Your complete guide to the Diamond pet food recalls (UPDATED)

(UPDATED May 27, 2012, 11:00 am PST)

Just when the recalls were mounting to an unmanageable state and frazzled bloggers were tearing their hair out, food safety pro Phyllis Entis, aka the Food Bug Lady at eFoodAlert came the rescue with a well-organized, condensed guide to the Diamond pet food recalls. What follows is an adaptation of Phyllis’ fabulous, easy-to-follow resource for all your Diamond recall information needs in one handy location.

Dry dog food manufactured in Diamond Pet Foods’ Gaston, South Carolina production plant has been linked to at least 15 cases of Salmonella Infantis infections in 9 states, according to a May 3, 2012 report from CDC. Confirmed outbreak cases have been documented in Alabama (1), Connecticut (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (3), North Carolina (3), New Jersey (1), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (2), and Virginia (1). Five people were hospitalized. Additionally, one ill person has been reported from Canada.

However, most foodborne illnesses occur in individuals who are not part of recognized outbreaks because they have not sought medical care or submitted a specimen for laboratory testing, so likely there are more people sick in this outbreak. For every confirmed case of Salmonella infection in an outbreak, the CDC estimates 29 others go unreported.

Recall Timeline

December 9, 2011 – April 7, 2012: All batches manufactured at the South Caroline plant in this period are affected.
April 2, 2012
:  Michigan officials detected Salmonella Infantis in an unopened retail bag of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice Dry Dog Food
April 5, 2012
: Diamond Pet Food was alerted to the connection of human illness to contaminated product originating from the South Carolina plant.
April 6, 2012
: Diamond recalled Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice Dry Dog Food.
April 8, 2012
: Once the outbreak investigation confirmed a link between the illnesses and samples of dry dog food manufactured in Diamond Pet Foods’ Gaston, South Carolina production plant, the company voluntarily shut down the facility. Diamond announced it temporarily “suspended delivery” of all products made at the Gaston, South Carolina facility until “more information is available”. Yet according to the FDA it was “to clean and implement additional procedures.” Diamond Pet Foods on the other hand said once it can be assured that quality control standards are met at the plant, it will “resume distribution”.
April 12, 2012 – April 20, 2012
: FDA performs on site inspection of the Diamond SC plant. During which time a positive test result for Salmonella was found in a Diamond Puppy Formula.
April 26, 2012
: Ohio public health investigators confirmed an earlier test (by Michigan officials during the week of April 9) that found Salmonella in two bags of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul dog food, that product was subsequently recalled the same day.
April 30, 2012
: Diamond expanded its recall to include Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food and Diamond resumes production at the South Carolina plant despite the source of the Salmonella contamination not having been determined.
May 3, 2012
: CDC initial announcement linking Salmonella Infantis infections with dry dog food.
May 4, 2012
: Diamond “voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets” to include nine brands.
May 9, 2012
: Dog and cat foods manufactured at the Gaston, South Carolina plant but sold under different brand names were not recalled until after the CDC reported the outbreak of human illnesses due to Salmonella Infantis.
May 10, 2012
: Diamond Pet Foods resumed production at the Gaston, South Carolina plant after conducting a cleaning and testing operation at the facility, according to the FDA. Diamond said earlier that it resumed production in Gaston the week of April 30.
May 15, 2012
: The FDA posted its Investigational Observation Report (483 report) on their website. Finished product samples were tested as part of the inspection process; FDA found Salmonella in a sample of puppy food, which was then recalled by the company.
May 16, 2012
: Salmonella confirmed in two dogs fed recalled pet food, according to the FDA. Two unconfirmed deaths of cats in Canada due to being fed the recalled pet food. The Diamond Pet Foods investigation is still “open and pending,” according to the FDA.
May 18, 2012: Diamond Naturals dry dog food made in their Meta, Missouri plant recalled for possible contamination with Salmonella.

Sick Pets

UPDATE May 16, 2012: Two dogs can be added to the list of clinically confirmed infections in the Diamond Pet Foods Salmonella Infantis outbreak, according to FDA’s Laura Alvey, Deputy Director, Communications Staff at the agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. Both dogs lived in the same house as an outbreak victim, and were fed one of the recalled dry dog food products. In order to confirm an outbreak-related case of Salmonella in a dog, a vet would have to submit a pet’s stool specimen for laboratory testing, which typically isn’t done. Asked how many complaints of pet illness the FDA has received, Alvey said the agency can’t yet reveal that.

Typically, the number of pet related illnesses or death cannot be tallied, because no such database exists of reported diseases for animals. Unlike human illnesses being traced and linked to the source by the Center for Disease Control, pet food has no such system. Until such a program is created and implemented, there are no accurate estimates available.

 Distribution

Diamond Pet Foods has recalled 13 brands of dry pet food formulas that were manufactured in Gaston and one made at their plant in Missouri. All batches manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 are affected in the South Carolina recalls. It is important to remember that although the recall notices indicate distribution by state, that the food may have been further distributed through pet food channels including online store purchases. It is always best to refer to production codes and best-before dates on your bag.

Affected Products

The recall only includes dry cat and dog food. To find if the pet food you bought is affected by the recall look at the production code; if the product you have BOTH a number “2” OR “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position, your product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.

The following are two examples of bags that show how reading the production code and best-by date may be difficult, if not impossible;
in which case, assume that it is part of the recalled product.


The following illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date:The following illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date
(Kirkland only):The following illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date
(Canidae only)
:

Consolidated List of Recalled Dry Pet Food Product by Brand

(UPDATED May 27, 2012, 11:00 am PST, with corrected codes and best-by dates for brands listed below)

4Health (Tractor Supply) 34 Formulas
(UPDATED All package sizes and all formulas of cat and dog dry pet food; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
Apex Chicken & Rice Dog

(20 lb and 40 lb bags; Best before January 24, 2013; Production code ACD0101B32)
Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, All Life Stages

(UPDATED All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)
Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Chicken Meal & Rice
(UPDATED All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)
Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Lamb Meal & Rice
(UPDATED All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)
Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Canidae Platinum
(UPDATED All packages sizes; Best before date between December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production code must have the number “3″ in the 9th and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
(Diamond)
(UPDATED All package sizes and all formulas of cat and dog dry pet food; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2” or “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
Country Value
  (Diamond)
(UPDATED All package sizes and all formulas of cat and dog dry pet food; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2” or “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
Diamond

(UPDATED All package sizes and all formulas of cat and dog dry pet food; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
Diamond Naturals
(UPDATED All package sizes and all formulas of cat and dog dry pet food; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula
(Missouri plant only)
(Manufactured at the Missouri plant on August 26, 2011; samples sizes, 6 lb & 18 lb bag sizes; DSL0801, Best before date 26-Aug-2012; DSL0801, Best before date 27-Sept- 2012; DSL0801, Best before date 20-Oct.-2012; DSL0801, Best before date 18-Oct- 2012)
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Costco)
(UPDATED Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit; For Kirkland Signature product sold in Taiwan, if the best-before dates fall between June 9, 2012 and July 31, 2012, the bag is affected)
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Costco)
(UPDATED Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit; For Kirkland Signature product sold in Taiwan, if the best-before dates fall between June 9, 2012 and July 31, 2012, the bag is affected)
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Costco)
(UPDATED Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit; For Kirkland Signature product sold in Taiwan, if the best-before dates fall between June 9, 2012 and July 31, 2012, the bag is affected)
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables (Costco)
(UPDATED Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit; For Kirkland Signature product sold in Taiwan, if the best-before dates fall between June 9, 2012 and July 31, 2012, the bag is affected)
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (Costco)
(UPDATED Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit; For Kirkland Signature product sold in Taiwan, if the best-before dates fall between June 9, 2012 and July 31, 2012, the bag is affected)
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula (Costco)
(UPDATED December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit; For Kirkland Signature product sold in Taiwan, if the best-before dates fall between June 9, 2012 and July 31, 2012, the bag is affected)
Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs (Costco)
(UPDATED December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit; For Kirkland Signature product sold in Taiwan, if the best-before dates fall between June 9, 2012 and July 31, 2012, the bag is affected)
Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
(UPDATED: 5 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-88650-5; Lot Code NBH1202 Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; Lot Code NBH0103 Best By Date: March 13, 2013)
Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog

(15 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-88615-4; Lot Code NBH0101 Best By Date: March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013; Lot Code NBH1202 Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; Lot Code NBH1203 Best By Date: December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012)
Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
(28 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-88628-4; Lot Code NBH0101 Best By Date: March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013; Lot Code NBH0102 Best By Date: March 7, 2013; March 8, 2013; Lot Code NBH0103 Best By Date: March 12, 2013; Lot Code NBH1202 Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; Lot Code NBH1203 Best By Date: December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012)
Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
(5 lb bag UPC# 7-23633-78755-0; Lot Code NBR1202 Best By Date: December 10, 2012;  Lot Code NBR1203 Best By Date: December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012)
Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
(15 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-78715-4; Lot Code NBR1202 Best By Date: December 10, 2012;  Lot Code NBR1203 Best By Date: December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012)
Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
(28 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-78728-4; Lot Code NBR1202 Best By Date: December 10, 2012; Lot Code NBR1203 Best By Date: December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012)
Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog

(5 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-65553-8; Lot Code NBT1202 Best By Date: December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; Lot Code NBT1203 Best By Date: December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012)
Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog

(15 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-61718-5; Lot Code NBT1201 Best By Date: December 9, 2012; Lot Code NBT1202 Best By Date: December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; Lot Code NBT1203 Best By Date: December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012) 
Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog

(28 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-63031-3; Lot Code NBT1201 Best By Date: December 9, 2012; Lot Code NBT1202 Best By Date: December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; Lot Code NBT1203 Best By Date: December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012)
Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog
(5 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-80855-2; Lot Code NBV1201 Best By Date: December 9, 2012)
Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites 

(28 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-44443-9; Lot Code NLB1202 Best By Date: December 12, 2012;  Lot Code NLB1203 Best By Date: December 20, 2012; December 21, 2012)
Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites
(5 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-42300-7; Lot Code NSL1201 Best By Date: December 21, 2012)
Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites

(12.5 lb bag; UPC# 7-23633-42301-4; Lot Code NSL1201 Best By Date: December 21, 2012)
Premium Edge
(Diamond)
(UPDATED All package sizes and all  formulas of cat and dog dry pet food; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
Professional
(Diamond)
(UPDATED All package sizes and all formulas of cat and dog dry pet food; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number  “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food

(4 lb, 15 lb, and 33 lb; Both with a Best Before date of December 30, 2012, and an “X” in the 11th digit of the date code; Batch code starting with SGB1201; 4 lb identifying UPC 093766750005; 15 lb identifying UPC 093766750012; 33 lb identifying UPC 093766750029)
Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food
(4 lb, 15 lb, and 28.5 lb; Both with a Best Before date of December 30, 2012, and an “X” in the 11th digit of the date code; Batch code starting with SGL1201; 4 lb identifying UPC 093766750050; 15 lb identifying UPC 093766750067; 28.5 lb identifying UPC 093766750081)
Taste of the Wild
(Diamond)
(UPDATED All package sizes and all formulas of cat and dog dry pet food; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “3″ in the 9th digit and the letter “X” in the 10th or 11th digit)
Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy

(15 lb. and 30 lb. bags and 5 oz. sample bags; best by dates of JAN 9 2013 through JAN 11 2013)

Product Distribution by Brand

PLEASE NOTE: Although the recall notices indicate distribution by state the food may have been further distributed through other pet food channels including online store purchases. If you purchased the bag after Dec. 9, 2011  you should stop feeding the pet food immediately. California Department of Public Health reports that some of the recalled products were distributed in California. Readers of eFoodAlert also have reported purchasing recalled Taste of the Wild pet food in France and Ireland.

Apex Pet Food
Distributed in: South Carolina only

Canidae
Distributed in: Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Country Value
Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Diamond
Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Diamond Naturals
Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Kirkland Signature
Distributed in: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia), Puerto Rico and Thailand.

Natural Balance
Distributed in: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming and Canada.

Premium Edge
Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Professional
Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Solid Gold
Distributed in: USA and Canada from between January and May 2012. Notice from Solid Gold:  WOLFKING: We have been able to determine that all the 15# and 28.5# bags of recalled WolfKing went to distributors in Canada. 4# WolfKing has been difficult to pinpoint because the Missouri plant also ran a batch of WolfKing on December 30th and when the 4 pound boxes are sent to distributors, only the best before date is recorded, not the batch code. We have found at least one US distributor with recalled 4lb WolfKing bags so we are keeping that open for all of the United States and Canada. WOLFCUB: All three sizes (4 lb, 15 lb, and 33 lb) of WolfCub Large Breed Puppy were distributed throughout the US and Canada. WolfCub is a very slow moving food for us and sometimes batches are made that far exceed the Canadian demand so are then shipped out domestically.

4Health
Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia).

Taste of the Wild
Distributed in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Canada (Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia), possibly France and Ireland.

Wellness
Distributed in: Consumers should refer to production codes and best by dates to determine if their food is affected by the recall.

Advice to Consumers and Families with Pets

  • Consumers should check their homes for recalled dog food products and discard them promptly. Consumers with questions about recalled dog food may contact Diamond Pet Foods at telephone number (800) 442-0402 or visit www.diamondpetrecall.com.
  • Follow the tips listed on Salmonella from Dry Pet Food and Treats to help prevent an infection with Salmonella from handling dry pet food and treats.
  • People who think they might have become ill after contact with dry pet food or with an animal that has eaten dry pet food should consult their health care providers. Infants, older adults, and persons with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness.
  • People who think their animal might have become ill after eating dry pet food should consult their veterinary-care providers.
  • Read Additional Information for Pet Owners to learn the signs and symptoms of salmonellosis in dogs and cats, and to understand how to deal with possible Salmonella illness in your pet.
  • People who think their animal might have become ill after eating dry pet food should report the incident to the FDA. Read Poisoned Pets’ the Complete Guide Making A Pet Food Complaint for detailed help and instructions.
  • Consider reporting a Pet Food Adverse Event with TruthAboutPetFood, a resource for consumer information about pet food and pet treats
  • For more information on Salmonella and other food-borne pathogens, visit the CDC website, Profiling Salmonella or read Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives.
  • What should I do if my dog is sick? Take your dog to the veterinarian.
  • The FDA urges veterinarians and consumers to report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state, or electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal.
  • The FDA says it will continue to update recall information here.
     Also, be aware that dogs may be infected with Salmonella – and may shed the bacteria in their stool – without showing any outward symptoms of illness. If your pet has consumed a Diamond Pet Foods dry dog food, be especially careful to wash your hands after handling it, and supervise closely any interaction between children and your pet.

Recall and Outbreak Investigation Notices

ODA Issues Health Alert, Urges Caution when Handling Pet Food (April 26, 2012)
CDC – Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Dry Dog Food (May 3, 2012; UPDATED May 11,2012)
Investigation of a Multi-state Outbreak of Salmonella Infantis Linked to Dry Dog Food (May 3, 2012)
Contaminated Kibble Sickens 14 People (May 3, 2012)
Two Human Illnesses in Ohio Linked to Salmonella in Recalled Dog Food (May 4, 2012)
Diamond Pet Foods Expands Recall (May 5, 2012)
Human Illness in Connecticut Linked to Salmonella in Recalled Dog Food (May 7, 2012)
Georgia Department of Agriculture – Diamond Pet Foods expands recall due to Salmonella contamination (May 7, 2012)
Diamond Pet Foods, Etc. Recalls – 2012 (May 8, 2012)
Public Health Notice: : Illnesses related to Salmonella and pet food (May 9, 2012)
Pet Food Salmonella Outbreak Spreads To Canada (May 9, 2012)
Investigation of a Multi-state Outbreak of Salmonella Infantis Linked to Dry Dog Food (May 9, 2012)
Q&A on the Diamond Pet Foods Recall and Salmonella Outbreak (May 10, 2012)
FDA Releases Diamond Pet Foods Preliminary Inspection Report (May 15, 2012)
Salmonella Confirmed In Two Dogs Fed Recalled Pet Food (May 16, 2012)

Recall Notices by Brand

Diamond Pet Foods – Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice (April 6, 2012)
Diamond Pet Foods – Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula (April 26, 2012)
Diamond Pet Foods – Diamond Puppy Formula
(April 30, 2012)
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul – Information Notification
(May 4, 2012)
Premium Edge – Pet Food Recall Notice
(May 4, 2012)
Professional Pet Foods – Recall Notice (May 4, 2012)
Taste of the Wild – Recall Information Notification
(May 4, 2012)
Wellness Pet Food – WellPet LLC Recall Press Release
(May 4, 2012)
Apex Pet Food – Recall Notice (May 4, 2012)
Canidae – East Coast Product Safety Information Press Release
(May 5, 2012)
Natural Balance – Pet Foods Recall Notification
(May 5, 2012)
Diamond Pet Foods – Recall Information Website (May, 7, 2012)
Diamond Pet Foods – Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Food (May 18, 2012)

FDA/CVM/CDC Notices

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall to Include Diamond Puppy Formula due to Possible Salmonella Contamination (April 30, 2012)
Natural Balance Pet Foods Initiates Voluntary Recall of Certain Dry Pet Food Due to the Potential for Salmonella Contamination
(May 4, 2012, UPDATED May 10, 2012)
Wellpet LLC Voluntarily Recalls One Recipe Of Dry Dog Food Due To Salmonella At Diamond Pet Foods’ Facility
(May 4, 2012)
Apex Pet Foods Initiates Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food Due to the Potential for Salmonella
(May 4, 2012)
UPDATED: CORRECT PRODUCTION CODE INFORMATION
Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination (May 5, 2012 UPDATED May 7, 2012)
Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc. Recalls Dog Food Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
(May 8, 2012)
Correction to Date Code in Natural Balance Pet Foods’ Voluntary Recall Dated May 4, 2012 Due to the Potential for Salmonella Contamination(May 11,2012)
FDA Preliminary Inspection Report (May 15, 2012)
Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Dry Dog [and Cat] Food; Information for Veterinarians (May 16, 2012)

Consumer Hotlines

To get more information if you think you might have a tainted bag, call the following consumer hotlines:

  • Diamond: 866-918-8756 or 800-442-0402 Monday through Sunday 8 am-6 pm EST
  • Natural Balance: 800-829-4493 Monday through Friday 8 am-5 pm EST
  • Canidae: 800-398-1600 Monday through Friday 9 am-5 pm PST
  • Solid Gold: (800) 364-4863 Monday through Friday 9 am-5 pm PST
  • Wellpet: 877-227-9587 Monday through Friday 8 am-6 pm EST or Sat-Sun 9 am-5 pm EST

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  6. PLEASE KEEP UPDATING? I have linked here in one of my blogs…
    Re: Van Pattons Natural Balance.
    Can anyone tell me please-
    How do i go about finding out where their “alpha” food is made?

    2 days ago i went [back] to Petco, with my receipt.
    ***I do not have the bag itself because I have 28 fractures in my back- (21 ‘old, and 7 ‘new’ ie: less than a year old).
    These fractures prevent me from carrying anything over 3-5 pounds. When I purchase a big bag someone has to come here and empty it into little containers that i am capable of handling.

    The manager at Petco first of all tried to tell me that Natural Balance foodsa were not recalled.
    then he produced a list of recalled NB items. (It had apx 7 items on it, and I *thought* the list was longer, even at that point).
    As he was calling the NB food rep, he asked if the alpha was made in SC. Food rep replies no.
    So then I tell him to ask *where* it is made. Food rep says he doesn’t know.

    I am sent away to buy my pet food elsewhere.

    At any rate, I have had my dog (102 pounds, Lab/Retriever) in to the vet no less than 6 times in the last month and a half!!!
    Since this recall included NB, I have been feeding her rice and chicken, HOMEMADE, and she has improved. It seems as though the antibiotics are now able to work their magic. Yes, she does get pro/prebiotics.
    Prior to this she had stools the color of tar! Loose, but not diarrhea either.
    She has been ever~so sluggish- she is 6 years old + a few months. If I could attach a picture here, almost anyone would see that for themselves.

    I am still angered at the mismanagement of Petco, and their apparent failure (along with the NB Food Rep himself), to be capable of telling me WHERE the product is made.

    You may reply here as i check back a lot.
    Or to Anne at OnTheFarm@Prodigy.Net
    In advance I thank you for this information.

    Reply

  7. I listed this information about these recalls on my local Craigslist, Pets Section. I told everyone to google the name of the food with recall and see what comes up. I advised of some of the signs of Salmonella Infantis and stated that yes, it can cause death in elderly, sick or young animals, Not to mention can be contageous to humans and other pets. I was so upset and disgruntled, I was on Craigslist and it seems that even in the Pet blogging forum, that these people are talking about the recall, but then were telling people to switch to another food, (which happened to be in the same list of recalls, was just added later). Then commented that the local pet stores have signs out warning of the recall… This is so not true. I was in a couple of Pet Food Stores in the last week and there were no signs anywhere reporting these recalls. Not to mention, I was in Tractor Supply, and there were pallets of many of these recalled brands. The sad thing was that they only brands they sold were were mostly foods that had been recalled in the last 6 months. I was so tempted to say something, but bit my tongue, since I did not want to get kicked out or escorted out of one of the local business in my area (there are not many in my immediate surrounding). I still have yet to see any warnings in any store about these recalls. Very Disturbing. Sad, these are not all Big Business Chains, some of these stores are small, Mom and Pop set ups. I guess ignorance is bliss. Although, I felt like I did my good deed for the day, by trying to make people aware in my area, that did not seem to know about it. I did support this web site and advised people to look here for the most info on the recalls. (Since, I still have not found more info anywhere else) Mollie you do a great job keeping everyone informed.

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  10. I have had numerous conversations with her and it was my understanding that those two brands, in fact, all the brands made by Diamond now fall under a cloud of suspicion.

    If you notice in the Petsumer Report both TOTW and Chicken Soup have the updated recall information included.

    Both of those brands were once thought of as higher quality foods. TOTW was just recently bought by Diamond.

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  11. I just checked my facts and need to correct myself…..I paid $17.95 for Susan Thixton’s pet food reviews, not $25. And, her highest rating is 5 “Paw Prints”, not 4. She gave the above mentioned recalled foods a rating of 5 Paw Prints. And I also see that she will sell people her List of foods that she would feed her own pets for as little as $5 or as much as $50 – whatever people want to pay. Why she rates some Diamond foods with her higest rating, yet you call those foods poor quality, is baffling. Personally, I tend to believe your opinion more.

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    • Pat, I logged into Petsumer and both foods you mention include the recall notifications.

      I can say with conviction Susan is without a doubt the hardest working advocate for petsumers that I know of.

      There is no one who has worked to bring these issues forward. Her commitment and dedication is remarkable. She has struggled with this cause for over 19 years and that deserves our thanks, gratitude and admiration.

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      • I don’t think that recalls have anything to do with Susan’s subscription-only “Petsumer Report”. Susan puts out almost daily reports on the Diamond recalls for free. One of her reports had a link to your website, which is the only way I would have found you, I think. Her subscription-only report (Petsumer Report) is the one that she charges money for, and it is just a list of ingredients of the reviewed foods and her opinion on which ingredients are safe and of good quality. My concern here is that TotW and the Chicken Soup foods have been given her higest rating for quality ingredients, while you say they are poor quality foods. You say it with such conviction, I totally believe you. I had just gone through the laborious process of switching my 8 animals over to those two foods after feeding Science Diet (at the recomendation of my vet!) for 20 years and watching my pets die of strange diseases, despite the excellent health care I provided. Susan’s subscription-only report rated Science Diet really low – right down there with Friskies. Despite the high price of Science Diet, I suspected it was the culprit in my cats’ early deaths and Susan’s report confirmed that suspicion. But now I question all of her ratings. I feel like I jumped from the frying pan into the fire. I believe that virtually ALL of the commercial food manufacturers are nasty and unsafe, but surely there must be one or two that care. It kills me that I already paid $17.50 for her questionable food ratings, and now she wants more money for “The List” to tell me which of those 5 star rated foods she would see fit to feed to her own pets. Susan is a hard working advocate, I learned a lot from her website and I recommend her site for the free information provided (did you know that euthanized animals from the shelters get recycled and become “meat” for dog and cat food companies?) I do not mean to take away from her any of the credit due for her tireless work. I just question her 5 star ratings versus your “poor quality” assessment.

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        • Thanks, Mollie. I have considered her articles on the Diamond pet food recalls, that is why I am, again, searching for a safe and healthy commercial food. It’s just that now I will not try another of the highest rated pet foods on her list and I will not send her more money just to learn which of those foods she deems worthy of her own pets. For some reason, I still trust your educated opinion that Diamond makes a poor quality pet food, despite Susan’s 5 star ratings for their products. I also feel that you would not consider asking for money for the name of the pet foods that you feed your pets, and in fact, you have freely given us the names of 3 that you like and use or have used. Thank you, so much, for that information. I am pursuing those 3 foods and I am pursuing the possibility of making my own. It was not my intent to write here to bad mouth Susan, but instead to praise and thank you for your free information, educated opinion and advice.

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          • I just want to say that I was totally in the same position as you when TOTW was recalled. After doing tons of research on ingredients in seemed like one of the best lobbies available! I now realize, through the help of Mollie, that no large kibble manufacturing company can be trusted! I learnt that I should have not only researched the ingredients but the actual companies too. I am now feeding raw, Carnivora frozen raw patties and NRG dehydrated raw to my dogs. I’m also in the process of switching my cats to the Honest Kitchen (as recommended by Mollie!) :)

          • wow auto correct sucks. ‘lobbies’ was supposed to be ‘kibbles’

          • I looked into Honest Kitchen, as well as Nature’s Logic and Answers Pet food, as per Mollie’s favorites, but I have 6 cats and it would cost me $42 per week to feed them. On top of the cats, I have dogs and horses to feed, too. I’m going to try to at least supplement my pets with raw meat and organs when I can get them. That should allow me to cut back on the commercial food. Elk and deer hunters throw away a lot of good organs that could help fill my freezer if I can get them to commit to saving them for me. The local buffalo farmer has promised me the organs that he normally throws away, like the lungs, testicles and kidneys. My husband says that I have NO IDEA what I’m getting myself into :-) .

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  14. Hi! I’m from Puerto Rico. We also have problem with the Diamond pet food. The Kirkland Signature was distribute here at Costco. I have a friend thatb her dog was diagnose with salmonella. I hope that this situation get fixed shortly. I discard my Kirkland Signature dog food and bought my dog a new one at petsmart.

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  15. Is this the same plant that had the trouble in 2007-2008? If it is they
    ought to be shut down. I just found out about this yesterday. I have always fed my dogs canned food with some homemade food on the side.
    When it happened the last time, although it was something different, dogs
    and cats were dying. I fed my dogs for three years a homemade diet with
    my vets approval after that. I am down to one older dog now and after
    searching for hopefully the right dog food, I settled on the brand Wellness. He has the canned food and dry food on the side now. I just
    heard that Wellness canned cat food has been contaminated also. I honestly do not know what to try now. Maybe back to the homemade
    diet. I am sorry for anyone that has lost a pet through negligence from
    the Diamond plant.

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    • Wellness canned? Are you certain? Wow, that’s news to me.

      Yes, it is the same plant that had trouble before although that was in 2005 or 2006. It was aflatoxin and it killed hundreds of dogs.

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      • Wellness makes canned cat and canned dog food.. There are 3 different ones, Wellness 95%, Wellness, and Wellness CORE. There may be even more. And I also was looking at another brand to use, and I researched every brand I could think of to change my animals over to, and almost every brand out there has had a recall of some sort or another. Purina, Iams, Solid Gold, and now all the Diamond brands, from the crappy store brands on up the very expensive. Honest Kitchen and FreshPet, looked very good and had no bad reviews that I could find, but I just can’t afford that with the large amount of animals I have in my household. I know I was spending a little more for better food, because with most store brands, the animal has to eat 2x or more the amount of food to get the right nutrients, not to mention that means 2x or more the amount of “meadow muffins” or litter box mess. So, I always read ingredients and went with food that way, which for me at the time and for the price, was Diamond. I still went through about 4 – 35lb bags a month for dog food and 2 or 3 -40# bags of cat food a month (depending on how many rescues I had at the time). So after not really seeing any other affordable alternative, I personally am going to have to start making my pet food. I definatley do not want to run the risk of endangering the health of my animals, not to mention the vet bills this is starting to incur.

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  16. I also have had 2 deaths now in my family. 3-4weeks ago my 16yo ?? cat of liver failure (already cremated, did not know of any recall probs). Today my 20yr old cat, who was losing weight like crazy and all of a sudden lethargic and unable to control her peeing. This cat while old, you would never guess she was this old, still played, looked good, took care of herself and still had great eyesight and movement capabilities, just like my younger cats. Today, I had to put her to sleep due to complications. My vet is doing salmonella testing, via an intestine scrape?? or something like that. We needed to do that to find out exactly what is going on, “For the good of the herd”, I have 10 other cats in my home right now that are showing symptoms of salmonella. That is a vet bill that I just cannot afford, not to mention that my house and furniture is a disaster zone. (All furniture is beyond cleaning at this point). In anycase, I found out that this cat food was recalled, well after I bought it, but it appears that they knew about the problem, but did not pull it all from the shelves. I am highly irate and disappointed. It is great that I called them and was told that since I did not keep the bags, they will give me a certificate for a free bag of food, and were sorry to hear about the cat I had to put to sleep this morning. The problem is, that does not cut it. Someone has to be held responsible. If I find that this is from the food (which I know it is, but proving it is another story), I will be going after the company. There is on their website DIAMONDPETRECALL.COM, an area for contact. In this area you can actually send them an email or comment with your vet information. I am going to try and do this first. According to their web site, they have had no reports of any animal deaths yet (as of looking at the web site today, article dated May 5, no mention of anything newer). I am begging everyone to make your losses known. This company has to be held accountable, other than just giving out free bags of food. I plan on seeking legal counsel if they do not respond to this situation… Unless, anyone knows of a class action suit already going on because of this. I am sure that I am not the only person who has now gotten a lot of vet bills, not to mention anguish out of this. These are our loved ones and are family members….Sorry I am just a mess over this whole situation.

    Anyone with info on good complete recipes for cat food and dog food, or any info on any lawsuit already in progress with this, please feel free to contact me at RedBull4124@verizon.net.

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    • Please keep me posted as to what your vet discovers and what his final diagnosis is? Have you had fecal samples taken of the other cats? In order to make a claim — Diamond wants “proof” i.e. a positive for Salmonella Infantis and possibly the DNA “fingerprint” of the specific strain. I need to find out. I will keep you posted and THANK YOU for keeping us informed!

      I do know of an attorney, but he’s in Texas. Randy Turner. As far as lawsuits, you are going to have to have proof that your cats became ill from their food either through testing of the food itself (MUST DO!) and/or the cats test positive for Salmonella Infantis.

      Contact the FDA, your State Ag dept. and DEMAND your food be tested. Also, contact Michigan State University — they are doing allot of the Diamond pet food testing with the Michigan State Ag Dept.

      Stay tuned with updates and information at eFoodAlert.com and http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com. Those two fabulous ladies are keeping a close eye on the situation reporting on new news re: Diamond. Oh, and here on PP too, of course!

      I am so so sorry for your loss…Prayers for all your other babies. Furniture comes and goes, but cats leave a print on our hearts forever.

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      • Thank you for you support. I am greatful for your web site and some of the other posts I have read. I have worked in the animal world for a very long time, and recently my paying job was in law enforcement. I am now recently retired, but still very active in my animal rescues and working with animals in need. I did work in animal law(before law enforcement field), but with lawyers on the AKC laws, not animal food welfare, and most of these attorneys I have lost touch with and now live in Florida or elsewhere. SO, I know law, but have no pertinant contacts for this type of law. My Vet is doing DNA test for Salmonella, taking from the intestine, since she had unfortunately stopped deficating. He indicated to me that unfortunately, one of my cats would have to go through some of this testing, and since I pretty much had to put Atilla to sleep (as a dear family member out of love and not be cruel to her), she would be the “sacrificial lamb” ,if you will. For the good of the herd, as he put it, since I have a lot of animals. Most of them animal control rescues and police turn overs, that cannot be adopted out. So, I will keep you posted. Incidentally, he (my vet) called Diamond, while I was there to verify that the food had been recalled, and it was like pulling teeth to get them to confirm that Diamond Feline Maintenance was recalled. He had to ask multiple times to confirm it. In the meanwhile Diamond told me to discard all my food, I told them I don’t keep the bags, my food all goes into bins. However, my saving grace is that I did keep the food that was left, and I will see if I can get it tested. I will keep you posted with what I find and THANK YOU AGAIN!

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        • I am mortified and saddened.

          Diamond’s own press releases clearly says ALL pet formulas (dogs and cats) and all bag sizes!

          Has he performed a necropsy? I have heard that the bowels may be necrotized.

          I have no explanation for why Salmonella would cause an animals bowels to stop functioning, but I am NOT a vet. What does your vet say/think?

          Your vet should report the incidents to the FDA. He doesn’t need proof just that he believes that it may have been due to the diet. Also be sure and contact your state ag dept.

          Keep in touch…more prayers…

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          • My Vet called the lab, who does the pricing for all the “Book” pricing on lab tests, and they told him (while I was there) what exactly he had to do to get what we need, which was the specific details he needed to do the byopsy of her intestine, since we were unable to get a fecal sample at the time. This test will indicate the specific DNA of this type of Salmonella, and he indicated we will move forward from there. He seemed to be pretty knowledgeable, plus, I have a very good relationship with my vet. He is one of those vets, that is willing to learn new things and if he is not sure on something, he will find the facts, whether it is calling another source to get the appropriate technique or getting on line and looking stuff up. I mean most vets don’t appreciate homeopathy, but when my cat Zima (the cat I had to put to sleep, 3-4wks ago from liver failure) had liver failure 5yrs ago, we did about $4,000. in emergency procedures and tests, only for the emergency clinic (who is the best in our area, and my vet used to work for, before he went on his own), they sent her home and said she should be at home to die. Well, I started her on Milk Thistle and a mixture of some other things I researched, as a last effort, and it worked. She lived a very happy life, I mean like nothing happened for another 4yrs,( right up to the week I had to put her to sleep). My vet was amazed and has a new feeling for homeopathy. IN any case, I have faith in my vet that he is handling the procedure properly, but you are right, he might not think about reporting it to the FDA. However, he was very concerned about getting the testing done and proof first, before we go any further. The Test results that he is looking for, he said we should have in a couple of weeks. So now it is the hurry up and wait game. I will keep you posted on the results and make sure that when I get them, that we go right to the FDA with results and State Agricultural dept. My vet really is going to bat for me with this, so, I can’t blame him for wanting proof of Salmonella, I mean in our hands proof in writing, before, I go both barrells blazing on this. Once I get the proof, I plan on making a very big stink about this. Pets are not just throw away novelties, and someone needs to make some of these companies aware of this. A free bag of food, just doesn;t cut it. This is almost as bad as some of the people that I deal with that just throw their animals out, or dump them on the street, because they don’t want them anymore. It just makes me sick! As you can tell, I am very animated when it comes to animal rights and advocacy. What these companies are doing should be legally considered “Negligent” and that is persecutable in law. I guess the problem is to get enough people to stand for the cause and an attorney willing to fight the cause with you. Well The Search Is On for a good attorney!

          • Wow! Sounds like you’ve got a great vet!

            And he absolutely correct – it is always preferable to have the proof – as in a lab result!

            Does he have any explanation of your cats inability to defecate (poop)?

            You know who is the perfect resource in helping you find an attorney who works in animal law: The Animal Legal Defense Fund. They are one of my all time favorite organizations. ALDF.org I think. You’ll find it.

            Oh! Almost forgot! I was reading on Cornell today that for humans they can identify Salmonella either through a blood or stool sample! News to me. But as I say, I am NOT a vet. Blood would be a heckuva allot easier (getting it at least), but as far as it being the most effective way – don’t know… Keep us all posted! Thanks for all the great info.

            Yes, I have a holistic vet too, she is the best. Hi! Katie! She sends her clients here! (The ones who are still convinced that Friskies and Ol’ Roy are just okey-dokey!)

          • Wow thanks for the Animal League Defense Fund info, I did not know that they existed. And yes, I am greatful to have found a vet that isn’t afraid to try new things and is willing to admit when he has to look something up..Hard to find these days. My animals all love him, he has the best bedside manner. He still does not practice Holistic Medicine, but at least he does not give me “the look” of disapproval when I say I want to try something, I am sure you know “the look” I am talking about. Well, I will look into the ALDF and see what I can find out. I will keep you updated on my research. Right now, I am trying to keep my chin up, but all my animals at this time, now know that Atilla is missing and are moping around. It is so sad, they all seem to know she is gone. Tomorrow will be a better and new day! And the research will start again.

          • It’s actually the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

            Your vet sounds wonderful.

            I love my vet too. So much so, I told her I wished she could doctor me too! She’s totally open too, no ego. If I tell about something she is willing to researching it.

            For instance, we are treating my fur baby girl who has a mammary tumor (cancer sshhhh!) with an immunotherapy treatment which has done wonders. She has outlived her prognosis by 4.5 years so far!

            For anyone who lives in Northern California that’s Dr. Katy Sommers and author of the Holistic Dog. She is tops in my book.

            BTW — Meadow Muffins — cute!! Made me smile!!

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  21. I am so worried! I feed my dogs TWO foods from the list: Chicken Soup AND Taste of the Wild and we just bought their food 2 weeks ago but we dumped all the food in big containers and threw away the bags!!! :( What can I do??? Thank you!

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    • If your pets are experiencing any of the symptoms, take them to the vet. If you threw the bags away, you can still get a refund and if your dogs do become ill you and your vet should report the incident to the FDA/CVM. If anyone in your family becomes ill, go to a doctor and have them report the incident to the State health dept. All the information you need is in the links provided in the article (above). To report a pet food problem — refer to the sticky post on Poisoned Pets Homepage. Good luck, Tina!

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  22. Super clean, precise information and presentation here. Thanks for staying on top of it. Going to check out the rest of your blog now!

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    • Thanks! I have OCD, obsessive cat disorder, so organizing this stuff is right up my alley. Alley cat? I’d better stop while I’m ahead.

      Thank you again for the nice complement.

      I notice you have Basenjis, are you familiar with Fanconi syndrome? You know these treats (the jerky from China) are causing “acquired Fanconi syndrome” in the dogs (also referred to as “Fanconi-like syndrome”)? Pretty scary stuff.

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      • Just one Basenji — but yes, I have heard of Fanconi. So sad. Good breeders and supporters have done so much to try to overcome genetic, inherited Fanconi (there’s even a DNA test for it so hypothetically, it *could* be avoided by careful breeding). To think that after all this, it could be acquired by the very treats we give, as well.

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        • Incredible, huh? And sad, very, very sad. I LOVE your site BTW!! I feed Honest Kitchen too and raw. I thought your review of FreshPet was BRILLIANT! Good job! Oh, and your photography is amazing and your dogs are soooo beautiful! I love Basenjis! Well, actually I just love all animals. So glad I found you. Thanks for visiting.

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  24. Hello and thanks so much for posting all this info together!

    Here’s where the recall effects me. I live in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. I run a pet rat rescue and feed my rats Natural Balance vegetarian dog food. I have a lab with severe allergies and feed my dogs Taste of the Wild fish formula. My TOTW bags were apparently not made in the same factory and do not have an X but do have a 2. They also fall into the manufacturing time period. My NB food has an expiry date of December 31…and apparently the recall only effects the December 9 bags.

    I’ve been following this recall very closely and can’t help but wonder a few things..

    How did the salmonella get into that one plant? How was it transferred there? It seems to me an ingredient would have to be the culprit. That being said the same ingredients would be used at any plant.

    Second, the 5 lb bag of NB vegetarian dog food has only one date recalled..December 9 but mine is December 31. The plant wasn’t actually shut down until just recently. So how can the recall only effect this one expiry date? The food was manufactured there for MONTHS before the plant was shut down and ‘cleaned’. I can’t see how there is a date range at all…how did they know when the first bags started being effected?

    Just wondering if you have any ideas or have found any info regarding these questions? Or who I could contact to find out.

    Something else interesting…all the Pet Valu pet food stores in my city are issuing full refunds on ANY of the brands mentioned..not just the bags in the certain date ranges made at the one factory.

    It saddens me that both these foods I’ve been recommending for years based on how great the ingredients seemed. I worked in retail pet food stores for years and read bags constantly before deciding what the best foods would be for my pets. I guess I never realized that any large scale manufacturing company really does only care about the money and not the actual product behind it.

    My dogs are slowly being transitioned to raw. I am switching to Orijen fish formula kibble (a smaller Canadian company) and then doing half and half until I feel comfortable feeding only raw. I just want to remind people that a slow transition is still probably a good idea so as not to shock your pets system right away and cause further digestive upset.

    Thanks again, take care!! :)

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      • Hi again

        I was a little bit concerned by your reply. You said ‘I would not recommend feeding such a low quality food to pets’. I am very experienced with pet food. As far as dry food comes these are pretty much the highest quality foods we are talking about. Which is why your reply concerns me. If this is low quality what is Alpo or Friskies considered? I don’t want other pets owners to get confused. The reason this recall is such a big deal is that this time it DID effect high quality dry food! I would STILL recommend feeding this food over other brands out there! I’m just overly concerned that confused pet parents will actually end up on lower quality food because of this. Science Diet or Medi-cal are horrible ingredient wise! Coming from a veterinary background where those foods were seen as such high quality because they are sold in vet clinics really concerns me. I’m worried people will be switching to those instead.

        My pets never became ill. The reason I am switching foods is because of the way Diamond handled the whole issue…and I think they should have recalled much more than they did. I also lost trust in the whole pet food industry and agree switching to raw or homemade foods is the best idea because only you know exactly what is going into the food.

        Here are links to ingredients of the foods I was using:
        Taste of the Wild – Pacific Stream
        http://tasteofthewildpetfood.com/mobile/product-single.php/dogs/dry_food/pacific_stream_canine_formula/
        Natural Balance – Vegetarian
        http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/Vegetarian.html#Ingredients

        The ingredients look pretty good actually don’t they? It’s not that the food was ‘low quality’ it’s that the pet food industry is not properly monitored and controlled!!

        I hope you understand my concern :)

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        • God, I hope you don’t work in the pet food industry because here goes: TOTW and Natural Balance and many, many other brands like them give the “appearance” that their product is superior to other brands, when many times the only distinguishing feature about their products is their marketing and glossy packaging and slick brochures.

          What I can tell you, without going into details, is that TOTW is a food that may be making many dogs very very ill. That’s all I’m prepared to say.

          Natural Balance is a product that is produced by Diamond Pet Foods, a pet food processing plant that has a long and troubling history of violations and serious food safety issues going back to 2005. It is apparent that Diamond’s problems continue as the recall unfolds. I can say that any company that knowingly has their food produced in such a facility is doing so at great risk. Again, without going into detail, it is my belief and recommendation to place your trust with another company.

          You must also realize that when I warn a consumer of a possible problem, please know that such warnings are not made lightly. There is much that I know that for certain reasons I cannot make public.

          So, when I stick my neck out and try to warn consumers in the gentlest, kindest way possible, please know that I do it with you and your pet’s best interest at heart. Should you choose to take my advice or not is entirely up to you.

          However, when you ask for my opinion about the brands you feed your pets and then challenge me when you don’t like my answer, I wonder if you really wanted my opinion when it seems clear you already made up your mind.

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          • I was not trying to be rude I was only expressing my concern. I absolutely DO NOT work for the pet food industry and am disgusted that you would think so! If you read my entire comment you would see that I am also switching to raw and homemade food for all my pets.

            I didn’t actually want your opinion. I had asked you if you knew more info about this issue as I am trying to compile some evidence so I can plead with these companies to expand their recall!!

            You took what I said completely wrong and I am sorry you saw it that way. My main concern is that people will now be switching to much lower quality foods that haven’t had any recent recalls. I want to stop this from happening. We need to stop buying from ALL of these big companies not just the ones that have recently had recalls.

            I’m not just some random unknowledgable consumer like you have made me out to be. I have studied veterinary medicine and have worked in clinics, pet food stores and animal shelters. I currently work for a pet insurance company and also have lots of info I would love to share but can’t. I hope you will read my comments again to see what I was actually trying to say. I don’t base my opinions on what to feed my pets on shiny bags and nice pictures. I have more than enough pet education and base my opinions on that. Thanks.

          • Sorry Allison. I’m sorry if I offended you. I was being sarcastic about hoping you didn’t work for the pet food industry.

            I also did not mean to suggest that you were some random yo-yo. Your opinion matters, otherwise I wouldn’t take the time to respond. I might even delete unfavorable comments as Dogswell accused me of (I’m kidding!).

            I’m only trying to help. If you want more detailed information about the foods you mentioned, please feel free to email me. Really!

            I think it is GREAT that you are making a positive change.

            I share your concerns as well. However, I didn’t make the industry the way it is, therefore the fallout and negative effect of these recalls have on the industry is something I have no control over.

            It is my fervent hope that consumers do not switch to “cheaper brands”, but instead decide, as you have, to make a positive change. I believe that consumers will learn that the brands they once thought were so unique are in fact no better or no worse than the brand next to it on the store shelf.

            The marketing of pet food is very seductive and misleading, therefore most consumers base their decision on what they “believe” about a brand, and packaging is just one aspect. The real problem of course is the ingredients, as I’m sure you are aware.

            The links you sent me of TOTW and NB ingredient descriptions is a perfect example of the deception that is endemic within the industry. I felt that might have been an indication of your lack of knowledge about the true nature of the industry. But I guess I was mistaken.

            I’m sorry, I did not wish to offend you.

            So, you work for a pet insurance company. That must be interesting. I hope you don’t work in the claims dept., that would be hard, I imagine.

          • Thanks for your understanding :) and I’m very happy you have broughtall this info together so that all types of consumers can easily find this information.

            I didn’t mean to argue with you at all as I completely agree with all you have said. Most consumers do get extremely confused because of how good ingredients look. Which is also why I posted those as examples. They look so great but we really dont know what exactly is going into that bag at these large production facilitiesthat are not closely enough monitored!

            I hope the best for you and your pets and if I do get any further info or feedback from these companies I will definitely share any info with you!!

            Btw… I do work in the claims department and seeing so many claims for sick pets definitely tells us something is going very wrong! Be it the food or the vaccines or the chemicals surrounding them pet health has definitely declined in recent years and we need to work together to find ways to help them live longer, healthier, happier lives!

          • No thank you! Perhaps I misunderstood. Here’s what threw me: you said, “As far as dry food comes these are pretty much the highest quality foods we are talking about.” Boy, I sure wish that was true, but sadly it isn’t. The second part I misunderstood was, “The ingredients look pretty good actually don’t they? It’s not that the food was ‘low quality’ it’s that the pet food industry is not properly monitored and controlled!!” I think the main thing to remember is appearances can be deceiving. They “look good”, but in fact may not be if the brand and the co-packer do not maintain strict quality controls and practice GMPs. TOTW, is not off the hook in my opinion, for choosing a co-packer with such a blemished record. The ultimate responsibility lies with the brand, the blame falls on both the brand and the co-packer, in my opinion.

            Sorry for the misunderstanding! I am so tired and frazzled, it’s a wonder I make any sense at all right now.

            Please accept my apology for being such a cranky old bitch.

          • I’m so sick and enraged! I am on a very strict budget but still want to provide good quality food for my beloved dogs. To see that Taste of the Wild is in such a group as this, a food that is VERY expensive and supposed to be superior well now I’m at a total loss! :(
            I do NOT want to take such chances again, what brands do you recommend?
            I love my babies too much and never want to harm them, only want to HELP them and increase their health and quality of life… :(
            Thanks! :)

  25. I am sorry to all the pet owners and pets who may be affected by this poison food (I feed my dog RMB’s and my cat home-cooked) but I just had to mention the beautiful photographs in this (otherwise) horrific topic!

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    • Bless you. I spent most of my life as an artist – so it is second nature to gravitate to beautiful imagery. I can’t help myself!

      Since starting this research years ago – I too feed a mostly raw diet to my (nine!) and only organic and certified organic meat, poultry and dairy.

      The other thing that happened was, I became a vegan when I saw how most animals on farms were kept. So making sure that my sources are also humane adds another layer to the food issue.

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    • Do the production codes for the recalled match your product?

      If you are still concerned, call Diamond.

      Personally, aside from the recall, I wouldn’t feed that brand only because it is not very high-quality pet food.

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    • I would not use this brand regardless of which state you are living in. If you are in Texas, go to Petsmart and buy Bil Jac dog food. It is VERY high quality and my dogs love it. Ask anyone from Petsmart or a vet about this food. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to feed high quality dog food with no risks.

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        • Petsmart pulled treats if they were affected by that batch. No one in my area has had any pet health issues arise. Walmart, Dollar General, etc are still selling these brands as well.

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          • PetSmart has never pulled any product. Period.

            And what makes you so sure no one “in your area has had any health issues”? Are you a vet? Do you examine all the cats and dogs in your neighborhood? Do you know what signs to look for? Do your friends?

            One thing I want to say to you is this: the health problems associated with these toxic treats are not always immediate or visibly apparent. Toxins, depending on many factors, may take months or even years to have a serious impact on their health.

            Unless you have your pet fully examined by a qualified vet familiar with this problem you have no way of knowing what is really going on, and they may not find anything wrong with them…today. But what about tomorrow, next month or next year?

            Do you really want to take that risk with your pet?

            And just because unscrupulous and greedy retailers like WalMart, PetSmart, PetCo, Target, Lowes, Amazon, Dollar General and all the rest who continue to sell these toxic treats, does not make the treats safe, it just makes these retailers unethical creeps whose bottom line is profit, not people, pets or the planet. Read a newspaper. Big business does not have your best interest at heart.

          • Some people. I’m sorry, but she was full of it. It’s OK if your confused, worried or need advice — but to tell me they are just fine — no way Jose.

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    • If you are going to feed your dog a raw diet, you must feed vegetables and fruits if they will eat them. An all protein diet is not advised.

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      • A raw meaty bones diet is not all protein, a common misconception! For anyone who is interested in feeding a raw diet but doesn’t know where to start, rather than detail it here, there is tons of information out there, my blog has a page linking to a number of very helpful sites, including ones run by vets. (I hope you don’t mind me posting this Mollie)

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        • Do I mind? Mercy, no! Your comment is spot on and great advice!

          Cats can be stinkers though. For the scaredy cats and the picky cats, you could transition with a dehydrated “almost raw” product.

          Interesting story – before I transitioned to humane and organic only – I bought some supermarket chicken – they wouldn’t touch that sh*t with a ten-foot pole! Organic chicken – they’re all over it.

          I don’t buy meat or poultry from sources I have not personally vetted. I visit farms, meet the animals, talk to the owners, talk about animal feed, see how they are cared for – the works.

          Anyway, thanks for chipping in, I always welcome feedback, tips, and advice.

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          • I know cats are more tricky given they imprint on their food. I’ve not switched one myself which is why my blog is mainly about dogs. There’s also the advantage with dogs that they are ok (apart from puppies and those with medical conditions) to only offer then raw and for them to go a few days without eating without it being a problem whereas cats can’t keep missing meals.

            I’ve heard of otherwise unfussy dogs turning down chicken and then owners looking at the packaging and realising it was “enhanced” in some way, you’re right, animals just know!

        • hey.I feed carrots.cauliflouer,all that good stuff as treats to add to meat,kinda ea
          sy to keep track of,if u need low protein,or high for individual fur kid. My old ones get more raw or steamed veggies,love it too! Easy to feed too.My problem is the feral cats,have 6 bags with product codes supposed to be ok.

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  27. I brought a bag of Solid gold Hund-N-Flocken kibble and four cans of Solid Gold Lamb to take to Europe. We travel with our two little Doxies. Does anyone know if Diamond makes this dog food for Solid Gold? If so, I will probably feed my dogs fresh food like the Germans and Austrians do.

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    • (UPDATE: Two of Solid Gold’s foods have been included in the recall)

      Solid Gold has been very good about communicating with their customer, so I am sure they would be more than happy to speak to you or go to their website for details.

      In fact, I just went to their website and they have this to say (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/news.php):

      Solid Good foods NOT affected by Diamond recall

      Date: Apr 26, 2012

      Diamond Pet Foods manufactures four Solid Gold dry dog foods: WolfKing, WolfCub, Just a Wee Bit, and Hund-n-Flocken. The remainder of our dry dog foods and both dry cat foods are made at Crosswinds Pet Foods in Kansas.

      All WolfKing, WolfCub, Just a Wee Bit, and Hund-n-Flocken sold in the United States are made in the Diamond Pet Foods plant in Meta, Missouri.

      The Diamond Pet Food plant in Gaston, South Carolina makes a very small amount of WolfKing, WolfCub, and Just a Wee Bit for export purposes.

      There are no safety concerns with these Solid Gold foods made in Gaston and are not part of the limited voluntary recall of Diamond Pet Foods.

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  28. Thanks for posting! This is totally infuriating! I’ve fed my Aussie Diamond puppy based on breeder’s recommendation. Seemed to be great so recently switched her to the Diamond Naturals Chicken & Rice. Altho, they don’t list the Chicken formula, my bag code does have the 3 and X. Yep, just wasted almost 40#. All will be thrown out. Oddly, I cut out the production code & saved it when I dumped the food into a galvanized can for storage. Will NOT BUY Diamond again!

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    • I’ll look into that on Monday about the DN chicken formula. Thanks for telling me! I’ll update the page as soon as I get new information.

      Meanwhile, call up Diamond and tell them what you have found. Perhaps an error was made and they need to update their recall notice! Thanks for catching that, and I will be sure to find out what the scoop is!

      You did good in saving the SKU – it is vital if you transfer your food or discover a problem down the road in your pet. Take the CJT debacle for instance, so many people didn’t know and tossed their bags. Now they haven’t got a hope in Hell of verifying their report to the FDA or the manufacturer.

      And for the pets that develop health problems that may be diet related months or even years down the road – saving SKUs is simply impractical and to be of little use unless you also saved a sample for testing if a problem were to arise.

      It’s madness.

      Best advice, make your own dog food or buy a certified human-grade food (they do exist!). It’s hard to believe that a breeder of any reputation would ever recommend such a poor quality food! Shameful, really.

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      • Diamond Naturals (All package sizes and formulas of dry dog food; Best before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013; Production codes have a number “2″ or “3″ in the 9th or 10th digit and the letter “X” in the 11th digit)

        ALL package sizes and formulas of Diamond Naturals are part of the recall – so best ‘guess’ is that it does include the chicken formula :)

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  29. Thank you for the consolidated list Mollie. Another reflection of ethics to send out a hodgepodge of so many different recall lists at 5pm on a Friday night.

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    • I know. The rat bastards. Typical.

      AND they have known about this for AT LEAST a month.

      I am soooo pissed.

      We think there is more to this than “just” Salmonella. Closing a plant for 3+ weeks to clean it? Sorry, I don’t buy it.

      Salmonella in pet food production is as common as dirt. If that were the case, the PF industry would come to a screeching halt.

      It is VERY suspicious.

      We also know that there are more recalls to come from that same plant AND that cat food will be next (and that is not a rumor!).

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      • My bag is after the recall date. Got the diahrea cleared not realizing what it was. Fresh bag…one feeding and both dogs have diahrea again. TaTOste(can’t delete mistake) TOTW. Small 30 ln whippet mix and 110 ln Plott Hound. Now on home cooked rice and chicken. Will go to vet tomorrow. This bag is AFTER supposed cleaning. I have feed Chicken Soup for years. This fall it began to be a different color and different smell. My dogs had diahre a off and on. That’s when I changed to TOTW.
        No more Diamond, never again. What a shame as the boys’ coats were beautiful and healthy although all 3 had recent weight gains since fall. And that is probably nothing

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        • I would have never bought a “fresh bag” of any brand that made my dog sick. If my dog gets sick off of a brand, never again will I buy that brand.

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  30. My dog is experiencing acute liver failure and the #s on his bag nor our state are included in the recall list. I believe that there are 2 problems: salmonella for some and a potentially toxic ingredient problem for others. A lot of other pet owners are reporting similar cases at http://www.askavetquestion.com/news/2012/recall-on-kirkland-dog-food/

    I will be calling the FDA & Dept of Ag back Monday morning. I will continue to ask Taste of the Wild for the alleged quality control report of ingredients from my specific bag and the ingredient source providers until they respond.

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    • I know – I’ve “heard” allot of bad things about TOTW.

      I’m already hip to the Ask a Vet doc. In fact, it was because of a conversation we had that she ran that piece.

      I don’t know what to say other than DEMAND the FDA test the food for toxins: especially nephrotoxins!

      I sound like a broken record, but Goldangit, I am soooo sick of this.

      Also, you might want to read my post about the highly toxic copper the frickin’ Chinese put in animal feed recently. Search for the word copper on my site and you’ll find the article. Technically, it was in Taiwan, but…who the Hell knows where that “mineral” actually went.

      Has your vet consulted with Cornell? It’s free. They have a program just for vets.

      It wouldn’t hurt to have the vet contact the toxicology dept. there either. Karyn Bischoff is the director there.

      I don’t know what else to suggest. Private testing is costly, and if it isn’t one of the “usual suspects”, you’re looking at thousands of $$$$ and NO guarantees. I’ve spoken w the tox dept and they charge $500-$800 (and up) per hour for lab time. But, they are the best in the country, so….

      I wish I had better news.

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  31. I’m linking to this in places I know there are doggy mums who feed kibble. Every time I pop onto your website I am thankful that I found the raw meaty bones way of feeding early in my pups life.

    You do such great work on this site x

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  33. thnx 4 info – now, can some1 please advise if there is ANY, ONE, SAFE product in th entire market 2 feed my dogs – i’m going 2 cook just as i do
    4 myself but concerned they may not get all nutrients

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  34. What a great job of covering all concerns regarding this recall. I know it took a long time to put together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and speaking for everyone else that will benefit from this information.

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      • Thank you for this list. I feed my cats TOTW. I live in Hawaii which is not an affected state. I recently bought 3 bags of TOTW from Amazon.because there was no food available locally. All 3 bags are part of the recall. It doesn’t matter which state you live in if you bought your food on-line. Fortunately, those 3 bags were not opened or consumed.

        I was unable to buy locally because there was an interruption in the supply, According to the distributor, the TOTW plant was “closed for cleaning.”
        I was using a bag that I had purchased a month ago. I didn’t know about the recall.
        One of my cats became sick a week ago. I contacted my vet yesterday. She suspects the illness is from TOTW. She sent me this link this morning.
        Thank you again.

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        • WOW! Pat that is shocking news. I had no idea that online outlets would ship recalled product unless it was before the recall. Nevertheless, it is shocking considering that none of the recalling brands or Diamond addressed this issue. Distribution information is meaningless to people who shop online. Hello!

          Thank you for pointing out an aspect of the recall that had not occurred to me. How could I be so dumb?

          Your vet is correct in suggesting it is the food. I cannot begin to tell you how many people have told me they have experienced similar issues with TOTW. And other brands as well, particularly Kirkland.

          And your vet was pretty cool to recommend Poisoned Pets too! Smart vet! I guess I must be doing something right. I keep waiting for a vet to write and tell me I’m full of it. So far so good.

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          • Mollie,
            When the first recall came I had just received 2 bags of TOTW on auto delivery from PetFlow.com. I called IMMEDIATELY! The woman said…”oh gee, this is the second person that has called today!” Well, it took her two days to get back to me saying that my bags were OK, but I decided to call Diamond…after a few calls finally got someone that sounded like they know what the hell was going on…and by the codes on my two bags, the food was OK. BUT, this was at the beginning of April and we all know now what has happened since.

            I guess my point, that the online people had no clue…THAT is NOT GOOD!

            I got on Petflow.com’s FB page and really told them how VERY disappointed I was in them for NOT keeping up on the latest news. I did get a reply, which I was not expecting, but they promised to do better.

            Day by day, things just get worse, now another plant is recalling? What next? And how do we decide what food to buy next? This is so, so frightening!

            Mare

          • The plant this recall is coming from is Meta, Missouri — not Gaston, South Carolina. What is so scary is they didn’t even bother to put that in the press release. Slime bags.

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