Pet Food Recalls: CDC Warning, Human Salmonella Reported, New Recalls

by Mary Haight on May 5, 2012

Pet food recalls hit the fan Friday night, with Wellness, Natural Balance, and Canidae publishing a late Friday recallpet food recall notice. On Thursday evening, May 3, the CDC reported that 14 people from nine states have been infected with Salmonella Infantis, a rare strain of salmonella. Five of those people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. The source of this outbreak was linked to dry dog food and then to Diamond Pet Food’s South Carolina plant. Yes, the same plant responsible for the 2005 recall from 22 states for tainted dog food, as fellow blogger John Woestendiek points out.

Check below for these three products, as well as the current, as of this writing, expanded recall of Diamond Pet Foods. This story is on-going and updates will be made available on each of the product websites linked below, as well as on this blog. I want to mention that Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food had a notice from a distributor with a copy of the recall letter from the manufacturers before it was published on company websites. Helpful!

Wellness:

Large Breed Puppy in 15 pound and 30 pound  bags- sku with best by date January 9,10,11 2013 and 5 oz. sample bags with best by dates of JAN 9 2013 through JAN 11 2013.

“The majority of Wellness natural products for pets are produced in WellPet’s own modern state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Mishawaka, Indiana. WellPet no longer purchases any products 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).”

Natural Balance:

5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog; Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; March 12, 2013

15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog; Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013

28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog; Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 13, 2012; December 14, 2012; March 5, 2013; March 6, 2013; March 7, 2013; March 8, 2013; March 12, 2013

5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog; Best By Date: December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012

15 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog; Best By Date: December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012

28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog; Best By Date: December 10, 2012; December 21, 2012; December 22, 2012

5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog; Best By Date: December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012

15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog; Best By Date: December 9, 2012; December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012

28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog; Best By Date: December 9, 2012; December 17, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 28, 2012; December 29, 2012

5 LB Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog; Best By Date: December 9, 2012

28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites; Best By Date: December 12, 2012; December 20, 2012; December 21, 2012

5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites; Best By Date: December 21, 2012

12.5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites; Best By Date: December 21, 2012

As of May 4, only these 5 flavors of Natural Balance were affected. The other flavors are produced on other lines and plants.

No salmonella cases have been reported on Natural Balance. The recall is for safety reasons.

Recalled products may have been distributed in the following states:

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 that are NOT affected include:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

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 our Customer Service team at (800) 829-4493 or email info@naturalbalanceinc.com. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Canidae

The below Canidae skus with production codes that have both a number “3” in the 9th or 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit with a best before dates of December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013 which are being recalled.

Canidae Dog, All Life Stages

Canidae Dog, Chicken Meal & Rice

Canidae Dog, Lamb Meal & Rice

Canidae Dog, Platinum

“It is with regret that we are reporting a voluntary recall on a limited production run of CANIDAE dry dog food produced out of the Diamond Pet Foods South Carolina plant. Even though not one of our products have been tested positive for Salmonella, it is out of pure precaution that this product is being removed from the market place. We are working diligently to make this process as seamless as possible for you, our retailers and consumers.

Although there have been no animal or human illnesses related to Canidae Pet Food, and the product has not tested positive for Salmonella, the company has voluntarily initiated this recall out of caution to ensure the health and safety of consumers and their pets.

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

Production Code                              Best Before Date
FDE0104R5 3X TS                              10 – January – 2013

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

Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee”

Diamond Pet Food

Diamond Pet Food has had an ongoing problem since April with their South Carolina processing plant, stopped manufacturing in April. The May 4 recall notice  expands on an initial voluntary recall, and explains where to look on your package to determine if your bag is in this recall and where the product was distributed:

Consumer Contact: 866-918-8756
Media Contact: 816-255-1974

Brands included in the recall:

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  • Country Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4Health
  • Taste of the Wild
  • Kirkland (Signature)Foods*(separate instructions follow the instructions below which cover the other 8 brands)

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 or 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed above are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.

The following graphic illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date:

Kirkland Foods instructions

The following Kirkland pet foods are being recalled:

  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best BeforeDecember 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best BeforeDecember 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Best BeforeDecember 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 BeforeDecember 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 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed are December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.”
Kirkland recall codes
The recall affects foods sold in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada as:
  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Canada
  • Puerto Rico

“Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may cause consumers and their pets. 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. The company is working with distributors and retailers to ensure all affected product is removed from shelves.”

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Pet food recalls are often dumped on Friday night at closing time. Why? I don’t know – it’s not as if this kind of news can be buried, but I agree with Therese Kopiwoda’s comment about the fact that companies release the news and go home – but is it actually because they don’t want to pay overtime? Maybe so, but it seems absurd that they would not want to take care of panicked customers even if only a handful of calls come in on Friday night. Many have asked this question over the years and it’s not clear there’s an answer yet. Is this a scheduling problem regarding the time it takes to get the test results? There was a prior recall notice from Diamond that came out on a Thursday, so what gives?

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5 comments
dot eaton
dot eaton

Does this recall only apply to dry dog food?

Amy@GoPetFriendly
Amy@GoPetFriendly

Thank you for the time and effort it took to track this information down, Mary. This series of recalls is getting very worrisome and having all the information in one place will really help folks out.

Pamela
Pamela

We have an unsustainable food system in this country. It's dangerous for dogs. It's dangerous for people. We've got to wake up. Our food comes from farms run like factories. It's just not right.

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