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Iams pet food recall

by Therese on November 26, 2011

in Pet Food Recall

Update – Monday, November 28: Iams contacted me and told me there is no recall. For more info, see this blog post.


First let me say that I’m posting this (potential) recall with caution. I say that because I have not been able to confirm it with Iams or the FDA.

Price Chopper, an east coast grocery store outlet,  is reporting a recall of some varieties of Iams cat food and dog food. According to their website, the following dry pet foods have been recalled due to aflatoxin:

Iams Original with Chicken Cat Food
UPC 1901403915
Lot Number 12794177D3
size 6.8 lbs.

Iams Original with Chicken Cat Food
UPC 1901410504
Lot Number 12794177I5
size 4 lbs.

Iams Lamb Meal with Rice Dog Food
UPC 1901403735
Lot Number 12794177J4
size 15 lbs.

Reason for Recall:
The product is being recalled due to elevated aflotoxin levels.

Again, I have not been able to confirm this with anyone at Iams yet. I’ve emailed a couple people at Iams though and will post again as soon as I hear something.

Update – Sunday, November 27: As of Sunday 1:30 pm Eastern, Price Chopper has removed the information that was posted on their page. I am still waiting to hear back from Iams on this matter.


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

2nd chance November 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I am wondering why you posted this , where did you get your information from? The links you provided on price chopper are not working so it is hard to tell what is going on. Do you have first hand knowledge of this occuring and can you post legitimate sites that this information can be found?


Therese November 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I’ve emailed two people at Iams and am waiting for more info. The info was on the Price Chopper website but they removed it this morning.


Barb November 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I would never feed anything from “Iams” or “Eukanuba.(one and the same) Their foods are junk and over advertised.
Breeder that cares what their dogs and puppies consume


2nd chance November 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Barb, The majority of good breeders would feed the best to their dogs, but there is a whole public of non breeders who do not know, or possibly with the sudden economy downfall have had to switch from a higher costing pet food. The best thing would be to suggest a better alternative, rather than let them fend for themselves unknowingly. The general public listen to TV commercials, watch dog shows that may profile certain brands etc.

I do hope you can get to the bottom of this Therese. I write a dog blog also and tend to wait for something from the company, or the FDA. However I also belong to a large dog club so if a certain number of dogs are suddenly getting ill I will ask what food they are on and see if there is a coincidence, if there is, then I may publish that all the ill dogs eat the same brand name, so public beware:)


Barb November 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

@ 2nd Chance
I do not see anything on the FDA website at all. Last recalls I
can find are from July 2010 but the FDA website is only current til Nov. 15th, 2011. Guess that don’t help much 🙁


2nd chance November 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Generally when there is a true recall the fda site will announce it or in my line of business , something may be heard through the Vet line. I have not heard anything and I don’t know who would have access to an online Grocery Chain, or how and why would a grocery chain do the undertaking of testing another company’s food? there would be cost incurred. Unless they believe the food was tampered with at their stores, they got an out dated shipment, they were notified by the Iams co. or fda, etc. to me it does not make sense that a grocery chain unless directed to by the company would put out such a caution. After all they loose business that way.


Sandi November 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm

2nd chance, after having a cat die from the 2007 pet food recall, I learned alot about pet food recalls and all I can say is not all companies advertise recalls and vets are usually the last to know,not the first. Dont believe what a pet food company tells you…or doesnt tell you.


Robert November 30, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Just saw your updated post Therese – I’m slow this week!


Therese December 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

HA! I know about that ‘slow’ thing. 😉 Glad you found the update.


Lynn Hopkinson December 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Over the week-end my cat started acting very strange. She cried continuously, paced back and forth, was moving her head about nervous fashion, and would stick het tongue out every few seconds. She would barely leave my small bathroo
. She wouldn’t drink eat or play. Both my cats eat IAMS Indoor\Hairball Control. One cat didn’t seem to be effected, however she was not eating (very unusual behavior for her).

I purchased the cat food at Wal-Mart in Greer, SC. Upon opening the food it didn’t smell right, but I didn’t have any other cat food so I foolishly thought it would be okay.

Has anyones cat had a similar reaction?


2nd chance December 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

so dog food has been confirmed Therese, you may have made a great call and I am directing my blog followers to your site for the addtional info. I’ll keep you posted as well if I hear anything further.


Barb December 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm


CINCINNATI, OH December 6, 2011 – The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily
retrieved a single production lot of dry dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the
acceptable limit. This product has already been retrieved from store shelves. No illnesses have been
reported in association with this production lot to date, and no other Iams pet food products are involved.

Product affected by this announcement:
Product Name


Code Date

UPC Code
Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food
with Use By or Expiration Dates of February 5 or
February 6, 2013

7.0 lb bag


8.0 lb bag


17.5 lb bag



The affected product lot was distributed to a limited number of retailers located in the eastern United
States (AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, SC, VA). These retailers have
already removed this product from store shelves. No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned
food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

While no health effects related to this product have been reported, P&G retrieved this product as a
precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased the product listed should stop using the product and
discard it and contact Iams at the number below for a replacement voucher. Aflatoxin is a naturally
occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in
significant quantities. Pets which have consumed this product and exhibit symptoms of illness including
sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums,
or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

For further information or a product replacement or refund contact P&G toll-free at 866-908-1569
(Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST) or http://www.iams.com.


Barb December 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Pretty bad they don’t have a pop up for recalls….put recalls in the search box and it will take you to 2007 and a bunch of other links promoting their crappy foods…makes me sick 🙁


Joan Bowles December 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Please go to Susan Thixtons TruthaboutPetFood webb site to get the information that is current and updated on this. You do have to join to get the complete list, but the warnings about the Iams products are there. Hope this is helpfu.


5CatMom December 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

If your pet has been affected, you may want to make a comment at Consumer Affairs. Looks like P&G monitors the site and has responded to some of the reported incidents.

Also, always contact your FDA coordinator if you suspect problems with pet food.



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