Publix Brand Dog Food - Where to Send for Testing?

by Rachel
(Marietta, USA)

I bought a Publix brand dog food to feed my dogs. That's what they've eaten since puppies.

The last bag I bought I believe made them sick. I contacted the store who advised me to bring it in and they would send it to the manufacturer for testing. I kept some just in case I don't hear anything back.

Where can I send it for testing to find out if there is something wrong with it?

Editor's Reply

Hi Rachel -

We're sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience, and hope your dogs are fully recovered.

There are a number of steps to take should one ever encounter problems with a dog food.
  • Firstly, as a general rule, always keep and store your dog food in its original bag, which contains important information such as expiration dates, lot numbers, UPC codes, etc.
    See our article on pet food containers and storage tips.

  • Never return or send all the suspect dog food for testing. If you only have a small amount left, try to purchase another bag from the same batch, just in case you ever need extra samples for testing.

  • In addition to notifying your local pet store, we recommend you report your suspicions to the pet food company yourself. Ask them whether they intend actually testing the sample and, if so, to send you the results of their tests. You will soon find out how seriously they view and act on customer complaints.

  • Report the problem to the FDA. You can file complaints about a pet food product electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal, or you can call your state‚Äôs FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. See How to report a pet food complaint

  • Lastly, if you're looking for an independent commercial pet food testing laboratory that will accept samples from the public, you can find some recommendations here from Pet Food Products Safety Alliance.

We hope this helps, and good luck! Please keep us updated on your progress - it will be very helpful for all of us to learn from your experience.

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Made in china
by: Piera

I will never buy Publix labels for pets, because they are made in China, it's a shame.

Publix Brand Dog Food
by: Rick R.

I am concerned after reading the complaint about the Publix brand dog food. I just purchased it this week and my dog got sick on it. I was not sure if it was the food or not. However when I fed him today he would not eat it. He took only a few bites. Then he refused to eat it, even when I tried to hand feed it to him or give it to him as a treat. I removed the Publix brand food and replaced it with another dog food, and he ate it all.

I know how to make the adjustment when changing food brands and he has never gotten sick or refused to eat his food. I would recommend monitoring your pet if given this food. It may be a bad batch?

Contact Info for Publix Dog Food
by: Ro

Owners should have immediately contacted Publix in Lakeland, Florida. Contacting store where you bought product is fine; however, Lakeland is the home office.

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