Fact Check: Purina Did NOT Receive FDA Warning Letter in 2021 -- Just In 2015, Regarding One Canning Facility

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Purina Did NOT Receive FDA Warning Letter in 2021 -- Just In 2015, Regarding One Canning Facility 2021 Recall

Did Nestlé Purina PetCare receive a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding company practices in both 2015 and 2021? No, that's not true: While the FDA did send a warning letter to a Purina plant manager in 2015 about one of the company's canning facilities, the company did not get a warning letter from the FDA in 2021. However, it did issue a voluntary recall of one of its products in 2021.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on April 9, 2022. It had a screenshot of a 2015 article titled "FDA Warning To Purina Pet Food Plant." The caption of the post reads:

This was a 2015 warning. They were warned again in 2021.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Apr 13 17:40 2022 UTC)

The FDA sent a warning letter to a Purina plant manager regarding concerns about a canning facility in 2015. The letter cited several regulation violations noted by FDA inspectors at the Pennsylvania facility. The warning was closed out in a separate letter dated December 15, 2015.

Lead Stories checked the FDA warning letter database to see if a warning letter was sent to Purina in 2021. At the time of writing, the database contained warning letters sent from 2017 to 2022. A search of "Purina" generated no results, as shown in the screenshot below:

no purina warning letter 2021.png

(Source: FDA screenshot taken on Wed Apr 13 14:14:37 2022 UTC)

In 2021, however, the company did issue a voluntary, limited recall of its Purina Pro Plan Complete Essentials Tuna Entrée In Sauce Wet Cat Food in 3-ounce cans. The recall was announced on July 14, 2021.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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