Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

FDA press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2014 – Pro-Pet LLC, St. Marys, Ohio, has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods for possible Salmonella contamination. A single field test indicated products manufactured during a two day period, on a single production line may have the potential for Salmonella contamination. Pro-Pet LLC is voluntarily recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.


Product Best By Lot Code UPC Number
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033878
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033878
18 lb Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033873
40 lb Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033875
15 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407721
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407713
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 7065407713
20 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780103
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780104
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 1A 2351780104


These products were distributed through select retailers, distributors and on-line consumer purchases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia

No other products/lot numbers are affected by this recall.

Customers should immediately discontinue use of any impacted product and contact Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190 for disposition.

For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm CT.


February 6, 2014

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29 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination”

  1. I wonder if they are all made at the same plant?????

    • Erica says:

      My cat’s and a friends dog have recently got the “the pudding stools” after eating Wellness Core. I wonder if that food comes out of this same plant? Any one know? Has any one had issues with Wellness Core?


      • Christine says:

        I’m nearly certain that it doesn’t. Not related to Old Mother Hubbard/Wellness company

      • Deniese says:

        I believe Wellness is made by a 3rd manufacture because you can tell that on the back of the dog or cat food it will say Distributed for or Manufactured for and then say another name other than the brand of the dog and cat food. So 3rd manufactures may make several different brands and that could cause contaminants in your Wellness food that your pet is picking up from and causing the soft stool. Or it could be that the food is not precisely balanced and has too little fiber causing the soft pudding stool as well.

        • Susan Thixton says:

          Wellness has their own kibble manufacturing plant but I’m not sure if all of their foods are made solely at their own plant.

  2. Margie Kalligher says:

    When are people going to realize this dog food is nothing but rotten meat scraps, road kill and euthanized animals. Some ingredients come from China and the government allows that ,without posting that it comes from China. Please ! Please ! Do your homework on what you are feeding your animals. Raw diet is the very best.

    • t.m. says:

      Raw? like RECENT roadkill???? come on now……

    • Jeri says:

      You are right, Margie. And for those uninitiated in “raw feeding”, it is not “road kill” — unless, of course, you consider what you eat to be “road kill” as well. As for one more kibble being recalled for salmonella, color me completely unsurprised. Of course, according to the AVMA, it’s RAW that’s the problem….

    • Herb Neu says:

      I completely agree. There are excellent raw food recipes for dogs and cats available online. I’ve also found that raw food such as organ meat, cost far less than commercial or so-called “holistic” dog foods. Also, kibble, including the high priced brands, is mostly starch which is why kibble is crunchy. All the vitamins in these foods are synthetic and don’t necessarily benefit the animal, but helps comply with AAFCO standards, which are mostly a joke.

    • dave says:

      Agreed Raw is the best but there are still a few companies out there that don’t feed garbage. Merrick and Champion are the best imo.

  3. kate says:

    REPLY TO ERICA: What makes you think the wellness core food for cats/dogs comes from the same factory?

    Please email:

  4. Christine says:

    Holy crap the ingredient list is a doozy on the HL dog food!

  5. Susan Thixton says:

    Pro Pet has three of their own manufacturing facilities…
    St. Marys, Ohio
    1400 McKinley Road
    St. Marys, Ohio 45885

    Kansas City, Kansas
    6833 Griffin Road
    Kansas City, Kansas 66111

    Owatonna, Minnesota
    800 24th Avenue
    Owatonna, Minnesota 55060

  6. donna morin says:

    is blue buffalo dry cat food ok. and smart blend can purina for one year old cat

    • Brian Hill says:

      Yes Blue buffalo is one of the best on market and not connected to this crap company , you get what you pay for

      • kate says:

        Absolutely Not good either one Brian. But, if that’s best then I would use Blue. Join Petsumers so you can see the anti nutrient list for each manufacturer.

      • Deniese says:

        Do you know where Blue Buffalo comes from? It don’t say Manufactured by or Distributed for or Manufactured for on the back of its food. It just says made in the USA. So for all I know Blue Buffalo could be made and packaged by a third manufacturer which would make Blue susceptible to contaminants down the road. Most dog and cat food if it is made in its own facilities will have manufacture by and the name that you see on the dog or cat food. So Beware!

        • Susan Thixton says:

          Blue Buffalo is building their own plant – but it is not completed yet. They told me they use “several copackers” – in other words several manufacturers make Blue Buffalo foods.

      • dave says:

        You cant be serious Brian, BB will kill your animals. If not sooner it will later.

  7. Chgo Denise says:

    With an expiration date only 3 months away, it’s probably been on store shelves for a long time already

  8. Barbara says:

    Call Wellness. At one time I was thinking of using Wellness Core. I asked about the taurine and they said it comes from China. I told them they just lost a customer. I believe the vitamin packs are sourced from China. I feed raw to 2 of my dogs and cook for the other.

    • kate says:

      I talked with Simmons who owns the largest private label including manufacturing of all Wellness products TODAY. Yes they source to supplements in their cat food from China. The Wellness wet cat food Core is GF but also has carrageen a no for pets.

    • Debbie says:

      I was feeding my cat Wellness but all of sudden she kept throwing it up. So, I started Halo n it worked for awhile but now she’s doing it again. All she is able to eat now is Merrick n not so sure if its healthy.

      • dave says:

        Merrick is very good. all usa made ingredients and never been recalled. make sure you feed canned food with dry. feeding dry exclusively will harm your cats. better yet just feed canned if you are able to.

  9. Erica says:

    I’m returning the bag of Wellness Core today. I am gradually switching the cat’s over to raw, but unlike my dog it has been extremely challenging to get them to eat it. I will pick up a small bag of food to mix with the raw to entice them to eat it, Does any one know anything about PureVita, Orijen or Acana?
    Recalls? Sourced from china? made at the Diamond plant ? etc? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you for all your comments thus far and enlightening me on Wellness Core.

    Be Well,

    • dave says:

      Orijen and Acana are both made by champion foods in Canada.All locally sourced and never been recalled. Very Very high quality food.

  10. Terri Janson says:

    I always thought Wellness was a great food…geez

    I hope Nutri Sourse is. It is made by Tuffy.

  11. D Roberts says:

    Acana and Origen are the BEST foods to feed canines and felines HANDS DOWN. Blue Buffalo (DIAMOND FOODS) Has THE, BY FAR, worst recall history of all pet food manufacturers!

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