Saturday, May 5, 2012

4 Health Pet Food Recalls Due to Salmonella!!!


4health pet food recall due to salmonella
4health Pet Food, sold by Tractor Supply Company, is another one of the foods in the Diamond Pet Food recall. The following foods are being pulled from the Hagerstown, MD and Braselton, GA Tractor Supply distribution centers. I don’t know what stores they may have been sent to, or if they even made it out of the distribution centers. The following list comes from Tractor Supply.
SKU Description
1153018 4HLTH 5LB ALL LIFE STAGE CAT
1027607 4HLTH 5LB C&R
1024379 4HLTH 5LB HEALTHY WEIGHT
1153026 4HLTH 5LB INDOOR CAT
1027576 4HLTH 5LB L&R
1027592 4HLTH 5LB LG BRD
1024376 4HLTH 5LB MATURE ADULT
1024383 4HLTH 5LB SALMON & POTATO
1027615 4HLTH 5LB SM BITES
1027584 4HLTH 5LB PUPPY
1152999 4HLTH 18LB ALL LIFE STAGE CAT
5149574 4HLTH 18LB C&R
1024380 4HLTH 18LB HEALTHY WEIGHT
1153000 4HLTH 18LB INDOOR CAT
5149532 4HLTH 18LB L&R
1024377 4HLTH 18LB MATURE ADULT
5138507 4HLTH 18LB PUPPY
1024384 4HLTH 18LB SALMON & POTATO
5149605 4HLTH 18LB SM BITES
6009468 4HLTH 35LB C&R ADULT
1024381 4HLTH 35LB HEALTHY WEIGHT
5138492 4HLTH 35LB L&R
5138515 4HLTH 35LB LG BRD
5149621 4HLTH 35LB PERFOR
1024385 4HLTH 35LB SALMON & POTATO
5149613 4HLTH 35LB SM BITES
1024378 4HLTH 35LBMATURE ADULT
5149566 4HTH 35LB PUPPY
Only bags with the ‘Best By Date’ code on or prior to April 7th 2013 should be removed from the Sales Floor. All bags with a ‘Best By Date’ Code after April 7th 2013 are safe to sell.
  • No 4health products have tested positive for Salmonella and no illnesses have been reported from this brand.
  • Tractor Supply has taken proactive measures to ensure the safety of our Customers and their pets.
If you have questions, visit the Diamond Pet Food Recall website or call 800-442-0402.


Pet Food companies involved in the Diamond Pet Food recall can be contacted at the following phone numbers. For more info about a company’s recall, click their name to go to the recall notice.
Diamond Pet Food
866-918-8756
8am-6pm, Monday through Sunday
I assume they’re answering today, but when I called I was on hold for 15 minutes and then gave up.
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
866-918-8756 (Diamond # listed in recall notice)
Canidae
9-5 Pacific, Monday – Friday
800-398-1600 or 909-599-5190
Natural Balance
(800) 829-4493
Answering phones this weekend
Premium Edge Pet Food
866-918-8756 (Diamond # listed in recall notice)
8am-6pm, Monday through Sunday
Professional
866-918-8756 (Diamond # listed in recall notice)
8am-6pm, Monday through Sunday
800-342-4808 – When I called this number I got voice mail.
Taste of the Wild
866-918-8756 (Diamond # listed in recall notice)
800-977-8797 – When I called this number I got voice mail.
Wellness
800-225-0904
Answering phones this weekend
Responding via social media
http://www.facebook.com/wellnesspetfood
http://twitter.com/wellnesspetfood
4Health
800-442-0402
I called this morning, and got no answer. I was able to talk with someone at the Tractor Supply Company, where the food is sold, who gave me the phone number.


Canidae recalled due to salmonella
Another Diamond Pet Food recall weighs in, this one from Canidae:
CANIDAE wishes to advise its East Coast customers of a voluntary product recall affecting only limited batches of four CANIDAE dry dog foods made only at one facility in South Carolina between December 9, 2011 and January 31, 2012.
CANIDAE has decided to initiate a voluntary product recall for the CANIDAE Dry Dog Foods listed below. We made this decision solely as a precaution. NO CANIDAE products have tested positive for Salmonella. Please check the list of production codes and dates below to determine if you have any of the recalled products.
CANIDAE Dry Dog Foods are manufactured at several plants across the US. Some products are manufactured for CANIDAE by Diamond Pet Foods, at their Gaston, South Carolina plant. This plant has recently recalled some of its Diamond brand products due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.
There have been no positive test results for Salmonella on CANIDAE products. There have been no complaints of illness reported to us.
CANIDAE has made the decision to voluntarily recall from the market place a specific and limited production run of products manufactured at the Diamond South Carolina facility from December 9, 2011, through January 31, 2012.
The only CANIDAE products subject to this recall are as follows. No canned products, cat food products or treats are being recalled. Only a limited production run of these dry dog foods products manufactured in the Diamond South Carolina facility from December 9, 2011, through January 31, 2012 are being recalled:
Diamond Pet Food recalls several brands of food
  • 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
All consumers who have purchased the CANIDAE Dry Dog Foods listed above, manufactured out of the Gaston, South Carolina facility with the specific production and “Best Before” codes on their bags listed above should discontinue feeding the product immediately and return the unused portion to your local independent retailer. Please avoid touching the food, use caution in handling the bags, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after handling.
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
We apologize for any potential issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets and urge you to review the map below. The purple area represents our distributors’ territories where CANIDAE dry dog food made in South Carolina between December 9, 2011, through January 31, 2012 may or may not have been distributed.
The green area of the map is not serviced by distributors who deliver CANIDAE product made at the South Carolina facility. Canidae Pet Foods apologizes for any potential issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets. Please see the links at the top of this page for further information.
The recall notice can be found on the Canidae website.


Wellness Pet Food has recalled some of their food due to salmonella. It’s another one being recalled by Diamond Pet Food. Note to Wellness, please read my open letter to pet food companies. It’s for you!
Tewksbury, Mass. (May 4, 2012) – WellPet LLC announced a voluntary recall of one recipe of Wellness® dry dog food after being notified by Diamond Pet Foods regarding the presence of Salmonella in Diamond’s Gaston, South Carolina facility.
All Wellness products are tested for Salmonella and all lots tested negative prior to shipping to customers. The company is voluntarily recalling the select products below. This voluntary recall is being done out of an abundance of caution as these products were produced at the facility that has been linked to recent recalls of Diamond brand foods due to the threat of 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 the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
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. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.
The products involved in this voluntary recall are:
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.
Best by dates (lot codes) can be found on the back of the bag in the bottom right-hand corner.
No other WellPet recipes, sizes or brands of food are impacted by this voluntary recall.
“As a pet parent myself, I know how important peace of mind is when it comes to the health of our pets, and that is why we require that all of our products undergo testing for Salmonella, among other things,” said Tim Callahan, chief executive officer of WellPet, the maker of Wellness® products. “All of these lots tested negative prior to being released for sale. We are voluntarily taking this additional step to further safeguard our dogs and to put our customers’ minds at ease.”
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).
For more information see Wellness, and for more on the Diamond recalls see the Diamond Pet Recall website.


taste of the wild pet food recall 2012As expected, here is the pet food recall from Taste of the Wild. It’s part of the Diamond Pet Food recall, due to salmonella. Congrats TOTW for dump and run recall #3 for tonight. (FYI, that was sarcasm. TOTW, be sure to read my open letter to pet food companies. It’s for you too!)
Diamond Pet Foods, Manufacturer of Taste of the Wild Pet Food, Issues Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food
Recall is limited to product manufactured between December 9, 2011 through April 7, 2012 and distributed to 16 states and Canada
05/04/12
Diamond Pet Foods, manufacturer of Taste of the Wild Pet Food, has issued a voluntary recall of limited batches of their dry pet food formulas manufactured between December 9, 2011, and April 7, 2012 due to Salmonella concerns. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any potential issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets.
Although none of the products being recalled have tested positive for Salmonella, the company is pulling them from store shelves as a precaution. Diamond Pet Foods is coordinating efforts with federal and state health and regulatory agencies but decided to independently expand the recall to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.
To determine if your pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags. Any production codes that have a number “2” or a “3” in the 9th or 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit in the production code should be discarded. The best before dates are December 9, 2012, through April 7, 2013.
The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada. Further distribution to 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
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 am – 6pm EST. Consumers may also go to diamondpetrecall.com for more information. The company is working with distributors and retailers to ensure all affected product is removed from shelves.
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 the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. We do not have any confirmed reports of pet illnesses.
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 who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have received a limited number of reports of salmonellosis, the illness caused by Salmonella. We are working with the CDC, but due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment further.
Taste of the Wild has the recall on their website, but they don’t have anyone answering the phones either. I just called and got the usual Our office is currently closed. . . blah, blah, blah



Dear Diamond Pet Foods, Natural Balance, Taste of the Wild, Wellness, and all other pet food companies who post recalls on Friday nights or holidays,
Friday night dump and run pet food recall announcements piss me off! Rather than posting recalls and making sure you have a staff to answer calls from concerned, even frantic, pet owners you choose to post your pet food recalls then hit the doors. That’s pretty darn cowardly and downright disrespectful. You’re essentially telling the people who support you that there’s a good chance they may be feeding their pets food that will make them sick, or even kill them. And that it might do the same to them. Then you turn around and say, “but I don’t have time to talk to you about it right now.” What a slap in the face to everyone who has patronized your company!
I find it quite ironic that you can keep someone late at work to post a recalls like you did this evening, (Diamond Pet Food, Natural Balance), but you can’t keep people late to take calls from pet owners like Sam. Take a look at this comment on an earlier blog post, and tell me if it give you a warm fuzzy feeling about Diamond Pet Food. My guess is that it won’t…
Seriously, over the weekend! My doggies have no food for dinner and I cant get out! Not to mention my sensitive dog that cant eat MOST foods!? I will either starve them or have the squirts to deal with if I change their food! Then to read the warning about handling the food, I have had major cramping and the poops for 2 days, My husband has a compromised Immune system, and our 2 year old plays in the dog food bin all the time and eats it! He has had the poops on and off for months of course now being very severe and I know our last bag was one of the recalled! What am I supposed to do? They say even coming in contact with a pet thats eaten it is bad… We have 3 dogs and 2 small kids! Are we supposed to leave the dogs out? And seriously on a Friday evening- SHAME ON THEM!!!!!!!!!
Many of you pet food companies spout off about how much you care about your customers and the pets who rely on your food. But your actions speak a hell of a lot louder than words.
Diamond, you say you are doing the recalls to “ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.” If you were really concerned about the your customers’ well-being, you’d understand that peace of mind is part of that well-being, and would be there to answer questions 24/7 when there’s a recall issued. And you, Natural Balance, signed your notice with “Your Natural Balance Family.” Really? Would you deliver bad news to somebody in your family and then split? If so, I’m sure glad I’m not in your family!
Come on, show some respect and common decency for the people who have built your business. If you have to have recalls, do them in a timely manner, and have people available to answer the phones. I don’t care if it’s 2 a.m. and you have to pay people to work overtime to answer the phone. Get over it! People like Sam deserve to be able to pick up a phone and talk to someone. Not Monday, but NOW! It may not seem like an emergency to you – and it may not be – but to Sam it IS an emergency! Being told to wait until Monday is disrespectful and downright sleazy. Put on your big girl pants. Grow a pair. Do the right thing and let your actions say the same thing as your words!


Natural Balance has just posted this recall, part of the Diamond Pet Food recall.
Natural Balance has just been notified by Diamond Pet Foods, one of our co-manufacturers, that certain Natural Balance dry food formulas produced in their Gaston, SC facility should be voluntarily recalled.
Although there have been no animal illnesses reported and none of our Natural Balance products included in the recall have tested positive for Salmonella, we have voluntarily initiated this recall as a precautionary measure.
The following is a list of products affected, for select sizes:
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
Best By Dates
December 12, 2012
December 13, 2012
March 12, 2013
15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
Best By Dates
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 Dates
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 Dates
December 10, 2012
December 21, 2012
December 22, 2012
15 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
Best By Dates
December 10, 2012
December 21, 2012
December 22, 2012
28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
Best By Dates
December 10, 2012
December 21, 2012
December 22, 2012
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog
Best By Dates
December 17, 2012
December 18, 2012
December 28, 2012
December 29, 2012
15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog
Best By Dates
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 Dates
December 9, 2012
December 17, 2012
December 18, 2012
December 28, 2012
December 29, 2012
5 LB Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog
Best By Dates
December 9, 2012
28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites
Best By Dates
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
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.
Sincerely,
Your Natural Balance Family
I love that “Natural Balance Family” stuff!



Canidae, Natural Balance, and one Wellness recall
Susan Thixton of TruthAboutPetFood received an email from a distributor about recalls of Canidae, Natural Balance, and Wellness.
The below Diamond Pet Dry Dog Food Brands – To determine if what you have is affected, you 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 are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013. Please note- not all Diamond brands were produced on the affected plant manufacturing lines. Phillips receives products from numerous Diamond plants. Also, no cat or can skus are affected.
* Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul – All skus
* Country Value – All Skus
* Diamond – All Skus
* Diamond Naturals – All Skus
* Premium Edge – All Skus
* Professional – All Skus
* Taste of the Wild – All Skus
The below Wellness sku with a Best by Date of January 9, 10, & 11th 2013:
Wellness Large Breed Puppy in 15 pound and 30 pound
May 4th, 2012- No other Wellness skus were affected.
Please note that no salmonella cases have been reported on Wellpet. They are recalling for the safety of the pet and the pet parent.
The below Natural Balance Skus:
  • 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
May 4, 2012- Please note that only these 5 flavors of Natural Balance were affected. The other flavors are produced on other lines and plants.
Please note that no salmonella cases have been reported on Natural Balance. They are recalling for the safety of the pet and the pet parent.
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
A message from Canidae:
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
Canidae Pet Foods apologizes for any potential issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets.
See TruthAboutPetFood for more information. Susan points out that the information has not been confirmed with the pet food companies themselves, but was sent to her by a pet food retailer.


After all these pet food recalls, I would be very leary about buying ANY pet food from ANY of these companies again.
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