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Pet Food Recall: FDA Expanded ‘Diamond Pet Foods’ Dog Food Recall

 

Pet lovers, especially those with dogs, should be well aware of the recent expansion made by FDA in the recall of dog foods made by Diamond Pet Foods between December 9, 2011 to April 7, 2012.

Diamond Pet Foods announced on Saturday, May 5, 2012 that their earlier dog food recall has been expanded, where additional brands of dry pet food formulas have been included due to potential Salmonella contamination.

With the pet food recall expansion, Diamond Pet Food now includes Puerto Rico, parts of Canada, and 21 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. The FDA warns that some packages of affected food may have been sold to additional states through online vendors.

FDA noted that no dog illnesses have been reported but Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on their official website last Thursday, May 3 that 14 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis have been reported from 9 US states.

CDC reported that among the nine patients with available information, five of them were hospitalized but no reported casualties, as multiple brands of dry pet food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a single manufacturing facility in South Carolina have been linked to the said health problem.

Meanwhile, Diamond Pet Foods emphasized in the recent FDA report that have taken corrective actions in the said facility but is still pulling them from store shelves as a precautionary safety measure; and even launched a dedicated website DiamondPetRecall.com.

Apparently, consumers are being advised to visit the said website, where each brand page has the correct and complete list of the production codes affected by the recall, with the additional brands include Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, Apex, Taste of the Wild, and Kirkland Signature.

To figure out whether you have a recalled bag of food, check the 12-digit production code on the back of the package. Affected bags have a “2” or a “3” in the 9th digit place, and an “X” in either the 10th or 11th digit place. The FDA’s example: FDE0204R 2X TS. Also check the “Best before” date, which ranges from Dec. 9, 2012, and April 7, 2013, on affected bags of food.

“We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets,” the Missouri-based company said in a statement.

Diamond Pet Foods invited concerning pet owners to contact them via their toll free hotline at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

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