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Diamond Pet Foods Recalls More Dry Dog Food

Diamond Pet Foods has again recalled batches of dry dog food that may be contaminated with Salmonella, this time to include its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011.

The earlier Diamond Pet Foods recalls involved various formulas manufactured after Dec. 9, 2011 at its production facility in Gaston, SC. This recall involves pet food produced in Meta, MO.

The company says no illnesses have been reported in connection with this latest recall, which presumably means no human or animal illnesses.

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However, as of May 11, 15 people in nine states and one person in Canada have been reported sickened with an outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis from contact with contaminated dog food or infected animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  As of May 16, the Food and Drug Administration had confirmed two dog illnesses related to the outbreak.

Last week the Calgary Herald in Alberta reported that two cats in a Montreal shelter died, and another was ill, after being fed Diamond Pet Foods products. 

The outbreak investigation confirmed a link between some of the illnesses and samples of dry dog food, sold under various brand names, manufactured at Diamond Pet Foods’ Gaston, SC production plant.

The company’s latest recall is of 6 lb. and 18 lb. and sample bags of Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula with a DSL0801 production code and best-before dates of 26-Aug-2012, 27-Sept- 2012 and 18-Oct- 2012.

The recalled product was distributed in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Further distribution through other pet food channels, including on-line retailers, may have occurred. 

For more information on this recall call toll-free at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Diamond says that if your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian.

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers can lodge complaints about FDA-regulated pet foods with area Consumer Complaint Coordinators or at http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints

 

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    • patsy

      I have many dogs & cats. I do not feed Diamond at this time, but I have noticed that from time to time all of my Chi. refuse to eat so I assume that there must be something wrong with the food. They are much more sensitive than the Danes. So will assume they know & buy another brand for a while.
      If they don’t eat I do not force.
      I know all things are not told by taste but my method lets THEM decide.
      The people I know discuss this from time to time too.
      Some people from our group never feed anything but people food because it is inspected & it becomes cheaper than vet calls.
      I change immediately because the recalls happen long after the food has been fed.

  • Not sure if the cat pet food recall is the same you mentioned, or an additional one.
    It’s actually getting hard to keep up now, there’s so many.

  • Other than the Kirkland cat food brands manufactured by Diamond and recalled earlier, there are no cat pet foods being recalled at this time.
    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/05/diamond-pet-foods-etc-recalls—2012/

  • Other than the Kirkland cat food brands manufactured by Diamond and recalled earlier, there are no cat pet foods being recalled at this time.
    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/05/diamond-pet-foods-etc-recalls—2012/

  • Jill Matthews

    I have a 14 year old Golden Mix and she has survived all of the recalls you have claimed. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for this to happen as often as it does. I have always relied on Diamond and I SURE don’t want to change her food intake at this time in her life…I am here to say that if she is poisoned from tainted food at her age, she would never survive and if I have a bag of Diamond pet food that is tainted, I will never feed another dog OR cat ANY kind of Diamond product. There is NO excuse for this to happen once, much LESS REPEATEDLY!!! I think you should clean up your act and stop letting bad dog food get to the shelves!!

  • Hello, i’m from Tennessee and i also have a dog pet that i’ve been feeding him with Diamond pet dog foods, I see no unusual behavior from my dog, if the information above about Salmonella is true, then we can safely assume that not all dog food stocks are contaminated with the said virus.

  • Stacy: Dogs infected with Salmonella can be asymptomatic — with no visible signs of illness or unusual behaviors — and yet still be carriers of the pathogen and transmit the bacteria (it’s not a virus) to other animals or humans. That’s why it’s important to wash one’s hands after handling animals or dry dog food. The recalled Diamond-made food should be thrown away in a covered trash receptacle so that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot be exposed to it.

  • Stacy: Dogs infected with Salmonella can be asymptomatic — with no visible signs of illness or unusual behaviors — and yet still be carriers of the pathogen and transmit the bacteria (it’s not a virus) to other animals or humans. That’s why it’s important to wash one’s hands after handling animals or dry dog food. The recalled Diamond-made food should be thrown away in a covered trash receptacle so that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot be exposed to it.

  • I have feed Diamond for years. I have now had four 6 month olds get sick, two died and two were saved. They were very lethargic, the two that died had black diarrhea (blood in the upper digestive tract), the two that I pulled through just had diarrhea. All were frothing at the mouth, would not eat and lost weight fast. from the time I saw the froth, to the time they died was from 12 hours to 24 hours. The rest are fine. Then I lost an 8 week old puppy who was on the puppy food. I was thinking poison of some kind and decided to look up dog food recalls. There it was, several Diamond recalls. I am almost afraid to feed my dogs anymore Diamond foods. Not only did I have to deal with the heartbreak of loosing these dogs, but they were worth $4800 too.

  • Steven R. Jones

    I have fed my beautiful blue eyed purebred Siberian Husky the Diamond Dog Food for about six months now and am very sorry that I switched dog food. Since the Diamond Dog Food recall, Yukon has very sick, lethargic and was not eating at all. I fed him the last 3-4 weeks with a syringe. I also took him to two different vets and they were treating him for liver damage and possible kidney damage. When he died on Memorial Day, he had pure black stools so he had to have been bleeding inside. We are so disgusted and sickened to think this may be related to the Diamond Dog Food. We have contacted the FDA on this issue.

  • John Bartus

    Back in Feb of 2012 we contacted Diamond that we had machine parts in our Taste of the Wild Salmon.They did nothing but ignore us.Bag was mfg in South Carolina.NOW,we did buy the NEW bags of Taste of the Wild Salmon and Tractor Supply brand “4Health”-mfg in Missouri.We have several large rescue dogs.Past week-50% of them are vomiting and some refuse to eat.We also contacted FDA.Diamond is the largest pet food distributor (with many brands under their belt,inc.Tractor Supply).Sorry for all your losses.There should be a class action suit against Diamond.I will join it immediately.

  • Tammy

    Our Chesapeake Bay Retriever is at the vet right now in Oregon with suspected salmonella. Got a new bag of Diamond chicken and rice. Is there somewhere to mail the vet bills to get reimbursed for those? This is a bunch of crap when we are accidentally killing our own dogs!

  • heather

    We just recently tried our dogs on the diamond lamb and rice naturals. I have not seen any recalls for it recently but it has made both of my dogs sick. The oldest couldn’t control himself and pooped all over our floor and our youngest is vomiting. We switched back to science diet for them. I hope it was soon enough.

  • A lot of information, but hopefully it helps others.
    Our 4 year old Terrier Mix has eaten (Diamond) Kirkland Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable for almost 2 years with no problems. We just purchased a new bag a couple weeks ago, soon after she started to not be herself. She started to become very lethargic and we knew something was wrong. We took her immediately to the vet. Within 2 days she died even with all the testing and medical attention from the vets. This does not make sense for an absolutely HEALTHY dog that was the joy of our family to losing her to something like this.
    We have all the tests back from the many that were performed by the vet. All blood, x-rays, samples, etc came back that she was a healthy and there is no sign of a physical defect or indication of why she should have died. After talking with MANY people that have had the same experience and there is a pattern that continues to happen: after they start a new bag of dog food the dog becomes lethargic and sick/dies within days. (mostly due to liver/organ failure) I have already contacted the FDA, Diamond, and Costco so with the help from my vet we are working with them in trying to resolve this.
    We are trying to strictly work on facts and try to determine what exactly the issue is. Clearly we are not trying to spread rumors saying the food was for sure the cause, but since the death occurred after starting a new bag and all the medical tests show no indication of other cause, and it is happening to hundreds of animals, the food is highly suspect.
    Here are the symptoms we encountered: BEGINNING DAYS-started by moving slower, not wanting to play, eating grass NEXT 2 DAYS- became very lethargic, fever, labored breathing, not eating or drinking, Vets administered medicine and IV’s and ran many tests LAST NIGHT- Very Lethargic, laying with legs straight locked, can’t walk or falling over, LAST 2 HOURS-head would turn backwards locking, appeared to be going blind by not seeing us and eyes were unresponsive, then very severe seizures.
    I read articles like these before I started to buy Kirkland/Diamond dog food, but TRUSTED that no one would ever sell something that would cause this much loss. We wish we would have read this information several weeks ago and it may have been a different outcome. If you are still feeding your dog this food, I was just like you a week ago thinking it would never happen to us… now we are trying to deal with the tragic loss of our family pet.

  • Pat Bever

    I purchased a Bernese Mountain dog 2 weeks ago the breeder has always fed Diamond Lamb & ridce to both of the parenets to this puppy and also had the whole litter of 9 puppies on the lamb and rice puppy formula. They all had some diarrhea the week before I brought mt puppy homs but the breeder just thought because they had been outside and being puppies and all they had gotten into stuff. He talked me into switching from my Science Diet that I have used for the past 20 years to the Diamond brand foods, I purchased a 20# bag of large breed lamb and rice formula for my puppy and was assured it was safe that it was not on the recall list. I did get on line and saw for myself that it had not been recalled. My puppy has not been sick but has had diarrhea for the most part since I purchased this food I have since went back to a Brand that I can trust and am slowly swithcing her over to Science Diet whom I have never had any problems with.

  • dog lover

    As the owner of 3 cats and a dog, I am disgusted that an AMERICAN company would pull this kind of garbage on us. We expect it from China, but not the United States. Thankfully I haven’t been using the Diamond brand and all my animals are healthy. BOYCOTT ALL THE DIAMOND BRANDS UNTIL THEY GO OUT OF BUSINESS.

  • heather

    I have a 6yr old female pitbull. She has a very sinsitive stomach so I knew something wasn’t right when I slowly changed her food from blue buffalo to diamond extreme performance. I gave her a cup 1/2 of diamond food one night the next morning she had diarrhea she didn’t even want to eat her breakfast. Her belly started to make noises. Then a couple more hours she started to have a little blood in her poop. That night she had pure bloody stole in her cage. For 3 days she did not eat her food I put out for her. So I put her back on blue buffalo and now she’s doing better. The FDA should shut them down this is too many recalls for 1 brand. My dog could have died from this. I’m not a happy customer I will tell all my dog owher friends to NOT buy any diamond made food. Man that’s a lot of business lose for them! I’m Facebook this as well!

  • karen

    I think it is appalling that you can’t trust any dog food company with the the thing that is closest to your heart–your pet. I think that something should be done to close down companies that knowingly put pets at risk all for the all mighty dollar. Stricter laws should be in place for the safety and well being of animals.