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Expanded Recall of Diamond Pet Foods Dry Dog Food

Phyllis Entis, author of the eFoodAlert blog, put together this thorough report on the Diamond Pet Foods link to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection, which has sickened at least 14 people, and the expansion of its earlier recalls, which now includes all formulas and package sizes of many brands manufactured at its Gaston, South Carolina plant between Dec. 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012. The recall includes some Kirkland brands and other dry dog food sold under several brand names.

This report, originally headlined “Diamond Pet Foods, Etc., Recalls – 2012″ is reposted with permission.

Updated May 18, 2012

Dry dog food manufactured in Diamond Pet Foods’ Gaston, South Carolina production plant has been linked to at least 14 cases of Salmonella Infantis infections in 9 states, according to a May 3, 2012 report from CDC. Confirmed outbreak cases have been documented in Alabama (1), Connecticut (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (3), North Carolina (3), New Jersey (1), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (1), and Virginia (1). Five people were hospitalized.

Diamond Pet Foods has recalled nine brands of dry pet food formulas that were manufactured in Gaston. All batches manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 are affected.

How to read the Production Code and Best Before Code:

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Several other brands, manufactured for third parties, also are in the process of being recalled.

How to read the Kirkland Signature Production Code and Best Before Code:

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How to read the Canidae Production Code and Best Before Code:

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Consolidated list of recalled dry pet food products (as of May 18, 2012):

Apex Chicken and Rice Dog (40 lb. and 20 lb.) production code ACD0101B32; best by date 24-Jan-2013

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- Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, All Life Stages (All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2011 through January 31, 2012; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Chicken Meal & Rice (All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2011 through January 31, 2012; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Lamb Meal & Rice (All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2011 through January 31, 2012; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Canidae Platinum (All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2011 through January 31, 2012; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul (All package sizes and formulas; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Country Value (All package sizes and formulas; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Diamond (All package sizes and formulas; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Diamond Naturals (All package sizes and formulas; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula (Samples, 6-lb bags, 18-lb bags; Manufactured Aug 26, 2011; Production Code DSL0801; Best before 26-Aug-2012, 27-Sept-2012 (manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Sept. 27, 2011), and 18-Oct-2012 (manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 18, 2011))

- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog (5 lb bag; Best by December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; March 12, 2013)

- Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog (15 lb bag; Best by December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013)

- Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog (28 lb bag; Best by December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013; March 7, 2013; March 8, 2013; March 12, 2013)

- Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog (5 lb, 15 lb, and 28 lb bags; Best by December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012)

- Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog (5 lb bag; Best by December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012)

- Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog (15 lb and 28 lb bags; Best by December 9, 2012; December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012)

- Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog (5 lb bag; Best by December 9, 2012)

- Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites (28 lb bag; Best by December 12, 2012; December 20, 2012; December 21, 2012)

- Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites (5 lb and 12.5 lb bags; Best by December 21, 2012)

- Premium Edge (All package sizes and formulas; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Professional (All package sizes and formulas; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- 4Health (All package sizes and formulas; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food (4-lb pkg; Batch code starting with SGL1201; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750050)

- Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food (15-lb bag; Batch code starting with SGL1201; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750067)

- Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food (28.5-lb bag; Batch code starting with SGL1201; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750081)

- Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food (4-lb pkg; Batch code starting with SGB1201; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750005)

- Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food (15-lb bag; Batch code starting with SGB1201; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750012)

- Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food (33-lb bag; Batch code starting with SGB1201; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750029)

- Taste of the Wild (All package sizes and formulas; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

- Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy (15 lb. and 30 lb. bags and 5 oz. sample bags; best by dates of JAN 9 2013 through JAN 11 2013)

Product distribution by brand (as of May 8, 2012)

Apex

Distributed only in South Carolina

Canidae

Distributed in: Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul 

Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Country Value

Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Diamond

Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Diamond Naturals

Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Kirkland Signature

Distributed in: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Natural Balance

Distributed in: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming and Canada.

NOT distributed in: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Premium Edge

Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Professional

Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

4Health

Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Solid Gold

Distributed in: USA and Canada from between January and May 2012.

Taste of the Wild

Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Information Provided by Retailers (as of May 9, 2012)

Where the information was posted on-line, I have provided a link. Other information was obtained as a result of email correspondence between eFoodAlert and the retailer.

Best Online Pets Supply.- This retailer is NOT affected by the recalls.

Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.- Kirkland Signature products (including Nature’s Domain) sold in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Costco Wholesale Corporation.- Kirkland Signature is a Costco store brand. The retailer has not specified the locations of Costco stores that were supplied with recalled Kirkland Signature dry pet foods.

Muttropolis.- The only item on the recall list carried by Muttropolis is the Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Bison. Customers who purchased this product can call 888-688-8799.

PetSmart.- The only recalled item carried by PetSmart is Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy (15-lb bag with Best before dates of January 9, 2013 and January 10, 2013; 30-lb bag with Best before dates of January 10, 2013 and January 11, 2013).

VetDepot.- None of the products carried by VetDepot have been affected by the Diamond recalls.

West Coast Pet Supply.- Located in California and receives all of its shipments from Diamond Pet Foods’ California plant. West Coast Pet Supply is NOT affected by the recalls.

Whole Foods Market.- Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog Food, 5 lbs. UPC 7 23633 80855 2; Lot code NBV1201; Best by Dec 9, 2012. The company did not specify the locations of stores that were supplied with the recalled product.

Recall and Outbreak Investigation Notices

Diamond Pet Foods – Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice (April 6, 2012)

Diamond Pet Foods – Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula (April 26, 2012)

ODA Issues Health Alert, Urges Caution when Handling Pet Food (April 26, 2012)

Diamond Pet Foods – Diamond Puppy Formula (April 30, 2012)

Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Dry Dog Food (posted May 3, 2012)

Investigation of a Multi-state Outbreak of Salmonella Infantis Linked to Dry Dog Food (posted May 3, 2012)

Two Human Illnesses in Ohio Linked to Salmonella in Recalled Dog Food (May 4, 2012)

Natural Balance Pet Foods – certain dry dog food formulas (May 4, 2012)

WellPet LLC – Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy (May 4, 2012)

Canidae Pet Foods Recalls Four Dry Pet Food Formulas (May 4, 2012)

Apex Pet Foods Initiates Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food (May 4, 2012)

- Human Illness in Connecticut Linked to Salmonella in Recalled Dog Food (May 7, 2012)

- Georgia Department of Agriculture – Diamond Pet Foods expands recall due to Salmonella contamination (May 7, 2012)

- Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc. (May 8, 2012)

- Dry Dog Food Recall Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Expanded to Maine (May 9, 2012)

eFoodAlert Stories

Contaminated Kibble Sickens 14 People (posted May 3, 2012)

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Recall (posted May 5, 2012)

Diamond Pet Foods Recalls: Consumers Want Answers (posted May 7, 2012)

Advice to Consumers and Families with Pets

CDC offers this advice to pet owners:

- Consumers should check their homes for recalled dog food products and discard them promptly. Consumers with questions about recalled dog food may contact Diamond Pet Foods at telephone number (800) 442-0402 or visit www.diamondpetrecall.com.

- Follow the tips listed on Salmonella from Dry Pet Food and Treats to help prevent an infection with Salmonella from handling dry pet food and treats.

- People who think they might have become ill after contact with dry pet food or with an animal that has eaten dry pet food should consult their health care providers. Infants, older adults, and persons with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness.

- People who think their animal might have become ill after eating dry pet food should consult their veterinary-care providers.

- Read Additional Information for Pet Owners to learn the signs and symptoms of salmonellosis in dogs and cats, and to understand how to deal with possible Salmonella illness in your pet.

Also, be aware that dogs may be infected with Salmonella – and may shed the bacteria in their stool - without showing any outward symptoms of illness. If your pet has consumed a Diamond Pet Foods dry dog food, be especially careful to wash your hands after handling it, and supervise closely any interaction between children and your pet.

© Food Safety News
  • Tom

    Phyllis, I have an unopened bag of Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul (for seniors), purchased it in Chicago. There is no product code or (“best by”) info. as there is on the others I’ve purchased. The bag does say – produced in Meta, Mo. Should I be concerned?

    • KV

      There are a few pet foods that are sourced and produced by their own facilities, and they only make their own products, rather than multiple lines-Nutrisource, Orijen/Acana and Hi-Tek. All make their own foods and have never had recalls. Also, they are sourced only in the United States.

  • Erich

    Thank you for this.
    This is very similar to public company financial accounting restatements. Companies rarely make a single finding. They make one announcement, and another and another as new facts are found.
    Please try to find out who knew what at Diamond, and when.
    Mistakes happen, but coverups are inexcusable. Diamond makes food of purportedly high quality at lower prices, which can benefit many pets. Product inquiry e-mails are routinely answered by veterinarians. It is important to know if this is a company trying to do well or if that was a charade.

  • JPDMyers

    “Taste of the Wild” CAT FOOD made by Diamond Pet Food is apparently now also included in their recall. After reading the news stories about the large dog food recall and learning that “Taste of the Wild” is one of their brands, I called them today and was told that my cat food bag was also part of the recall. The production numbers did not match those currently provided on their website so I can only guess that the information published to date is incomplete. This is the link to the Diamond recall website: http://diamondpetrecall.com/ Also, the Diamond Pet Food recall telephone number is (866)918-8756.
    FYI, my cat has had bloody diarrhea/stools for a couple of weeks now and is currently taking a 2nd round of medicine prescribed by my vet because the 1st round was ineffective. A couple of nights ago, the sound of my cat vomiting woke me up. He threw up approximately 8-10 times over approximately 2 hours – very unusual for him. I now suspect that both of these issues may have been caused by the “Taste of the Wild” cat food. Thank goodness the recall occurred before he got any worse as pet deaths are being reported.
    If I had only realized “Taste of the Wild” was made by Diamond Pet Food, I would have never bought the stuff. Ironically, I switched to this food two months ago because I wanted a healthier food for my cats. My cats like it, but it is not worth the risk.

  • Sue Hultquist

    I also feed Diamond Lamb and rice, along with Taste of the wild,all flavors, I too am having trouble finding the codes and dates. I buy from a local dog food store, private owned. The owner told me a rep wsa in talking to them about the Diamond, and the Chicken Soup, but since then, so many others have come out. Do I need to change all my food, to ones made by another carrier. This can prove to be a real problem for some of us. A general yes or no answer would be best. Can I depend on my dog store owners to be up to date, to have all of these pulled????

  • Joanne Smith

    I only trust companies that have their own manufacturing facility and only produce their own food. All of my animals eat Royal Canin and have never had any issues. Their food has made an amazing difference in all of my pets and I will never switch! Science based diets are the way to go!!!

  • susan

    i ALSO USED CHICKEN SOUP AND DIMOND PUPPY TO MY PREGENT GIRL AND THE PUPS WERE MOVING IN HER AND THEY ALL DIDED IN HER BEFORE BIRTH

  • Rocky

    Many pet foods are manufacturered by 3rd party contract companies. Always call the company and ask, but don’t be surprised if the answer is “that’s proprietary”.
    Also, many “name brands” are owned by large multi-global corporations. For example, Nutro and Royal Canin are owned by Mars, Hill’s is owned by Colgate Palmolive, Iams is owned by P&G.

  • Janie Withers

    it is concerning when ‘people’ food companies purchase pet food lines. Why do you think this happens? The by products of ‘people’ foods that cannot be sold to people are dumped into the petfood under a good label as ‘organic’ or ‘healthier food’ and pet owners buy it. P&G (Proctor and Gamble) know nothing about petfoods. what make us think they learned all about it overnight when they purchased the petfood companies. The word here is PROFIT and the large companies are double dipping as they dump poisons not allowed in human food into your pet food.

  • Jekomperda

    We lost a puppy this morning in Colorado from a bag of the Diamond Puppy food. We are sending the food out to be tested!

  • travis ebmeyer

    i live in michigan and when i went to return it they told me that, the food that came out of their warehouse is not the bad stuff. they said its only in texas. well they don’t even sell taste of the wild in texas! this was at a tractor supply, i think that they don’t know what they are talking about, and they will be taking back my dog food.

  • emily

    SO this whole situation is alarming. I buy the puppy formula (rice and chicken) for my little man and he hasn’t gotten sick eating the food. However, I did throw out the bad before the recall so I don’t know if his food needs to be thrown out, and to be honest I don’t just want to throw out 30 lbs of food. I’m against a wall with this. He isn’t sick and hasn’t shown any signs of illness.
    help?

  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/contributors/mary-rothschild/ mrothschild

    As Phyllis states: “Also, be aware that dogs may be infected with Salmonella – and may shed the bacteria in their stool – without showing any outward symptoms of illness.”
    Diamond has said pet owners who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

  • bobby adkins

    what happen if you already used up the re called dog food and possibly lost a dog from this is diamond dog food going to reinburst me for the money that i have spent and my pet that i lost

  • Ashley

    Emily,
    If you have a puppy and you are not sure what the date or the product code is you should throw it out. It is not a huge risk to adult healthy dogs, but it is a risk to older dogs, puppies, and immune compromised dogs. It can also be a risk to people handeling it. I told my parents the same thing. I know it is no fun to throw away an entire bag of dog food, especially when they run at around $50/bag, but it is better to be safe than sorry. My roommate and I give our dogs Canidae,so I know it is expensive to have to throw out a bag.

  • Barbara

    We feed our dog Science Diet. For the past 3-4 months have had him on their “light” dog food. He became very ill last week, vomiting, then quit eating entirely for a couple days, high temp. Took him to the vet and was told he had an “infection” and put on antibiotics. Salmonella was not mentioned. He is seeming to respond to antibiotics. I’m just wondering if Science Diet has ties to Kirkland and if I should throw the food out. Could it be the culprit?

  • Amy

    I have three cats who have been eating Taste of the Wild cat food for about two years now. In February I bought a brand new bag, within 48 hours of feeding it to my cats, one of them developed horrible diarrhea and vomiting, since it was the same food they had been eating for some time, I did not attribute it to the food. Now I am wondering if that bag was contaminated, it sure does sound suspicious since this is an inside cat, up to date on worming and no possibility of eating anything from outdoors. I will be throwing away all my Taste of the Wild food, it just isn’t worth it. My dogs eat mostly dehydrated raw, Stella and Chewies or Honest Kitchen -

  • Ildiko

    I feed my dog & cats Taste of the Wild Dry, (venison) and the codes mentioned above do match the bags I have. However, I have not seen any illness related symptoms at all, at least not yet. Wondering how long before symptoms show up? I will be contacting the dealer & my local pet store and washing my hands as I usually do after feeding them.

  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/contributors/mary-rothschild/ Mary Rothschild

    As Phyllis states: “Also, be aware that dogs may be infected with Salmonella – and may shed the bacteria in their stool – without showing any outward symptoms of illness.”
    Diamond has said pet owners who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

  • Martina

    I bought the 18lb bag of Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy Formula through Atlas Pet Supplies in Blaine, MN. I throw the bag out, because I fill a plastic container with the food. How am I to know if the food my puppies are eating is contaminated? Both of my puppies have vomited and have had very loose stool for quite some time now.

  • Homer

    Healthy puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats don’t repeatedly vomit or have loose stools and diarrhea.
    If your pet has these issues, it’s best to see your vet in order to rule out any possible serious illness.
    About that food: Some foods can have significant variation from bag to bag. That’s a bad thing. So when your bag of kibble is 50% gone (or less), buy a new bag and mix an equal amount of new kibble with what’s left in the old bag.
    Always keep kibble in a cool, dry place, and inspect it before feeding. If there’s any “off” color or odor, do not use it.
    Beware of using any brand of food that has had repeated recalls, or problems. Examples are Nutro, Diamond.
    Join a good pet forum so that you can stay informed of food issues. Itchmoforums.com is one such group of serious minded pet “foodies”.
    Most pet food companies DON’T manufacture their own food. Instead, they rely on contract manufacturing companies, some of which are poorly run. Always know who makes your food, and don’t rely on hearsay. Call the company and ask.
    These days, feeding pets is not like the old days — pet owners must do their homework and stay informed of developing issues.
    There are many poor companies and much poor food.
    As Janie said, it’s about profit.

  • http://foodsafetynews.com newsdesk

    Remember that food contaminated with Salmonella usually will not have any “off” color, odor or taste.

  • Rosie

    WHERE IS THE PRODUCT CODE AND SELL BY DATE ON THE BAG ??
    NOTHING VISIBLE

  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/contributors/mary-rothschild/ mrothschild

    According to the Diamond Pet Foods Recall Information site, the production code may be on the back, side or bottom of the bag and is labeled with the words “PRODUCTION CODE.”
    http://diamondpetrecall.com/recall-q-a/#314

  • Beau Blithe

    Be aware that there are still recalled bags of dog food on the shelves.
    Within the hour I have purchased a bag of Diamond dog food and just called Diamond to check the product number against the recall. Sure enough the number was on the list.
    Diamond is leaving it up to the store owners to pull the product off the shelf.

  • Pauline

    Are there any cat foods affected? My cat is having stool problems today. I also used to feed my dog Rachael Rays food. 3 weeks ago she stopped eating it altogether, which was odd for her. is there a possibility her food should be on the list??

  • http://foodsafetynews.com News Desk

    Remember that food contaminated with Salmonella usually will not have any “off” color, odor or taste.

  • nancy adams

    This is very disturbing. So appreciate having this brought to my attention. I have two aadorable shiztzus (brother and sister 11 y/o.Don’t want to lose them or have them suffer.

  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/contributors/mary-rothschild/ Mary Rothschild

    According to the Diamond Pet Foods Recall Information site, the production code may be on the back, side or bottom of the bag and is labeled with the words “PRODUCTION CODE.”
    http://diamondpetrecall.com/recall-q-a/#314

  • Marilyn

    I feed Kirkland to one of our three dogs. The other two are on grain free diets and are fed Acana. We never leave our dof food in the bag, rather put it in a sealed container in a cool dry place. Just opened & dumped a bag of Kirkland when this recall came out. Of course we can’t identify if it’s on the recall list or not because the bag is gone. We won’t feed it, and will never buy anything manufactured thre Diamon facilities again. No bag, no refund!! They will all be fed Acana now, made in Canada by Orijen, great quality and they don’t manufacture any other products. Stay away from Royal Cane too, dogs have died on contaminated food from their manufacturer. Sadly all big name nfg’s feel animals can feed on almost anything disgusting you can imagine, including euthanised dogs.

  • Mary

    Pauline,
    Who manufacturers Rachael Ray food? Could you call the company and let us know?
    I’m leary of “celebrity” pet foods as I suspect it’s just more marketing hype.
    There are some decent commercial foods. Visit Itchmoforums.com and get help with food choices.
    Yes, some cat food has been recalled.

  • Padraic

    Taste of the Wild is on sale in Europe with the affected product codes. The European Reseller refuses to remove it saying that it is safe even though Diamond are issuing this recall.
    This is a very dangerous situation!

  • Reg Harris

    My dog was was on that recall food got a refund from costco that was fine but my dog was sick throwing up & had the runs he was at the vet twice the last time was for three days total cost for all his treatments was over &500.00 spoke to signature foods they still deny the food was contaminted very disapointed with there pr

  • Kit

    My roommate and I were buying the Kirkland cat food Taste of the Wild fowl for our dogs. About 2 months ago switched the cats to TotW as well, and now we find out that BOTH Kirkland AND TotW are made by Diamond! Switched to Blue Buffalo when the recall for TotW popped up, and it turns out that IT is ALSO manufactured by Diamond in their Missouri plant! We lost a cat in December that we shouldn’t have lost, still don’t know why we lost her – and now we have a Corgi who has congestive heart failure and a Bone-Mouth Sharpei that suddenly developed loose stools and threw up a slimy green liquid the day after we took her to the vet for the stools – this is right after we switched her to Blue Buffalo. The Corgi’s heart failure has also suddenly worsened dramatically – we’re frantically trying to find a food that is NOT Diamond-made in ANY of their plants. My roommate is headed towards a Canadian-made brand – don’t know its name – but it’s not distributed in Alabama where I live. Pet Depot, a new store in Madison, AL, says they can get it, so even though it’s 20 miles from where I live in Normal, we’re going to be going to Pet Depot from now on, just to be able to get food that is NOT contract-made by Diamond.

  • Wizard

    Got my TOTW at dave’s pet food city in Mass. just called them and they said that “their” TOTW is ok. i told them i was confused because the production code matched, how do they know it’s ok? They said because “their people checked it.” ????????
    I replied “WHAT???” then i was told, if i wanted i could get a refund. How could they say it’s ok????

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    awesome post :-)

  • http://www.puppies-care.com KK

    Give your canine the healthiest food they deserve. Dog food companies will do everything in their power to make sure you don’t realize homemade dog food is infinitely better for your canine because they spend billions in advertising and control vet schools by sponsoring them.

  • km

    Also, be aware, the listing of ingredients can be a misnomer. Big plants like purina, and others use euthanized dogs and cats and sick and dying animals and aborted fetuses etc in their dog food. it is so rendered to create dry food there is not only dangerous and disgusting ingredients, but absolutely no nutrition. cost it out. chicken thighs at a buck a pound cooked and mixed with oatmeal and vegetables. add dog vitamins and you will always know what they are eating. And they need less of it to be healthy and there is less poop because there is no garbage filler.

  • sarah

    what about Natures Variety? Is this ok,to feed to my kitties and have they ever been recalled recently?

  • Emily Roberts

    1) Yes, some pet food companies are owned by companies that also make human food/candy. At first glance, I could see why you would find yourself saying, “Why are human food companies making dog food? They do not know anything about dog food!” I know first hand that Mars does not operate the dog food companies they own. Each brand is operated independantly from the parent company of Mars. Both Nutro and Royal Canin have different philosphies and very different ideas behind their foods. They both also own their own manufacturing facilities and only make their own diets at these facilities. I can not speak for some of the other large companies that own dog food brands.
    2) Many people have become so scared from the recalls in commercial pet food that they feel safer feeding their pets a home made diet. There are many concerns with this approach.
    - Raw meat, even from your nicest grocery store, can easily have salmonella on it. These meats are meant to be cooked prior to consuming which eliminates the risk to humans, as long as proper handling of the raw meat is practiced. Dogs typically do not show symptoms of salmonella. This is also why it is difficult to pinpoint the culprit when humans get sick because the dog is not sick. Handling raw meat greatly increases your exposure and what many people do not realize is that salmonella can then be on your pets coat/body/mouth.
    - Home made raw meat diets or cooked diets rarely have all the beneficial nutrients your pet needs. Many will give their pet a daily vitamin to cover that basis but here is the concern with that. Vitamins are not regulated by the FDA and are considered nutraceuticals. This means that what and how much the company claims is in the product may not be. Many research companies have studies human and pet over the counter supplements and found this to be true. The other concern is that we do not know just how much of that vitamin is absorbed. This being said, depending on the nutrient your pet may be lacking, they may never show signs of the lacking nutrient but as they age, the possibility of disease, sickness, shortened life span, etc is more likely.
    3) Pet food runs in fads. Many companies and brands jump on the band wagon of the new fad without any research or proof that it is better. Grain free diets are the new thing and if you walk up and down a pet store’s aisles you will clearly see that almost all of the companies have joined in. The problem with grain free diets are as follows:
    - the starches used in these diets have a higher glycemic index and cause sudden spikes and drops in glucose levels which leads to your pet being hungry faster and is especially not good for obese animals due to their increased risk for diabetes.
    - as long as the grain is processed properly, they are highly digestable and benefit our pets with numerous nutrients that are needed. Lower quality foods(typically cheap foods like grocery brands) may use lower quality grains and process them differently, hence why they are able to keep the price of the diet so low.
    - Veterinary Boarded Dermatologist have shown that food accounts for only 0.9% of skin allergies. The majority of these allergies are due to the animal protein, not the grains. The push for gluten free food in humans has inspired this push in animals. Animals are not affected by celiacs disease. Grains provide a multitude of beneficial nutrients and the variation of grains in the diet help to keep glycemic spikes from happening. The easy answer from your veterinarian is, “Try grain free” when you go in because your pet is itchy. You may see an improvement with switching which could be because your pet truly does have a grain allergy, your pets environmental or inhalant allergen is no longer affecting them or simply you were feeding a less quality food prior and switching to a higher quality food has made the improvement.
    **I do not write this to stir up trouble or make people upset but I really feel like the media, bloggers, etc have blown so many things out of proportion or caused fear in pet owners for no reason. Many articles and blogs are written by pet lovers, human physicians and journalists who do not have the education or proper research to prove what they claim**

  • http://twitter.com/PetFoodRatings PetFoodRatings

    That’s horrible to read, both from Reg and especially you Caroline. I read a lot of this stuff, and of recent note more from Purina Beneful. There’s so much sub-standard dog food on the market (especially from the larger well known brands).

    My website http://www.petfoodratings.org tries to give unbiased reviews based on ingredients and nutritional aspects, and hopefully leads people to feed their pets food that doesn’t lead to illness. Obviously in the case of recalls due to salmonella can happen with any food, but I believe some companies take more care than others.