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Pet food recall that won't end? Diamond cat food now risky.

Pet food recall from Diamond Pet Foods has been expanded eight times, triggered an FDA investigation and critique, and now includes cat food. The company's handling of the salmonella crisis may be even worse.

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“The investigation is open and pending so we are limited in the information we can release to the public,” FDA spokeswoman Laura Alvey wrote via e-mail. “Diamond voluntarily shut down their facility to clean (including the two lines where the contaminated product was made) and to implement additional procedures.”

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 According to Ms. Alvey, subsequent testing found no contamination, and the facility resumed production. 

What does all of this mean for consumers? Below is the most updated information on the recall, which now includes cat food:

Affected brands manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods are:

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  • Country Value
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Naturals
  • Premium Edge
  • Professional
  • 4 Health
  • Taste of the Wild
  • Apex
  • Kirkland Signature/Kirkland’s Signature Nature’s Domain

Brands manufactured at the Gaston facility that have issued separate recalls are:

  • Natural Balance
  • Solid Gold
  • Wellness

Affected batches were manufactured between Dec. 9, 2011, and April 7, 2012, except for the latest recall involving Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula, which was also manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011. At least 39 states are affected, though because the food is often sold through online vendors, it could be just about anywhere. For instance, Califonia’s Department of Public Health has issued its own warning that affected pet food was sold in the state, though California was not listed on any of the official recalls.

The best way to figure out if you have an affected batch is to check the "Best by" dates  and specific product codes on your bag of food. For specific product codes and “Best by” dates for affected batches, visit diamondpetrecall.com or the FDA’s Animal and Veterinary recalls page, here.

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