Wellness Cat Food Recalled for Metal Fragments, Choking Hazard

Wellness announced a recall for select lots of canned cat food due to the possibility of metal fragment contamination, posing a choking risk to pets.

Wellness clarified what was an unusually vague recall announcement, which only said it was recalling the food due to the “remote possibility” that their “product may not have been manufactured to our high-quality standards”. They confirmed that the recall was actually for the possibility of metal pieces that the manufacturer (Simmons Pet Food) told them had found its way into other brands manufactured during the same period as Wellness’ canned cat food.

This recall coincides with two other recalls because metal fragments had been found in their food: PetSmart’s Grreat canned dog food, and Companion canned dog food.

Wellness’ recall continued, that “since the products may not have been made consistent with our quality assurance guidelines, we want to replace them. Our Quality team learned that a foreign material was found in non-WellPet products made in the same facility, and so we are taking this conservative step to ensure the well-being of cats and to put our consumers’ minds at ease.”

The recipes are in 12.5 oz. cans with the following best buy dates:

Recipe Best By Date
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Herring 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken 08/03/2019 & 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Chicken & Lobster 08/04/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey & Salmon 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Turkey 08/04/2019 & 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Chicken 08/05/2019
Wellness Canned Cat 12.5 oz Beef & Salmon 08/05/2019

Please click here for how the best by date appears on your can.

If you have any of the 12.5 oz recipes with these best buy dates, you may email Wellness at or call them at 1-877-227-9587 and they’ll replace your product.

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  1. Consumers continue to be ignorant about the issue of co-packing, and that the so-called “premium” and “super premium” foods that they pay a lot for may be manufactured by the same company that makes economy stuff. And that all too often, little active/ongoing monitoring by the parent company whose name is on the label is undertaken. We are generally unable to have knowledge that they may not effectively clean the manufacturing apparatus between runs, formulas, brands, etc. “Foreign materials”? “Metal fragments”? Is the apparatus itself breaking down? Of is the offending ingredient coming in with the supplies? Its frightening to contemplate.



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