On March 20th 2019, Hill's announced that it is expanding this recall.
"Hill's Pet Nutrition is expanding its voluntary recall of canned dog food products due to elevated levels of Vitamin D. This expansion relates to the same vitamin premix that led to the Jan. 31 voluntary recall. Please review the full list of recalled products below including the additional products added March 20, 2019. Additional information to follow." Source
Check if your dog's food is affected in our list below!
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned (wet) dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.
While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.
Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.In the United States, the affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats seem affected but the story is ongoing.
Here is a timeline of the events that we know of so far:
Product codes of recalled products suggest that affected Hill’s products were likely manufactured starting in September 2018 and all the way through December 2018. Some news reports indicate that the later recalled products were distributed nationwide in the U.S. and also exported to at least 57 countries.
In November and December 2018, nine other companies start recalling several dry pet food products because of elevated Vitamin D issues.
The FDA alerts pet owners about potentially toxic levels of vitamin D in several dry pet food brands.
The affected companies include:
- Sunshine Mills Inc. which sells Old Glory, Evolve, Sportsman's Pride, and Triump dog food
- Ahold Delhaize which sells Nature's Promise and Nature's Place dog food
- Kroger and King Coopers which sell Abound dog food
- ELM Pet Foods (ELM and ELM K9 brands)
- Lidl which sells Orlando brand dog food
- As well as pet food brands Nutrisca, ANF, and Natural Life
Hill’s Pet Nutrition issues a recall for select products because of high levels of vitamin D.
Several civil lawsuits are filed in federal court against Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. and its parent company Colgate Palmolive.
Bone et al. v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Russel v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Navarette v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Sun-Dampier v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Paliseno et al. v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
A lot more heartbreaking stories of affected dogs are appearing on social media.Lawyers “believe that hundreds, if not thousands, of pets have died or become seriously ill as a result of eating Hill's foods with toxic levels of vitamin D” and that Hill's Pet Nutrition "dragged its feet in issuing a recall" for its canned dog food with potentially toxic levels of vitamin D, leading to the deaths and illnesses of numerous dogs.”
March 20th 2019
Hill's Pet Nutrition is expanding its voluntary recall of canned dog food products due to elevated levels of Vitamin D. This expansion relates to the same vitamin premix that led to the Jan. 31 voluntary recall with additional products added on March 20th. See the list below to check if your food is affected!
"Pet parents who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund. For more information, please contact Hill’s via their website or at 1-800-445-5777.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition learned of the potential for elevated vitamin D levels in some of our canned dog foods after receiving a complaint in the United States about a dog exhibiting signs of elevated vitamin D levels. Our investigation confirmed elevated levels of vitamin D due to a supplier error.
We care deeply about all pets and are committed to providing pet parents with safe and high quality products. Hill’s has identified and isolated the error and, to prevent this from happening again, we have required our supplier to implement additional quality testing prior to their release of ingredients. In addition to our existing safety processes, we are adding our own further testing of incoming ingredients. For further information, please contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 9am-5pm (CST) or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be found at www.hillspet.com/productlist
This voluntary recall only impacts canned dog food and primarily in the United States. It is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Impacted products outside of the United States will be subject to separate notices on the country-specific website. If you are outside of the United States, please check your own country’s Hill’s website for more information."
Original FDA Source
Hill’s Prescription Diet (canned food):
Hill’s Science Diet (canned food):
You can find product codes for other affected products on the FDA's website.
NEW PRODUCT LIST (UPDATED MARCH 20th, 2019):
Hill's® Prescription Diet® k/d® Kidney Care with Lamb Canned Dog Food, 13oz, 12-pack
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Perfect Weight Chicken & Vegetable Entrée dog food 12 x 12.8oz cans
Hill's® Prescription Diet® c/d® Multicare Urinary Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 5.5oz, 24-pack
Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 24 x 5.5oz cans
Hill's® Prescription Diet® r/d® Canine 12 x 12.3oz cans
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Beef & Barley Entrée Canned Dog Food, 13oz, 12-pack
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Spinach Stew dog food 12 x 12.5oz cans
Hill's® Science Diet® Healthy Cuisine Adult Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5oz, 12-pack
Hill's® Prescription Diet® c/d® Multicare Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 5.5oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® z/d® Canine 5.5oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® g/d® Canine 13oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine 13oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® j/d® Canine 13oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® k/d® Canine 13oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® w/d® Canine 13oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® z/d® Canine 13oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic + Mobility Canine Vegetable & Tuna Stew 12.5oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® w/d® Canine Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® i/d® Low Fat Canine Rice, Vegetable & Chicken Stew 12.5oz
Hill's® Prescription Diet® Derm Defense® Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Small & Toy Breed Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 5.8oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Puppy Chicken & Barley Entrée 13oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Turkey & Barley Dog Food 13oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Dog Food 13oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Light with Liver Dog Food 13oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Chicken & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Beef & Barley Entrée Dog Food 13oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Turkey & Barley Entrée 13oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Healthy Cuisine Braised Beef, Carrots & Peas Stew dog food 12.5oz
Hill's® Science Diet® Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken & Vegetable Stew dog food 12.5oz
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