Dog paws and a bowl of dry dog food with text "The Scoop on Pet Food Recalls"

Many people spend good money on top of the line pet food for their fur babies. They want to know that the product they have chosen is safe for their pets to eat. Many pet food manufacturers follow strict guidelines for safety and quality during the manufacturing of their products, but mistakes do happen. When a mistake occurs, the product might be recalled. Pet food recalls can be very serious, but many pet owners do not understand what a recall is or what it means.

A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), there are three types of recalls. Recalls may be conducted by a manufacture’s own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority.

What do we do when a brand pet food is recalled? As soon as we become aware of the recall, the first thing to do is to stop feeding the product to pets. In some cases, only a specific batch of a product might be recalled.  Be sure to read the recall information thoroughly to determine which steps to take.  Is the bag of food now worthless? The food should be returned to the store where it was purchased to obtain a full refund.  If deciding to not return the product, be sure to dispose of it safely in an area where animals cannot access it.

After returning or disposing of the product, it might be a good idea to take the pet to the veterinarian for a checkup just to be safe. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to pet food recalls. For more up to date information on pet food recalls, visit https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/safety-health/recalls-withdrawals.

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