Diamond adds another dog food to the growing list of recalled pet foods (UPDATE)

UPDATE: May 19, 2012
The recall is for a pet food made at a Diamond Pet Foods manufacturing facility in Meta, Missouri. This makes the second of Diamond’s manufacturing plants to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Diamond Pet Foods’ Gaston, South Carolina plant is still under investigation by the FDA following massive recalls for pet foods possibly contaminated with Salmonella Infantis, which resulted in the illness of 16 people who came in contact with the bacteria.

Diamond Pet Foods adds another dog food possibly contaminated with Salmonella bacteria to their ever-expanding list of recalls, waiting until a late Friday afternoon to release the information timed to minimize publicity.

In Diamond Pet Foods typically opaque fashion no explanation for the new discovery of a “potentially” contaminated dog food with Salmonella was given. Inexplicably separate from the recall production period of the previously recalled pet foods, between December 9, 2011 – April 7, 2012, during which all batches manufactured at their South Carolina plant in that period were affected.

Questions remain

The question remains: what occurred on that specific day, on August 26, 2011, with that particular food at the plant? We don’t know. What plant the pet food was manufactured in? They didn’t say. What does “potential exposure to Salmonella” mean, precisely? They don’t elaborate. The product manufactured late August is not packaged until the last week in September and the third week of October of that same year. Where and how the product is stored before it is packaged, is a mystery.

Carefully crafted crap

What is apparent, however, is the continued use of carefully crafted press releases, using oily words and phrases meant to diminish the negative impression of the recalls; which at this late stage in Diamond’s crisis is more irritating than effective.

Minimizing the reality of the situation by continually referring to their recalls as a “limited voluntary recalls” seems delusional considering the scope of the recalls. Always being careful to refer only to the product as “potentially” contaminated, adding the meaningless “no illnesses have been reported”.

Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Food Added to Recall

May 18, 2012

Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bag sizes, manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011, have been added to the limited voluntary recall, due to potential exposure to Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported.

The product was distributed in the following states, further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred [i.e. online sales].

South Dakota

Production Code & Best Before Dates:
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012
DSL0801, 27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Sept. 27, 2011)
DSL0801, 18-Oct- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 18, 2011)
DSL0801, (Samples)

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 am – 6pm EST.

Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets.

(Source: http://diamondpet.com/information)

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  1. Hi again :)

    I KNEW eventually they would admit all their plants were effected! Obviously their food is made as cheaply and crappily at all their plants…why would one plant be better than another? I’m sure most the people working there get paid minimum wage and don’t care at all about pets.

    I noticed the last reply I left you got all scrambled together (lol sorry) but I was just trying to thank you so much for making me realize how bad all kibble really is.

    Get this…2 weeks on raw and dehydrated food and my lab with severe allergies has hair growing back!! I’m keeping track of her improvement on this type of diet with photos and will share those with you once her ‘transformation’ is complete :) And to think TOTW fish and potato was considered one of the top allergy diets by so many people!! Anyone who has a pet with alllergies get off the kibble!!

    So again thank you!! Without your info I would probably still be on kibble and have never seen improvements with my lab Bella :)


    • That does my heart good! Bless Bella and bless you! That is FANTASTIC! That is a fantastic testimonial! Is it Honest Kitchen? If so Lucy Postins would be so stoked to hear that! I would love to do a feature on dear Bella once she’s all better! That just made my week! Awesome!


      • I am using the NRG Maxim salmon dehydrated raw food once daily and then the Carnivora elk raw meaty patties with raw meaty bones from a local butcher as the second meal for my dogs. Elk and salmon are my preferred proteins as they have high omegas to help with Bella’s allergies :)

        I did take some samples of the Honest Kitchen and was very excited to hear that it’s manufactured in the same production facility as human food! Unfortunately my lab has an allergy to alfalfa which they use in most of their foods. The Embark turkey does not contain alfalfa but it has potatoes. With some ongoing research on ingredients I’ve been doing I’ve learnt that potato may be a factor in yeast growth. My lab has lots of problems with yeast growing on her skin due to her constant licking so I’m sticking away from potatoes for now.

        I did try to give some of the Honest Kitchen to my cats who wouldn’t touch it! I am trying to also switch them to a raw diet. They were on Merrick before grain chicken kibble for quite some time (which I now feel horrible about) I have them now on Merrick before grain canned food (ingredient wise this food looks good…company wise I am a bit concerned) Any recommendations or good links about adjusting cats to raw?

        I know you are probably quite busy with these constant recalls but any suggestions of yours are greatly appreciated :) Thanks!


        • Ooh! Lucky you! Interesting about the allergies. That’s too bad about the alfalfa and the potatoes. Are you certain the allergy is to alfalfa?

          Yeah, cats can be picky. Did you try Prowl? That’s the one my cats like. Try sprinkling some Bonita flakes (Eden Foods at the health food store), they usually can’t resist that. And be sure to make it with warm water and make it a consistency of thick pea soup.

          As far as other foods/brands for my cats: I like (it’s all raw) Bravo! I really like Answers Pet Food because they also only use animals that were raised on a Certified Humane farms (cat food to come soon). Bravo assures me they use only Certified Humane chickens and turkeys, and the rest are free range, grass fed animals from Australia (they need to update their website reflecting this information).

          I haven’t fully vetted Nature’s Logic raw (they have canned & kibble too) for the humane issue, but their food appears to be really good, I have fed it to my cats. The raw is really expensive, but they don’t use any allergens (including potato) – alfalfa don’t know.

          I haven’t vetted Raw Health or Fresh Fetch for the humane issue either, yet. Otherwise their food looks really good. I have a few other names but until I look at them more closely I can’t recommend them.



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