Diamond Cat Food Recall Now Includes Twenty-six States

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Cat Food Recall 2013

For many pet owners, treatment of their animals has a tendency to go above the norm. Some owners will buy clothes and dress-up their cat or dog when going outside while others spoil their pets by spending lots of money on toys and beds for them to sleep on. While non-pet owners, as well as some pet owners, might think this extra treatment is unnecessary, those that treat their pets as if they were children do think of them as such.

Depending on the situation, some pets are considered more like a member of the family than an actual member of the family. Whatever your view is, those that care about their pets want them to be and stay healthy. Diamond Pet Foods also wants the same thing and that is why they are voluntarily recalling limited production codes of their cat foods. Though the recall was limited to local stores in Florida, the recall has now expanded to twenty-five states. The reason for the recall is that the company is concerned that certain products might contain thiamine, Vitamin B1, but at low levels.

The foods that have come into question are 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula dry cat food, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula dry cat food and Premium Edge Kitten Formula dry cat food.

Michelle Evans, Ph.D., Diamond Pet Foods Executive Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, commented about their process of continuously testing their products. She said, “At Diamond Pet Foods, we have a process where we continuously test our products, and this process allowed us to find the undesired levels of thiamine in some of our cat formulas. Our food safety protocols are designed to provide safe food on a daily basis. In the event an error occurs, we have the data to quickly alert pet owners, giving them the confidence they demand of a pet food manufacturer.”

So far, no complaints have been made regarding the levels in thiamine as well as any other health issues in relation to these products. Besides the voluntary recall, the company has looked into and tested all Diamond brands to check for deficiency in thiamine levels as to ensure the cat food it manufactures are safe.

As far as the voluntary recall is concerned, no other product is involved that is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods. Since online sales may have caused distribution of these affected production codes to have occurred, it is best to be safe and check the production code to make sure it has not been recalled.

Cats that have been fed products on the recall list for several weeks are in danger of developing a thiamine deficiency. For cats, thiamine is essential in order to maintain a normal nervous system function. Those that are affected with thiamine deficiency can display symptoms that are neurological or gastrointestinal in nature.

Cats that exhibit early signs of thiamine deficiency may include weight loss, decreased appetite, vomiting and salivation. Neurological signs can develop in advanced cases which include seizures, ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, circling, wobbly walking and falling.

If a cat is showing any of the signs mentioned, pet owners are advised to contact their veterinarian immediately.

Thiamine deficiency generally is reversible if treated promptly. Those that are unsure if the product they bought is part of the recall, looking to replace the product or get a refund, can reach the Pet Food Information Center at www.petfoodinformationcenter.com. They can also be reached at 1-888-965-6131, Sunday through Saturday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

The following information contains the products, size, production codes, and best by dates and states involved in the recall:

Product Size Production Codes Best By States
Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula 18 lb. bags NGF0703 10-Jul-2013 Massachusetts
Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula 6 lb. bags NGF0802 15-Aug-2013,
16-Aug-2013
Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula 6 lb. and
18 lb. bags
NGS0101 03-Jan-2014,
04-Jan-2014
Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma
Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula 6 lb. and
18 lb. bags
NGS0702 10-Jul-2013 Florida, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
Premium Edge Kitten Formula 6 oz. samples,
6 lb. and 18 lb. bags
MKT0901 26-Sept-2013
29-Sept-2013
30-Sept-2013
02-Oct-2013
Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia
Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula 6 oz. samples and 6 lb. bags MKT0901 30-Sept-2013 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
4health All Life Stages Cat Formula 5 lb. and
18 lb. bags
NGF0802 14-Aug-2013,
18-Aug-2013
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Cat food recall 2013

Cat food recall involving batches of 3 brands manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods affects owners in 26 states.

1 COMMENT

  1. I am surprised to see that this article states that there havent been any complaints due this recall yet, as my best friend has been trying to contact Diamond every day for the past month. Today she lost the last of her three cats, all poisoned by Diamond Pet food. The animals died one by one so this has been happening for several weeks. I want to know why this food remained on the shelf and customers and stores were not alerted of the recall. I’d also love to know why the company hasnt reached out to my friend in response to her inquiries. Many people see their pets as family members, so the way WE see it is that Diamond killed these 3 members of her family… and she heard NOTHING from Diamond… no feedback, no apology.

    I am disgusted. I wonder how many other former customers are trying to contact Diamond and receiving no response.

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