Dry Dog Food Recall Expands to Popular Brands




UPDATE: On May 18, Diamond Pet Foods expanded the recall to Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Food. This includes samples, 6-pound bags and 18-pound bags that were manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011. Click here for more information.

dry dog food in bowlDiamond Pet Foods, which recently recalled certain formulas of its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul and Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food due to possible Salmonella contamination, is now recalling some lots of Kirkland Signature (sold at Costco stores), Country Value, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild brands for the same reason.

Sixteen people have become ill after handling Diamond Pet Foods products. On May 17 the FDA confirmed that two dogs have been infected with Salmonella Infantis after eating recalled products.

As a precautionary measure, Apex, Canidae, Natural Balance, Solid Gold and Wellness have voluntarily recalled some of their dog food that was manufactured in the same plant.

According to CBS News, the South Carolina facility “made mold-contaminated food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide in 2005.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website reported in December 2005 that 41 dogs in four states had become ill from eating Diamond Pet Food products, and 23 died. The Missouri-based company later paid $3.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by consumers whose dogs were sickened.

Yet the same plant continues to be used to process dog food.

In a press release May 5, Diamond Pet Foods stated, “We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets.”

Salmonella can affect both animals and people who don’t wash their hands after handling contaminated pet products. While severe Salmonella infections are rare in adult dogs with healthy immune systems, they can be lethal to puppies whose immune systems are not fully developed, and older dogs with weakened immune systems.

If you purchased any of these products, you should stop feeding it to your dog and throw it away. Do not handle the dry dog food. If you think you may have Salmonella poisoning, see your health care provider.

Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice; Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul; Diamond Puppy Formula; Country Value; Premium Edge; Professional;, 4Health; and Taste of the Wild

Diamond Pet Foods has recalled some formulas of these products that were distributed in Canada and these states: Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Indiana; Kentucky; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; and Virginia.

The production code of the recalled products has a “2″ or “3″ in the ninth position and an “X” in the tenth or eleventh position (for example, FDE0204R3TXS). The Best Before Dates are from December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.

For more information or to obtain a replacement or refund, call Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or go to their Recall Information web page.

Apex

The Apex recall is for one dry dog food product distributed only in South Carolina.

Apex Chicken and Rice:

i Love Dogs 20-pound and 40-pound bags with production code ACD0101B32 and Best By date 24-Jan-2013

For more information or to obtain a replacement or refund, call 866-918-8756 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Canidae

The Canidae recall is for the following dry dog food products distributed in Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The recalled products all have production codes with a “3” in the ninth position and an “X” in the tenth or eleventh position (for example, FDE0204R3TXS), and Best Before dates from Dec. 9, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013.

i Love Dogs All Life Stages

i Love Dogs Chicken Meal & Rice

i Love Dogs Lamb Meal & Rice

i Love Dogs CANIDAE Platinum

Information about obtaining a replacement or refund is available on the Canidae website.

Kirkland Signature

The Kirkland Signature recall is for certain products distributed in Canada, Puerto Rico and these states: Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Vermont; and Virginia.

The following dog food products are included in this recall. All have “Best Before” dates ranging from Dec. 9, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013.

i Love Dogs Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula

i Love Dogs Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula

i Love Dogs Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula

i Love Dogs Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables

i Love Dogs Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs

Check the production code on the bag. If there is a “3” in the ninth position and an “X” in the eleventh position (for example, FDE0204R3TXS), the product is affected by the recall.

According to web comments, Costco has been calling its customers who purchased these products to inform them of the recall.

For more information or to obtain a replacement or refund, call Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or go to their Recall Information web page.

Natural Balance

The Natural Balance recall is for certain products distributed in Canada, the District of Columbia and these states: Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; 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; and Wyoming.

The following dog food products are included in this recall.

Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison:

i Love Dogs 5-pound bags with Best By date Dec. 12 or Dec. 13, 2012; or March 13, 2013 (Natural Balance corrected the March date on May 11)

i Love Dogs 15-pound bags with Best By date Dec. 12 through Dec. 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; or March 6, 2013

i Love Dogs 28-pound bags with Best By date Dec. 12 through Dec. 14, 2012; March 5 through March 8, 2013; or March 12, 2013

Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice:

i Love Dogs 5-pound, 15-pound and 28-pound bags with Best By date Dec. 10, Dec. 21 or Dec. 22, 2012

Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison:

i Love Dogs 5-pound bags with Best By date Dec. 17, Dec. 18, Dec. 28 or Dec. 29, 2012

i Love Dogs 15-pound and 28-pound bags with Best By date Dec. 9, Dec. 17, Dec. 18, Dec. 28 or Dec. 29, 2012

Natural Balance Vegetarian:

i Love Dogs 5-pound bags with Best By date Dec. 9, 2012

Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Bites:

i Love Dogs Large Breeds: 28-pound bags with Best By date Dec. 12, Dec. 20 or Dec. 21, 2012

i Love Dogs Small Breeds: 5-pound and 12.5-pound bags with Best By date Dec. 21, 2012

For more information or to obtain a replacement or refund, call customer service at 800-829-4493 or email info@naturalbalanceinc.com.

Solid Gold

Solid Gold Health Products for Pets has recalled two batches of its Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Food and Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food.

The recalled products were distributed in the United States and Canada between January and May 2012. They all have a Best Before date of December 30, 2012.

Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Food:

i Love Dogs Batch Code starting with SGL1201A32X

i Love Dogs 4-pound bag UPC 093766750050; 15-pound bag UPC 093766750067; and 28.5-pound bag UPC 093766750081.

Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food:

i Love Dogs Batch Code starting with SGB1201A31X

i Love Dogs 4-pound bag UPC 093766750005; 15-pound bag UPC 093766750012; and 33-pound bag UPC 093766750029

For more information or to obtain a replacement or refund, call 800-364-4863 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

Wellness

The Wellness recall is for one product.

Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy:

i Love Dogs 5-ounce samples, 15-pound bags and 30-pound bags with Best By dates of Jan. 9 through Jan. 11, 2013

For more information or to obtain a replacement or refund, call 877-227-9587 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST on weekends.

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