Pet Food Recall: Blue Buffalo Company

by Mary Haight on October 8, 2010

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We know why this happened which is good, the company figured it out right away and reported it. But why is the news not on the website? I looked and looked – and the link they give in the recall notice comes up as an error…perhaps it will all be fixed by tomorrow? Update: Recalls news is up on the company website.

Reprint from the FDA notice followed by more info:

Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. Recalls Limited Production Code Dates of Dry Dog Food Because of Possible Excess Vitamin D

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 8, 2010 – Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., recalls certain dry dog food because of possible excess Vitamin D that can affect the health of some dogs. The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., is recalling certain packages of its Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken dry dog foods sold under thc “BLUE” brand which have the potential to contain excessive levels of Vitamin D.

While Vitamin D is a beneficial component of these foods, the Company believes that these products may have levels of Vitamin D that are beyond the formula specifications, and has therefore chosen to withdraw them.

Dogs reacting to the higher levels of Vitamin D may show signs of lethargy or exhibit unusually frequent water consumption and urination. If your pet has consumed the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected productions of Blue Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken dry dog foods were distributed nationwide through pet specialty stores.

Only these production runs of the products are involved in this recall:
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food 4.5 1b “Best If Used By JUL2611Z”
“Best If Used By JUL2711Z” &
“Best If Used By JUL2811Z”
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food 11 lb “Best If Used By JUL1211B”
Blue Wilderness Chicken Flavor dry dog food 24 1b “Best If Used By JUL1211B” &
“Best If Used By JUL1311B”
Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe dry dog food 11 lb “Best If Used By AUG2111B” &
“Best If Used By AUG2211B”
Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe dry dog food 24 lb “Best If Used By AUG2111B”
“Best If Used By SEP2311P” &
“Best If Used By OCT2611P”
Blue Life Protection Formula Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Adult dog food 30 lb “Best If Used By SEP2211P”
“Best If Used By SEP2311P” &
“Best If Used By OCT2611P”
No other BLUE dry or can pet foods are involved in this recall, and only the specific code dates of these products are involved.

To date there have been 36 cases nationwide of dogs reported with symptoms consistent with elevated Vitamin D in their systems while feeding on these specific productions of the products. In all cases the symptoms have subsided upon discontinuing feeding these products, with no apparent long term health consequences.

Blue Buffalo learned of this potential eondition in its products when it received reports of dogs diagnosed with high Vitamin D levels while feeding on the products from these specifie production runs. On further investigation it was learned that a sequencing error had occurred at the supplier of the dry ingredients for these products. Immediately before producing the ingredients for these specific production runs, the supplier had run a product for another customer that contained a more potent form of Vitamin D used in chicken feeds. It is now believed that there was some level of carry over of this Vitamin D product into the ingredients for the specific manufacturing runs of the BLUE products, thereby increasing the Vitamin D activity to unacceptable levels in the Blue ingredients.

Consumers who have purchased any of the products being recalled are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-523-9114 from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time or visit the Company web site at www.bluebuffalo.com/news9 for more information.

 

I saw a tweet on this, albeit a couple of hours after I published this, where Dr. Janet Tobiassen, @aboutvetmed notes excessive Vitamin D not so benign, linking to a VIN report on what happens if hypervitaminosis is not treated and it is a life threatening condition.

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g.r.r.
g.r.r.

Skip Blue Buffalo. They continue to use Chinese ingrediants. That is what causes the bulk of dog food recalls.

madonna
madonna

CAUTION! PURCHASING BLUE BUFFALO DOG FOOD MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES FOR YOUR DOG. I purchased a medium size bag of BLUE BUFFALO LIFE PROTECTION SENIOR FORMULA dog food on 10/20/10 and my dog had extreme bloody diarrhea by 10/27/10. Previous to this episode my dog had finished her first small bag of the weight control chicken & brown rice formula without incident. My vet in Irvine, CA reported seeing several dogs with similar symptoms that had recently purchased a new bag of blue buffalo dog food. Apparently my dog had the most severe reaction, with diarrhea lasting 2 weeks and an intestinal tract infection, resulting in vet bills totaling $478.13. PetsMart took the product back for a full refund (without the bag) and took a full report of the incident and copies of my vet bills to file a report with their corporate office.

Peggy
Peggy

Just when I've been trying to focus on the healthiest food possible for Kelly, come all these recalls. It sure is confusing the matter for me!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Peggy! Sorry for your consternation, but I understand what you're saying. They've had this problem before, so I will be interested to hear what or how they plan to fix this. Would be nice to hear from the company on why this has happened before and if what they did to amend it failed and what now... Thanks for stopping by:)

Edie
Edie

I had no idea that Vitamin D could be dangerous. And reading Desiree's letter about how your notice helped save her dog gave me the chills. Thank you for always being on top of these situations.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks Edie! I had the same reaction you did....news is not as easily heard as we might think. I always think "well, I like writing the blog and I really love the conversations with and between commenters who are smart, helpful, and open with their take on things and the readers are so great." Products and issues are all fun and important, but when you hear you have helped someone who's dog was sick from the problem with this food and they didn't know, well, that tops it for me - I got a grin that reached up all the way to my eyeballs on that news!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks Desiree! Happy to hear your vet is on top of this too.

Desiree
Desiree

Mary, I will definitely be keeping an eye out on here. I think we might just stay on homecooked foods anyway. She has flybiting epilepsy as well, so we've been wanting to go more natural anyway. Our vets office is actaully being very proactive about this. I called and left them a voicemail yesterday about this and I just got one back from them where the main doc is in the process of researching this and has already called Blue about our case to see what they need as 'proof' that my dog was indeed affected by the Vitamin D.

Barb Nature's Logic
Barb Nature's Logic

This has happened before. Blue Buffalo’s recall is just one of many in recent years, due to excessive Vitamin D or other synthetic nutrients in pet food. In 2006, Royal Canin recalled several of their foods because they also contained too much added Vitamin D. In 2009, Nutro recalled cat foods, citing the formulas contained “excessive levels of zinc.” At about the same time, 21 horses at the U.S. Open Polo Championship in Florida died from a supplement overdose of the mineral selenium. The common factor to all of these events is the use of added man-made vitamins or minerals. With the exception of Nature’s Logic, all commercial pet food manufacturers producing dry kibble or canned food add chemically-synthesized vitamins and minerals to their foods.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Barb and welcome! Thanks for adding this information to the conversation. I had been reading the history of recalls from this company and they have had vitamin problems before on several occasions. And I remember the recent death of all those wonderful horses. Thanks also for that news regarding Nature's Logic. Synthetic vitamins/minerals have been a bone of contention with the organic community, too...the powers that be seem always to be trying to water down the organic brand - after all, how can you be "organic" if you have something "synthetic" in your food.

Desiree
Desiree

Thank you SO much for posting this! My dog started showing lethargy and bone pain/muscle weakness just over a month ago. We've taken her to the vet where they did blood work but had no idea what was wrong with her. We were in the process of getting a referral to a specialist three hours away when I stumbled across this yesterday. Since we've stopped feeding her the Wilderness Chicken and switched to homecooked, she's already done a 180 and is back to her normal self. I called Blue yesterday and we're waiting to see if they approve the refund of the Vet Bill. Again, thank you SO much!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Desiree and welcome! I can't tell you how glad I am you saw the post! You can always stop in and check the blue widget in the right column for recall news and links to the full alert. I try to add as much other information as might be available, especially when it's something unusual like this. Everybody is used to hearing the salmonella warnings, but some may think a vitamin imbalance is not so important, when it really is:) You might want to suggest to your vet that he or she ask clients what they are feeding and note it in the file - it can be helpful! Thanks for commenting.

kim
kim

Oh my gosh, I almost bought some of this brand yesterday when I was looking for something new. Whew!! Thanks for passing this on - definitely.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Kim. Well, that was too close for comfort, wasn't it! Glad Dancing Dog Blog was on your reading list, and thanks for letting me know this was helpful to you!

jan
jan

Don't these always seem to come at the end of the week when no one is paying much attention?

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Yes and some companies, *not* Blue Buffalo, have actually said it's all the FDA's fault because that's when they decided information should be released, as if the FDA has power to demand companies do things their way. Weird. Thanks for stopping in Jan!

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