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Diamond Expands Recall, Resumes Production in Gaston

Posted: May 4, 2012, 8:55 p.m. EDT

EDITORS' NOTE: The production code information has been changed to reflect an update from Diamond. The correct way to tell if one of the listed foods (not including Kirkland Signature food) has been recalled is if it has a production code with the number “2” or “3” in the 9th digit and an “X” in the 10th or 11th digit and “Best-Before” dates of Dec. 9, 2012, through Apr. 7, 2013.

Diamond Pet Foods expanded its recall of pet food produced at its Gaston, S.C., manufacturing facility to include six additional brands and resumed production at the facility.

Diamond recalled three brands of dry dog food Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Formula for Adult Dogs, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula and Diamond Puppy Formula) and ceased production at the Gaston facility in April after samples from each of the brands tested positive for a rare strain of salmonella, S. Infantis.

dog food recall expands

Public health officials linked the strain to an outbreak of human salmonella infections, prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch an investigation to determine if other brands of food produced in Gaston may be linked to the illnesses.

As a precautionary measure, Diamond expanded the recall to include:

• Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
• Country Value
• Diamond
• Diamond Naturals
• Premium Edge
• Professional
• 4Health
• Taste of the Wild

The recalled products are those that have a production code with the number “2” or “3” in the 9th digit and an “X” in the 10th or 11th digit and “Best-Before” dates of Dec. 9, 2012, through Apr. 7, 2013. The products were distributed in the following states and Canada, but may have been distributed further through other pet food channels: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The recall also includes the following Kirkland Signature products:

• Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula
• Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula
• Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula
• Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables
• Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula
• Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula
• Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs

The recalled Kirkland products are those with production codes with a number “3” in the 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit and “Best-Before” dates between Dec. 9, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013. The food was distributed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Diamond also set up a website devoted to providing information about the recalls. Diamond states on the website that production and delivery out of its Gaston plant has resumed.


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The FDA report showed how shoddy the plant in Gaston is. It should not be reopened under the same management. Their plant is dirty, employees are lax in hygiene, and some of their equipment is held together with cardboard and duct tape, not to mention the ingredients they are using in their production of food is questionable. Open the plant already??? Will I purchase any of the brands affected even if they weren't made in the Gaston plant??? Don't think so to both questions.
Karen, Tucson, AZ
Posted: 5/18/2012 1:53:34 PM
Canidae also recalled limited batches of four of its dry dog foods distribributed primarily on the East Coast and in the Southeast (as far west as Arkansas). Foods made by Diamond in Gaston. Company reports no samples had tested positive for Salmonella, but that it recalled as a precaution. For details on Canidae recall, visit LINK
Brian, Irvine, CA
Posted: 5/4/2012 9:56:04 PM
Natural Balance also recalled several dry dog foods that had been made in the Gaston plant. Samples had tested negative for Salmonella, but the company chose to recall out of an "abundance of caution." For a list of affected products and states, visit LINK
Brian, Irvine, CA
Posted: 5/4/2012 9:40:22 PM
In a related move, WellPet LLC of Tewksbury, Mass., recalled one recipe of its Wellness dry dog food that had been manufactured at the Gaston plant, even though the foods have tested negative for Salmonella, WellPet reported late Friday night.
The recalled food is Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy in 15-pound, 30-pound and 5-ounce bags with "best by" dates of JAN 9 2013 through JAN 11 2013.
The "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, the company reported.
WellPet urged pet owners who are unsure if the Wellness product they purchased is included in the recall, would like replacement product or have additional questions, to call its customer service line at (877) 227-9587 Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Eastern time) and (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM Eastern time).
The company also reported that it is no longer purchasing any product from Diamond and that most of its products are made at its own Indiana plant.
The company also says that it tests each lot of food for Salmonella.
Brian, Irvine, CA
Posted: 5/4/2012 9:21:56 PM
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