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Lead Found in Blue Buffalo Food

Oct 07, 2017

Blue Buffalo is involved in a class action lawsuit regarding the contamination of lead in some of their products. This lawsuit alleges that Blue Buffalo knew about the unsafe levels of lead in their food, but disregarded the issue and continued to sell contaminated products. Lead is a classified carcinogen, meaning that it can potentially lead to cancer. It is also linked to chronic poisoning, development and reproductive disorders, and injuries to the nervous system. Lead can build up in dogs’ bodies and as it accumulates over time, dogs can become sick.



Some Blue Buffalo’s foods were found to have extremely unsafe levels of lead. As a basis of comparison, the acceptable levels of lead in a human bottle of water is 5ppb (parts per billion). 

  • Blue Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs 140ppb

  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs - 200ppb

  • Blue Basics Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs - 840 ppb

Healthy Spot believes this is unacceptable and that our pets deserve better.  As Co-Founder Andrew Kim puts it, “We believe in Profits with Principles. Even though it would be easier to carry the fastest growing and popular pet foods that have commercials and advertisements running everywhere, we are committed to inspiring healthy pet lifestyles.”
Read the full article about this lawsuit here. As more information becomes available, we plan to share it with you.


Posted on October 07, 2017 By Mary

I also fed my little lady this dog food and now are dealing with major medical problems. Glad this popped up on my FB page, this gives answers as to why she is ailing so bad.

Posted on October 07, 2017 By Cindy S

I just switched my CATS to Blue Buffalo Grain-Free. What about the cat food? Is it just as bad?

Posted on October 07, 2017 By Bethany Macinnes

I have a 7 year old malamute/Shepard
Mix who suffered early optic nerve damage and had to get both eyes removed by 5 years old. She was on BB until I started working for HS and finding out that lead poisoning can cause damage to Optic nerves angers me so much when we are told this food is a better alternative to other kibbles.

Posted on October 07, 2017 By Mike

No more blue for my 3 boys. I have been feeding them blue for years. Sucks that you try to do the best for your animal and these companies just lie to you.

Posted on October 07, 2017 By S Thomas

Been feeding our corgi BB since birth. At 7 mos old, he is in the hospital to get his stomach opened up due to ileus causing a complete failure of his GI. $3k spent and to watch our little guy suffer like this.
Infuriated such an awful company will poison our pets like this. Blue Buffalo needs to be shut down!

Posted on October 07, 2017 By

Now what to feed

Posted on October 07, 2017 By Melissa King

Does anyone know if this has been addressed? Sued? Stopped? My in-laws, my parents, and I all feed the turkey! The worst! I’m so worried. Any news at all?

Posted on October 07, 2017 By Melissa King

It’s beyond my comprehension that we’ve paid a fortune for poison promised as health. Our pets are family, they rely on us to feed, protect, and care for them. I just can’t even handle the idea that I thought I was buying good quality food for my pets and its killing them.

Posted on October 07, 2017 By Dorothy Brainard

I have been feeding my mini dachshund blue for about 1year. I am heart broken to think I was feeding him the best only to find out I might be poisoning him. I am going to give him a different dry food and probably canned food!

Posted on October 07, 2017 By Margaret Quick

I am trying to find out if it is only the dog food. I feed my older cat Blue Wilderness chicken. Can someone tell me if I should be worried??