Information on Expanded Diamond Recall

Late yesterday, Diamond Pet Food expanded its recall of foods that were made in Diamond’s South Carolina plant to include a number of additional Diamond products including Taste of the Wild.  In addition, some of the companies who “co-pack” their food at a Dimaond facility have voluntarily recalled a limited number of their products in an abundance of caution.  The information that is out there in this recall is quite confusing and we couldn’t find one source with a comprehensive list of recalled foods.  You will find that list at the end of this blog entry.  But understanding this recall is just as important as identifying which foods are affected, so here are some common FAQ’s.

Why were the Diamond Brand Foods recalled?  Diamond recalled many Diamond Brand pet foods that were linked by the Center For Disease Control as having made at least 14 PEOPLE sick.  All 14 people were found to have the same strain of salmonella and it was determined that the common link was Diamond Brand pet food.  Tests on several types of Diamond pet food yielded positive results for salmonella.

Is the salmonella in Diamond products making pets sick?  Diamond is reporting that there have been no reports of their food making dogs or cats sick. That does not mean that it cannot make a pet sick.  See the below question and answer.

Should I worry that feeding a contaminated food will make my pet sick?  You should not feed any recalled pet food to your pet.  While this recall is surely meant more to protect the humans who come into contact with contaminated foods, a pet with a compromised immune system can get sick from a salmonella contamination.

Why doesn’t salmonella make a healthy dog sick?  Humans have really long small intestines and so our food spends a lot of time being digested and absorbed and broken down in the small intestines.  It doesn’t spend very much time in our stomachs.  Since dogs and cats only have a handful of feet of small intestines, the food they eat sits in the acid bath in their stomachs for a much longer time.  Pathogens such as salmonella are killed before the food heads to the intestines for absorption.  In addition, a pet’s immune system is uniquely designed to handle the types of pathogens that we cook away.  This is why pets can survive quite well eating fresh raw diets and will show very little ill effects from eating nasty garbage they grab in the alley when you aren’t looking, or chewing on the dead squirrel they find in the back yard, or from eating any and all kinds of poop.  Yuck!

What does it mean that a food is “co-packed” by Diamond?  Sometimes a manufacturer doesn’t have its own plant, or cannot keep up with production in its own plant, so contracts with another food to manufacture for them.  For example, Canidae currently doesn’t have their own plant.  They are building their own plant and will soon be manufacturing their own food, but currently Canidae is co-packed by Diamond.  Companies that use a co-packer are able to contract that the ingredients used are those that are purchased by the branded company.  This is the case with Canidae who controls the ingredients that go into their food.  Canidae also does their own batch testing of their foods for pathogens.  While Canidae maintains a great deal of control over their products in a co-pack relationship with Diamond, some companies do not.  You should research the company that makes your pet food, as having trust in the process is the only way to really ensure your pet is eating a healthy and safe diet.

What brands do you carry that are not co-packed?  We carry a number of foods that are manufactured in their own plants.  These brands include but are not limited to Orijen/Acana, Fromm, Evangers, Solid Gold, Lotus, Sojos, Honest Kitchen, Stella & Chewy’s.

 

RECALLED PRODUCTS:

DIAMOND  BRANDS – see http://diamondpetrecall.com/

This list includes pet food from Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Taste of the Wild, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health,

If your production code has a 2 or 3 in the 9th or 10th position AND an “X” in the 11th position, your product is affected by the recall. If the product you have does not include a 2 or 3 in the 9th or 10th position AND an “X” in the 11th position, your product is not affected by the recall, and you can continue to feed it as usual.

KIRKLAND – distributed by Costco

The Kirkland Signature products included in the recall include:

* Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
* Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
* Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
* Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
* Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
* Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
* Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags must have both a number “3” in the 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed are December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

NATURAL BALANCE: – see http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/home/NB_recall.html

Natural Balance has just been notified by Diamond Pet Foods, one of our co-manufacturers, that certain Natural Balance dry food formulas produced in their Gaston, SC facility should be voluntarily recalled.

Although there have been no animal illnesses reported and none of our Natural Balance products included in the recall have tested positive for Salmonella, we have voluntarily initiated this recall as a precautionary measure.

The following is a list of products affected, for select sizes:

Formula Best By Date
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; March 12, 2013
15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013
28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013; March 7, 2013; March 8, 2013; March 12, 2013
5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
15 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog December 9, 2012; December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog December 9, 2012; December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
5 LB Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog December 9, 2012
28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites December 12, 2012; December 20, 2012; December 21, 2012
5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites December 21, 2012
12.5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites December 21, 2012

WELLNESS – see http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/news.aspx

WELLPET LLC VOLUNTARILY RECALLS ONE RECIPE OF DRY DOG FOOD
DUE TO SALMONELLA AT DIAMOND PET FOODS’ FACILITY

Tewksbury, Mass. (May 4, 2012) – WellPet LLC announced a voluntary recall of one recipe of Wellness® dry dog food after being notified by Diamond Pet Foods regarding the presence of Salmonella in Diamond’s Gaston, South Carolina facility.

All Wellness products are tested for Salmonella and all lots tested negative prior to shipping to customers. The company is voluntarily recalling the select products below. This voluntary recall is being done out of an abundance of caution as these products were produced at the facility that has been linked to recent recalls of Diamond brand foods due to the threat of Salmonella.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please 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 or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.

The products involved in this voluntary recall are:

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

Best by dates (lot codes) can be found on the back of the bag in the bottom right-hand corner.

No other WellPet recipes, sizes or brands of food are impacted by this voluntary recall.

CANIDAE — see http://www.canidae.com/info/index.html

CANIDAE wishes to advise its East Coast customers of a voluntary product recall affecting only limited batches of four CANIDAE dry dog foods made only at one facility in South Carolina between December 9, 2011 and January 31, 2012.

CANIDAE has decided to initiate a voluntary product recall for the CANIDAE Dry Dog Foods listed below. We made this decision solely as a precaution. NO CANIDAE products have tested positive for Salmonella. Please check the list of production codes and dates below to determine if you have any of the recalled products.

CANIDAE Dry Dog Foods are manufactured at several plants across the US. Some products are manufactured for CANIDAE by Diamond Pet Foods, at their Gaston, South Carolina plant. This plant has recently recalled some of its Diamond brand products due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.

There have been no positive test results for Salmonella on CANIDAE products. There have been no complaints of illness reported to us.

CANIDAE has made the decision to voluntarily recall from the market place a specific and limited production run of products manufactured at the Diamond South Carolina facility from December 9, 2011, through January 31, 2012.

The only CANIDAE products subject to this recall are as follows. No canned products, cat food products or treats are being recalled. Only a limited production run of these dry dog foods products manufactured in the Diamond South Carolina facility from December 9, 2011, through January 31, 2012 are being recalled:

·      CANIDAE Dog Dry Dog Food, All Life Stages

·      CANIDAE Dog Dry Dog Food, Chicken Meal & Rice

·      CANIDAE Dog Dry Dog Food, Lamb Meal & Rice

·      CANIDAE Dog Dry Dog Food, CANIDAE Platinum

Only CANIDAE dry dog food formulas with production codes that must have BOTH a number “3” in the 9th or 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit with a best before dates of December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013 are being voluntarily recalled.

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