By now, most of you have heard about the on-going recall involving foods manufactured by Diamond Pet. We don’t have a lot of new information to report, but we did want to summarize a few details here to help make things easier if you feed one of these foods.

First, the foods involved in the recall (as of May 7th, 2012) include products manufactured at the Diamond plant in Gaston, SC facility:

  1. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  2. Country Value
  3. Diamond
  4. Diamond Naturals
  5. Premium Edge
  6. Professional
  7. 4Health
  8. Taste of the Wild
  9. Canidae
    1. Canidae Dog, All Life Stages
    2. Canidae Dog, Chicken Meal and Rice
    3. Canidae Dog, Lamb Meal and Rice
    4. Canidae Dog, Platinum
      1. All have best by dates between 12/9/12 and 1/31/13
  10. Natural Balance
    1. NB Sweet Potato and Venison, 5, 15, and 28 lb bags.  Best by dates 12/13/12 through 3/12/13
    2. NB Lamb Meal and Brown Rice, 5, 15 and 28 lb bags.  Best by dates 12/10/12 through 12/22/12
    3. NB Sweet Potato and Venison, 5, 15 and 28 lb bags.  Best by dates 12/17/12 through 12/29/12
    4. NB Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Large Breed, 28 lb bags.  Best by date 12/12/12
    5. NB Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Small Breed, 5 and 12.5 lb bags.  Best by date 12/21/12
  11. Wellpet
    1. Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy, 15 lb. and 30 lb. bags and 5 oz. sample bags with best by dates of JAN 9 2013 through JAN 11 2013.
  12. Kirkland
    1. Kirkland Signature Super Prem. Adult Dog Lamb, Rice and Veggie.  Best by dates 12/9/12 through 1/31/13
    2. Kirkland Signature Super Prem. Adult Dog Chicken, Rice and Veggie.  Best by dates 12/9/12 through 1/31/13
    3. Kirkland Signature Super Prem. Maintenance Cat Chicken and Rice.  Best by dates 12/9/12 through 1/31/13
    4. Kirkland Signature Super Prem. Healthy Weight Cat Forumula.  Best by dates 12/9/12 through 1/31/13
    5. Kirkland Signature Super Prem. Healthy Weight Dog Chicken and Veggie.  Best by dates 12/9/12 through 1/31/13
    6. Kirkland Signature Super Prem. Adult Dog Chicken, Rice and Veggie.  Best by dates 12/9/12 through 1/31/13
    7. Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal and Sweet Potato.  Best by dates 12/9/12 through 1/31/13
  13. Apex Pet Food
    1. Chicken and Rice Dog Food, 20 and 40 lb bags, best by date 1/24/13 (South Carolina only)
Second, not all states are affected.  These sixteen states and the whole of Canada received products from this plant:
  1. Alabama
  2. Florida
  3. Georgia
  4. Indiana
  5. Kentucky
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Maryland
  8. Michigan
  9. Mississippi
  10. New York
  11. North Carolina
  12. Ohio
  13. Pennsylvania
  14. South Carolina
  15. Tennessee
  16. Virginia
  17. Canada
The Natural Balance foods were sent out to more states.  The states NOT affected by the Natural Balance recall are:  AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WA.
If you have any of these foods, check the bag for the “Best By” date.  The dates affected are Dec 9th, 2012 through April 7th, 2012.   The production code for the affected products will have a 2 or a 3 in the 9th position and an “X” in the 10th position:
Signs of salmonella in our pets include:  vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.  Some pets will show no signs, but will still pass the bacterium in their feces.  If your pet is showing any signs, please contact your veterinarian for treatment.
There have been purported connections between the pet food and human illnesses as reported by the CDC.  When handling any pet food, it is always best to wash your hands after feeding the pets and wash food bowls often.  Keep small children away from the pet’s bowls as well.