Update–Dog & Cat Food Recall: Apex, 4Health, Canidae, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Kirkland, Natural Balance, Premium Edge, Professional, Solid Gold, Taste of the Wild, & Wellness

UPDATE (5/21/12): Another variety of Diamond Naturals has been added to the recall—Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula.  Anyone want to guess when this information was released?  Why yes, it was on FRIDAY the 18th.  Another Dump & Run.  Color me oh-so-surprised.  Creeps.  * See below for update.  

UPDATE (5/8/12): More brands have been added to the recall.  To keep all the information in one place, I’m going to add them to this previous post.  * See below for updates.

This makes me SO freakin’ angry!  More “Dump & Run” press releases where the information is released late Friday so it will get lost in the news cycle.  And what were they announcing at a time when it would get the least coverage?  A HUGE expansion of the pet food recall due to Salmonella contamination from food made in a Diamond-owned factory in Gaston, South Carolina.  It’s gone from 3 brands to 12 brands and that doesn’t include that different varieties made by each brand.

Not only has this recall expansion not gotten much news coverage, but the FDA website doesn’t even have this new information as of Sunday May 6th.  What the hell?!  Also, on the Diamond recall page, they only list some of the brands in the recall, but not all of them.  You also have to dig to discover that some cat food is now included in the recall—Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula and Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (see below for Best-Before Dates involved).  Again, what the hell?!  Even more disturbing is that at least 14 people in 9 different states have become infected with Salmonella with 5 people hospitalized.  10 of those infected reported contact with dog food.  But even the CDC’s website has totally incomplete information on which brands are being recalled.  Useless.

The plant that manufactured the food included in this recall is the same plant that produced pet food contaminated with aflatoxin in 2005.  The current recall has grown so much not only because of the brands Diamond owns, but also because of all the other pet food companies who contract with Diamond to produce their food instead of producing it themselves.  I am running out of brands to feed our own pets that either haven’t been bought by a large conglomerate or that don’t contract with another company to produce their food.  This recall is precisely the reason I want to feed our cats and dog food made by independent companies that produce their own food and have rigorous quality control.  I’m seriously pissed off!  Grrrrrrrr.

Ok. enough with the ranting.  Here are the all brands being recalled.  (Important note: Don’t assume that if your state isn’t listed that you don’t have product included in the recall.  The press releases state that “Further distribution to other pet food channels may have occurred.”)

  1. 4Health
  2. *Apex
  3. Canidae
  4. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul
  5. Country Value
  6. Diamond
  7. Diamond Naturals
  8. Kirkland
  9. Natural Balance
  10. Premium Edge
  11. Professional
  12. *Solid Gold
  13. Taste of the Wild
  14. Wellness

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Update 5/21/12

* Diamond Naturals

Product Name Size Production Code Best-By Date
 Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula  6 lb  DSL0801  26-Aug-2012
 6 lb  DSL0801  27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Sept. 27, 2011)
 8 lb  DSL0801  26-Aug-2012
 8 lb  DSL0801  27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Sept. 27, 2011)
 sample  DSL0801

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

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Update 5/8/12:

*Apex

Product Name Size Production Code Best-By Date
Chicken and Rice  20 lb ACD0101B32 24-Jan-2013
 40 lb ACD0101B32 24-Jan-2013

Recalled from South Carolina.

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

 

*Solid Gold

Product Name Size UPC Best-Before Date Batch Code Prefix
WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food  4 lb  093766750005 December 30, 2012 SGB1201
 15 lb  093766750012 December 30, 2012 SGB1201
 33 lb  093766750029 December 30, 2012 SGB1201
WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food  4 lb  093766750050 December 30, 2012 SGB1201
 15 lb  093766750067 December 30, 2012 SGB1201
 28.5 lb  093766750081 December 30, 2012 SGB1201

Recalled from the U.S. and Canada.

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, would like replacement product or have additional questions, can call (800) 364-4863 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM Pacific time) or visit solidgoldnorthland.com.

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1. 4Health
2. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
3. Country Value
4. Diamond
5. Diamond Naturals
6. Premium Edge
7. Professional
8. Taste of the Wild

         

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production code on their bag. If the code has a “2” or “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.  The following graphic illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date:

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada.  Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Canada
Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.  Consumers may also go to a special website, www.diamondpetrecall.com, for more information.

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9. Canidae:

Product Name Best-Before Dates
All Life Stages dry dog food December 9, 2011 – January 31, 2012
Chicken Meal & Rice dry dog food December 9, 2011 – January 31, 2012
Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food December 9, 2011 – January 31, 2012
CANIDAE Platinum dry dog food December 9, 2011 – January 31, 2012

Only CANIDAE dry dog food formulas with production codes that must have BOTH a number “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position with best before dates of December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013 are being voluntarily recalled.

Following is an example of how to read the production code and best before date:

 

The recall affects only products distributed in the following Eastern U.S. states and were manufactured at the Diamond Pet Food Gaston, South Carolina plant. Further distribution to other pet food channels may have occurred.

  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like a replacement product or a refund, may contact Canidae Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-800-398-1600, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm PST. Consumers may also go to canidae.com for more information.

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10. Kirkland Signature:

Product Name Best-Before Dates
Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs December 9, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula December 9, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula December 9, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula December 9, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables December 9, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula December 9, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula December 9, 2012 – January 31, 2013

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production code on their bag. If the code has both a “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.The following graphic illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date:

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Canada
  • Puerto Rico
Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.  Consumers may also go to a special website, www.diamondpetrecall.com, for more information.

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11. Natural Balance:

Product Name Size Best-By Date
Sweet Potato & Venison Dog  5 lb December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; March 12, 2013
Sweet Potato & Venison Dog  15 lb December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013
Sweet Potato & Venison Dog  28 lb December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013; March 7, 2013; March 8, 2013; March 12, 2013
Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog  5 lb December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog  15 lb December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog  28 lb December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
Sweet Potato & Bison Dog  5 lb December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
Sweet Potato & Bison Dog  15 lb December 9, 2012; December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
Sweet Potato & Bison Dog  28 lb December 9, 2012; December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
Vegetarian Dog  5 lb December 9, 2012
Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites  28 lb December 12, 2012; December 20, 2012; December 21, 2012
Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites  5 lb December 21, 2012
Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites  12.5 lb December 21, 2012

Recalled products may have been distributed in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Washington, 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
  • Canada
Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact the Natural Balance Customer Service team at (800) 829-4493 or email info@naturalbalanceinc.com.  Or visit www.naturalbalanceinc.com.

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12. Wellness:

Product Name Size Best-Before Date
Large Breed Super5Mix Puppy Health 15 lb, 30 lb, 5 oz sample bags JAN 9 2013 – JAN 11 2013

Wellness notes in their press release that they will no longer purchase any product from Diamond Pet Foods.

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, would like replacement product or have additional questions, may call us at (877) 227-9587 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM Eastern time and Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Eastern time) or visit wellnesspetfood.com.

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2 thoughts on “Update–Dog & Cat Food Recall: Apex, 4Health, Canidae, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Kirkland, Natural Balance, Premium Edge, Professional, Solid Gold, Taste of the Wild, & Wellness

  1. I think we all should be reimbursed or something. Not to mention I guess this is why my dog has been sick.
    uguhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  2. well, the mainstream media might not have picked it up, but that’s why we have bloggers

    thanks for picking this up, good catch for anyone who cares about pet health!

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