Dog Food Recall

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Dog Food Recall

Up-to-date information: May 18, 2012 — Diamond Pet Foods has announced yet another voluntary dog food recall involving one more of its products due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

The event was reported by the company in a news release dated May 18, 2012.

The recall includes Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb and Rice Formula samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bags manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011.

Salmonella infections can affect both humans and non-human animals and are the result of ingesting contaminated food.

The recall includes Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb and Rice Formula with the following bag codes and “Best Before” dates:
 Bag Code DSL0801 26-Aug-2012
 Bag Code DSL0801 26-Aug-2012
 Bag Code DSL0801 27-Sept-2012 (Product manufactured on August. 26, 2011 and packaged on September 27, 2011)
 Bag Code DSL0801 18-Oct- 2012 (Product manufactured on August 26, 2011 and packaged on October 18, 2011)
 Bag Code DSL0801 Samples

Where Were the Recalled Products Sold?

The recall affects products distributed in the following U.S. states:
 Colorado
 Illinois
 Kentucky
 Louisiana
 Michigan
 Minnesota
 Missouri
 Oklahoma
 Pennsylvania
 South Dakota
 Tennessee
 Texas
 Wisconsin

May 5, 2012. This is important NEW information in this ever-changing dog food recall. Previous recall announcements are listed below this article.

Important Batch Information

Due to the ever-changing nature of this unusually widespread recall event, we recommend visiting the special Diamond Pet Foods Recall website for the most up-to-date information.
http://www.diamondpet.com/information/

You may also wish to check out the Diamond news release on which this report was actually based.

The recall site provides specific batch information and diagrams that show how to read package codes and “Best By” dates to accurately identify affected products.

Brands. Bag codes. “Best-By” dates. As the Diamond Dog Food Recall of 2012 continues to unfold, it’s become increasingly difficult for a concerned dog owner to keep up with all the changes.

So, to help readers stay up-to-date on this ever-changing event, Dog Food Advisor created this special summary report.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/diamond-dog-food-recall-summary/

Here you’ll find links to pages that contain all the important articles, bag codes and best-by dates for each recalled product.

The following is a list of all the brands currently associated with the Diamond Dog Food Recall:

 4Health
 Canidae
 Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
 Country Value
 Diamond
 Diamond Naturals
 Kirkland Signature
 Natural Balance
 Premium Edge
 Professional
 Taste of the Wild
 Wellness

The Bottom Line

Like with human food recalls, dog food recalls are inevitable and unpredictable. So, your only defense is to stay informed.

Due to the widespread nature of this particular event, you may wish to bookmark this page for future reference. That way, if any additions or changes occur, you’ll be able to quickly return to this page and find your way to your specific brand.

May 4, 2012 – Diamond Pet Foods has today announced that it is expanding its voluntary recall to include batches of nine brands of dry pet food formulations due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

The affected products were manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012.

This current event is in addition to three other recalls announced by Diamond last month.

According to the company, none of the additional products being recalled today have tested positive for Salmonella. However, the manufacturer claims it is pulling these products from store shelves “as a precaution”.

Brands named in this recall now include:
 Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
 Country Value
 Diamond
 Diamond Naturals
 Premium Edge
 Professional
 4Health
 Taste of the Wild

Distributed in These Locations

The recalled products were manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in Gaston, S.C., and were distributed in the following states and Canada:
 Alabama
 Florida
 Georgia
 Indiana
 Kentucky
 Massachusetts
 Maryland
 Michigan
 Mississippi
 New York
 North Carolina
 Ohio
 Pennsylvania
 South Carolina
 Tennessee
 Virginia
 Canada

However, further geographical distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.

How to Know If You Have a Recalled Product

If your pet food has been recalled, the production codes on the back of bags will have a number “2” or a “3” in the 9th or 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit.
The best before dates for the recalled brands listed are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.
The following diagram illustrates how to read the production codeand best-before date:

Important Batch Information

Due to the ever-changing nature of this unusually widespread recall event, we recommend visiting the special Diamond Pet Foods Recall website for the most up-to-date information.
You may also wish to check out the Diamond news release on which this report was actually based.

The recall site provides specific batch information and diagrams that show how to read package codes and “Best By” dates to accurately identify affected products.

Previous recall information:

In a press release dated April 30, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods has announced an expansion of its previous recall actions (April 6, and April 26, 2012) to include more product recalls other than their Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Light product (production numbers and Best By dates listed below) due to contamination in one bag of this brand with Salmonella bacteria. See the new items at the end of this announcement.

So far, no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond-manufactured products appear to be affected.

The product was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

The company goes on to warn:

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. Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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.

What Products Are Affected?

The company is taking this precautionary measure because sampling has revealed Salmonella in the product. According to the official press report, no dog illnesses have been reported.

What Products Are Affected?

The recalled Diamond Puppy Formula dog food was manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in Gaston, S.C., and was distributed in the following 12 states (If you have any of this product, stop feeding it to your dog(s) immediately and contact Diamond Pet Foods):

 Alabama
 Florida
 Georgia
 Kentucky
 Maryland
 Michigan
 North Carolina
 Ohio
 Pennsylvania
 South Carolina
 Tennessee
 Virginia
The product may have been further distributed to additional states through pet food channels. The company is working directly with distributors and retailers that carry these products to remove them as quickly as possible from the supply chain.

What to Do
You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402.

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