The Dog Tale is reader-supported. We may earn a commission if you buy something through our site; this doesn’t change our recommendations.
Pet owners are increasingly becoming aware of the low quality of most traditional dog food. Giant kibble manufacturers have been known to cut corners with their quality control and ingredients to keep their food cheap and shelf stable.
Unsurprisingly, this leads to a lot of pet food recalls.
But what about smaller, higher-quality pet food manufacturers, such as Open Farm. Has there ever been an Open Farm recall? Find out below and learn more about Open Farm’s options and ethical sourcing practices.
In this guide:
- Has Open Farm had any recalls?
- What food options does Open Farm offer?
- Are there other dog foods that have had no recalls?
Has Open Farm had any recalls?
- Strict ingredient sourcing policies
- Inspection of all ingredients when received at Open Farm’s facility
- Inspection of the facility by both the Open Farm team and independent auditors from Certified Humane and other food safety organizations.
- At the end of production, samples are sent to a third-party lab for independent testing for salmonella, e-coli, and other mycotoxins. No bagging is begun until results are received by the lab and satisfactory.
Since Open Farm values transparency, they have included a lot code on each finished food package, which you can enter on their website to see the results from that exact lab test. It also shows you where your pet’s food came from.
Practices such as these are why better quality dog (and cat) food brands, such as Open Farm, are becoming more popular. We like Open Farm for their sustainable sourcing and strict manufacturing standards, multiple food options (including human-grade fresh food), and convenient subscriptions. You can learn more about the brand and watch us unbox it in our full Open Farm Dog Food review. You can also get 15% off your first order with code DOGTALE15.
What food options does Open Farm offer?
Open Farm gives pet owners an array of nutritious options from which to choose. With so many options, you can cut some costs by mixing a lower-quality food with a more nutritious fresh food, add a bone broth to kibble for more flavor, or subscribe to rotational bundles that will introduce new nutrients and keep your picky pup interested in their diet.
- Gently Cooked fresh dog food: Slow cooked, human-grade food that is flash frozen quickly and shipped to you. Thaw and serve for a delicious, fresh meal without any work from you. See Gently Cooked dog food recipes.
- Rustic Stew wet food (for dogs or cats): Mixed with a nutrient-loaded bone broth, this thick, pourable stew provides the same humanely-raised, antibiotic-free meat and non-GMO produce that are in the Gently Cooked fresh food recipes. See dog recipes. See cat recipes.
- Freeze-dried raw food: In each shelf-stable recipe, 85% of the ingredients is made from raw, freeze-dried meat that is ethically sourced and raised. The remaining ingredients consist of locally sourced, organic foods like kale and coconut oil to provide a well-balanced diet. See freeze-dried raw options.
- Kibble (dogs & cats): Well-priced and convenient, these shelf-stable kibbles contain ethically sourced whole meat (first ingredient), fish meal, wholesome produce like pumpkin and apple, and supplemental ingredients like taurine for heart health and turmeric for reducing inflammation. See dog options. See cat options.
- Rotational bundles: These food bundles introduce your new puppy to a variety of tastes and textures to keep meal time interesting and to learn what they like. They also provide your pet with a variety of nutrients for a well-rounded diet. See puppy bundles.
- Bone Broth (dogs & cats): Not only do bone broths provide a punch of flavor pets love, but they also pack in nutrients like collagen that supports healthy joints, skin and coats, and more. See dog supplements. See cat supplements.
- Treats: Mostly (90%) consisting of a single meat protein, these treats also contain ingredients like chickpeas and rosemary extract for an energy-boosting mid-day snack. See dog treats.
What we like about Open Farm
While there are many things to appreciate about Open Farm foods, here are our favorites. For a more thorough look into the food, read our full Open Farm review.
- High-quality ingredients: Open Farm recipes contain nutritious ingredients such as whole meats, and nutrient-rich produce like pumpkin, turmeric and chia seeds. Both the Gently-Cooked fresh food and the Rustic Stews are human-grade quality.
- The NOs: Absolutely no GMOs, antibiotics, growth hormones, artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers.
- Ethically sourced: Open Farm’s partner farms are routinely audited and certified in humane animal care by leading third party, non-profit organizations in the field, including Certified Humane and Global Animal Partnership. The fish is exclusively ocean caught using sustainable fishing practices in accordance with Ocean Wise and Seafood Watch standards.
- Traceable ingredients: Open Farm foods will come with a lot code that can be entered into Open Farm’s website to trace where your ingredients came from. Complete transparency and accountability is a top priority for the company.
- Single purchase or subscriptions: Open Farm offers one-off purchases or subscriptions. However, subscribing can earn you a discount and remove one more item from your To-Do list—permanently. Get 15% off your first purchase with code DOGTALE15.
Are there other dog foods that have had no recalls?
Yes, there are other dog food companies without any known recalls. and Many of these companies are fresh food companies that have higher standards than your average dog food manufacturer. They offer better ingredients, meticulous cooking standards, and rigorous testing prior to the food being packaged.
A few of our favorite slowly-cooked, human-grade fresh food companies are The Farmer’s Dog, Nom Nom Dog Food, and Ollie Dog Food. While we feel fresh dog foods outrank most other dog foods, they can be cost-prohibitive to some pet owners, or take up too much freezer space. In these instances, we’d recommend opting for a healthier kibble like Sundays for Dogs or Spot & Tango’s UnKibble, neither of which have ever been recalled.
>> Read more: Ollie Dog Food Recalls