Warning about Costco canned food

  • This came from another list

    Subject: Costco canned food warning
    Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 09:15:31 -0700

    Please cross post!

    At the end of December, a local kennel donated 12 cases of Kirkland canned
    Lamb and Rice dog food. They said it was too rich for their dog because they
    all got sick. Did not think any problem with the food. I fed to my dogs, and
    to visiting dogs. Diarrhea for all dogs, puppy threw up 15 times. She
    survived…Tesla and Dino did not. I contacted the company on Jan.3 to say
    all dogs got sick. They said they did not produce that food. Four weeks
    later, one dead dog, next week, another dead dog. Finally got a response
    with...tell Costco. I contacted Costco, and then they contacted the
    manufacturer. Who wants a sample of the food. Mind you...this similar food
    was recalled in 2007-2009 for melamine contamination. Over 400 dogs died. I
    filed a report and waiting for request for the sample of food.

    I need to put out a warning of possible food contamination. ...is not
    verified yet...but the vet and I feel it will be. TheKirkland Canned Lamb
    and Rice with expiration 2013. The cans I have say June 23, 2013
    . Please
    let your friends know. It would have been purchased in Nov.-Dec. 2012.
    Please anyone that has a can to contact me directly. Do not return to
    Costco. We need to let everyone know so more dogs don't die.

    Renee Carleton

  • Thanks for posting. I will spread via world of mouth and my facebook.

  • Don't have any experience with costo food other then I know it is all made in China according to the bag labels. Just passing along what I saw on another list

  • One must definitely look at the label to find out what county it is made in. If it does not state then do not buy and contact the manufacturer to find out where. I am doing this for all treats and food-even human food. It is sad though that donated food killed some dogs!


  • I do not find this recall on the FDA website. The only time Costco had a recall was in 2007.


    Pet: Dog
    Trade Name: KIRKLAND
    Fiscal Year: 2007
    Lot: Best by dates: Aug 21 08 thru Apr 15 09.
    Product Distributed Quantity: 6,540,240 cans
    Product Description: Kirkland Signature Premium Dog 2-Flavor Variety Pack, 14 oz (24-pack).
    Best Before Date:
    Recall Initiation Date: April 26, 2007
    Recall Completed Date:

    Page Last Updated: 01/12/2012

  • Because there is no recall just as there was no recall when costumer reported issues with their chicken jerky recently.

  • I emailed the person listed in the original post to find out if she wrote the first warning. She did write it- here is her reply:

    But after eating the food…the 6 dogs here got sick, and two died within a week of each other. Different ages and breeds. After putting it out on the internet...3 more dogs have eaten the food and died. Many just got sick. So use your judgement. But the only thing in common seems to be Kirkland Lamb and rice with exp. 2013. We are waiting to hear results on testing...but that takes time. In the meantime...this food has been sold in Nov-Dec. 2011 and is on the shelves in our homes. So to save other lives...I would warn everyone you know that feeds it.

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