A recent (May 4th) recall has been issued by Diamond Pet Foods that impacts a number of brands of dry dog foods. Food being recalled is potentially contaminated with Salmonella and was manufactured between December 9th 2011 and April 7th 2012. The recall includes Diamond brand foods, as well as a few other brands who have some of their pet food formulas manufactured in Diamond plants. Brands currently involved in the recall include the following:
- Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
- Country Value
- Diamond Naturals
- Premium Edge
- Taste of the Wild
- Kirkland Signature
Contaminated pet foods from the first 8 brands listed (Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, Tasted of the Wild) where not reported to have been distributed to New Jersey. The recall for those 8 brands effects the following states; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The effect brands where also distributed throughout Canada. Although NJ was not included in that list, residents of the state should check their pet food bags anyways, especially those who purchase foods from surrounding states or online.
If you use one of the first 8 brands listed, to determine if your pet’s food has been recalled you can check the production codes on the back of the food bags. If your pet’s food has the number 2 or 3 as the 9th or 10th digit, followed by an X and a best-before date between December 9th 2012 and April 7th 2013, than that bag of food is part of the recall and should not be feed to your pet(s). Only dry dog foods where impacted by this recall, no cat of canned foods are affected.
The Kirkland Signature products included in the recall include the following:
- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
- Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
- Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
The potentially contaminated Kirkland Signature foods where reported to have been distributed directly to 16 US states, including New Jersey, plus Puerto Rico and Canada. No matter what state you live in, please check your pet’s food if the brand was included in this recall. Although contaminated food was originally distributed only to select states, further distribution through other channels may have occurred.
Only one Wellness formula is currently being recalled – Wellness Large Breed Puppy with a best by date of January 9th, 10th, and 11th 2013. Please note that no salmonella cases have been reported in dogs eating Wellness foods, but the company has issued a precautionary recall on this one formula because it is manufactured in the same plant as the Diamond recalled foods.
Canidae’s dry dog food recall is also precautionary and includes foods with a best before date of January 10th 2013.
In a statement issued on May 4th 2011 Diamond Pet Foods apologized for any complications caused by the recall. Diamond Pet Foods has created a website to keep consumers updated on the current status of the recall. They can also be contacted toll free at 1-866-918-8756 between 8am and 6pm EST. Consumers with concerns about Kirkland Signature, Wellness, and Canidae foods should visit the brands website for more information. Foods involved in this recall are being removed from store shelves and Diamond is issuing refunds for most of the brands (the first 8 listed so far) involved.
Owners should be aware of the signs of Salmonella poisoning in both their pets and themselves. Pets infected by Salmonella may display sings of abdominal pain, decreased appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. If your pet displays any of those symptoms and has consumed any amount of recalled food, please contact your pet’s veterinarian imminently. Humans who handle infected pet foods or pets can also become infected with Salmonella.