I have done some research on Merrick and I have always liked their foods. I like their ingredients and that they make a Low Glycemic food for diabetic pets. That's hard to come by. Unfortunately every once in a while things slip through the cracks. Merrick Cat Canned food may have mold. Below is the report.
Some concerning pictures and information has been shared with
TruthaboutPetFood.com by a pet owner in California. Numerous cans of
Merrick Cat food (from two cases) appear to have a canning problem, the
pet owner found mold covering the food.
With the cans in question, the pet food varied in amount of mold that
covered the food – some “had worse mold than in the picture” (below).
And some of the cans in question, the pet food had no mold but appeared
brownish (instead of pinkish meat appearance).
The pet food cans from Michelle’s cases are…
Merrick BG Chicken Grain Free Cat Food 5.5 ounce cans Best By dates are: 14 Mar 14 Lot number: 12074 CL2 20473 1203
Michelle has reported this to Merrick, Petflow, FDA, and tomorrow
(when offices open) her State Department of Agriculture will be
notified. Several of the moldy cans of pet food are now in her freezer
(double bagged) in hopes the FDA or State will want to do testing. The
rest of the case of pet food is also being held for testing. She stated
she will keep us advised on the investigations of each party.
Thanks to Michelle for sharing her story with us – and for reporting
this to authorities and to Merrick and the retailer. When/if more is
learned, it will be posted.
Note: Always closely examine and smell your pets food before
feeding. If anything appears not to be normal – if it doesn’t look the
same or smell the same – do not feed it to your pet. Always keep the
packaging (can or bag) until you are certain your pet has not/will not
suffer an adverse event from the food. The FDA or State Department of
Agriculture will not investigate without the packaging (this includes
Until further notice I would say stay away from Merrick canned foods as a precaution. Mold can start to grow and NOT been visible to the eye.