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As of Oct 2012, which Dog Foods have never been recalled? I am assuming this is a pretty short list.
 

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Without answering your question, I'd like to point out that many, if not most, pet food recalls are voluntary. The companies choose to recall at all, or recall a broader range of brands/formulas than the problem affected, out of an abundance of caution. In other words, a company not recalling foods might just mean they're glossing over their problems, not that they don't have any problems. On the flipside, a company with a recall might have done so because they wanted to acknowledge a manufacturing problem and make sure no pets or people got sick. "Never been recalled" isn't a super helpful metric. You really have to look into the specifics of the recall and think about whether the company is a good corporate citizen.
 

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Understood. You make a great point! I am purchasing 2 puppies next week for a lot of money and I want to minimize any food related problems. I would still like to know which companies have never had a recall. Are there any at all? I think most Canadian manufacturers have never been recalled, e.g., Orijen, Acana, Nature's Logic. I'd like to have more choices for food although these are great.

If you want to note a particular company did a "voluntary" recall, I'm perfectly good with that. Actually, that would be extremely helpful.
 

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There is one food that is demonized more than any other but has ironically never been recalled. Hill's.
Really now? http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls/brand_list.cfm?Trade_Name=SCIENCE DIET&pet=Cat
You could say "but that's all canned cat food!!1!" Which is true, but, as a brand, they have had recalls.

Any brand you're considering, you can look it up on the FDA website to see what recalls have been issued. Plus, I think all recent recalls have been "voluntary" (in that they made the recall before being forced to) so that won't be much to go on.
 

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As far as I know Earthborn Holistics has never had a recall either. Their Primitive Naturals formula is pretty good.
 

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I'm pretty sure Annamaet has never had a recall. They used to have it printed on their website, but the site was recently redesigned and I can't find the claim anymore. They haven't had a recall in the meantime.
 

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Going by recall status alone won't necessarily minimize any problems. Just make sure you're looking at the nutritional quality of the food as well, as ultimately that's probably even more important than whether or not the brand has ever issued a recall.
 

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I honestly don't care too much about recall status.
Think of it this way. A recall is when they made a mistake big enough that they have to do something about it. Smaller newer companies will naturally have had less chance to make those mistakes. Does that really say anything about how likely they're going to make a mistake in the future?
 

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Fromm is the one that I think of, I really like that company.

Recalls matter to me, to a point. I would not want to purchase anything made in a diamond facility, I have started trying to find out more about where ingredients come from, and where foods are made. Diamond has had far too many recalls and the reports on their plants are disgusting.
 

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Yeah, I'd like to think that a smaller company that says it has strict quality standards has better quality control than some of the other companies/factories that produce tons of different foods. I'm sure problems can still crop up, but I just feel better feeding my dog something that has a good track record and whose owner seems dedicated to the quality of their food (as opposed to one from a big corporation). I switched from a Diamond food (TotW) for exactly that reason about a month before the last big recall, and have been happy to pay about $10 more every 2 months for some peace of mind.
 

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Regarding Diamond, they've had 2 recalls as far as I know which may be "too many". The recalls themselves don't bother me even though the first one was for a pretty serious toxin. The FDA inspection is more telling.

Are smaller companies easier to keep track of when it comes to sanitation? Probably, that doesn't mean they actually do have better regulations. It could also mean since they're not bringing in as much profit, they cut more corners on ingredients and charges more. You can't really argue that Diamond makes some of the most affordable widely available food. I consider TotW formula wise to be better than any Fromm formula for example. I've never bought Fromm or really seen it around here so I can't comment on cost.

Is there a list of FDA inspection of every petfood plant? If so, I'd definitely judge a food based on the condition of the plants. Just recalls alone? There can be various reasons that a bad company would still have no recalls.
 

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Diamond has far more recalls then the several that were recent, I tried to find a nice list to post and I thought I had seen one once but I can not find it. No matter, a search of the FDA website will bring up numerous articles and recall lists over time some examples, (sorry if any are repeats):

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/petfoodrecall/brand_list.cfm?brand=Diamond Pet Food&pet=Dog

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/petfoodrecall/brand_list.cfm?brand=Diamond Pet Food&pet=Dog

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ArchiveRecalls/2005/ucm111929.htm

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm048391.htm


http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm192404.htm
 

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Science Diet has only voluntarily recalled their food. They've never been recalled.
Interestingly enough, they have the best manufacturing facility and that's where ALL Science Diet is made ( I think they have two facilities). They have better quality ingredients (as in individual ingredient's quality) than most 'grain free' brands. Their chicken is tested and inspected before being used in the food, as is every other ingredient. They once turned away a shipment of corn because it wasn't good quality, and Frito Lay bought and used the corn for our chips instead. Science diet gets a lot of criticism from people that know nothing about the company or the food except for the ingredients.
 
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