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Diamond Naturals dog food recalled, possible Salmonella contamination

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a precautionary recall of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dog food, as it could be contaminated with Salmonella.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dog food, as it could be contaminated with Salmonella.

UPDATE FROM CDC: Diamond Pet Food Salmonella contamination connected to human infections

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, the FDA warns, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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.

At this time, no reports of illnesses have been reported in regard to this recall, which has been issued as a precautionary measure.

The product, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice, was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels. The following products/bag sizes/production codes/“best before” codes have been recalled:

  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice; 6lb; DLR0101D3XALW; Best Before 04 Jan 2013
  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice; 20lb; DLR0101C31XAG; Best Before 03 Jan 2013
  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice; 40lb; DLR0101C31XMF; Best Before 03 Jan 2013
  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice; 40lb; DLR0101C31XAG; Best Before 03 Jan 2013
  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice; 40lb; DLR0101D32XMS; Best Before 04 Jan 2013

Consumers who have purchased the Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice with the specific production and “Best Before” codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.

For further information or to obtain a product refund, consumers can call Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402, or visit www.diamondpet.com.

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Comments

Submitted by Jimmy Lowery (not verified) on
I buried one dog 6 weeks ago and one on 04/08/12 I was feeding them Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice; 40lb bag. I had not heard of the recall till today, a little too late for my dogs. I checked the product code on the bag and its not the code the company has listed but after reading the symptoms the food causes I'm almost positive that is what killed my dogs. they both were healthy dogs and they had every symptom listed on their web site. Dog lovers don't trust only the product codes they have listed, I think there are more they wont admit till they have too. don't find out like I did my dogs died a horrible death.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i have had issues with my two dog also and it was not within those dates, i think they need to check it futher. im so sorry for your loss.

Submitted by Jimmy Lowery (not verified) on
I have been reading other forums and other dog owners have had sick and dying dogs, they too have Diamond food with different product codes some used other brands of Diamond like beef and rice, Diamond maintenance, it makes me wonder how big this problem really is. I still have two dogs that would not eat the Diamond food and they are having home cooked baked chicken tonight. I should have never switched from the Black Gold I had been feeding them. I only switched because it was hard to find and I had to drive 20 minutes to buy it.

Submitted by diane (not verified) on
hi jimmy, i wrote in about my two dogs having issues and not being within the dates they are saying, we changed their food iams and they are fine now, what scares me with diamond is that they are not a company name that everbody knows, so i think you dont hear about things right away as if it was a real big name like purnia dog food. once again so so sorry for your loss.

Submitted by Dawn C. (not verified) on
My brother switched his dog to Diamond Naturals L&R over 1 week ago and the dog still has diarrhea. I'm not sure if there has been other health problems or not. The bags expiration date was Oct. 2012 and the number on the bag was DLR1002C21MN1156TPV if I heard him right. Has anyone else had problems with this batch?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I just bought a 20 lb bag of the Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Lamb and Rice Formula last Thursday, April 12, 2012. When I open the bag it smelled funny and I thought that maybe they changed something in the food. My dog has thrown up a couple times since I have giver her the food. I've emailed Diamond tonight since I googled a recall for the food and I'm hoping that I don't get some scripted response. I have been feeding my dogs Diamond Naturals for almost three years now with no problems til now. I think I will switch my dog's food until I hear back from Diamond to be on the safe side.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I heard back Diamond yesterday, Thursday April 19 and this is what they responded back with: Good afternoon. The only recalled products are certain batches of the Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food formula. Please reference the production code on your bag. The dry dog food formulas recalled on April 6, are the following: Product Name Bag Size Production Code & “Best Before” Code Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 6lb DLR0101D3XALW Best Before 04 Jan 2013 Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 20lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013 Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XMF Best Before 03 Jan 2013 Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013 Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101D32XMS Best Before 04 Jan 2013 There are many causes of digestive upset in dogs and if you have concerns, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your veterinarian to determine the cause and institute therapy if needed. Thank you, Customer Service

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I still think that there are problems with other Lamb and Rice formulas because while I was giving my dog a bath today scrubing her belly, she started to whimper. Then when I took her out of the bath tub to dry she started shaking and peed on the rug, so I took her outside to see if she had pee anymore and she had red pee (blood in her pee). I immediately called the vet and took her there with a sample of her pee. I told the vet of all her symptoms and asked her if food I feed her could cause this and she said it's a good possibility of food that is tainted with salmonella. The vet gave me amoxicillin capsules to see if it clears everything up. When I got home I researched a bit more on the web and found that salmonella does have the possibility to cause bladder infections or irritation to the bladder. I will be contacting Diamond again letting them know and see what kind of response I get back.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have been feeding my dogs Large Breed 60+ Adult Dog Formula. I don't see a recall on this food, but I am alittle worried. Has anyone had problems with this dog food?

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