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Lead Found in Blue Buffalo Food

Posted on Oct 07, 2017 , 22 comments

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.


Margaret Quick on

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??

Dorothy Brainard on

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!

Melissa King on

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.

Melissa King on

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?

Sharriupton@yahoo.com on

Now what to feed

S Thomas on

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!

Mike on

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.

Bethany Macinnes on

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.

Cindy S on

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

Mary on

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.

Ann on

I feed my dog adult chicken and rice is this one on the list also? I am going to look in to getting her a different dog food.

Lisa P on

Just my opinion, a dog food that has this many recalls/problems, ie. Ingredients not listed, high levels of lead ECT is NOT safe. Hopefully, they can finally get this company shut down for good!!! BB isn’t safe for any animal.

Binx on

They boast about how bad other foods are for your dogs yet they are charging you to poison your dog… And yes to the previous commenter. Lead poisoning does cause seizures…. I’m so sorry…

Healthy Spot on

Hello Lynne,

We are sorry to hear about your 3 year old’s seizures. We apologize we can’t answer your question. We are not veterinarians to make a medical diagnosis and would recommend consulting your vet about your concerns of potential lead exposure resulting from feeding this diet. Our thoughts are with your 3 year old and hope you find the cause in order to improve your pet’s health.

Healthy Spot on

Hello Donald,

Lead is known as a carcinogen and at certain levels can cause cancer. This conclusion is consistent with statement made by Dr. Carol Osborne of Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic regarding this Blue Buffalo lawsuit. While we appreciate the concern around the proper classification of lead, what is far more important is that consumers are aware that lead, especially these dangerous levels, should not be in our pets diets that are being fed daily. Surely, we can agree to that.

Mandy Campbell on

I buy Blue Buffalo because I always thought it was better for my dogs to eat and the price says it all and now to find out that there’s lead in it, I will absolutely change dog food if this is the case ! How dare they allow this, especially for the price that they charge!!!

Veronica Cirami on

To the above poster:
Why would you continue to support a company that knowingly is poisoning dogs???

Donald L Schuster on

Your article is half-truthin that whomever write the article cannot distinguish the difference in human or animal diagnosis. Author should retract the portion of the article related to being a carcingen

Linda Rodriguez on

I want to stay informed. Thanks!

Lynne Holswade on

My 3 year old has been on Blue Freedom Chicken since he was old enough. He suffers from seizures… could this be related?

Jan Collar on

We feed our dog the bison Blue Buffalo dry. Is this one safe or is it in ALL there food?

Gloria Luera on

I give Blue to my dogs and if this is true I will change dry food. It infuriates me that they are poisoning our babies!!

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