Ol’Roy pet food is distributed by Walmart. Ol’Roy has had 39 recalls and withdraws since 2005 with an estimated 16 million recalled cans, bags, or packages of pet products. Ol’Roy has also received a large number of consumer complaints including ones that include pictures of moldy food and maggots.

Ol’Roy Recalls

Recalled Quantity

The total number of recalled containers of pet products is not publicly disclosed but based on the information released by the FDA we are fairly certain there have been at least 582,792 cases. The quantity of items per case is not listed but we have assumed 20 items per case (which is in line with averages seen by other recalls) to conclude that at about 11.6 million bags/cans/packages have been recalled, excluding the 2007 recall. A 2007 recall by Menu Foods included Ol’Roy but did not disclose how many cans/bags/packages were included for Ol’Roy. There were 53.3 million (53,373,600) recalled packages by Menu Foods and we estimate 4-5 million of those were Ol’Roy. We estimate that Ol’Roy has had approximate 16 million (16,000,000) recalled cans, bags, or packages of pet products.

Consumer Complaints


Ol’ Roy has received 300 complaints and reviews on Consumer Affairs with 95% of the ratings consisting of 1 star and 2 star reviews. The large number of complaints of sickness in pets indicates there may have been times where a recall should have been issued but was not. Some of these complaints have pictures that show moldy food and maggots in the bag. While not all are verified as the cause or sickness, with so many complains one has to ask why. ol-roy-pet-foods_3597 




The ingredients in Ol’ Roy dog food are notably terrible. While this site is intended to analyze recalls, the amount of inferior ingredients in this food makes it worth mentioning. In a good food, you’ll see a quality meat like chicken, chicken meal, lamb, lamb meal, etc. Ol’Roy uses cheap grains, animal bones,  by-products, and undisclosed fat sources preserved with cancer causing preservatives.

Ingredients: Ground yellow cornmeat and bone mealsoybean mealpoultry by-product mealanimal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), corn gluten meal, natural flavor, brewers rice, salt, potassium chloride, color added (titanium dioxide, yellow #5, yellow #6, red #40, blue #2), choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganous oxide, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride,menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate


Our Take

Ol’Roy is likely one of the worst pet food brands on the market and should be avoided. This has been determined by the quantity recalled, the quantity that hasn’t been recalled (that should have been), and the inferior ingredients. The only recalls Ol’Roy had were in 2007 but based on the consumer complaints, that have compelling pictures, there should have been more. There are companies that have poor food and issue frequent recalls but then there are companies that have complaints but choose not to issue recalls. We consider those to be some of the worst companies in the pet industry as recalls are effectively voluntary unless it poses a health risk to humans (like salmonella).




  1. Our neighbors fed our dog a can of ol Roy cheeseburger. And he has had horrible diaherra for 2 days. We feed him nothing but Purina one.

  2. Dan.c.vondra on

    I have an older dog and a younger the older dog got sick the younger dog won’t eat it

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