Canidae Pet Food Recall History

Has Canidae Ever Been Recalled?

Yes, Canidae has been recalled once in 2012 due to a potential salmonella contamination. Although specific Canidae products did not test positive for salmonella, other products manufactured within the same facility tested positive for salmonella.

The recipes recalled in 2012 were manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods, which makes pet food for dozens of other popular brands such as Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, Diamond, and Solid Gold.

Canidae is an independent, family-owned company that has been making pet food since 1996. In 2012, the company launched the Ethos Pet Nutrition facility located in Brownwood, Texas. According to our research, although Canidae owns-and-operates its own manufacturing facility, Canidae still utilizes facilities owned by other companies.

List of Canidae Recalls

May 5, 2012

Canidae Pet Foods announced a voluntary recall of several varieties of dry dog food due to potential salmonella contamination. These recipes were manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in Diamond's Gaston, South Carolina plant. The specific Canidae recipes did not test positive for salmonella, but other foods manufactured by Diamond were found to contain Salmonella.

As a precautionary measure, Canidae decided to recall four varieties of dry dog food. Here are the identifying details for products included in this Canidae recall:

  • Canidae Dry Dog Food, All Life Stages
  • Canidae Dry Dog Food, Chicken Meal & Rice
  • Canidae Dry Dog Food, Lamb Meal & Rice
  • Canidae Dry Dog Food, Platinum

The affected products have a production code that contains a number "3" in the 9th position AND an "x" in the 10th and 11th position. The affected products best before dates should fall between December 9, 2012 and January 31, 2013. No other products are affected by this recall.

Where Is Canidae Made?

According to our research, Canidae pet foods are manufactured in the USA. However, ingredients are sourced from many different countries. Therefore, you will not find the phrase "Made In The USA" on Canidae pet food packaging. Legally, companies cannot use that language if ingredients are not exclusively sourced from the United States.

The Canidae website does not specifically mention whether or not any ingredients are sourced from China. Many premium pet food brands have cut all ties with suppliers from China after these suppliers sold melamine contaminated vegetable proteins in 2006 and 2007.

In 2012, Canidae opened its own manufacturing facility named Ethos Pet Nutrition. Today, many Canidae recipes are manufactured within this facility located in Brownwood, Texas. Unfortunately, Canidae still continues to outsource the production of many recipes even after opening the Texas facility.

In the past, most recipes were manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods. Today, it appears that Canidae continues to use Diamond and several other companies including Performance Pet Products and Hampshire Pet Products. We do not know which specific recipes are manufactured by each of these partner companies.

As far as we know, Canidae will continue to use third-party manufacturing partners in the foreseeable future.

Is Canidae Pet Food Safe?

Since 1996, Canidae has been selling pet food products across the country. The brand has maintained an excellent record of safety if we simply consider the recall history of Canidae. In more than two decades, Canidae has only issued one recall.

Our primary concern with Canidae is their choice of third-party manufacturing partners. Even though Canidae owns it's own manufacturing facility, recent information suggests that Diamond is still an active producer of Canidae recipes. Pet owners who are familiar with Diamond know that this manufacturing facility has had many serious recalls.

In 2005 Diamond Pet Foods issued a recall for aflatoxin, which was responsible for the death of many dogs. Another notable Diamond recall occurred In 2007 when Diamond issued a recall for products contaminated with melamine. These recalls are simply two instances chosen from more than a dozen cases.

We're also concerned about the source of ingredients used by Caniade. Most brands specifically mention that ingredients are not sourced from China, no such statement appears to be available on the Canidae website. In fact, most of the information provided on the Canidae website is very "marketing" oriented lacking any useful substance.

Although Canidae's recall history does not concern us, their choice of manufacturing partners and omission of information does raise serious questions regarding the safety and quality of Canidae dog food and cat food recipes.