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The Pet Food Recall and Concerning Implications


As some of you may know, Diamond Pet food issued an expansion to their recall Friday evening. This is commonly known as a dump and run by many who have dealt with these recalls before. A dump and run is when a company, in this case Diamond, Wellness and many others, issue a press release/recall after closing hours so they don’t have to deal with consumer questions and complaints. I guess they are hoping that we will all have forgotten about the recall by Monday morning.

What concerns me most (in addition to the latest recall) are the four other pieces I read late Friday and Saturday evening.

Distributor States Canidae, Natural Balance, and one Wellness Product Recalled  (May 4, 2012, Truth About Pet Food) Please note: it’s what is in this post and not in the Diamond Foods release that concerns me.

CDC: Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people in US; SC plant had toxic mold problem in 2005 (May 4, 2012, Washington Post)

Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people across US (May 4, 2012, Wall Street Journal)

State and Federal Programs Helped Catch Contaminated Dog Food: 14 humans ill; CDC says dog illnesses are not tracked (May 5, 2012, Food Safety News)

The toxic mold that was found in this same South Carolina plant in 2005? It killed dozens of dogs. Yes, the latest recalls have to do with Salmonella, but 5 people have already been hospitalized. What would it do to a person with a compromised immune system?

Maybe that’s why Therese Kopiwoda’s post over at PetSitUSA resonated with me so much. Dear Pet Food Companies Have some respect

I am guessing I am not the only one feeling a bit angry and frustrated by all these recalls.

What are we supposed to feed our dogs when even the most trusted brands are compromised? Already I have spoken with two different people who’s dogs or friend’s dogs were being fed the recalled food – both trusted brands. No answers seem to be forthcoming right now, but I think Diamond and the others need to answer a whole lot of questions before I  and many other pet food owners trust them again. I have decided to go completely with The Honest Kitchen.

I wrote this piece back in 2010, but given all the recalls I wanted to share it again – Why You Should Save Your Dog/Cat Food Bag. Please keep your dog and cat food bags. I don’t know where this will end, but I suspect that this is not over yet.

More information on specific company recalls:

Canidae (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. States: Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee)

Diamond (The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada.  Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred. States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Canada)

Natural Balance (This one DOES include Minnesota. States: 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.)

Taste of the Wild ((The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada.  Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred. States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Canada)

Wellness (No states listed)

For the latest updates on the recall, please go to PetsitUSA.

  1. toshea
    May 5, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Thank You Mel for looking more into the recalls for us, its concerned people like you that seems to find out the right information for the rest of us./..again THANK YOU!!!.

    • Mel
      May 5, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      No. Thank YOU for being one of the good guys who is selling safe food and treats for dogs!

  2. May 5, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    The really crazy thing is that Tylenol’s handling of the tampering crisis in 1982 is studied in every business school as an example of how to deal with a big problem the right way. They immediately pulled their product off the market, staffed the phones to answer concerns, and developed new ways to keep their product safe in the future that are used by everyone.

    People predicted that having cyanide found in your product mean the company would never survive. But it did because it did the right thing in a bad situation.

    Don’t any of these pet food companies learn from the past?

    Thanks for keeping on top of this and referencing all the good posts out there as well.

    • Mel
      May 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      Pamela – You said it better than I ever could. I guess pet food companies think we will forget. I haven’t. I will never buy Nutro again. Ever. I do not forget.

  3. May 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    They also dump on Friday afternoon because people are least likely to get the news Friday evenings and Saturdays. Politicians do it all the time. It’s sickening.

    • Mel
      May 5, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Really great point Rumpy. I forgot to mention that. You are right. Politicians do it all of the time. Thanks!

  4. May 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Thanks for keeping us current on this issue. It seems to me that the Diamond brand has had a number of recalls. I fed BJ their dry and when it was recalled the last time, I switched – permanently. Maybe the Board of Health needs to condemn the facility so it can’t harm animals.

    • Mel
      May 5, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Lynda – Yes. Diamond has issued a lot of recalls lately. This expansion is so large because so many companies have their food processed at this plant. Using the same machines means the risk is there for the possibility of salmonella contamination. Thus the recall. Unfortunately, it appears the S.C. plant was reopened on the day of the recall expansion (i.e., yesterday).

  5. PAUX
    May 8, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Have you ever thought that it could be something else affecting our pets in these products? Samonella usually does not affect animals in the way individuals have described their animals symptoms and lab results within the last six months. The kibble has been darker, smelly, and refused by some animals, while the ones that eat it have experienced gas, diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, lethargy and some have died. The lab results have shown liver damage or kidney failure. The pets have been diagnosed with Pancreatitus, bloat. While the product is deemed fine. When animals are taken off the affected food their symptoms resolve (if done in time). It is more than what is being told to us. Is it the ingredients comming from outside the US? What sludge is being put on/in our pets food? What “proprietary” ingredients are kept from our knowledge. Stop feeding kibble, it is all about the money to be made, not about our pets health.

    • Mel
      May 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      I have also heard that Paux. However, I have no evidence to back it up. All I know is my dogs had diarrhea for 3 days before I saw the recall and it stopped after I took them of the food.

      • PAUX
        June 4, 2012 at 5:41 AM

        My healthy dog died due to natural balance food, it was horrible and it is overdue for the standards to be heightened for pet food, in the mean time we should make food or give them raw. Animals usually do not have a problem with salmonella due to their short digestive tract (

      • June 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        Thank you keeping up with the dog recalls. I stopped using Diamond because it’s been recalled more than once. I recently had an experience with Natural Balance Venison and Sweet Potato canned food. I’m not sure if the Venison was too rich or the can was bad, but BJ had a bout with diarrhea. I stopped that food and it took about two days for it to clear up. i’ve had no problem with the other varieties.

      • Mel
        June 4, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        I haven’t heard about the canned Lynda. I am so sorry your dog got sick, but so very glad you recognized the issue. I have stopped buying Taste of the Wild. I refuse to buy it again. They handled the recall poorly and I know my dogs got sick from their food even though my pet store tried to tell me that their food didn’t come from the South Carolina plant. Now knowing that the FDA is investigating their Missouri plant I feel somewhat vindicated.

      • Mel
        June 4, 2012 at 9:45 PM

        Thanks Mary. I am so very sorry about your dog. How awful. My dog Aspen was already ill when I fed her Nutro during the last recall. I will never know if I killed her by feeding her that food, but I won’t ever buy it again.

        My friend Lorrie shared an interview with a vet about the dangers of salmonella. Puppies and older and ill dogs are most vulnerable.

  6. toshea
    May 8, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    I am not sure with this recall, but I DO know that the Recall of 2007 which killed our neighbors Puppy, was a result of Melamine, which gives a false positive of protein levels. All the while causing severe liver and kidney damage.
    Maybe there is melamine in this recall, but no one would want to admit to it.
    Could be…You never know with these factory made foods.

  7. May 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    It is mind boggling how long, often and with what they can get away with! The dog food industry has seemingly no control – everything is just guideline. It’s not just the quality of manufacturing it, but also its ingredients. Thank you for keeping the word out!

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