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June 1, 2012 at 12:41 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

RECALL: 12 Diamond Pet Food Brands!

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

Welcome to The Scratchpad - the news blog for cat lovers.

This Week: Diamond Pet Foods recalls 12 different brands of their pet food because of Salmonella!

Diamond pet food is a widespread brand across the country – reaching 39 states in the U.S. as well as Canada. It’s online purchasing system makes it easy for customers to avoid crowds at the grocery store. Just buy, ship and pour directly into your pet’s bowl!

However, when cats (and dogs) started becoming sick after ingesting their food, their owners were more than a little concerned. 16 pets total in the United States and Canada have been affected so far. One shelter in Canada reported that two cats have died in the animal shelter and others are extremely ill with salmonella after eating Diamond cat food.

Health Code Violations Revealed

Diamond has been through a whirlwind of recalls. The first one in early April  prompted the FDA to investigate one of Diamond’s manufacturing facilities and when they did they found several health code violations! Workers at the plant were handling equipment with bare hands. There were very few hand-washing stations and the factory used damaged equipment with holes and cuts – making it hard to clean.

They released a statement after observing the facility:

“All reasonable precautions are not taken to ensure that production procedures to not contribute contamination from any source.”

Sadly, Diamond waited a couple weeks before voluntarily re-calling other brands that may have been manufactured at that same plant. Eventually they did, but one critic believes their company handled it poorly.
"Diamond handled it the wrong way," said Mike Sagman, creator and editor of dogfoodadviser.com, a consumer site that rates dog food products and follows pet-food industry news,

"The company knew more than they were letting out, and they let it dribble out over the month instead of releasing it all in one document. The damage is greater when you aren't transparent."

Diamond Food Brands Being Recalled

Make sure to keep an eye out when purchasing cat and dog food. The following brands have been recalled:

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
  • Country Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4 Health
  • Taste of the Wild
  • Apex
  • Kirkland Signature/Kirkland's Signature Nature's Domain 
  • Canidae

How can I tell if the bag of pet food I bought was recalled?

Not every package has been affected by the recall. To figure out if the batch you have may be, check the “best by” date on your package of pet food. You can also check the product codes on the bag as well.

Brands: Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4 Health, Taste of the Wild

  1. You see a 2 or 3 is in the 9th position and an X is in the 10th or 11th position of the production code AND/OR
  2. The best by date is between December 9, 2012 –April 7, 2013.

Brands: Kirkland Signature/Kirkland's Signature Nature's Domain

  1. You see a 3 in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 11th position.
  2. The best by date is between December 9, 2012 and January 31, 2013.

Brand: Apex

  1. It has product code ACD0101B32
  2. Best by date is 24-Jan-2013
  3. 20 or 40 lb. bag

If you have any more questions or concerns about the recalls you can visit Diamond’s website or look up more information on the FDA’s.

Sources:

http://www.cbs8.com/story/18573907/pet-food-recall-that-wont-end-cat-food-now-risky

http://diamondpetrecall.com/recall-home/
http://diamondpetrecall.com/kirkland/

http://diamondpetrecall.com/canidae/
http://diamondpetrecall.com/apex/

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm304917.htm

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