Dry Dog & Cat Food Manufactured by Diamond Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination: 49 Human Illnesses Reported

Please note that, as of the publication of this page, none of the foods listed were known to have been officially distributed for sale in Oregon by the manufacturer/pet food companies. It's always a good idea to check your foods, though, as redistribution can occur.

Fast Facts

  • Per the FDA, a surveillance sample of Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Lamb and Rice collected by the state of Ohio from the Diamond Meta, MO plant has yielded a positive for Salmonella Liverpool. This strain of Salmonella is different from the strain implicated in the human illness outbreak (Salmonella Infantis).
  • According to the FDA, Salmonella illness in two US dogs have been officially linked to these recalled foods. The dogs lived in the same household with a human who became ill; the dogs were fed a recalled food. The strain of Salmonella that has caused these human and pet illnesses was Salmonella Infantis.
  • Canadian media reports that three cats in Montreal became ill after eating the recalled food, and two cats died. One human case was reported in Quebec. The only cat dry foods that have been recalled to date are from the Kirkland Signature brand.
  • If your pet has eaten the recalled food and shows symptoms of salmonellosis, please contact your veterinarian.
  • Illness in pets can be reported to the FDA.
  • Human cases of salmonellosis have been linked to these recalled foods. Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Young children and the immunocompromised are at a higher risk of illness.
  • The FDA has released its inspection report of the Diamond Pet Food facility in April 2012, which notes several issues regarding sanitation and potential contamination.
  • On April 2, 2012, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development detected Salmonella in an unopened bag of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food, which had been collected March 14, 2012 during routine retail testing of dry pet food. This food, as well as other dry dog and cat diets manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods at their plant in Gaston, SC between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012, have subsequently been recalled.
  • To date, the following brands are affected: 4Health, Apex, Canidae, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Kirkland Signature, Natural Balance, Premium Edge, Professional, Solid GoldTaste of the Wild, and Wellness.
  • Diamond Pet Foods Consumer Contact: (800) 442-0402 | Diamond Pet Foods Web Site: www.diamondpetrecall.com
    Please note that the Diamond Pet Foods recall site does not list all recalled food related to this situation. Other companies have recalled foods independently of recalls initiated by Diamond.

  • This page reflects all recalled food known as of the date of publication of the page.

Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula

This food in samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bag sizes, manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011, have been recalled due to potential exposure to Salmonella. 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.

On 5.30.12, the FDA reported that this food tested positive for Salmonella Liverpool, a different strain of Salmonella than the strain (Infantis) that caused the human and pet illnesses.

Production Code & Best Before Dates:

DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012

DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012           

DSL0801, 27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Sept. 27, 2011)

DSL0801, 18-Oct- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 18, 2011)

DSL0801, (Samples)

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, Taste of the Wild

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags that have a number “2” or a “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed above are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.

Production Code FDE0204R2XTS (2X is highlighted) Best Before 3 - March - 2013

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

Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice (dog)

  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice   6lb    DLR0101D3XALW Best Before 04 Jan 2013
  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice   20lb  DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013
  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice   40lb  DLR0101C31XMF Best Before 03 Jan 2013
  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice   40lb  DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013
  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice   40lb  DLR0101D32XMS Best Before 04 Jan 2013

Diamond Puppy Formula

  • Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401B22XJW 6-Apr-2013
  • Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401A21XAW 6-Apr-2013
  • Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0101C31XME 11-Jan-2013
  • Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401B21XDJ 7-Apr-2013
  • Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0401B22XJW 6-Apr-2013
  • Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0101C31XME 11-Jan-2013
  • Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0101C31XRB 11-Jan-2013
  • Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 8 lb. DPP0401B2XALW 7-Apr-2013
  • Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 6 oz. samples DPP0401

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light Formula Dry Dog Food

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul 35 lb. CLF0102B31XCW 27/JAN/2013, CLF0102B32XWR 28/JAN/2013
  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light Formula 35 lb. CLF0102B31XCW 28/JAN/2013
  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul 6lb. CLF0102B3XALW 28/JAN/2013

More information on these recalls here.

Kirkland Signature

  • 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)

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags must have both a number “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 11th position. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed are December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

The Kirkland Signature/Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada:  Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Brunswick, Canada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; Newfoundland, Canada; North Carolina; Nova Scotia, Canada; Ontario, Canada; Pennsylvania; Quebec, Canada; South Carolina; Tennessee; Vermont; Virginia; Puerto Rico.

More information on this recall here.

Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food

  • 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.

More information on this recall here.

Canidae

The below list of product 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 which are being recalled:

  • CANIDAE Dog Dry Dog Food, All Life Stages
  • CANIDAE Dog Dry Dog Food, Chicken Meal & Rice
  • CANIDAE Dog Dry Dog Food, Lamb Meal & Rice
  • CANIDAE Dog Dry Dog Food, CANIDAE Platinum

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

Image showing Production code FDE024R 3X and Best Before Date of 3-January-2013

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 and Tennessee.

More information on this recall here.

Natural Balance

Formula UPC# Lot Code Best By Date
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog 7-23633-88650-5 NBH1202 December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012
    NBH0103 May 13, 2013 Updated 5.11.12
       
15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog 7-23633-88615-4 NBH0101 March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013
    NBH1202 December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012
    NBH1203 December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012
       
28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog 7-23633-88628-4 NBH0101 March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013
    NBH0102 March 7, 2013; March 8, 2013
    NBH0103 March 12, 2013
    NBH1202 December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012
    NBH1203 December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012
       
Formula UPC# Lot Code Best By Date
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog 7-23633-65553-8 NBT1202 December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012
    NBT1203 December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
       
15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog 7-23633-61718-5 NBT1201 December 9, 2012
    NBT1202 December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012
    NBT1203 December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
       
28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog 7-23633-63031-3 NBT1201 December 9, 2012
    NBT1202 December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012
    NBT1203 December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012
       
Formula UPC# Lot Code Best By Date
5 LB Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog 7-23633-80855-2 NBV1201 December 9, 2012
       
Formula UPC# Lot Code Best By Date
5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog 7-23633-78755-0 NBR1202 December 10, 2012
    NBR1203 December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
       
15 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog 7-23633-78715-4 NBR1202 December 10, 2012
    NBR1203 December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
       
28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog 7-23633-78728-4 NBR1202 December 10, 2012
    NBR1203 December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012
       
28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog 7-23633-44443-9 NLB1202 December 12, 2012
Large Breed Bites   NLB1203 December 20, 2012; December 21, 2012
       
5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog 7-23633-42300-7 NSL1201 December 21, 2012
Small Breed Bites      
       
12.5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog 7-23633-42301-4 NSL1201 December 21, 2012
Small Breed Bites      
 
For Small 5 Lb. Bags, check the Side: For Large 12.5 Lb., 15 Lb. & 28 Lb. Bags, check the Back:
5 lb 5 lb

Recalled products may have been 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. * States NOT affected: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

More information on this recall here.

Apex

Customer Service: (866) 918-8756

Apex Pet Foods is recalling all dry dog food formulas manufactured on January 24, 2012.

Description Size Production Code Best By Date
Apex Chicken and Rice Dog 40 lb. ACD0101B32 24-Jan-2013
Apex Chicken and Rice Dog 20 lb. ACD0101B32 24-Jan-2013

This product was only distributed in the State of South Carolina.

Solid Gold

  • Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food, 4 lb, 15 lb, and 33 lb, with a best before date of December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGB1201A31X.
    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, with a best before date of December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGL1201A32X
    4 lb identifying UPC 093766750050
    15 lb identifying UPC 093766750067
    28.5 lb identifying UPC 093766750081

Best by dates (lot codes) can be found on the back of the bag in the bottom right-hand corner of 33 lb, 28.5 lb and 15 lb bags and the bottom of the 4 lb bags.

Read more about this recall here.

About Pets & Salmonella

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of these recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Read more about pets and Salmonella here.

About Humans & Salmonella

Human cases of salmonellosis have been linked to these recalled foods. Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

This is a reminder to always practice good hygiene--wash your hands after handling pet food and before handling your food. Keep your pet's feeding station clean and separate from your food preparation areas.

To reduce infection risks, you should:

  • Wash hands after contact with pets, pet food and pet bowls. Wash with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry your hands with a paper towel.
  • Routinely clean pet food bowls and feeding areas.
  • Keep children younger than age 5 away from pet food and feeding areas.
  • Clean pets' food and water dishes in a separate sink or tub, not in the kitchen or bathtub.
  • Avoiding bathing infants in the kitchen sink.

Reporting Illness

Veterinarians and consumers alike should 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.

More information regarding How to Report a Pet Food Complaint can be found at http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Published: May 5, 2012;    Updated: July 19, 2012

Filed Under: Recalls Warnings

Source: News reports, Web sites cited above, Veterinary Practice News, CDC

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