UPDATE: Kroger’s Pet Food Recall Consumer Information

Kroger’s pet food recall is big news, however the news is limited in scope to Kroger’s own press release. What the press release doesn’t tell consumers is who manufacturers Pet’s Pride, Disney’s Old Yeller and Kroger’s Value pet foods.

I called Kroger’s toll-free number and the customer service person answering the phone didn’t know who manufactures their pet foods, Pets Pride, Old Yeller and Kroger Value.

They don’t know?

The customer service rep did say that they are just the distributors for Disney’s Old Yeller. He told me to call back on Monday and someone would be able to tell me.

In Kroger’s 2009 Fact Book, Kroger’s corporate brand categories produced at their manufacturing facilities include dry dog food and dry cat food.  Kroger’s also operates 40 manufacturing plants, including two meat plants King Sooper’s Meat in Colorado and Vernon Meat in Vernon, California. Kroger’s listed McCanless & Company as Kroger’s brokerage services for pet food ingredients.

According to Susan Thixton on her website truthaboutpetfood, Kroger’s told her that they manufacture the pet food.

Disney’s Old Yeller Pet Food

Kroger’s is licensed to sell Disney’s Old Yeller brand pet food through their retail outlets, which number upwards of 2,400 locations according to Kroger’s website. Since Kroger launched Disney’s Old Yeller dog food in May 2005 and it “quickly became one of the retailer’s top-selling dog food brands” according to Walt Disney Corporation. Disney Consumer Products is thrilled with the arrangement.

Bringing Disney’s Old Yeller brand to a trusted retailer like Kroger was a natural fit,” said Christopher King, category director, Disney Consumer Products FMCG. “Disney’s Old Yeller dog food is for those dogs that are part of the family.

Not any more.

This program with Kroger is especially exciting because it combines the leading grocer in the country with the world’s most-popular family entertainment brand to bring an affordable product line to market that kids will enjoy and parents will trust, ” said Harry Dolman, executive vice president of Disney Consumer Products for food, health and beauty.

Oh, dear.  They’re not going to be too happy now.

About Kroger

The Kroger Co. is the country’s largest grocery store chain, with fiscal 2009 sales of $76.7 billion. That’s with a B. It is the second-place general retailer in the country, with Wal-Mart being the largest. So, they’re big.

So, they’re big. Really big.

As of 2010, Kroger operated, either directly or through its subsidiaries 3,245 supermarkets and convenience stores. In addition, Kroger’s also operates 40 manufacturing plants, including two meat plants King Sooper’s Meat in Colorado and Vernon Meat in Vernon, California.

Considering all the manufacturing they do, it’s no wonder they manufacture pet food, after all, what better way to turn a profit than to turn food waste into pet food? Kroger’s manufacturing plants produce breads, dairy products and thousands of other grocery items.

Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and advisor to AAFCO. Help support her work by making a donation today.

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  1. I feed both my dogs pet pride can n dry dog food. I actually thought someone was poisoning them. My oldest poo poo 3 x a day n both are throwing up, not all the time but alot, n both are sleeping way to much. Guess i should throw it all out in go back to ol Roy. Oh me , im on limited buget can afford anymore vet bills. Help is it certain lot number or all. Calling kroger


  2. My cat died today (on Christmas) and we fed her Pet Pride dry cat food. I’m trying to find out if the food we fed her may have led to her demise? She was only 3.5 yrs old and was healthy. We found her dead this morning, with no signs of any trauma. Completely ruined me and my kids’ holiday…


    • Dear Christina,

      I am so sorry for your loss. It is truly heartbreaking when a fur family member passes away. Particularly on this day of all days.

      Let me try to help you…

      Can you answer a few questions for me?

      Did you save the bag and some of the food?
      Did your cat see a vet recently?
      Is there some reason you think it may be the food?

      There are many reasons for illness and death, but if you really believe it was the food I strongly suggest you contact your state feed control official. You can find out who that is by following this link: http://www.aafco.org/Regulatory/State-Information.

      It is possible your state might test the food for you for free. Alternatively, if you want to have the food tested yourself I recommend Michigan State University’s lab. The link is here: Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (http://www.animalhealth.msu.edu/Sections/Toxicology/)

      Depending on the tests, it’s usually not that expensive. The toxicologist can recommend where to start.

      Next, I urge you to contact the FDA. The easiest way is through a consumer complaint coordinator (Consumer Complaint Coordinators at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/) To find out about reporting a food I suggest you go here first: Report a Problem > How to Report a Pet Food Complaint (http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm).

      Again, I am so sorry for your loss. :(


  3. Interesting information. I have a senior dog who has begun dry coughing when we began feeding our dogs Pet Pride. The other dogs do not seem affected but I am now concerned.


  4. I bought pet pride rawhide dog bones from Kroger can u tell me if they are recalled


  5. How do I find out if pet pride/old yeller dogfood is a reason why my rottweiler has been loosing lots of weight, he barely eats it out of nowhere. Should I get new dogfish or what? My baby needs to eat and gain weight, help.


  6. We got a bag of Pet Pride Cat Food from Kroger and fed it to our cats and they have been throwing up, and they got diahrria from it, and they are losing there hair because of it too!


  7. My Vizsla was taken to the vet with all the aflatoxin symptoms and came very close to dying. We had been feeding him only Old Yeller from Kroger and he had eaten over 3/4 of hes current bag which was a recalled bag – we did get a refund on it. The Kroger rep said the vet bill would not even be considered because it began on Oct 20 and he said that was before the recalled food was manufactured. My vet stated that every symptom mirrored aflatoxin poisoning. I believe the Kroger rep to be full of BS.


    • Terry,
      I am so sorry to hear of your plight. Vizslas are one of my favorite breeds. You are absolutely correct, the Kroger rep is full of sh*t. If your dog was eating the recalled pet food he was poisoned. Period. Did you get a receipt for the refunded pet food from Kroger or did you return it to the store? Without documentation (the bag of food in question) you have no proof. I hope you saved the bag! Do NOT let those bastards tell you that because your dog became ill on Oct 20th he was not poisoned by their food. Read my post http://molliemorrissette.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/update-kroger-has-known-since-november-that-dogs-died-eating-pet-food-contaminated-with-high-levels-of-aflatoxin/. Kroger knew as early as November their food was contaminated. I repeat, if your dog was eating Kroger food when he became ill, you have a case. Ask to speak with their legal department and tell them you are going to sue them if they don’t compensate you. Write to me as soon as you contact them. I will help you out. I know someone you must speak with, her name is Susan Thixton at http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com, she will definitely want to hear your story! She can help you, she’s been dealing with this sleazy industry for twenty years, and will know exactly what you need to do. Write her and let me know what she says. She will probably do a story about it, because this is so emblematic of the corruption in the pet food industry. They will not get away with this. Write me back as soon as you can.


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