed away sometime early Tuesday morning. She showed no signs of illness, her passing was a complete shock to our family. We have no conclusive signs as to the cause of death, but all 3 of my cats eat Purina Indoor Cat Chow. Immediately following her passing I decided to switch to a more reputable brand/formula. I am very concerned that there may be something wrong with the food, but I do have an appointment to have my remaining 2 cats checked over by the vet.

      • Dianne says:

        Did you consider having your deceased cat checked out for cause of death? That could give you more answers. I do this routinely now. I find it comforting to know the reasons why my pet passed away.

  2. BC says:

    Oh well FINALLY!! I think the FDA needs to check out the other plants-
    This validates what I was shouting about that flies are hatching from the canned food within minutes after opening.
    Had the food been processed at the temperatures needed the fly larvae would have been killed and it wasn’t. Also had this in Authority Kitten food.

  3. BC says:

    This brings up so many questions. If the food is not heated up enough to kill bacteria- how about parasites and Protozoa?
    Since we know that all animals carry the parasite for Toxoplasmosis – and we know all animals are tossed into the pot at the rendering plants and pet food mfg. are these companies spreading -T-Gondi either in parasite form or Oocysts form?????

    • Sparklzz says:

      I too have noticed consistency differences in Pro Plan, Friskies, and 9-lives. My cat loved friskies canned and dry food and just recently he will not even go near the bowl. The consistency is different, I tried all of the others and the consistency is the same.

      What is going on? He won’t eat the dry either. Something has had to have changed for my cat to have been on Friskies wet and dry for a very long time now wont touch it or go near the bowl.

      The dried food, he threw up.

      Now I don’t know what to switch to as I have not used any other brands…unfortunately Purina is going to lose a lot of business as I am to the point of notifying papers and/or other means to get the word out for an investigation.

  4. Namcy Plemmons says:

    What about Pro Plan Focus Tutkey Weight Management canned cat food? Ive been noticing
    Different consistencies in this food lately and i order from Petco every month..the last case i got was much different with it being more watery..how do i tell if this food is ok??

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I called Purina and got the classic polite stonewalling. No recalls, because they are confident their food is safe. I said, yeah, they why did the FDA, not the most enforcing agency, issue you a warning letter? Why did you not issue lot numbers? All she’d tell me is that it came from plant 1157. Are you sure those are the only foods that the FDA had a problem, and not all food coming from that plant? I feed my cats Friskies wet, because I am so incredibly poor, and there are others that come from 1157:

    Sea Captain’s Choice Classic Pate
    Classic Seafood Entree Classic Pate
    Turkey and Giblets Dinner Classic Pate
    Ocean Whitefish Dinner Classic Pate
    Chicken and Tuna Dinner Classic Pate
    Liver and Chicken Dinner Classic Pate
    Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Dinner Classic Pate
    Poultry Platter Classic Pate

    Also, the Friskies Indoors is a separate line, and the chicken is called Chicken Dinner with Garden Greens. Is it that one? There is also Indoor Classic Pate Salmon Dinner. What about those?

    I said to the woman, are you going to wait until a pet dies before you issue a recall? She said Purina was in the process of preparing a response to the warning letter. I’m terrified. I have 22 cans from plant 1157!

    • Namcy Plemmons says:

      How do you tell plant number?

      • Elizabeth says:

        Hi Nancy – I’m sorry, I just realized I didn’t include that. If you look on the bottom of the can, it’s the last digits in the first sequence of numbers. I have called and left a message for the compliance officer at FDA, at the bottom of the FDA’s public letter. The link is http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm428841.htm I am really freaked out about this! What about other foods produced at this plant? Why was no recall issued? How does the public find out if Purina has taken corrective action? They were closed for the holiday, so I hope to hear from her tomorrow.

        • Terri says:

          So looking at my cans I have a plant number of 1159, mine are okay then? This is crazy that this is happening… I just wished my dogs were not picky eaters. Though I use very little from the can just to mix with the dry foods I use. They won’t eat the dry otherwise.

          • Janice says:

            1159 is BAAAAAAAD. This is the number I’ve read about and the number on the cans that made my dog sick.

    • Christine says:

      I’d say you should take those back to the store and swap them for cans from another plant if you can

    • Janie says:

      I would love to see consumers completely discontinue use of ANY Purina pet foods.

    • lilibaiyu says:

      Just do not feed Purina, people. This is happening all the time – the food is making pets sick and or killing them and the company does nothing but bullshit consumers. Honestly, I can’t believe people still buy this food. It’s bad for pets and there are alternatives that cost very little more. I know money’s tight for a lot of us, it is for us too but there’s no way we are poisoning our 2 cats to save a few dollars.

      • Anne says:

        I do not see where you get your information about Purina making Cats sick; Purina Feeds have been in business for over 100 years in the USA; Purina makes Cat feed; dog feed; rabbit feed horse feed; I do not recommend canned cat feed from any Co.!!!

        • lilibaiyu says:

          Yes, Purina has been in business for decades, but I am willing to bet that the people in control of the company now have quite a different mindset than those who first started this company, or made it grow over the decades. Today, corporations are looking to cut every corner they can in order to increase profits and as far as Purina is concerned, when you endanger beloved pets with your malfeasance so YOU can make more of a profit, consumers need to draw a line in the sand, open their eyes and NOT buy Purina. It’s as simple as that. When the company starts losing market share, does some research and finds out their customers are REALLY upset about the quality of their pet foods, that in fact their pets are dying prematurely because of them, they will make changes. They certainly will NOT make changes out of the goodness of their hearts or because they care about doing the right thing, that has been made abundantly clear.

        • Peg says:

          Anne, it really amazes me that you refer to Purina products as FEED.
          In my brilliant mind feed is Not food.

          I stay far and away from anything Purina especially since it is far gone from being the good Ralston Purina of sooooooo long ago.

        • Pet Owner says:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purina_Mills

          A little history on Purina; we’ve had this conversation before.

          Anne when you refer to nutritionist does that apply to human or pet food?

        • Russell says:

          What? So, you recommend kibble only? Cat’s, firstly, are carnivores aka meat eaters. Secondly carnivores have little need for oats, grains, fillers which is what is in all dry food, for cat’s and dogs alike. Thirdly, these are facts and being aware of these facts you should never feed your cat’s dry food for long durations of time.
          As far as the canned Purina goes, I would bet it’s just as bad for the cats as well, if not worse.

        • Lisa says:

          Purina hasn’t been owned by Nestle for 100 years but they have been for the last 15 years. How long have we been having these recalls and problems now? This may have something to do with it. I’ve never had a real problem before and the cats loved their food but 2 days ago they started leaving food behind and I have 6 sick cats and a sick dog right now. The dog got in the cat food, this is the only thing they have in common. My dog gets homemade food and eats it so quickly the cats can’t get any. So, it’s not her food that did it.

          • All I can say, is have your animals thoroughly checked out, we had a Tri Trichomonis outbreak last year and were exclusively feeding the Classic Friskies Pates, Poultry Platter and Turkey Giblets. It took over 6 months to resolve and it was a NIGHTMARE.

            NEVER AGAIN will we purchase Purina products and for anyone who really cares about the health of animals, they should NOT either.

    • Donna says:

      So Elizabeth are you saying that all the varieties listed in you post are affected? The FDA only listed 3 that we use, but your list sums up everything we feed the cats. 🙁

    • Christine says:

      I AM VERY UPSET AS I JUST CHECKED THE LOT NUMBERS AND LOW AND BEHOLD, EVERY CAN IS MARKED #1157 ON THE BOTTOM.

      We have a rescue with 35 cats currently in our care, who have been exclusively been fed the 13 oz cans of the Friskies Classic Pates, Poultry Platter and Turkey Giblets for close to 2 years now. Up until a month ago, we would mix the larger can of pate, with a 5.5 oz can of the shreads or filets. When they started vomiting up the shreads and fillets undigested, we elminated the smaller can but continued to only feed the pates.

      We are now on our second cat being diagnosed with TRI TRICHOMONAS and CLOS PERFRINGENS ENTEROTOXIN with quite a few others having HORRIFIC DIARRHEA.

      Any one else having issues ?
      Much thanks,

      • Dianne says:

        I hope you stopped feeding that brand of food. You should contact the FDA and try to get your vet to help you determine if the food is the cause. Enlist the help of the nearest vet school if need be. Hold onto the food so it can be tested by the FDA or the vet. Are any of those organisms considered to be a human health hazard? If so, that would definitely interest the FDA.
        I am so sorry for what you are going through with the cats. I hope you can resolve it soon.

      • Alicia says:

        Yes, our cat, Roo, was perfectly healthy until he ate what was a bad batch of Purina’s indoor cat food. He came down with a bad case of diarrhea, stopped eating and became very lethargic. The vet ran many test and tried her best to help save him but he didn’t make it. Roo was only 4 years old. Our whole family was deeply saddened by his passing besides the anger we felt, and still do, for what we feel could have been avoided if we only knew now how many toxins and tainted food products Purina must be processing.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    BC, are you saying flies were being hatched from Friskies canned cat food?

  7. carocats says:

    Unclear as to which products may be affected (size of can, date(s) of manufacture, how to determine where product is manufactured) or what sort of symptoms affected pets may have, if any.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Carocats, please see my comments.

      • carocats says:

        I spoke to Purina customer service – they were polite, this person was aware of issue, but did not know what, if anything, her company is doing about it for consumers at this point although she is sending me coupons (not sure I want any more Friskies at the moment!) and took down info I gave her regarding one of our rescue’s cats, aged 4, who week before Christmas suddenly dropped a lot of weight (all muscle mass, and he’s very small anyway so became bone thin) and wasn’t eating, was pulling his own hair out, and was very agitated and antsy and crying a lot (one of which is normal for him). Bloodwork showed no significant abnormalities, but X-ray showed loads of gas in tummy. We then went to specialist for ultrasound – nothing major noted except somewhat enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes. Specialist thought IBD type issues but still possible it was cancer – fortunately the cat seems to have more or less spontaneously recovered – is eating again and gaining some weight back, and the agitation/antsiness has abated. Also had a 14-yr-old long term IBD cat whom I had caged before Christmas and managed with medication adjustments to get considerably better who then suddenly – literally almost overnight, rather like the younger kitty, dropped what little muscle mass he had. In his case I was unable to turn him around and lost him. Cannot say for sure if either of these cases were related to bad food, but makes me wonder, especially since a lot of our cats have been having high results on pancreatic testing. Allentown plant, by the way, does manufacture both 13 oz. and 5.5 oz. Friskies.

        • Elizabeth says:

          Carocats, first off, my condolences for your loss. How terrible for you. I would like to know, was your called documented? Name taken? The woman I spoke to gave me a reference number (also called contact number), so did she do that for you? Were you reassured that the food was fine, no worries, too?

          • carocats says:

            Elizabeth, my name, address, phone number and e-mail address were taken so I assume my call was documented. I think she did give me a contact number but I did not write it down. She did not reassure me that the food was fine. She did acknowledge that she was aware of the FDA warning. So we are all left wondering what we are supposed to do about food we have bought that came from Allentown. I don’t want to feed it but we can’t afford to waste it. I have about 4 cases of 24 cans each. A friend has quite a bit more. We can ask the stores where we purchased it if they will exchange it, but if they will not what are consumers supposed to do? My e-mail to Purina asking this has not yet received a response and I see nothing on their website so far regarding the warning.

          • lilibaiyu says:

            @carocats – You have to be able to return unopened cans, you have to insist if necessary and tell them WHY you are returning them. The store too will be able to return them to Purina. This is shocking that there isn’t an official recall in progress, but that’s Purina in a nutshell.

        • Ann says:

          I am also very sorry for your loss, and for all the anxiety and saddness involved when you are only trying to do the right thing by helping these cats! It must be very difficult to function when you are so worried about things. And you are to be commended because you already seem to have a very kind heart; it’s clear you must have a gentle spirit regarding people as well.

          With all that said, it sounds like the quantity of PF you have purchased is a sizeable investment. Therefore you (and perhaps your associates) are giving a lot of business to a particular store, or group of them. I think you have every right to pack up your products, carry them back to the store(s), with the warning letter issued by FDA to Purina (and this TAPF article) in hand. Really, it isn’t your job to be the detective! It is Purina’s job to assure you, and to guarantee their product PERIOD! Secondarily it is the store’s responsibility (through their distributor who makes a cut of the profit too) to guarantee the food PERIOD. Whether or not lot numbers can be matched, there’s no telling if the production issue didn’t accidentally (so far unaware) slip into other lines of formula. But if more of your pets gets sick, your incur more Vet bills, or the worse happens – can you tell me why you should be bearing the burden alone?

          Now, here’s how to get clear with the retailer (so they can back it all the up the tree to Purina) if they refuse to refund you, or exchange for a different manufacturer that you like, then promise them you will ADVERTISE their lack of cooperation, and also the fact that they expect you to risk feeding similar food by Purina to your pets. How? One, you can post about the retailer through social media, and two, you can review their business on-line using very specific examples.

          Just the threat of all this should make them very cooperative. Lastly, report them to the BBB. Just having one complaint registered will slow down other buyers, until that complaint is fully vetted. I know all of this is a big hassle and a lot of (unfairly placed) trouble for you, but don’t you want other pet owners to be protected? Thankfully you’ve already posted on this site!

  8. Bill says:

    I guess this will be the spring board for state governments passing laws to prohibit the FDA from enforcing laws for pet food manufacturers, maybe even making it illegal, or having to go to the company and have it fixed or contested before releasing the news to the public. Kind of like the laws passed making it illegal to secretly film how slaughter houses slaughter and process meat. it’s just a matter of who can pony up more money – the big companies or all pet owners. Stay tuned…….

  9. Dianna says:

    OMG! I am totally freaking out! Like others, all I can afford is Friskies canned and my 15 year old baby is already sick with hyper-thyroid. He’s due to be treated next month (I have to save up the money since it’s so expensive) because he couldn’t tolerate the thyroid medicine. The cans have been looking very weird lately with some really dark spots I’ve never seen before and others that are mostly water. Susan – Is there any way we can demand they tell us the lot number? Anything happens to my little boy I am with the rest of you on doiing a class action suit.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Dianne, I’d love lot numbers, too, but I did get the plant number, 1157. I called Purina and told them I demand a refund as I have a number of the foods Susan listed, but I also have 17 other cans that came from the same plant! What about them? I am sorry to hear about your cat’s illness. Too bad the tapazole didn’t help. I presume you’re having the surgery. Good luck!

    • tina says:

      Dianna, do you have some type of youcaring fundraiser you can list so we could help with your 15 year old baby’s surgery? also, i would take the friskie’s food you have left back to the store with a copy of this FDA bulletin and exchange the food. perhaps there is food on sale that you can exchange it for. i had a prof. in a nutrition class advise her students’ to always switch the brands of food you buy often, exactly for this reason. best of luck to you and your kitty.

      • Dianna says:

        Thank you everyone for your well-wishes and offering to help! My Cayce won’t be having surgery, but rather, the radioactive iodine therapy. Given his age, I felt that was the better way to go and I’ve read of good results with that. The cost is still high – $1350! But thankfully, I have a friend who has offered to pay for it. Cayce can’t have the therapy until he’s been off seafood for 2 weeks, which has been an issue since that’s all he wants to eat. I only hope this food hasn’t been causing the problem because the cans do all say 1157!

        I emailed Purina and told them I hope that the statement on their website saying “We’re pushing honesty and integrity forward in pet food.” is correct because I mentioned the FDA letter and that I wanted to have the lot numbers. I will let you know what they say.

        Thanks again, folks. You all and Susan are just the best.

        • Sage says:

          Dianna, one of my cats had radioactive iodine therapy and it worked almost instantly. He was supposed to get sub-Q fluids daily after the treatment, as I recall, to flush the radioactive material out of his kidneys because he had kidney disease too which is common with hyperthyroid cats. If your cat is required to have fluid therapy be sure to follow the recommended schedule. It may be if his kidneys are OK he won’t need it. Another cat was also hyperthyroid and he took pills which I would not do again. Hopefully our current very healthy cats will stay that way – home made raw chicken diet, a little canned and very little fish. In theory, diets high in fish are a possible cause of thyroid disease. Maybe you could get him to switch to a raw chicken diet instead of fish – it has made a huge difference in my cats – wish I had tried it years ago.

          • Anne says:

            Hopefully our current very healthy cats will stay that way – home made raw chicken diet, a little canned and very little fish.

            What is the exact “recipe”? Anne

    • Linda says:

      I just looked at a couple of cans I was getting ready to open and they have the 1157 plant number on them. Is this the Allentown plant? I called Purina to complain about the change in the dry food. The Cat Chow has a green kibble now instead of the darker red it used to have. They told me nothing changed. I said it had to because my csts are throwing up and have loose stools. I did notice issues with the canned food also. I have a diabetic cat who it’s best if she is fed an all canned food diet. I have a few more cats than what most people do. I had been giving some seafood and fish along with poultry products. I started having a lot of loose stools with the salmon dinner and the ocean whitefish both under the “special diet”. I stopped getting the fish diet and things have settled down. I will be keeping more of an eye on the food now. I mix my dry food the cat chow with Purina One. Its bad enough trying to get that at a better price but I have been decent sale prices lately. I called Purina also and they took down the numbers of the cat chow bags I guess now it was plant numbers also. They sent me coupons too to make up for the inconvenience of throw up and diarrhea. I’m glad to see others who are having issues and that I’m not losing my mind. Well i’m not glad on my and everybody else’s cats having issues but glad I found this. Also Dianna I have had 2 cats have the Radiocats iodine treatment and they did great with their T4 levels afterwards.

  10. Helen says:

    How about Beneful products for dogs, also owned by Purina. Their canned food is in plastic tubs. And how about Beneful dry, my dog like IncrediBites. I don’t see listed above unless I missed something. But then again, maybe I should assume this is at every plant for any dog food company. Bad enough that all the jerky treats were laced with something killing our dogs, mine loved those jerky treats, chicken, duck.

    • Sage says:

      Helen
      BENEFUL is the food featured in the News Video near the top of this page for having maggots in it! If you google you will find many complaints including dogs dying from Beneful – 800 complaints at Consumer Affairs alone http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/beneful.html. The first complaint for some reason is 2013 but scrolling down there are current postings from 2014 and 2015. The safest foods are way more expensive – Susan lists many – or if possible, prepare food at home. It’s not terribly difficult for dogs. I did it for over 15 years – made big batches, froze in meal sized baggies and thawed as need. You just need a simple balanced recipe and safe fresh ingredients. Susan has recipes too.

  11. Vicki W says:

    I have fed my cat Fancy Feast for years and then all of a sudden they turn their noses up at some of the flavors. I e-mailed Purina to see if they had changed their “formula” and was told no. I realize Fancy Feast is not on the list, but thought I’d mention it. Also, I recently opened a can Friskies of either mixed grill or super supreme and it smelled like something dead!!! I have tried more pricey foods, but can’t seem to get my cats to like whatever I buy. And, I was wondering about the dark areas when I open a can of either.

    • Celeste M says:

      Mine just started putting up their noses at the Proplan. It’s SO expensive, now I’m having a heart attack! You try to do the right. One of my little ones is sick now 🙁

  12. Vera lange says:

    My 1 beagle recently got really sick throwing up so I have to instigate this i think from now on my 3 beagles are safer w their dry food call of the wild which has alot of protein no fillers or grain …I’ll put pumpkin….string beans …peas n carrots
    I can’t stand any more of this crap of not knowing or risking the lives of my pets !!!!

  13. Tm says:

    How aweful! Until pet parents stop buying these rancid foods this will continue although feeding a quality food can be more expensive but I look at it as I’m saving my pets health giving th a good quality life and saving on vet bills later. Thru this site and others we can feed our beloved pets much better it’s not as expensive as u think with a little research!!

  14. Kate says:

    Ever since I got my puppy(I got her in august) I have been feeding her purina puppy chow(dry food) and pedigree puppy complete(canned food). I started to see darker spots and red areas in the canned food so I decided to switch her to a different food and now I’m feeding her alpo food and it’s the beef one listed at the very top of the list and I just looked at the bottom of the can and all of the cans are from the plant 1157- that is the plant that has the issues. I’m hoping she doesn’t get sick from any of this and I’m going to stop feeding her the canned food until I can go to the store and find some that haven’t been having any issues and hopefully I can find some. This is worrying me a lot knowing that there are bad pet foods out there that are harming pets. Dog food and any pet foods, to be honest, should all be safe for our pets to eat and the pet food companies should made and sell the food as if they were giving it to their own pets and have that in mind. I hope that more people see this and stop buying purina for their dogs.
    Does anyone know of any brands of canned food that I can buy for my puppy that don’t have any issues?

    • Susan Thixton says:

      Kate – the most important thing with choosing a pet food (to me) is for ingredients to be sourced from quality food. Pet food is allowed by FDA to be sourced from ‘feed’ grade ingredients. ‘Feed’ grade can be from diseased animals rejected for use in human food or even animals that have been euthanized or that have died in the field. This is just one of several – but here is a link to a FDA Compliance Policy giving you proof of this horrible action: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074710.htm

      My suggestion to you is to look for a pet food that is made from food – not feed grade ingredients. Call the manufacturer and ask if meat and vegetable ingredients are sourced from USDA inspected and approved for human consumption foods (human edible). Sometimes they will try to avoid the question by responding ‘Our ingredients are sourced from USDA inspected food facilities’. This is not a answer to your question. Rejected for use in human food ingredients come from USDA inspected facilities. You want to know if the ingredients themselves are inspected and approved for human consumption.

      I’m not saying all feed grade ingredients are bad or dangerous – I’m saying they can be, and unfortunately the consumer does not have a clue which is which in their pet food. The best assurance we have to is make certain ingredients are food grade (which follow food law). Hope that helps you –

      • lilibaiyu says:

        Thank you, Susan for your informative comment, full of very helpful information. I’ve really appreciated the quality of comments on this thread as I’m sure many others here have. There’s real information here that we can use, not just mindless rants. Thanks to everyone who commented.

      • Jo Ellen Deasy says:

        I feed my cats UR Veterinary Diet dryx and canned food. Any issues reported with them? I have faced health issues and they have been beside me. If something happened to them…thanks. Jo Ellen Deasy

      • David says:

        But do you have a list of food that is USDA consumable? That would be great. I am so scared about my kitten. High fever, lethargic and drinking a lot of water. I was feeding him Iams for kittens mixed with Fancy Feast. I brought Nutrisca and Newman’s Own and other organic mixes. He really only liked Iams and Fancy feast. Like some others are saying, he approaches the food now as if it is dangerous and when he gets up on the Fancy Feast, he turns his nose. I think he is trying to tell me something without even trying. I’m sick of this too. The vet visit, blood testing, stool testing and all was astronomical.

        • Susan Thixton says:

          Hi David – no sorry, I don’t have a list of pet foods that use USDA inspected and approved ingredients.

    • lilibaiyu says:

      I have not heard of any issues with Iams, Science Diet or Hill’s prescription formulas. You can have any of these delivered at any interval you choose via chewy.com. We’ve been very satisfied with their service. We get a bag of the Hills c/d delivered once a month that is cheaper than what our vet sells it for.

  15. Donna says:

    All of our cans of Friskies pate are from plant 1157. All my cats – 2 are 18 months and 1 is 7 weeks – are eating this jacked up food. I’m furious that this inspection occurred in fall 2014 and if Purina didn’t do a voluntary recall, the FDA should have made this info available to us from day 1. Let us tell Purina Friskies what we think with our dollars. No idea what my cats will eat now.

    • Anne says:

      Why do you not try the dry pellets; like Purina One; Naturals or ProPlan?
      the Purina dry pellets have not gotten any warning letters and the dry pellets have all the vitamins like brown rice turkey chicken omega oils !!!

    • Rob says:

      Donna
      I recently lost one of my cats from feeding him kibble – determined after extensive internet research
      I now feed his brother raw but prior to that he was fed Nature’s Variety Instinct canned chicken and rabbit. I determined that it was pretty much the only food that didn’t have nasty stuff in it.
      Check out Naturesvariety.com
      Also, for other interesting information check out http://www.catinfo.org

    • Sage says:

      DONNA – try SOULISTIC wet cat food http://www.soulisticpet.com/cans.php which is sold at PETCO.

      From their website – Soulistic all-natural, grain free diets are made in a USDA approved HUMAN facility and contain ingredients you can identify such as lean, whole cuts of meat and free range boneless, skinless white chicken breast meat, free of added hormones and steroids.

      My cats have been eating Soulistic for many years and about 12 months ago I added a Raw Chicken formula by Dr. Lisa Pierson http://www.catinfo.org/?link=makingcatfood#The_Recipe so they eat both Soulistic and Raw daily and sometimes a little Orijen.

      Their favorite – Soulistic Good Karma Chicken Dinner – is just chicken and supplements:
      Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Tapioca Starch, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3), Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

      They also like Sweet Salutations Chicken & Tuna Dinner which is similar but with the addition of tuna.

      This family owned company is very quick to respond to questions by phone 800-776-5262 or email info@soulisticpet.com and I have spoken to owner David Forman on several occasions over the years when I’ve had questions. Their original company is Weruva http://www.weruva.com and they now have several other ALL Natural brands listed at the Weruva site. These foods are not inexpensive but they are healthy and safe.

    • Donna says:

      Thank you for your suggestions, I’ll look into each of these.

      My cats eat canned food daily and I give them a little Blue Buffalo dry once a week as a treat. My vet just hates Blue Buffalo, so I’m especially unnerved by the Purina Friskies episode as that’s the bulk of their diet.

      I’ve considered raw in the past (I love catinfo.org), but i’m concerned about salmonella, i’ve read it can happen much easier raw feeding than even the incidents that occur with kibble.

      Has anyone ever used/heard of Verus Feline? It was recommended at a local pet supply store today as being high quality and not too expensive.

  16. Pet Owner says:

    OMG. There are 51 comments! Folks a consumer funded test was just completed. People report PF issues all_the_time on products that aren’t even in as much focus as these recent discussions. But people are still concerned whether or not the can says “1157.” For heavens sake look at the manufacturer which isn’t giving out enough details, isn’t doing a recall, not offering a refund, and can’t answer phone questions. Face it. You and your pets are stuck on Cat and Doggy-Crack (Friskies & Beneful). Do you think it’s only a cooincidence that pets are equally addicted??? Why do you think people go back again and again for “Fast Food?” Because it’s loaded with all kinds of crazy stuff like excess sugar, grease and flavorings. It’s very happily packaged, incredibly convenient and served up with a big friendly smile. Above all, it tastes reeally good (like d’uhh).

    The PFI has modeled its most reliable, faithful consumer base on the very same behavior of how its customers handle their own food experiences. Pity the pets.

    • lilibaiyu says:

      And don’t forget those EVER SO adorable and incredibly artfully produced Purina TV commercials and print ads of adorable pets and loving owners. Ad agencies have known for years that putting a pet dog or cat in a commercial, any commercial, will up its appeal with consumers. Let’s not be hoodwinked by Madison Ave ad agencies anymore! They are like the Washington lobbyists of the pet food industry. Their ONLY concern is to get you to buy more of their client’s products. And by the way, one of the oldest tricks in advertising is to “turn a product’s problem upside down” and advertise its opposite as being their product’s chief virtue.

  17. Rob says:

    There’s a very simple answer
    Feed your cat raw – which, as an obligate carnivore, is what mother nature designed it to eat.
    For the dangers of kibble check out http://www.catinfo.org

  18. Dianna says:

    Well, I emailed Purina the other day and I guess we turned up the heat on the plant in Allentown. Of course they won’t admit to any wrong-doing, but at least we have pressured them enough to at least say they are going start to deal with the FDA.

    Here’s their reply:

    Thank you for contacting Nestlé Purina PetCare Company.

    We appreciate you taking the time to contact us today with your concerns. The quality of our products is a top priority, we are in the process of clarifying our initial response to FDA, including corrective actions and additional documentation as requested.

    We have a comprehensive food safety program and dedicated quality assurance staff in each of our North American pet food facilities to ensure the quality of every Purina product.
    We are confident there are no food safety issues or risks to pet health with our products.

    Again, thank you for contacting Nestlé Purina PetCare Company.

    • lilibaiyu says:

      “We are confident there are no food safety issues or risks to pet health with our products. ”

      See? They are absolutely not going to address what has been occurring. So please, if you love your pets, vote with your dollars and go elsewhere – there are lots of alternatives and researching them is easy online – this thread has offered great ideas and options and lots of them. Check out chewy.com too – they have a fine auto-delivery program that offers total flexibility on shipment frequency, free shipping as well as discount prices.

  19. Anne says:

    The fact is any canned food for pets or humans carries a risk of bacteria; this is because the “tin or aluminum” used in the cans harbors and reacts to certain types of bacteria causing bacteria to grow; the only answer to this is to avoid canned food (esp. canned meat) and do home cooking or Dry Natural Pellets like Iams Purina etc and mix and egg or fish to pellets;
    (WHAT YOU WANT IS THE CAT FEED POUCHES these do not have tin;
    Cans are made from Tin; Tin is a known carcinogen) have a nice dayAnne

    • Pet Owner says:

      This conclusion is a bit misleading. BPA lining make cans controversial. The contents of cans are not carcinogenic and tin/aluminum doesn’t have anything to do with it. Some foods (like pineapple/tomato) will indeed react quickly (discolor) if left in an opened can, and a guminess will eventually form around the opening. Just transfer the contents of canned foods into clean containers. Bacteria begins once a can is opened. Knowing what we do from the CFPFT think twice about reusing PF left in an opened can. Use a clean utensil in each individual can. From what I understand cats should be eating only a moist/wet diet. Using cat food in pouches seems worthwhile as long as the contents are quality and risk free. Many pets react differently to different ingredients/formulas. Finding the right balance is a personal discovery process. Just make sure the first five ingredients are discernable, whole foods, with protein (or meal) leading. Cats should have fewer (if any) carbs. Dogs should avoid grains but still might need a lower residue fiber.

      The lead article for this thread is about a known warning issued by the FDA pertaining to Purina! That’s a fact. Purina should be on the defensive until problems are corrected. So the discussion isn’t about what variations in the product are better or worse. It’s about a lapse in manufacturing quality control and it’s up to Purina to demonstrate a correction. Respect the fact that many people are sharing their own experiences with the product. The purpose of sharing is to help one another and offer solutions and alternatives. Therefore it is not productive or fair to try and “sell” anything (from a professional standpoint) in the comments section. That’s why certain comments are being called out.

      • Anne says:

        ow Can You Reduce Your Tin Exposure?

        At this time, neither the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the International Agency for Research on Cancer have yet to classify tin compounds as carcinogenic to humans so regulation is not as stringent as may be appropriate. The prevalence of tin and tin compounds in industry makes it difficult to completely avoid exposure but there are a few measures you can take. With regard to diet, eat less canned food and don’t eat seafood caught from areas known to be contaminated with tin or other toxic metals. If your occupation includes safety hazards like toxic metal exposure, your risks levels are especially high.

        Tests are available to determine the presence of tin compounds in the body but do not indicate where or when exposure happened. If you’re concerned about the effect of toxic metals in your body, I recommend performing a chemical and toxic metal cleanse.

        – Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

      • Anne says:

        Susan I really hope you print my comment about Tin Toxicity; do you plan to follow up about the Cat Litter? or is this blog strictly about Pet Food; I have been using Purina for over 50 years; never had a prob. yet! I agree folks should make their own choices about their beloved Cats !!! I am sorry I do not have time to continue with any blogs Thank you !!! The reason I like Purina dry is they add Rice Bran Omega Oils + Poultry; Cats do require Fiber which is evidenced by the way a big cat eats Grass so all in all I thank you; I will stay subscribed but nor post!!! Anne:)

      • Anne says:

        Many pets react differently to different ingredients/formulas.

        Using cat food in pouches seems worthwhile as long as the contents are quaTherefore it is not productive or fair to try and “sell” anything (from a professional standpoint) in the comments sectionlity and risk free.

        I do not sell anything Susan

  20. Another Pet Caregiver says:

    ANNE must WORK for PURINA
    She refers to PURINA Pet Food as FEED just like an industry insider and is clearly promoting PURINA DRY FEED

    Her comments on this page include

    Anne January 22, 2015 at 9:00 am
    Hello my name is Anne from Connecticut; I have been feeding Tabby Queen Purina One for 5 years; she is as healthy as any Cat I know; I do not see a scientific correlation between Purina feed and cats getting sick!

    Reply to herself
    Purina One dry pellets are great!
    I know I have them for breakfast every day…lol Anne:”
    hey lighten up people; Purina is not perfect; no company is ! 🙂

    Anne
    January 23, 2015 at 8:09 am
    so people can read the ingredients on the cans of feed for themselves to make a choice
    ones that add flavors and colors are bad
    Purina One adds no color period!

    Anne
    January 23, 2015 at 8:35 am
    final comment from Anne (Nutritionist); do you know what really makes Cats sick ?

    THE NEW CLUMPING LITTER THEY SELL
    the stuff creates cement intestinal blockages in the Cats; intestines blocks after the Cat licks its paws !!!

    ONE GRAIN OF CLUMPING LITTER CAN EXPAND TO 10 TIMES THE SIZE OF THE GRAIN IF YOUR CAT INGESTS IT

    I used clump litter once ; cat had bloody stools!
    I never used it again; Cat is in perfect health
    I use plain clay litter do not use clumping PLS!!!

    Anne
    January 22, 2015 at 9:03 am
    I do not see where you get your information about Purina making Cats sick; Purina Feeds have been in business for over 100 years in the USA; Purina makes Cat feed; dog feed; rabbit feed horse feed; I do not recommend canned cat feed from any Co.!!!

    Anne
    January 22, 2015 at 9:12 am
    Why do you not try the dry pellets; like Purina One; Naturals or ProPlan?
    the Purina dry pellets have not gotten any warning letters and the dry pellets have all the vitamins like brown rice turkey chicken omega oils !!!

    Anne
    January 23, 2015 at 8:25 am
    The fact is any canned food for pets or humans carries a risk of bacteria; this is because the “tin or aluminum” used in the cans harbors and reacts to certain types of bacteria causing bacteria to grow; the only answer to this is to avoid canned food (esp. canned meat) and do home cooking or Dry Natural Pellets like Iams Purina etc and mix and egg or fish to pellets;
    (WHAT YOU WANT IS THE CAT FEED POUCHES these do not have tin;
    Cans are made from Tin; Tin is a known carcinogen) have a nice dayAnne

    • Dianne says:

      Why are you doing this?

      • Anne says:

        hello that is what I want to know and exactly why I usually do not do forums; and I will be unsubscribing
        thanks for your comment Dianne!!!

    • Dianne says:

      I am not the only Dianne to post comments on this thread. How do you know those comments are all made by the same Anne?

    • Peg says:

      Beautifully stated Another Pet Caregiver

    • Anne says:

      See what I am really trying to say is: Get Cat Feed and Dog Feed (Food) which is made from Natural Ingredients like Rice Bran Riboflavin Vit. B2; Purina’s adds Salmon Oil and other Fish Oils in their feed; Poultry; Fish:

      that’s all I was saying: Purina makes some very good Health Food for Cats; with ALL Essential Nutrients including all Vitamins and Minerals
      Iams is good; AVOID ARTIFICALLY COLORED CAT FEEDS AT ALL COSTS sure Purina One Naturals or Iams is more expensive yet you use a small amount because the pellets are nutrient dense and omega oils; that is all I am saying; give your CATs NATRUAL FEEDS not ‘Friskies”!Preplan is good very expensive though
      Natural Feeds say so on the label (no colors or flavors is the key)
      Purina Ones does not add colors!! Salmon Oil is an essential Oil !!!
      thanks for reading signing out Anne 🙂

      • Susan Thixton says:

        Anne – ‘natural’ is a word used in food (human and pet) to lure the consumer in. But it is not held to the true definition of natural (at least the common understanding of the word natural). There have been numerous lawsuits over this one word (in food). Pet foods are made with two very distinct types of ingredients – food grade ingredients (same as human food and abide by all human food regulations) and feed grade ingredients (also known as pet grade – not held to any food regulations – can be sourced from contaminated grains and diseased animal tissue meats). Food or Feed. That’s the two choices pet food consumers have. It might say ‘pet food’ on the label, but most are actually pet feed. Purina Pet Foods are feed grade pet foods. This isn’t meant to bash the company – I’m just stating a fact. All of their pet foods are made in pet food facilities that abide by feed regulation, not food regulation. For most of the people that follow this website (including me) – feed is not food.
        I agree that dyes are not a quality ingredient for pets to consume on a daily basis – but I don’t agree that Purina One does not include dyes. Caramel color is a food dye – same dye that is used in soft drinks and it is linked to serious risks. Here is a link to an article I wrote on this a few years back: http://truthaboutpetfood.com/coke-pepsi-and-pet-food/

      • Another Pet Caregiver says:

        RICE BRAN is NOT good for cats.

        From Little Big Cat: http://www.littlebigcat.com/nutrition/rice-bran-no-good-for-cats/

        Also, Janine commented on Pet Food Test Results page http://truthaboutpetfood.com/the-pet-food-test-results/

        Janine
        January 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm
        Looks like rice bran is an ingredient that’s often contaminated too (from U of Guelph researchers): http://atguelph.uoguelph.ca/2013/06/is-your-pet-food-safe/

        “Smith says pet owners can help prevent their dogs or cats from consuming mycotoxins by avoiding cheaper pet food that is more likely to contain vegetable cereals and corn or wheat fillers. He particularly urges pet owners to AVOID FOOD with significant amounts of RICE BRAN”.

        “That’s the ingredient (RICE BRAN) that’s often contaminated,” he says. “Although we have no exact numbers, we can estimate that when half of the food is of vegetable origin, there will almost always be some degree of contamination. If the food is mainly of animal origins the chances of contamination are greatly reduced.”

        Rice Bran causes Taurine Loss http://www.feedingfidoandfluffy.com/rice-bran-in-dry-cat-food-causes-taurine-loss/

  21. Another Pet Caregiver says:

    As someone else said
    DO NOT FEED PURINA FOOD / FEED – PERIOD.

    More frightening than PURINA perhaps planting someone – a paid “NUTRITIONIST?” on this site to sell PURINA DRY FEED is the MISINFORMATION:

    CLUMPING CAT LITTER
    IS NOT ROUTINELY MAKING CATS SICK AND IS DEFINITELY NOT THE CAUSE OF BLOODY DIARRHEA.
    Bloody stools are most often caused by BACTERIA and TOXINS in PURINA “FEED” or ANY OTHER BRAND of canned or dry food / feed IF it is CONTAMINATED with BACTERIA or other TOXINS before getting packaged in cans or bags.

    Obviously clumping litter can cause a blockage if ingested in quantity and it is NOT to be used for KITTENS.

    CANNED FOOD / FEED
    Food / Feed packaged in METAL CANS is not causing bactera to suddenly appear and grow. BACTERIA and TOXINS already present in the food/feed when it is packaged in a can, pouch (or bag) are what cause illness. Info on CANS from USDA here http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/shelf-stable-food-safety

    If CANNED FOODS had to be avoided – HUMANS would never buy or eat CANNED TUNA FISH or CANNED SOUP or CANNED CHILI or CANNED BEEF STEW among other products.

    Maybe BUMBLEBEE, CAMPBELLS, HORMEL and DINTY MOORE would like to weigh in on the safety of THEIR CANNED HUMAN (grade) products.

    • David says:

      Clumping litter is not used for kittens? I am so unaware. I wish I had known. I hope that is not what’s giving my cat this fever. He’s been using it now since I got him.
      He was about 8-wks when I got him and he’s about 8 months now. He was never sick before. I am so worried about him.

      • Peg says:

        David, what has you vet said about your sick kitty?
        Has any blood testing been done.

        Cats with fevers will not eat or drink and they can become lethargic due to dehydration.

        Cats with fevers can not be given aspirin or tylenol to reduce the fever.
        Please get your kitty to a vet if you have not done so already.
        There are some illnesses that kittens can get but you need a vet to make the diagnosis and give proper treatment

  22. Cat Lover says:

    Wow, I am honestly just finding out about this now. I wish I would have known sooner, now I am a little worried. My tabby cat (Beast) eats Purina One dry cat food. Any experience cat moms out there who recommend a safer healthy brand? I would like to know. Everyone just seems to always recommend Purina.

    • Another Pet Caregiver says:

      Cat Lover – Purina does NOT have a good overall track record.
      ORIJEN is one of the best DRY foods – their stated ingredients are excellent – you can see them here http://www.orijen.ca/products/cat-food/dry-cat-food/cat-kitten/ then click ‘where to buy’ on that same page.

      INSTINCT http://www.instinctpetfood.com/cats comes in DRY, CANNED and various RAW options with a variety of protein sources, is more widely available than Orijen and hopefully is better and safer than Purina.

      Lastly if you really don’t want to switch brands, Purina BEYOND appears to have upgraded ingredients although that doesn’t help if toxic ingredients are allowed into the formula – it would be best to switch to one of the other brands for at least some of your cats meals.

      CANNED / WET foods are better for cats and homemade diets are SAFEST if you use the freshest ingredients and a balanced recipe – Veterinarian Lisa Pierson has invaluable information and a recipe here http://www.catinfo.org

      • Cat Lover says:

        Thank you so much for replying I will be sure to check it out!!! My poor little guy has been through enough, he was treated poorly by his previous owners. Thanks again!!!

  23. Dog_Obsessed says:

    I’m glad someone’s finally cracking down on Purina! Somehow it doesn’t surprise me to find absolutely nil on Purina’s website or Facebook page about this. 🙁

    • lilibaiyu says:

      I first got wind of the recent spate of problems on Facebook actually and the fact that consumers were finally starting to put 2 and 2 together… and that they were damned mad at what was happening to their pets. The Admin of the page had their work cut out for them on the thread I was reading! They kept saying “Well, I’m sorry to hear you’re having problems, please Private Message me for more help” to get all the negative comments OFF the page but more and more people kept coming and posting. It was a real pile-on – I felt kind of sorry for the poor Admin.

      • Dog_Obsessed says:

        Yeah, they say that to pretty much everyone who leaves a negative comment. I think they’re just trying to minimize the amount of negative stuff that everyone sees. I’m glad people are taking a stand anyway, maybe they’ll finally think about changing their ways if they realize it’s losing them enough business. I also feel sorry for the admin though.

  24. Janice says:

    I found this site after reading an article describing 1159 as the number to look out for on the can. This is the number on the cans from the case that made my dog sick.

    I have kept the remaining 10 cans from the case of ProPlan Sensitive Stomach that I purchased. (I had purchased 2 cases by mail through Petco and the first case was fine) I noticed my dog became ill after I started using the cans from this 2nd case. Vomiting, Diarrhea and he was refusing to eat it but would nibble when he became very very hungry. My other dog eats Proplan Sensitive Stomach dry food only and was fine. I decided to soften up the dry food and give it to my sick dog and within 12 hours he was back to normal. I have continued to feed them both the dry food and there have been no problems. I have to soften the dry food with water for the one dog because he becomes constipated if he only eats dry food.

    This has been going on for a long time and no recall and it’s hard to find information. Now I am shopping for a different food because of my mistrust of Purina but all the dog food companies seem to have problems with their processing off and on. Just not sure what to do.

  25. adam boyer says:

    I read this warning at the same time I read an article in the AARP magazine that quoted that you should not overspend on premium pet food. They claimed “No need to pay $5 to $15 per pound. Buy grocery brands Purina, Iams of Pedigree for a fraction of the cost”. It is ashame that AARP could give such bad advice to their readers. Since they are not qualified to advise on dog food, I wish they would realize how hurtful these articles can be. This was in the AARP Bulletin for June 2014. I would like Susan Thixton to set them straight.

    • Susan Thixton says:

      Hi Adam – if you could send me the link to the AARP article, I would gladly try to set them straight.

  26. josh says:

    I have 2 cats that are both 8 years old. They both received a good health status from the vet about 6 months ago. Had their blood tested; prerequisite to getting their teeth cleaned. This evening I fed them Purina Friskies Ocean White Fish & Tuna dinner. Within 5 minutes of eating it they both puked all over the place. One of them was moaning and wouldn’t come out of hiding. In the 8 years I’ve had the honor of caring for them they have never puked at the same time under these conditions. I searched the internet and found this website. The batch on the 156 gram can is 50771159 L53882189. An hour later they seem fine so I feed them something else and all is good. I trashed all of the remaining cans with batch 1159. These are the facts as I lived them. [Sarcasm]Thanks Purina![/sarcasm]

  27. Christine says:

    We have a rescue with 35 cats currently in our care, who have been exclusively been fed the 13 oz cans of the Friskies Classic Pates, Poultry Platter and Turkey Giblets for close to 2 years now. Up until a month ago, we would mix the larger can of pate, with a 5.5 oz can of the shreads or filets. When they started vomiting up the shreads and fillets undigested, we elminated the smaller can but continued to only feed the pates.

    We are now on our second cat being diagnosed with TRI TRICHOMONAS and CLOS PERFRINGENS ENTEROTOXIN with quite a few others having HORRIFIC DIARRHEA.

    Any one else having issues ?
    Much thanks,

  28. Joan Johnston says:

    OMG I just read this. I have 30 beloved unadoptable cats. And I have about 10 cases from Costco with 1159 on the cans. It’s been a year since Purina was warned. Has Purina fixed the problem? Or should I get just rid of all the cases? They say they are good until Dec2017

    • Susan Thixton says:

      Joan – you could try contacting Purina, and/or you could try contacting FDA. Call your consumer complaint coordinator. You can find who that is here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/default.htm

    • I love my dog says:

      Coscto (on the West Coast, Nor-Cal area) will take back ANYTHING! Especially if you bring in the FDA warning about the food. Even though they don’t have a good track record on Jerky Treats, they will (on a consumer to consumer basis) happily oblige on returns because they don’t want trouble from their members on any products! You don’t even have to have a receipt. They can also look up purchases made on credit cards.

      For a better recommendation on Cat Food, please read the post by “Another Cat Caregiver.” See above comments.

  29. George J. DeVos says:

    My indoor cat family of five had just started a new bag of indoor Purina. The afternoon of the second day I found one of them dead. He was already rigid so must have died soon after his breakfast meal. I suspected he might have choked on breakfast since he was an aggressive food gobbler. I continued feeding the indoor Purina. Next day two of the survivors were staggering and crying in obvious distress. One recovered on his own and the other recovered at the vet.

    Finding many reports of death and illness associated with feeding Purina I began to suspect their food. Rather than discard two new bags of indoor Purina, I decided it best to return them to Walmart and tell them my reasons for doing so.

    These cats were seven and eight years old at the time, in robust health and never noticeably sick. A year and a half later they have had no more problems. I now buy more expensive cat food such as the Trader Joe brands but I have fed other brands as well, just no more Purina or any related brands.

    Certain indoor formulas have recently been found to contain too much vitamin D which can become toxic when ingested in excessive amounts. This would certainly explain my experience and I would never risk buying any “indoor” formula again.

    This is all purely anecdotal but it is evidence even if circumstantial. No pet parent would feed Purina after what I experienced. After trusting this old brand for decades, I no longer use it, and that goes double for so-called “indoor” formulas of any brand.

  30. Patrick says:

    Found what appeared to be small pieces of black plastic and rubber in 2 separate cans of Friskies Turkey and Giblets 13 oz cans from the 1157 plant. These cans came from cases and had best by dates of October 2017, and the 2nd batch had best by dates of December 2017. Have already sent them the first batch of pieces and parts. They did refund my money for the remaining cans I had on the first occasion. I have stopped using their product for the strays I feed that people have dumped around my house. Am waiting for the 2nd letter they are sending me to send in the last piece of plastic I found and for the refund check for the 2nd batch. They did tell me I could check back with them in about 6 weeks and they would give me the results of their investigation. How they handle this will determine if I will eventually decide to use their products again.

    Had a problem with their Fancy Feast Classic Chicken about 1 year ago which made all of my indoor cats vomit. Luckily the place I bought them refunded the money on the unused cans. It seems the quality control of the Fancy Feast has deteriorated lately from batch to batch, as my cats no longer seem to care for it as much as before. Looking for an alternate solution for all of them. Considering Wellness Chicken, but is much more expensive than the Purina Turkey and Giblets, and slightly more expensive than the Fancy Feast. Am looking for a balance on cost/quality and using the cat food nutritional composition chart compiled by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM.

  31. George says:

    If you suspect a pet food has sickened your pet, don’t make the mistake I made and just return it. It will at best be discarded, at worst returned to the shelf. Save it and contact FDA. Independent testing sounds like a great idea.

    My indoor cats got sick when I started a new bag of indoor Purina. I immediately changed their water and food. The cat with the biggest appetite died. Two recovered. I now avoid all Purina products and have had no more problems. I naively thought returning the suspect bag to Walmart would send a message up the chain that something may be wrong with the product. From reading on this site, I see that was a futile gesture.

  32. Christine says:

    Our cats live to be 18 and 20 years old and feed them purina. I don’t know what else to say.

  33. Chrisse says:

    Is that the Purina Friskies brand?

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