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Hill’s Silently Slips Another Lot of Dog Food into the Massive List of Recalled Dog Food Due to Toxic Levels of Vitamin D

UPDATE (May 21, 2019) Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s recall of their Hill’s® Prescription Diet® i/d® Digestive Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew Canned Dog Food, 12.5 oz, SKU 3389, batch code 102020T21 finally made an official appearance today on the FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts webpage. Hill’s explains that the new addition to the list of already expanded list of recalled dog foods due to dangerous levels of vitamin D in it involves “a single can date/lot code within an already recalled case of dog food was inadvertently omitted from our recall list.”


UPDATE (May 16, 2019) According to Hill’s, the reason for the surreptitious recall was because it was a lot that “was inadvertently left off our recall list.” Now updated, the list includes 33 varieties of Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Science Diet canned dog food.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition quietly slipped in another lot dog food to the growing list of food recalled for excess vitamin D. Without any public notification, the company expanded its recall of Hill’s Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken & Vegetable Stew 12.5oz (SKU 3389) to include Batch code 102020T21. The recalled products were distributed around the world. A breakdown of recalled products by country was posted on eFoodAlert on March 21st and has since been updated.

This marks the fourth wave of recalls that began on January 31, 2019, when Hill’s first found that some of their dog foods contained, what is reported to be, lethal amounts of vitamin D in certain lots of their Hill’s Prescription Diet and Science Diet canned dog foods. Later it was revealed the company hid the problem leaving veterinarians and consumers ignorant of the severity of the crisis.

This latest blunder adds to the growing list of missteps the company has made in handling the recalls of their Science Diet and Prescription Diet pet foods that were blamed for causing the premature and preventable deaths of dogs in the more than 80 countries.

See below for details.

How Hill’s Secrets and Lies Hid a Catastrophic Failure That Led to the Illness and Death of Dogs Worldwide; April 2, 2019

Hill’s Expands Recall After Finding Toxic Levels of Vitamin D in More Dog Foods; FDA Request Leads to Expanded Recall; March 22, 2019

How a Vitamin and a Mistake Led to the Downfall of Hill’s; February 19, 2019

FDA Warns Pet Parents About the Toxicity of Vitamin D Following Multiple Recalls of Dog Food for Excess Vitamin D; February 15, 2019

Pet Parents Sue After Hill’s Offers $5 Per Dog For Compensation: Dead or Alive; February 12, 2019

A special note: Thanks to Phyllis Entis of eFoodAlert for bringing this latest addition to Hill’s ever-expanding list of Prescription Diet and Science Diet pet food recalls to our attention.



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  1. Hill’s is nothing more than poison wrapped in professional healthy looking packaging pushed by vets


  2. I am mortified about this situation. It is the first I have heard and I have been feeding my nearly, 15 year old Maltese, the Hills Science Diet, I/D Chicken and Vegetable Stew for quite a while.


  3. We had stopped buying Hill’s products man years aoo when our ca had been in vet hospital with urinary track infection went up by leaps and bounds to well over double after the first year of what they said he was to be on for the rest of his life. I quit because of that, went to Kirklands brand and the cat lived for another 5 or 6 years . Their products are way overly priced and no better then the cheaper varieties. Cat lived to be 17 so you can’t really ask for more. Vet clinics I am sure make a substantial amount for selling it and one generally doesn’t question that. It should be posted in every vet clinic the recall s and death of each cat or dog that does / Then again how many go unreported. That makes me very angry they get away with this .


    • Thanks, Faye, for your comment. I agree that recalls should be posted in vets offices, in addition, they should be posted on websites that sold the food and in stores that sold the food. But, as far as I am aware of the big box and big retailers like Amazon and Chewy do not.


  4. We stopped feeding any Hill’s food long ago when it caused constant vomiting in our cats. I think they should be held liable for each and every pet that has been poisoned. The supplier should be held liable as well. It’s called Product Liability! They made it and sold it, they are responsible for the harm that has been done. It won’t bring any of the innocent list pets back, but a Class Action Lawsuit could make other companies stop and think twice about the consequences of very bad decisions. Greed. Pure Greed.


  5. I’ve seen some cases of Hill’s being donated to shelters, as their guardians (presumably) decide they don’t want the stuff in their own homes, any longer…


    • That is tragic. Presumably, the shelters are aware of the recalls, if not they are going to have a lot of sick dogs on their hands. And hopefully, pet parents wouldn’t be that cruel to knowingly donate recalled pet food to a shelter. But if what you say is true, that makes me very, very sad.


      • Well, it’s not much different that donating “junk” or grocery store food to a shelter that many wouldn’t feed to their own animals… many shelters, and often most particularly municipal ones, are so strapped financially that they’ll gladly accept donations of whatever type. Then, it’s just “crossed fingers”…


        • That’s terrible! I guess seems impossible coming from someone who would never consider such a thing. Heck, I won’t even give the raccoons expired food and I certainly wouldn’t feed them food that I knew would make them sick.


  6. I will never ever buy any product from Hill’s, not that I have in many years, anyway. I used to feed Science Diet canned to my old dog, but he passed at age 15 over 5 years ago from a stroke.



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