Cat food goes to the dogs: Nestle Purina issues Friskies recall

Cat food goes to the dogs: Nestle Purina issues Friskies recall

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. of St. Louis is recalling about 870 bags of dry cat food shipped to customers in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. In turn, those customers may have distributed the affected product to other Western states, the company reported.

Nestle Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling approximately 870 bags of dry cat food shipped to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Only the following products with both the "Best By" date and production codes shown are included in this voluntary recall:


Product Name

Bag Size

"Best By" Date & Production Code*

Bag UPC Code


Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Food

6.3 lb.

AUG 2012  10331083 13

17800  11320


Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food

3.15 lb.

AUG 2012  10381083  06

50000  08450


Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food

16 lb.

AUG 2012  10381083  06

50000  57578


* "Best By" Date and Production Code is found on the back or bottom of the bag.


The bags of dry cat food in this recall were distributed in error in February 2011 to a small number of customers in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon, which may have further distributed the product to other Western states. There have been no consumer complaints and no reports of illness.

No additional Purina cat or dog products are involved. Only products, which match the “Best By”, date and production codes above are involved.  

Consumers who have purchased any of these dry cat food products with these "Best By" Dates and Production Codes should discard it.  

Salmonellacan affect animals eating the product and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products. People handling contaminated dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following symptoms:  nausea, vomiting, 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 exhibit decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. 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.  

At Nestle Purina PetCare, the safety and efficacy of our products are our top priority. Company apologizes for any inconvenience due to this voluntary recall. For further information or to obtain a product refund, please call NPPC toll-free at 1-800-982-6559 weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, or visit  

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