Nestlé Purina PetCare is the second largest pet-food company in the world.
In the United States of America, it is first.
From humble beginnings, to absolute market dominance, Purina is now in it’s third century and competition has never been more fierce.
For over 100 years now, Purina has been guided by the belief that people and pets are better together. Recently however, conscious consumers have been voicing concerns over Purina’s operations and end products.
But: Do the claims have any merit? Let us find out by examining this brand further.
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Why review Purina? Aside from the fact that Purina products have the largest market share and thus the biggest impact on dogs in the US and abroad, there has been a lot of noise surrounding this brand as of late in the form of consumer reviews and complaints.
Concerns such as:
- is Purina dog food healthy?
- was Purina dog food recalled?
- does Purina dog food cause seizures?
- does Purina dog food cause cancer?
- how does Purina dog food rate?
- and, what’s in Purina’s dog food?
Thus: We felt compelled to do the right thing and look further into this brand history and philosophy.
Examined: Purina Dog Food
Ahead: We take a look at the company’s history, it’s products, ratings, recalls, services, marketing and advertising tactics. We’ll also try and sneak a peek into the behind the scenes operations, as well as highlight any legal incidents the company was/is involved in. Tighten your seat-belt for this one.
Is Purina Dog Food Safe?
First it must be stated that when we’re talking about Purina, we’re in-fact talking about the different product lines that make up the company: Purina One, Purina Pro, Purina Beyond, Moist & Meaty, Purina Puppy Chow, Purina Mighty Dog, Purina Bella, and Purina Dog Chow.
Safety first: Purina states it’s products are formulated by professional nutritionists and vets and produced under some of the most strict safety standards in the United States. With each manufacturing facility having an onsite quality assurance labs and experienced staff.
Now: All of these product lines are crafted in Purina owned facilities, so the quality and safety assurance all stems from the same source. Now that that’s out the way, let’s see what Purina has to say about quality and safety.
We craft 99% of our pet products right here in the U.S.A. so we can keep a close eye on every step. ~ Purina
Purina states that the quality of the nutrition it provides to over 1 million pets a year is their top priority. They ensure safety and quality by:
- making 99% of their pet products in the well regulated USA
- doing so helps them keep an eye on every step of the process
- they know exactly what goes on in every batch
- who made it, where it was made, and where it’s going
- responsibly sourcing ingredients that are expertly prepared and nutritionally essential
- perform 100,000 quality checks a day
- use near-infrared technology to vet ingredients for purity and quality.
Where does Purina source their ingredients from?
The above video is a Purina promo, following Dave, the Materials Manager, as he drives around and explains where Purina sources it’s ingredients from. He states they get grain from Georgia, corn and wheat from Midwest America, and meat from facilities certified by the U.S.D.A.
Purina says that the select few ingredient suppliers who pass their rigorous requirements, end up feeling proud and consider it an accomplishment. Highlighting the company’s high standard for safety.
Does Purina source ingredients from China?
Probably, to be honest. The most they say is that they work with vendors from various geographical regions. It would be harder to find a company that doesn’t get it’s ingredients from a global supply chain, than one that does these days.
But: It’s good to see that they set high standards for ALL of their suppliers and run quality checks as depicted in the graphic below. Tracing every single ingredient to it’s original batch!
The above includes expert evaluation of every detail of the ingredients origin: weather patterns, air quality, livestock management practices, etc. Now, let’s answer some even more serious questions.
Fun fact: Anybody in the factory during the manufacturing process has the ability to point out quality issues and even stop the production line if they have to.
Does Purina dog food cause seizures?
First off, to learn more about seizures in dogs visit the VCA Animal Hospital – Seizures in Dogs page. Now, to whether or not Purina’s dog food caused dogs to have seizures or not.
As of the writing of this post, there is no substantial evidence to proving beyond a doubt that Purina’s dog food has cause seizures in dogs. There is certainly not a shortage of allegations circulating online, however we have not found any official ruling and indisputable evidence that Purina pet food causes seizures in dogs.
Note: It’s important to note the following when looking at such questions. Nestle successfully defeated a class action lawsuit against it’s Purina Beneful brand. The lawsuit claimed the food sickened and/or killed thousands of dogs.
What about recalls related to Purina? We cover those in our Recalls section below.
Behind the curtains: Now that we have a better understanding of the quality and safety standards, let’s find out more about the company behind the brand. Shall we?
Who Makes Purina Dog Food?
Purina’s slogan is “your pet, our passion.” They say that every pet deserves the best life and that they’re committed to nourishing and enriching the lives of our dogs. But who are “they?”
The Purina brand is owned by a little old company you may have heard of, called Nestle. As a result of a 2001 purchase by Nestle of Ralston Purina for $10.3 billion dollars. As the new entity, it has been recognized for sustainability efforts when it comes to manufacturing. They also sponsor a good deal of charities and pet-related events.
Purina’s company history
- 1894: William H. Danforth partners up with George Robinson and William Andrews. They start a company for feeding farm animals, they change it’s name to Ralston Purina in 1902.
- 1926: In order to confirm the palatability and nutrition of it’s foods, Purina opens the first pet nutrition and care center in Missouri.
- 1933: Admiral Richard E. Byrd, on his expedition to Antarctica, feeds his dogs Purina Dog Chow Checkers; the dogs thrive on the enduring journey.
- 1956: Purina’s Dog Chow becomes the first pet food to be made using a process called extrusion, resulting in unique shapes that we refer to as “kibble” today.
- 1963: Purina becomes the first company to acknowledge that puppies require additional nutrients and protein in their food; unveiling the Purina Puppy Chow product.
- 1986: The launch of Purina Pro Plan. A result of Purina pioneering an innovative process that made it possible to use real meat as the #1 ingredient in dog food, the first brand to do so. Ralston Purina offloads it’s Purina Mills animal feed business to focus more on dog and cat food.
- 1987: The launch of Purina’s unprecedented 14-year study that proved the healthy years of a dog can be extended by feeding them to their ideal body condition throughout a dogs life. Purina also branded it’s decades long support for animal welfare with the organization Pets for People.
- 1988: Purina Veterinary Diets introduces HA-Hypoallergenic Canine Formula. The first ever hypoallergenic diet formula for dogs.
- 1999: Establishment of Canine Reference Family DNA Distribution Center. The first and only one, with the goal of providing help to the top researchers working on mapping the canine genome.
- 2000: Years of meticulous research manifests in Purina launching a dog litter product called secondnature dog litter.
- 2001: The year Nestle bought Ralston Purina. The exact date was December 12th. They then merged it with Nestle’s Friskies PetCare company. This helped propel Purina into what is now the second largest pet food company in the world.
- 2004: Purina launches a food for dogs with arthritis, the Veterinary Diets JM-Joint Mobility Canine Formula. Claiming to be the first to apply molecular-level nutrition to a therapeutic diet.
- 2007: Purina launches Fortiflora Nutritional Supplement. The first probiotic nutritional supplement on the market that also tastes good and is easy to use.
- 2010: Design of the Purina Event Center. An 84,000 sq. ft. contemporary facility with over 150 dog grooming stations. The company launches a Facebook game called Purina Pet Resort where people manage virtual pet resorts.
- 2011: The company surpasses the $10 million dollars mark in pet communities and pet welfare investments.
- 2013: Acquires pet adoption website Pet Finer.
- 2014:The launch of Just Right. A first of it’s kind personalized dog food line. It utilizes the owners knowledge of their dog with Purina’s pet nutrition experts and customizes dog food. Delivered to pet owners doorstep.
The above should give you an idea of the company’s history and how far they’ve come. As well as their innovative and pioneering spirit. As a result of the above history and growth, Purina now owns over 30 different pet food brands. Let’s take a look at some of them below.
Pushing pet care forward = Quality starts at the source (ingredients) + nutritional breakthroughs (innovation) + sustainable future.
Good place to work
The company was honored with numerous “best place to work” awards in the last decade, as well as “top CEO” awards according to Glass Door’s Employee Choice awards. Probably due to perks such as dogs-allowed to work policy, an onsite convenience store, coffee bar, fitness center, day care, it’s own credit union, weekly tailor and even a masseuse services.
Here are the Nestle Purina Petcare Co. awards:
- Best Places to Work: 2018 (#27), 2017 (#13), 2016 (#9), 2015 (#3), 2014 (#10)
- Top CEOs: 2017 (#27), 2016 (#9)
Purina believes in the importance of ingredient sourcing on the impact of quality pet food. That pushing for scientific breakthroughs in pet nutrition can change the lives of pets. Finally, that doing all this in efficient facilities and an environmentally friendly manner, is good for everybody.
Now: Speaking of facilities, why don’t we now take a look at where exactly the manufacturing takes place. Ready?
Where Is Purina Dog Food Made?
Made in the USA: Yes. Purina dog food is made in one of the most highly regulated countries when it comes to pet food manufacturing, in the world. Out of all the pet food they make, 99% is made in the US, and they say that they try to locally source ingredients from the US as well.
Legal name: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Year founded: 1894
U.S. Headquarters: 1 Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO 63164
- CEO – Joseph R. Sivewright
- CFO – James R. Elsesser
- VP & General Counsel – Stanley M. Rea
- VP Secretary & Senior Counsel – Nancy E. Hamilton
- Chief Administrative Officer – William H. Sackett
Contact info: 1-800-778-7462, email.
U.S. Manufacturing Facilities: Take a look at a visual representation of the 20 different manufacturing plants Purina owns across the nation.
At it’s headquarters in Missouri, Purina has 17 buildings sitting on 55 acres of land which has approximately 1.3 million sq. ft. of office space; which includes a four-story pet food research facility. A part of this is also a “Learning and Training” center, three ponds, and a dog park.
Global operations: In addition to the US headquarters and cutting-edge facilities there, Purina has operations in Europe, Latin America, Oceania, Asia, and Africa. Basically all over the world!
Full control: They own and operate all of their own facilities and factories. Giving them a lot of control over tracking ingredients and monitoring for quality and safety.
Who Sells Purina Dog Food?
You’ve checked out the safety aspect, the company behind the kibble and it’s manufacturing prowess. But now let’s see where Purina is actually sold, by whom, and how you can get your paws on it. Nestle Purina PetCare products are sold and can be found internationally, having partnerships with a significant amount of distributor.
Where to buy Purina dog food?
You can buy Purina’s dog food brands at a lot of places, from in-store to online. It’s probably sitting on the shelves of your nearest grocery store. From Wal-Mart to Target, to more traditional pet-oriented outlets like Tractor Supply Co. and PetSmart.
Purina is also available online at retailers such as Amazon.com, their own website, and Chewy.com
Pro tip: It’s always good idea to check with your vet first, before making a switch to new dog food.
How Does Purina Dog Food Rate?
To answer this very important question, we’ll break the ratings down into the different product lines and their respective average ratings; then at the end we will offer our cumulative overall average rating for Purina’s dog food.
- Purina Bella, 2.5 out of 5 possible stars: The dry products being average and the wet offerings below average.
- Purina Beyond, 3.5 out of 5 possible stars: With the dry products being average and the wet products being above average.
- Purina Dog Chow, 2 out of 5 possible stars: Below average dry products.
- Purina Moist & Meaty, 1 out of 5 possible stars: Semi-moist dog food using a conservative amount of meat. Uses named by-products as main source of animal meat.
- Purina One SmartBlend, 2.5 out of 5 possible stars: Below average dry dog food, average canned dog food.
- Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct, 3.5 out of 5 possible stars: Below average dry product offerings, above average grain-free products, and near average wet products.
- Purina Pro Plan: We dissect this down into the five underlying product lines.
- Bright Mind, 3 out of 5 possible stars: Near average dry dog food.
- Focus, 2.5 out of 5 possible stars: Above average dry dog food, below average wet dog food.
- Savor, 2.5 out of 5 possible stars: Overall below average dry and wet dog food.
- Sport, 2.5 out of 5 possible stars: Near average dry dog food product.
- Veterinary Diets, 3 out of 5 possible stars: Near average dry dog food product. (This rating has nothing to do with the accuracy of claims made by the product in curing/treating any health conditions).
- Purina Puppy Chow, 2 out of 5 possible stars: Plant-based near average dry dog food. Uses a moderate amount of named by-product meals as its main source of animal protein.
- Purina Mighty Dog, 2 out of possible 5 stars: Below average canned dog food containing a moderate amount of named and unnamed meat as the main sources of animal protein.
Overall brand rating for Purina dog food
Dognutrition.com rates Purina dog food with an average 3 out of 5 possible stars. Some of it’s products truly are great, and the other leave room for improvement when it comes to ingredient selection. This is not to say they are not FDA approved and do not provide dogs nutrition, they do all of that; it’s just as with anything else, there are tiers to quality.
Remember: The company has over 80 different formulas spread across various product lines, thus the quality will naturally differ, as they will spend more on some and less on others.
Which Purina Dog Food Is Best?
As alluded to above, this is a massive company, with many different product offerings. Some of those products are purposefully formulated to be of higher quality and marketed to health conscious dog owners. While others meet the AAFCO guidelines, the FDA guidelines, and just do the bare minimum when it comes to providing your dog with the nutrition they need.
Now: Purina Beyond and it’s Pro Plan dog food product line looks to be the creme of the crop. Browse the product line on Amazon.com to see available options.
Note: Be sure to check out our handy Dog Food Calculator tool, if you’re stuck on how much to feed.
Can puppies eat Purina dog food?
Yes. Purina offers 17 different products geared towards the unique needs of the puppies in our lives.
Our favorite Purina puppy food: Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Dry Puppy Food [See it on Amazon]
- Includes real chicken as the first ingredient.
- Antioxidant-rich formula to help support immunity.
- DHA from omega-rich fish-oil for brain and vision support.
- Calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth.
Important: Always consult with your vet before experimenting with different foods on your dog.
Purina Dog Food Product Catalog
Purina Dog Food Formulas: They have 85 different dog food formulas, spread across 7 different product lines.
You’ll notice the following letters accompanying each recipe below. This is the recipes pertinent AAFCO nutrient profile (if we’re able to locate it on the company’s website).
- All Life Stages
Important: We feel it important to state that many websites do not reliably indicate which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are deemed safe for large breed puppies.
Now: You may see it on some of the recipes below, but we typically do not include this data in our reports. Make sure you examine the actual packaging for this information.
Purina One SmartBlend Dog Food
- Purina One SmartBlend Large Breed Adult [M] [Dry]
- Purina One SmartBlend Sensitive Systems [M] [Dry]
- Purina One SmartBlend Large Breed Puppy [G] [Dry]
- Purina One SmartBlend Healthy Puppy Formula [G] [Dry]
- Purina One SmartBlend Lamb and Rice Formula [A] [Dry]
- Purina One SmartBlend Healthy Weight Formula [M] [Dry]
- Purina One SmartBlend Chicken and Rice Formula [A] [Dry]
- Purina One SmartBlend Small Bites Beef and Rice Formula [A] [Dry]
- Purina One SmartBlend Vibrant Maturity 7 Plus Senior Formula [M] [Dry]
- Purina One SmartBlend Classic Turkey and Barley [M] [Canned]
- Purina One SmartBlend Classic Beef and Brown Rice [M] [Canned]
- Purina One SmartBlend Classic Chicken and Brown Rice [M] [Canned]
- Purina One SmartBlend Classic Lamb and Long Grain Rice[M] [Canned]
- Purina One SmartBlend Beef and Barley Tender Cuts in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina One SmartBlend Lamb and Brown Rice Tender Cuts in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina One SmartBlend Chicken and Brown Rice Tender Cuts in Gravy [M] [Canned]
Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Formula
- True Instinct with Real Salmon and Tuna [M] [Dry]
- True Instinct with Real Turkey and Venison [M] [Dry]
- True Instinct Grain Free with Real Beef and Sweet Potato [M] [Grain-Free] [Dry]
- True Instinct Grain Free with Real Chicken and Sweet Potato [M] [Grain-Free] [Dry]
- True Instinct Classic Ground with Real Chicken and Duck [M] [Canned]
- True Instinct Classic Ground with Real Turkey and Venison [M] [Canned]
- True Instinct Tender Cuts in Gravy with Real Chicken and Duck [M] [Canned]
- True Instinct Tender Cuts in Gravy with Real Turkey and Venison [M] [Canned]
Purina Pro Plan Dog Food
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Toy Breed [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Puppy Toy Breed [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Giant Breed [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Small Breed [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Puppy Small Breed [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Puppy Lamb and Rice [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Puppy Chicken and Rice [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Weight Management [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Small Bites Lamb and Rice [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Puppy Large Breed [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Lamb [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Weight Management Large Breed [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Salmon [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Focus Puppy Chicken and Rice Classic [G] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult 7 Plus Beef and Rice in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Focus Puppy Chicken and Brown Rice Classic [G] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Beef and Rice in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Chicken and Rice in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Weight Management Turkey and Rice in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Focus Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Salmon Classic [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Small Breed [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Large Breed [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Beef and Rice [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Lamb and Rice [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Salmon and Rice [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Chicken and Rice [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Puppy Shredded Blend Chicken and Rice [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Weight Management [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult 7 Plus Shredded Blend Chicken and Rice [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Blend Small Breed Lamb and Rice [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Grain Free Shredded Blend Beef and Salmon [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Grain Free Shredded Blend Turkey and Chicken [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef and Rice [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Rice [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef and Brown Rice [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Beef and Lamb [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef and Vegetables Slices in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Lamb and Vegetables Slices in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Turkey and Vegetables Slices in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Vegetables Slices in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Turkey, Peas and Brown Rice [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Seared Beef, Green Beans and Brown Rice [M] [Canned]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Seared Chicken, Julienne Carrots and Barley [M] [Canned]
Bright Mind Formula
- Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ Turkey & Rice Formula [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ Chicken & Rice Formula [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ Large Breed Formula [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult Small Breed Formula [M] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ Beef & Brown Rice [M] [Entrée]
- Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ Turkey & Brown Rice [M] [Entrée]
- Pro Plan Sport Active 26/16 Formula [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Sport Active 27/17 Formula [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Sport Performance 30/20 Formula [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Sport Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice [A] [Dry]
- Pro Plan Sport Grain Free Performance 30/20 [A] [Dry]
Purina Beyond Dog Food
- Purina Beyond Superfood Blend [M] [Dry]
- Beyond Simply 9 White Meat Chicken [M] [Dry]
- Beyond Simply 9 Ranch Raised Lamb [M] [Dry]
- Purina Beyond Tuna and Egg Recipe [M] [Grain-Free] [Dry]
- Purina Beyond Beef and Egg Recipe [M] [Grain-Free] [Dry]
- Purina Beyond Grain White Meat Chicken and Egg Recipe [M] [Grain-Free] [Dry]
Purina Dog Chow Formula
- Purina Dog Chow Little Bites [M] [Dry]
- Purina Dog Chow Large Dog [M] [Dry]
- Purina Dog Chow Healthy Weight [M] [Dry]
- Purina Dog Chow Tender and Crunchy [M] [Dry]
- Purina Dog Chow Adult with Real Beef [M] [Dry]
- Purina Dog Chow Adult with Real Chicken [M] [Dry]
Purina Mighty Dog Food
- Purina Mighty Dog Lamb and Rice [A] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Hearty Beef Dinner [A] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Savory Steak Flavor Chopped [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Tenderloin Tips Flavor in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Hearty Pulled-Style Beef in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Beef Dinner in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Porterhouse Steak Flavor in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Seared Beef with Cheese in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Rotisserie Chicken Flavor Chopped [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Chicken and Smoked Bacon Combo [A] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Hearty Pulled-Style Chicken in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Chicken Dinner in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Seared Chicken with Cheese in Gravy [M] [Canned]
- Purina Mighty Dog Chicken, Egg & Bacon Country Platter [M] [Canned]
Purina Puppy Chow Dog Food
- Purina Puppy Chow Complete [A] [Dry]
- Purina Puppy Chow Large Breed Formula [A] [Dry]
- Purina Puppy Chow Tender and Crunchy [A] [Dry]
Purina Moist & Meaty Dog Food
- Purina Moist and Meaty Steak Flavor [M] [Semi-Moist]
- Purina Moist and Meaty Chopped Burger [M] [Semi-Moist]
- Purina Moist and Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor [M] [Semi-Moist]
Purina Bella Dog Food
- Purina Bella Natural Bites with Real Chicken and Beef [M] [Dry]
- Purina Bella Natural Bites with Real Chicken and Turkey [M] [Dry]
- Purina Bella with Beef [M] [Tubs]
- Purina Bella with Turkey [M] [Tubs]
- Purina Bella Filet Mignon Flavor [M] [Tubs]
- Purina Bella Grilled Chicken Flavor [M] [Tubs]
- Purina Bella Porterhouse Steak Flavor [M] [Tubs]
- Purina Bella with Chicken and Smoked Bacon [M] [Tubs]
Purina Recall History
Below is a list of all (if any) recall incidents tied to this brand. It encompasses an analysis of all dog food recalls dating back to 2010, as well as further back; pointing out any releases directly related to this product line.
Note: If you don’t see any recall below, it means either of these two things. 1. There have been no recalls directly related to this product line. 2. We have not yet updated the section to reflect a recent recall.
Recalls related to Purina dog food:
- Reason: Vitamin/mineral levels deemed inadequate.
- Source: Voluntary recall, announced by Purina on March 9, 2016.
- What was recalled:
- Pro Plan Savory Meals, 10 oz. tubs.
- “Best Before” date range: From June 2017 to August 2017
- Production code range: First 4 digits of 5363 to 6054.
- Limited to 5 varieties:
- Braised Chicken Entrée
- Braised Pork Entrée
- Braised Turkey Entrée
- Grilled Salmon Entrée
- Braised Beef & Rice Entrée.
- Pro Plan Savory Meals, 10 oz. tubs.
- Note: Beneful was also included, but we will review Beneful separately and will link to it here.
- Reason: Voluntary recall for suspected Salmonella contamination.
- Source: FDA reported it on August 30, 2013.
- What was recalled:
- Purina ONE Beyond White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food, 3.5 lb. bags
- “Best Before” date: October 2014 AND Production code: #31071083.
- Reason: Melamine. Part of the greatest recall in North American history.
- Source: March 16, 2007 FDA report.
- What was recalled:
- Mighty Dog pouch products, 5.3 oz. (as well as multi-pack pouch products)
- Manufactured from: December 03, 2006 to March 14, 2007.
- Product Codes: #6337 through #7073
- Plant Code: #1798.
Now: In this post, we only focus on dog food recalls. But it should also be mentioned that Purina had a 2012 cat food recall for low levels of thiamine. In 2011 two cat food recalls for suspected salmonella contamination. In 1983 it recalled 150 cans of cat food for unwise labeling, and in 1978 it recalled Purina Cat Chow because of a dangerous chemical known as polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB).
Worth mentioning: For a company the size of Nestle’s Purina PetCare, to be only minimally affected by the great 2007 pet food recall, is a testament to the ingredient sourcing and quality controls in place. The recall affected over 150 pet food brands. Having been around for so long and having such a vast portfolio of dog food, this is an impressive track record for a company this size.
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The Bottom Line
Take a bow if you’ve made it this far! There’s a lot of info to take in, given how big the company is and the vastness of it’s product offerings. Now, before you head out, let us sum up what we’ve learned so far and present you with some coupons and/or discounts related to this brand, shall we?
Purina’s innovative history
Purina has done a lot of “first” in it’s existence. From being the first company to include real meat as the first ingredient (as was the case in their Purnia Pro Plan line) to their invention of grain-free, sports performance formulations. Being innovative means you’re constantly looking for ways to utilize your resources and improve the lives of pets. We can get on board with that.
We like the fact that Purina makes, or says it makes, 99% of it’s products in the US. The US has some of the most regulated and most strict quality standards in the world. We also like Purina’s dedication enforcing high-standards when it comes to their suppliers of raw ingredients. Tracing every ingredient to it’s origin and running over 100,000 quality checks a day, among other things.
It’s a big company, that has the potentially to leave a big carbon foot print on our planet. It is good to see that they are aware of their corporate social and environmental responsibilities however. Using packaging that maintains product integrity, while being easy on the planet as well.
We enjoy seeing big companies set big sustainability goals and strive towards reaching them.
What we’d like to see: Purina continue it’s innovative approach to pet food nutrition, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and re-investing their substantial profits into research and development; instead of trying to find ways to hide them.
We’d like to see an effort on Purina’s part to address a lot of the concerns online, perhaps be more engaged on their YouTube channel and ensure/inform the public about their food more. The company is in a unique position to take over the global market, but it needs to considered how it is being viewed by it’s consumers into it’s long term strategy.
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Purina Dog Food Coupons
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Notes, References & Updates
Please review the below when analyzing this article further.
- Descriptions and analysis expressed on this site are strictly the views and opinions of the author.
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