Diamond, you really suck at recalls

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Incredibly, Diamond screwed up again. Don’t ask me how they do it. I really don’t know.

Last Friday, late in the afternoon, Diamond, pulled another one of their tacky Friday-drop & run-recalls. But this one was special, it had red flags all over it. For instance, they accidentally on purpose forgot to mention that the pet food involved was made at an entirely different plant (uh oh!) and that some of the pet food remained un-packaged at that plant for up to 7 weeks after it was made (ew!). 

Today, Diamond corrects Friday’s recall (oops!) with an announcement that they got one of the best-before dates wrong (hate it when that happens). But, I warn you — do not to follow the link to the Original Press Release or I guarantee you’ll end up hopelessly confused; because inexplicably it links back to a recall notice on April 6, 2012.

I give up.

UPDATED: CORRECTED BEST BEFORE DATE
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 21, 2012 – Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 due to potential exposure to Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported. The product was distributed in the following states:  Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.

The product is Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula. Only samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bag sizes are affected.

Production Code & Best Before Date
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012 
DSL0801, 20-Oct.-2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 20, 2011) 
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)

Original Press Release (refers back to a recall on April 6, 2012?)

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

Production Code & Best Before Dates
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012
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)

(Source: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm304917.htm)

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    • What kills me – is they bother putting out that message (defensive behavior) instead of answering consumers questions and being forthcoming with information regarding the recalls. They really make me sick…It’s true, the factory did have a horrible problem with aflatoxin in their food back in 2006-2007 that killed hundreds of dogs, but I guess they were quibbling about the dates. Creeps.

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