Diamond Pet Foods, Etc. Recalls – 2012

Updated July 18, 2012

Dry dog food manufactured in Diamond Pet Foods’ Gaston, South Carolina production plant has been linked to at least 15 cases of Salmonella Infantis infections in 9 states, according to a May 11, 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 (2), and Virginia (1). Five people were hospitalized.

Two Canadians – one in Nova Scotia and the other in Quebec – also were reported by the Public Health Agency of Canada to be victims of this outbreak (as of May 18th).

On May 18, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods expanded its earlier recalls to include Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula (samples, 6-lb and 18-lb bags; Manufactured Aug 26, 2011).

Diamond Pet Foods had previously 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

Several other brands, manufactured for third parties, also are recalled.

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

How to read the Canidae Production Code and Best Before Code

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

  • Apex Chicken and Rice Dog (20-lb and 40-lb bags; Production code ACD0101B32; Best by date 24-Jan-2013)
  • Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, All Life Stages (All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th digit AND the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
  • Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Chicken Meal & Rice (All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th digit AND the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
  • Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Lamb Meal & Rice (All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th digit AND the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
  • Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Canidae Platinum (All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th digit AND the letter “X” in the 10th or 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 digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 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 digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 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 digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 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 digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 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 20-Oct-2012, 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 9th 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 9th 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 9th 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 9th 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 9th 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 9th 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 9th 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 13, 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 digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 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 digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 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 digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
  • Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food (4-lb pkg; Batch code starting with SGL1201A32X; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750050)
  • Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food (15-lb bag; Batch code starting with SGL1201A32X; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750067)
  • Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food (28.5-lb bag; Batch code starting with SGL1201A32X; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750081)
  • Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food (4-lb pkg; Batch code starting with SGB1201A31X; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750005)
  • Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food (15-lb bag; Batch code starting with SGB1201A31X; Best before December 30, 2012; UPC 093766750012)
  • Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food (33-lb bag; Batch code starting with SGB1201A31X; 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 digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 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 18, 2012)

PLEASE NOTE: Many of these recalled products likely are available in all 50 US states and in all Canadian provinces and territories through redistribution and on-line retailers. California Department of Public Health reports that some of the recalled products were distributed in California. Readers of eFoodAlert also have reported purchasing recalled Taste of the Wild pet food in France and Ireland.

Apex

Distributed in: South Carolina only.

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).

Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula

Distributed in: Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin

Kirkland Signature (includes Nature’s Domain)

Distributed in: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Canada (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland), 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).

International Distribution (as of June 22, 2012)

One or more of the recalled products are known to have been distributed in the following countries in addition to the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico

  • Colombia (per Diamond Pet Foods email dated April 13, 2012 to international customers): Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice
  • France (per reader report): Taste of the Wild
  • Ireland (per reader report): Taste of the Wild
  • Japan (per Diamond Pet Foods email dated April 13, 2012 to international customers): Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice
  • Malaysia (per reader report): Taste of the Wild
  • Netherlands (per report on Internet): Taste of the Wild
  • Singapore: Link2Link Asia Pacific Pte Ltd has recalled all affected batches of Country Value, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge and Taste of the Wild. The Singapore Agri-food and Veterinary Authority also has alerted its citizens to the recall of Solid Gold WolfCub and WolfKing batches.
  • Spain: Taste of the Wild

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.

  • Amazon.com (per reader report).
  • 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). Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food (4-, 15- and 33-lb bags; Expiry December 30, 2012) and Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food (4-, 15- and 33(?)-lb bags; Expiry December 30, 2012)

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 Recalls Dry Pet Food Produced January 24, 2012 (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)
  • Canadian Public Health Notice (Updated May 18, 2012)
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Press Release (May 10, 2012)
  • Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Food Added to Recall (May 18, 2012)
  • “Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food Production Code DSL 0801 Due to Small Potential for Salmonella Contamination” (May 18, 2012)
  • Canada: Wellness Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy by WellPet LLC (May 18, 2012)
  • Canada: Kirkland Signature Dry Pet Food and Nature’s Domain Dry Pet Food (May 18, 2012)
  • Canada: Solid Gold Health Food Products for Pets (May 18, 2012)
  • Canada: Various Diamond Pet Food Products, including Premium Edge, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Diamond, Diamond Natural and Taste of the Wild (May 18, 2012)
  • Canada: Dick Van Petten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. (May 18, 2012)
  • Singapore Consumer Advisory – Voluntary Recall of Pet Food by Diamond Pet Foods (May 21, 2012)
  • Singapore Consumer Advisory – Volultary Recall of Pet Food by Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc. (El Cajon, CA) (May 29, 2012)

eFoodAlert Articles

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.

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  2. I have not heard of any recalls on Infinia and have switched to it. It is my understanding the PMI is moving its production out of Diamond facilities so there may be some issues with product availablilty until they get things straightened out.

  3. Misty will survive. UC Davis tested the Taste of the Wild dog food for us. The toxicology results from UC Davis for liver toxin and Salmonella came back negative. Unless the CDC discovers something else in the dog food our batch came out clean and we will never know what caused her liver to fail. ALT was over 1000 and is now down to 273. We can eliminate toadstools, antifreeze, rat poison and everything that causes this. The blogospheres have case after case where dogs are getting sick and dying and the only common denominator is the dog food manufacturer.

    Because we can’t identify the cause we will forever have this hanging over us.

    • Hi Tiffany,
      Thank God Misty will survive.
      Can you tell me which hepatoxins they tested for?

    • Thank you for the update, Tiffany. Unfortunately, finding Salmonella in a bag of dog food is very much a game of Russian Roulette. A “negative” simply means that the (usually) 25gram sample that was tested did not contain Salmonella. It is not distributed uniformly through the contents of a bag.

      I’m sure that everyone reading your update shares your relief that Misty is recovering.

  4. [...] Click for detailed list of products. (Via eFoodAlert) [...]

  5. [...] Pet Foods (various weights and product types; sold across Canada from January 2012 to May 2012). The products were recalled by the manufacturer due to potential contamination with Salmonella. Two cases of human salmonellosis in [...]

  6. I fed 4Health to my 4 collies this Winter and Spring. In March, 3 of them got sick. One died. The 2 girls were seniors. They got better after I started feeding them Fromm and then Earthborn. I can’t stress strongly enough how much Earthborn and Fromm helped my girls get better. If you need to run for cover to a new feed, run to one of these 2 brands.
    I went to Diamond and talked to their vet about the issues with my dogs. I was told that they were getting reports of all kinds of people with dogs dying from pinworms, etc. which folks claimed were due to the Diamond dog food. I was told that unless I had a signed note form my vet stating that a test proved the dog died from salmonella, that they would not recognize any issues with my collies. I was stunned. I did take a poop sample to my vet, but since it was so obvious what was killing my collie, the vet didn’t see the need to do the test. What regret I have over that.
    Even the fact that we bred collies for 15 years didn’t sway the Diamond vet. Everything I said was “not an offical stat” because the vet test wasn’t done. Do not throw out the food! Double bag it like the biohazard it is and get with Diamond and your vet. The CDC has the genetic DNA fingerprint of this rare strain of Salmonella infantis. Once diagnosed it is easy to trace it back to Diamond,which the CDC has already done for us. When you send a sample to Diamond, DO NOT send them ALL of it. Keep a sample securely away from contact by living things in case your sample gets “lost”. Send a sample to FDA and CDC too. Until you get results, keep a small sample secure at your residence. Wash any part of you that might come in contact with it with disinfectant. be very careful handling this food and anything it touches. use disinfectants .
    Interestingly, Tractor Supply has a different recall venue and I wish I had organized my 4Health reciepts. From what I read, if you have the reciept, you can bring it to the store for a refund. Now Diamond states this food was recalled from Fall 2011 thru April 2012. So, if we have reciepts for all the food we purchased from then to now, can we take the reciepts into Tractor Supply and get refunds for all those bags we bought? If so, that will help pay for some vets bills. Tho it won’t bring back our beloved deceased pets. I didn’t know 4health was made by Diamond or I never would have fed it. Later I found out the only ID was a tiny DPF on the 4Health bag. DPF=Dianond Pet Food”. I have read the offical May 8 inspection report and it is horrifying. Among the issues, chipped mixing paddles encrusted with food residue and an employee caught stirring the animal fat with his bare hand.
    Karen

  7. [...] Phyllis Entis, on her eFoodAlert website, has been carefully tracking the recalls and updating the list. She has compiled the most comprehensive information on the recall (and we have tried to keep up with her updates in the story we reposted our website). Follow eFoodAlert’s information about the distribution of the pet food and other recall news here. [...]

  8. All of the foods sitting on my vet’s shelf contain corn, corn gluten, corn by-product, etc. These are also within the first 3 ingredients listed, which is not a good sign.

    Also just found out today that most dog foods are manufactured by Diamond, even Purina. Purina has stated that they will have inventory issues because they will move all their brands out of Diamond plants. They have a grain free food under their Exclusive brand called Infinia.

    Anyone with information on that product?

    • I spoke today to a person at PMI Nutrition about their Exclusive food. It is made by Diamond in Missouri and also by Pro Pet. She stated they have no re-calls. Also mentioned Infinia grain free made in the same location. Information on both foods can be found at PMI Nutrition.com.

      • Thanks for the info!!

      • Does anyone know if Infinia Salmon and Sweet Potato Grainfree
        Zen dog food has been recalled? I’ve called PMI Nutrition but have not been called back. Our dog food was manufactured in
        Brentwood, Missouri. Is that the same as Meta, Missouri? My Rottweiler has been on this food for the past year and half. He has been fine with it. Yesterday he vomited twice. That is why I am concerned. Thank you.

        • I have not heard of any recall, but Brentwood, MO and Meta, MO are about 125 miles apart, according to Google Maps. Brentwood is a suburb of St. Louis, the home of Nestle Purina.

  9. Does Science Diet have corn as an ingredient? You mentioned vet foods have corn…

    • Just checked the Science Diet product site. Most of their dry dog foods contain corn (sometimes “corn gluten meal”).

  10. I guess the question we have to start asking, when purchasing food for our pets, is where the product is manufactered. The name on the bag or the can means nothing.

    I have looked at foods from my vet, but they contain corn. I do not feed corn to any of my animals. I have one dog that can’t tolerate it, and we can’t tolerate being around her when she eats it.

    It really is the name game that is frustrating here.

    I have gone back to purina corn and wheat free dry food. I am supplementing with rice and stock that I cook myself. More because this is how I got them to stop vomiting, and also because they like something warm added to their meal. I have some issues with purina, but feel better now that they offer brands without corn as a main ingrediant. They do a lot of things wrong, but they have also been in the business of feeding animals for a long time. Much better than a bunch of hacks that are holding their equipment together with duct tape and card board.

  11. Phyllis, can you confirm this lateset recall is from the Missouri plant?

    • I have a call into Diamond’s media phone line since yesterday. I don’t think the company released a complete production code, which would have shown the plant location. Have you seen anything other than the company’s recall notice to indicate that it related to a different plant?

      • Susan at TruthAboutPetfood has this on her site (a reader is credited with catching that it is a different plant):
        “was from a second Diamond manufacturing facility in Meta, Missouri (confirmed by Deanna of Diamond Customer Service).”
        http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/diamond-plant-2-salmonella.html

        What would we do without the bloggers like you, Susan, Mollie and Therese? Thank you to all of you!!!!

        • Bless your heart! And you know what’s even better? We all really like each other! I can’t tell you how supportive, helpful and inspiring both those women have been to me. I couldn’t have done it all on my own.

    • It is the plant in Meta, Missouri. Now for the new rolling recall. Check Susan T’s site.

  12. all 3 of my labs became ill from eating diamond pet food (kirkland). i’ve contacted them a zillion times but because no human has salmonella and because my dogs didn’t get salmonella, diamond is choosing to ignore me. i’ve been on cbs news (yup, they responded in 4 hours) but to no avail.
    within about a 7 week period we had diarrhea, vomitting, and bloody stool. all 3 had a series of tests (poop, blood, X-ray etc) and diamond will no longer return my emails or calls. i leave voice messages to the “head ” vet as i spoke to the 2 other vets who do not want to hear a thing about this because no one tested positive for salmonella. by the time my third lab got sick WE KNEW IT WAS THE FOOD.the vet agreed.
    i am at a loss at what further to do.

    • Did you and your vet report this case to the FDA? Have you reported it to your state’s Consumer Complaint Coordinator?

      Diamond told me that to file a claim a pet must have tested positive for Salmonella. The private label brands may have a more flexible criteria.

      But, that still doesn’t prevent you and your vet from reporting this to the government, which you must do.

  13. [...] Food by Phyllis Entis Two dogs can be added to the list of clinically confirmed infections in the Diamond Pet Foods Salmonella Infantis outbreak, according to FDA’s Laura Alvey, Deputy Director, Communications Staff at the agency’s [...]

  14. Can anyone tell me how many other manufacturing plants operate under Diamond Foods…I feel certain that the plant in South Carolina is not the only one.

    I returned a bag of Wellness to Petsmart. It is not on the recall list, but I had a dog vomiting, and I stopped feeding her the dogfood and started feeding her protein and rice that I had prepared myself. She immediately stopped vomiting. They took the food back, and with my receipt gave me my money.

    When asked why I was making the return, I explained everything above. I also explained how I would never have spent $60 on a bag of food if I had known it was made in a Diamond Dog Food plant. Diamond Dog food is a low end food that is sold in local feed stores. I would never purchase it. The manager at Petsmart actually tried to tell me that all of these brands are owned by different companies, but are only produced in the same plant.

    Are you kidding me? I asked her if she really meant to say that to me?

    They may be labeled as different brands, but they are made in the same facility, on the same equipment, with the same employees that are making the same mistakes over and over. They don’t shut the place down and clean it from top to bottom between brands. And at the end of the day, they are all laughing all the way to the bank. Petsmart is right along with them.

    This is not my first recall with a food sold at Petsmart. I had all three of my dogs vomiting when I was feeding Blue Wilderness. all of this happened at the same time they had inventory issues at Petsmart. The large bags of food were not available and we were being told that the manufacturing plant was having issues with packaging. After finally contacting the manufacturer, I was informed of a “voluntary recall” due to too much vitamin D in the dogfood.

    Petsmart knew this and only reported packaging problems.

    Blue Buffalo knew this and only posted it on their website.

    The whole thing is ridiculous.

    • According to the company’s web site, Diamond has three plants – one in South Carolina, one in Missouri and one in Northern California. The pet food produced in South Carolina has the letter “X” in the production code.

      • Thank you for this information!

        I use Science Diet directly from sterile veterinarian’s offices as a result of the Petsmart info published at the time about inventory. The lab I was fostering was over age ten & I knew her system couldn’t recover from any excuse for error with her food. She regularly ate two types of Science. She lived to be 13!

        The cat here gets Science Diet from veterinarian (the cans of A/D which is only available at veterinarians) and Tractor Supply now carries several of the Science Diet products. I find their stores clean & in spring enjoy visiting the tubs of poultry babies for sale. The Science Diet I get at TSC is either in plastic bags or a can. I get the Feline Pine clumping cat litter there & at Food Lion Grocery.

        Wonder why the SC plant of Diamond has an X on products…

        A few years ago my Siamese cat ate a little of the tainted Iams food. I’m careful about giving canned food so she hadn’t eaten much. She lived a few years, but clearly she wasn’t the same. I changed her food to Science Diet.

        Veterinarian has reminded me on occasion that Science Diet isn’t involved in any of the pet food recalls. There is definitely a reason for that, I believe!

        • If all you are feeding the cat is Science Diet A/D then you are exposing her to potential vitamin A poisoning and other vitamin imbalances. The can specifically states that it is not for long term use. BTW Science Diet has also been involved in recalls… Not the prescription diets like A/D but other Science Diet canned food have…

    • C.,
      I am not surprised to hear what the manager of the store said. Even at the independent natural pet food stores where I shop I usually know more than the employees. It takes a lot of research on my part and following the wonderful bloggers like Phyllis to have that info. It should not be that hard for a store manager to have access to accurate information.
      I just had a chain natural pet store (Mud Bay) employee show me Dogswell’s information on why their Chinese made jerky treats are safe. Apparently white lab coats are effective in fooling people into thinking it must be safe. Sounds like Diamonds 150 checks quality and safety program to me.

    • They have a plant in Meta, Missouri, where the new recall is unrolling, and a plant in Lathrop, Ca. They have three plants and several brands besides their own are manufactured in all three.
      4-health manuf. in all
      Canidae manuf. in all
      Diamond brands manuf. in all
      Chicken Soup for… in all three
      Wellness in all three
      Taste of The wild in all three

      Natural Balance in Gaston, SC
      Natural Balance LID in Meta, Missouri
      Solid Gold in S.C. and in Meta, MO (? in S.C)

      Artemis in Lathrop, Ca only
      Natural 6 mix in Lathrop,Ca

  15. Also, DIAMOND is claiming on their web site that they have had no reports of animal deaths (as of their info on the website yesterday). So, People you need to report this to them and make a stand! This is ridiculous, it is great that they admitted there was a problem, but they need to be held accountable. go to DIAMONDPETRECALL.COM and Contact them with your veterinarian’s info and advise them there was death.

  16. This is the Diamond Cat Food too. I had to put my cat to sleep due to severe liver failure about 3-4 weeks ago, she was about 15yrs old, and I did not know about the recall at that point, because it was not really advertised and no one mentioned the cat food. I do animal rescue, mostly large breed dogs and cats. I have been feeding Diamond, Premium Edge to the dogs and Diamond Maintenance to the cats for about 12-15yrs. Never had a problem, even through the last 2 recalls. My dogs are fine, that was who I was watching for signs in. Now all of my cats, there are 10 in my house, have severe diarrhea and vomitting. I have a 20yr old cat, that I have had since a baby, that is part of my family, that I now have to take to the vet today, and more than likely put to sleep, due to complications. Unless my vet can perform a miracle. I was not aware of the Cat food recall until, I looked into it when all my cats started getting ill and my 20yr old started loosing a lot of weight and peeing uncontrolably everywhere. That is when I found out about the cat food recall. I am highly irate. I called Diamond, they gave the info to the website and told me to fill out the info for a certificate for a free bag of food. (because I do not have the original bag, I put all the food in bins). Then told me to discard the bad food. Told me she was sorry to hear about the problems with my cat. THAT WAS IT!!! I went to the store I bought the food at, which incidentally I used to work at (over 10yrs ago), it is a smaller store, but is owned a company that is the distribution center for most of the United States for a lot of of Pet Supplies. I asked if anyone had reported a problem with the cat food. I was told no, other than cats having diarrhea and vomitting, WELL NEWSFLASH, in an older or sick animal this can lead to other complications, like DEATH!!!! I want to know, why this food was not pulled off the shelves when they found it was bad??? I spend hundreds of dollars a month in the store that I go to, and I know everyone in there, I am very disgruntled about this. I can’t afford these crazy vet bills, I am a private rescue. (meaning I do not get donations or am a 501c) I worked in local law enforcement for 10yrs and when animals needed somewhere to go, I would take them in and find homes for them. The older ones or sick ones, I usually let them live out their lives here. I now am a housewife, looking for work (hubby did not realize when I retired, how much money goes into the animals every month) and cannot afford these unexpected vet bills. Just to put my cat to sleep today, will bet at least $140. I am saving the bad cat food and hopefully my vet and I can get it tested, somehow. There is on the website an area for you to contact Diamond and actually explain your situation and give your vets name, etc. DIAMONPETRECALL.COM and go to CONTACT. I plan to see what my vet says today and go from there. If I can prove it was the cat food, and my veterinarian is willing to go to bat for me, I am going to get satisfaction from this. I have lost now 2 family members and pretty much have to buy new living room furnature and will have a very hefty vet bill to take care of, (if vet decides I need to bring in all 10 cats). GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

  17. [...] companies whose food was also produced in the facility have joined the recall. See eFoodAlert for the most up-to-date information on the recall and product distribution. Related [...]

  18. I am pissed!!! To say the least!!! Solid Gold!! I pay a lot of $ for your premium Wolf Pack Dog food !!!! I am a reasonable person , but I feel that your company has been very shady!!! You do not state anywhere that your dog food is manufactured by another company!!! I am very disappointed and done with your company for good!!! Good riddance !!!! I am aware that these things can happen, but your company has not been up front with your pet food line as far as where it is produced!!! You should be ashamed of your company … Everything that you have stated that your company stands for is false….. I am very sad for all the animal owners out there including myself that really believed your company was different from the rest!!! Shame on you all!!! You guys should consume your high priced premium food and feel the pain you have caused!!! I am disgusted …

    • I hope you have sent this same message to Solid Gold!

  19. Just a comment on your note about food distribution in Canada. You have written:” … and in all Canadian provinces and territories through on-line retailers.”

    The way distribution works for the prairie provinces is that the food is shipped ot major distribution centres in Ontario, BC and Quebec, but then, those distrubutors send them to the prairie provinces from there. Pet Valu’s central warehouse is Peton in Ontario, Best West also ships from Ontario to the prairies (Saskatchewan, Manitoba) and Alberta usually receives shipments from BC main distributors. Therefore, even if the product was not purchased through online retailers, it WILL be in local pet food stores on the shelves. My tainted TOTW cat food was purchased at a local store in Manitoba. Not from an online retailer. I just want to stress that EVERYONE needs to check their food regardless of how and where they got it.

  20. [...] occurred at the Gaston, S.C., facility which manufactures food for a number of other companies. 14 cases of salmonella in humans have been reported in connection to the food, though no dog illnesses have been medically [...]

  21. Hi I am Harriet Christianson and we have a big problem. we were feeding our dogs, my daughters dog and My dog diamond pet food. Tammy’s dog is really sick since we fed him this food and 3 days ago my dog died after feeding her that food. they were both fine before eating that food. please respond to us and see if there is something we can do to protect our other 2 dogs. Thankyou. I have quit feeding the Diamond food.

    • Harriet, you need to take your other two dogs to the veterinarian immediately. If you have any of the Diamond dog food left over, either you or your veterinarian should contact FDA and arrange to have the food tested.

    • Hi Harriet,
      My name is kimberly and I too have had a beloved pet die of this . My dog’s name is SIMON he was a 11 yr. old pit. My son’s 2yr old bull dog also was sick. We caught the 2yr old in time, he is doing much better after antibiotics. His name is Killian, and has much weight to gain back.
      Simon had died less than a week before I heard of the recall, and we stopped using the food with killian, and treated him for this illness.I’m in the process of demanding diamond pet, and tractor supply com for remembustment of my loss of Simon, and over $1000.00 of vet bills. They are trying to deny any of this dog food was effected. I believe that all of us that have felt the heart breaking loss of our pets being MURDERED by their neglect of quality control need to unite and form a class action lawsuit. I
      I can be reached by e-mail at newrebb@yahoo.com.
      I’m so sorry for your loss, and I can honestly say I know how you feel.

    • Hi, my name is Kjell and I too have lost pets, going to be 2 today, unless my vet can perform a miracle. You need to report your loss, Diamond on their press releases is stating they have no reports of animal deaths from this. If my vet today can verify that this is due to salmonella from the food, I will be contacting DIAMOND and possibly seeking legal counsel. Anyone know an attorney that deals with negligent animal deaths???? I worked in law for many years, but I do not know any attorneys that do this type of work, nor do I have a lot of money. My email is: RedBull4124@verizon.net ,if anyone has any ideas.

  22. [...] bloggers were tearing their hair out, food safety pro Phyllis Entis, aka the FoodBugLady of eFoodAlert came the rescue with a well-organized, condensed guide to the Diamond pet food recalls. What follows [...]

  23. [...] Phyllis Entis, author of the eFoodAlert blog, put together this thorough report on the Diamond Pet Foods link to a multistate outbreak of [...]

  24. May I reblog this on Poisoned Pets, please? Didn’t see the “reblog” button up on your WP site, so….just thought I’d ask anyway. Thanks again for a brilliant resource!

  25. WOW! Excellent list, so so detailed, thank you so much. Going up on my site http://www.craftafarian.com and my friends http://www.talknerdytomelover.com

    Thank you!

  26. OMG Phyllis! You’ve done it again. You’ve saved me from organizing this recall into one overall picture. Outstanding! Thank you!


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