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Bumpurr

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Purred: Sat May 19, '12 5:43am PST 
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/43581475c04880fa956a986de/files/Recall_ Release_Diamond_05_18_2012.pdf
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Ramsey

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Purred: Sat May 19, '12 6:23pm PST 
I can't access the link Bumprrr. There has been another plant closure as well. The plant is located here in Missouri. http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/diamond-plant-2-salmonella .html
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Bumpurr

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Purred: Sun May 20, '12 5:13am PST 
Sometimes links don't work on here. So I copied and pasted the article, from Truth About Pet Foods, which does provide a link, to the Diamond site.


This is the first one.

Another Diamond Product Recalled
Written By: Susan Thixton 5-19-2012 Categorized in: Pet Food Recall
Press Release from Diamond issued late last night...Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall.

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall
Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food
Production Code 0801 Due to Small Potential for Salmonella Contamination

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 18, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 due to potential exposure to Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported. The product was distributed in the following states: Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.

Pet owners may call toll-free at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 am – 6 pm EST. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets.
The product is Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula. Only samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bag sizes are affected.

Production Code & Best Before Date
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012
DSL0801, 27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, and packaged on Sept. 27)
DSL0801, 18-Oct- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, and packaged on Oct. 18)
DSL08001, (Samples)

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

This is the second one, the one you are referring to.

Diamond Plant #2, Salmonella
Written By: Susan Thixton 5-19-2012 Categorized in: Pet Food Recall

TruthaboutPetFood.com has the sharpest followers! In a rush this morning to get this latest pet food recall announcement out (had a radio interview Critter Conversations at 9 AM), I didn't read it closely. But you guys did! It is confirmed, this latest recall of Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food was made at the Meta, Missouri plant not the Gaston, SC plant (where all the other recalls originated). Plus there is another significant piece of information stated in this latest release...

A second Diamond Pet Food manufacturing plant has now had a product recalled due to Salmonella. All previous recalls were manufactured in one plant located in Gaston, South Carolina. This most recent recall, announced late Friday 5/18/12 evening, was from a second Diamond manufacturing facility in Meta, Missouri (confirmed by Deanna of Diamond Customer Service).

Will more foods made in Missouri be recalled?
I don't know, but I would assume so. If this follows the pattern of the Gaston plant, other products made at the Missouri plant will be recalled.

What foods were made at the Missouri plant?
I don't know. I have left a message with the media office asking what other foods are manufactured at the Missouri plant. I don't know if they will respond.

Another little snippet of information on this latest pet food recall press release that leaves us with questions is...(bold added)

"Production Code & Best Before Date
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012
DSL0801, 27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, and packaged on Sept. 27)
DSL0801, 18-Oct- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, and packaged on Oct. 18)"

'Product manufactured on August 26' but not packaged until 'September 27' and 'October 18'? How was that pet food stored?
For starters, with the last production code listed above, the pet food was made on August 26, 2011. Yet the 'Best Before' date on the package was listed as October 18, 2012 (the packaging date seven weeks later)? Isn't this misleading to a consumer? Shouldn't the 'Best Before' date coincide with the manufacturing date?
Next, this food was manufactured in 2011, yet is only being recalled now (due to potential Salmonella contamination). Were there no reports of sick pets related to this food during the last seven months it has been on the market?
The Diamond Customer Service Rep I spoke with this morning did not know how the product was stored after packaging. If the food was not stored in an air tight environment, that pet food was losing nutritional value over the four to seven weeks it sat around waiting to be packaged; never the less the consideration of Salmonella growing during this time frame.
I do not believe it is standard in the pet food industry to manufacture a batch of pet food and hold it before packaging. But my guess would be this is not a new trick invented by Diamond either. I'd have to guess that if a manufacturer gets a bulk of ingredients - perhaps more raw ingredients than what demand of finished pet food is - many go ahead and process the food and hold it until the need (orders) arrive. But what about the 'best by' date? Should the 'best by' date on pet foods link to the date the food was manufactured or is it linking to the date the food was packaged? Could pet owners, striving to purchase a fresh pet food, be actually buying pet food that sat around for weeks/months (in unknown conditions) before it was packaged?

I'll be taking these questions to regulatory authorities for answers.
By the way, for anyone that has been feeding a Diamond manufactured product, Mollie Morrissette of PoisonedPets.com has published a great Q&A article on this recall with important facts for pet owners and their veterinarians.


Diamond Pet Foods, also makes food, for other companies, here is the other brands they make, I copied and pasted it.

Diamond introduced Diamond Naturals in 2006. These products contain no by-products, corn, or wheat. They also manufacture Bright Bites brand dental treats, Taste of the Wild brand pet food, and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul brand dog and cat food.
They also manufacture under contract, for other companies, at least some of the pet foods sold under these brands or business names.
Canidae Pet Food
Costco's Kirkland Signature
Solid Gold Health Products for Pets
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods
Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain (Available only at Costco)
Taste of the Wild Pet Foods
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
4Health (Available only at Tractor Supply Company)
NutraGold Super Premium Holistic Formulas
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Orange Ruffy

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Purred: Tue May 22, '12 9:30am PST 
apparently there have been two cat deaths from this food, at a shelter in Canada. Be careful out there guys.
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