Inspection of Diamond Pet Foods plant: Sickening, shocking and just plain crazy stupid

Thar I fixd it!

Duct tape and cardboard, two of the indispensable tools used in the “There, I fixed it!”  Redneck Repair Manual was found being used at the Diamond Pet Foods plant in Gaston, South Carolina during an FDA inspection of the plant.

The Agency posted its shocking Investigational Observation report of the Diamond plant on the FDA website yesterday. And, boy, was it a doozie. Let’s just say crazy stupid is a pretty accurate description of how things are run inside that plant.

I mean, cardboard and duct tape? Really?

Anyone with half a brain knows there isn’t a chance in hell you can ever keep those materials clean and free of contaminants. Where did they get their food safety education – on the inside of a Double Bubble gum wrapper?

It boggles the mind that a company that holds the health of millions of pets in their hands would ever think of using the two most commonly seen tried and true items in any self-respecting dirtbag’s toolkit: duct tape and cardboard.

It goes without saying that their failure to follow basic levels of sanitation and to use good manufacturing practices was not only irresponsible, unethical, illegal and just plain sleazy, but through their incompetence they made some pets and people very, very ill.

In case this story didn’t meet your daily quota for Epic Fails, similar to the ones found in the FDA inspection report of Diamond’s plant, there are plenty more to be found on There, I fixed it! – a site that undoubtedly used Diamond Pet Food employees uses as their company’s operating manual.

But seriously, if it wasn’t so sad, it might almost be funny.

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Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and advisor to AAFCO. Help support her work by making a donation today.

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  3. Solid Gold made 4 of my guys sick and vomit. I was told it was made in the same plant as Diamond.

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  8. Hilarious pictures.

    However, the VWBBQ is sorta cool and arty in a retro sort of way.

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    • Still no word on the test…yet. What VW BBQ? You mean the shopping cart? You gotta hand it to them – the fixes are pretty creative. Esp the dryer cum dog house! That is brillant repurposing!

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  9. The pet food recall is no laughing matter…but boy, I sure am enjoying looking through There, I Fixed It pictures. Thanks

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  10. These are very serious offenses by Diamond Pet Foods, but your Photos are priceless…LOL…:-)

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      • It was a tough call – honestly. Do we have the ability to see the humor in the insanity? Sometimes the pain is so deep, nothing can break it. I struggled with whether to do this. I certainly would NEVER want to be disrespectful to the people who are struggling with this problem right now. But you gotta admit – cardboard? Duct tape? It’s totally right out of the white trash repair manual.

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