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FDA Investigates Nutro Pet Food

There is no recall on this food, but it's important that you as a consumer have all the information on a product so you can...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Apr 21st 2009


There is no recall on this food, but it’s important that you as a consumer have all the information on a product so you can make an informed decision before you purchase it.

On April 20, 2009 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that it is investigating Nutro pet food products following consumer allegations that Nutro food products have caused pets to become sick or die. The consumer complaints began over 2 years ago. Some of the symptoms reported include gastrointestinal problems, difficulty in urination, and lethargy.

Nutro, which is owned by Mars Inc., has denied that its food is to blame for these pets’ illnesses. For concerned customers, the company can be reached at 1-800-833-5330.

Consumeraffairs.com, an independent online consumer news and resource center, also asked Dr. Steven Hansen, a veterinary toxicologist with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), to review some of the Nutro complaints. Dr. Hansen stated that the cases of alleged Nutro illnesses and deaths are “not consistent and appear to be anecdotal with no real definitive diagnostic findings.” Dr. Hansen then added, “This does appear to us to be a situation where bad things happen, but they are not likely food-related.”

While no conclusions can be drawn at this point, if you are feeding your dog Nutro products, please use caution and stay informed about the latest updates as the FDA’s investigation continues.

For more in-depth information read the full article on the Consumer Affairs site. Thank you to Abby for barking this to me.

*Tribble waiting for kibble