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Found on the Blue Buffalo Website (though not easily found) was the following recall information. I assume this recall is current - no date was provided on the web announcement of recall; a phone call to Blue only resulted in being connected to Voice Mail.

Blue Buffalo Recall

Found on the Blue Buffalo Website (though not easily found) was the following recall information.  I assume this recall is current – no date was provided on the web announcement of recall; a phone call to Blue only resulted in being connected to Voice Mail.

From the Blue Buffalo home page, from clicking on ‘Health and Nutrition’ link on Blue Buffalo home page, in the drop down menu was the option ‘Blue News’.  On the page Blue News was this information – no date…

“Latest News

Vitamin D Related Recall

Blue Buffalo Founder, Bill Bishop, explains the circumstances leading to a voluntary recall of a few limited production runs of three dry dog recipes which may contain Vitamin D levels that are above product specifications.”

Link provided here took me to the information below…again, no date…
“Dear Fellow Pet Parent,

At Blue Buffalo, nothing is more important than the health and well being of our dogs and cats, so it’s consistent with this guiding principle that we are voluntarily recalling specific production runs of our Wilderness Chicken-Dog, Basics Salmon-Dog and Large Breed Adult Dog products, as we have reason to believe that the products from these runs may contain a higher level of Vitamin D than is called for in our product specifications.

We came to this conclusion after discovering that our ingredient supplier had made a scheduling error and produced a Vitamin D supplement immediately prior to preparing the ingredients for the BLUE products that are in question. We believe that some of the Vitamin D supplement may have been carried over into our products, resulting in more Vitamin D than is called for in our formulas.

While the potential of increased Vitamin D presents no serious health risk, and any negative reaction to these products has been confined to a very small segment of the canine population who appear to be sensitive to higher levels of Vitamin D, we have a zero tolerance for any product that does not meet our specifications. I think you’ll agree that our decision to withdraw these specific products is simply the right thing to do.

From a next steps standpoint, all products with the specific manufacturing dates in question will be removed from retailer’s shelves. If you have any products with the codes shown below you should stop feeding them immediately.You may call Blue Buffalo at 1-877-523-9114 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

These are the ONLY code dates being recalled:
Product     Bag Size     Best Used By Dates
BLUE Wilderness Chicken (Dog)     4.5 lb., 11 lb., 24lb.     JUL1211B, JUL1311B, JUL2611Z, JUL2711Z, JUL2811Z
BLUE Basics Salmon (Dog)     11 lb., 24 lb.     AUG2111B, AUG2211B
BLUE Large Breed Adult Chicken     30 lb.     SEP 22 11 P, SEP 23 11 P, OCT 26 11 P

This Vitamin D issue does not effect any other code dates of these products or any other Blue Buffalo dog or cat foods. In addition, new bags of Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken will be available on the shelves so you can continue to feed BLUE with complete confidence.

If your dog has shown any adverse reaction to the recalled products, have him checked by your veterinarian. Typical symptoms might include excessive water intake and/or excessive urination, and in some cases vomiting. Blue Buffalo will reimburse any veterinary or testing expenses related to illness caused by these products.

As Blue Buffalo is a family founded and run company, I am personally very upset about this and apologize for any discomfort or inconvenience that this situation has caused you or your pet family members. Product quality and safety have been, and always will be our top priority, and we’ve taken some serious corrective action to insure that this type of human error will never happen again.

Bill Bishop”
(Thanks to the alert from an ‘in the know’ pet owner regarding this recall information posted on the Blue website.)


  1. We have two precious dogs that are family. So , we put them on Blue
    Buffalo thinking it was the best.This report worries me! We use Salmon and sweet potato or white fish and sweet potato. Our dogs are a nine pound poodle and a eighteen pound cavalier. Are we using the right brand and type?

  2. This recall was from a year ago and was relatively very small in nature. It was also a minor issue and it shows how careful that Blue Buffalo is regarding the quality of its products. The writer of this “Assumed” this was current to 2014. Remember the old adage about Assuming and what it does to you and me.

    • If you notice – the post date is from 2010 (not 2014). And the ‘writer’ was Blue Buffalo. Perhaps you made an assumption?

  3. @Susan. Dennis was making the point that this was not current. And the writer of this article was NOT Blue Buffalo. It was Bill Bishop calling attention to an honest mistake years old for no particular reason

  4. I just lost one cat and have another at the vet in kidney failure. So far $1,000 in vet bills. Two vets slammed blue buffalo for the nutritional quality of their food, the lack of ongoing testing of the quality of the food. Blue Buffalo is known to cause kidney failure. Don’t get lured in by their great advertising. Other premium foods are much more conscientious about verifying the nutritional content and quality of their foods. Please pass this along.

  5. Our has incrased thirst, has excesive licking to bloody spots.

  6. Our dog. That is (sorry)
    The poor thing shouldn’t be used as guinea pig by careless and obtuse corporations

  7. We just switched to Blue Buffalo a few months ago thinking it was the best food we could buy for our dogs, we have an English Bulldog and an older chihuahua mix also a Savannah cat who has been eating the dog food. They all have been experiencing similar symptoms but they were mild in nature and not really to the point of extreme concern until this weekend when their symptoms were stronger and they all just didn’t feel good at all, throwing up, drinking way more water than normal, excessive urination, very gassy, loose stools and generally just not feeling good at all. We decided it was time to take them in to the vet to find out what the problem could be. Last night my daughter went online to check to make sure there were no recalls on the food. We found one that seemed to match their symptoms perfectly but then realized it was from back in 2010, well that didn’t help but left many questions, why are the stories being re- released now? seems odd that all their symptoms are exactly alike and it matched all the symptoms for the vitamin D recall of 2010. They are on the Wilderness Duck Food which isn’t even the one mentioned in the recall but it seems very suspicious to me and will not risk my pets health by giving them this food anymore, we are switching back to Nature Select and making a trip to the vet to find out if this could be from the food we were giving them.
    Very disappointed with what seemed like the best food we could buy for our babies, being the most expensive doesn’t mean a thing, especially if they are really making them sick.

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