Nutrisca Dog Food Recall | November 2018

On November 3, 2018, Nutrisca advised they are commencing a voluntary recall of their Nutrisca dry dog food due to elevated vitamin D levels.

This recall has been completed, and FDA has terminated this recall.

What’s Being Recalled?

The following products have been affected by this recall:

  • Product: Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
  • Size: 4 lbs
  • UPC: 8-84244-12495-7
  • Best Before Date: 02/25/2020 to 09/13/2020
  • Product: Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
  • Size: 15 lbs
  • UPC: 8-84244-12795-8
  • Best Before Date: 02/25/2020 to 09/13/2020
  • Product: Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky
  • Size: 4.5 oz
  • UPC: 022808786160
  • Best Before Date: 5/1/2017 – 9/1/2019
  • Product: Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
  • Size: 28 lbs
  • UPC: 8-84244-12895-5
  • Best Before Date: 02/25/2020 to 09/13/2020

To locate the Best Before Date, customers need to look at the bottom or back of the bag.

There have been no linked cases of illness associated with this recall to date.

What Caused the Recall?

Several pet owners complained their dogs had suffered vitamin D toxicity following consumption of the recalled products.

An investigation followed, which identified that a formulation error had significantly raised vitamin D levels.

Elevated Vitamin D

Dogs that digested large amounts of vitamin D may demonstrate loss of appetite, excessive drooling, weight loss, vomiting, increased thirst, and increased urine.

If left untreated, dogs can develop serious health conditions such as renal failure.

Pet owners who believe their dog has consumed too much vitamin D should consult their veterinarian immediately.

Message From Company

Below is a statement from the company regarding the recall:

“This is a voluntary recall and is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

“We genuinely regret that this has occurred as we place the highest priority on the health of pets.”

What Do I Do Now?

Pet owners should stop feeding the above-mentioned products immediately.

Consumers affected are asked to return the affected products to the original place of purchase for a full refund.

Any question should be directed to Nutrisca at 888-279-9420, Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM Central Standard Time. Alternatively, consumers can email for further details.

No other Nutrisca products are affected by this recall.

U.S citizens that wish to report a complaint about FDA-regulated pet food must do so via their consumer complaint coordinator in their local area.

Alternatively, go to

Any Canadian citizens wishing to report any health and safety concerns relating to this product by filling in the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

You can go back to our list of dog food recalls in the U.S.