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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2012 : 10:45 a.m.

Diamond adds cat food to the growing list of recalled pet foods because of 'potiental' salmonella infantis contamination

By Lorrie Shaw


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Adding to the list of pet food recalls voluntarily posted recently by Diamond Pet Foods, the company has issued yet another recall in their product lines — cat food, specifically — because of salmonella.

Salmonella, also referred to as salmonellosis, causes digestive problems, and cats will typically present with fever, diarrhea, vomiting and weakness. Other symptoms can occur.

Salmonella is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be passed to humans as well, so care needs to be taken. Hand washing is a must — even when handling dry pet food that may be contaminated with the bacteria.

Diamond added the products to the list to alert pet owners to the potential cat food contamination with a general edit to the information on its recall website regarding the Kirkland brand.

The company's website said the recall involves its Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula and Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula dry cat food. No illnesses with pets have been reported.

Distribution reaches to customers in the following states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico. Despite Michigan not being on the distribution list, the product could have made its way here via other pet food channels, the company indicates.

To determine if your pet food is recalled, please check the production code on the bag. If the code has both a “3” in the ninth position AND an “X” in the 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are Dec. 9, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013.

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 866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (EST). Visit for more information.

You can count on to have up-to-date information on pet product related recalls available. Search our archives of previous recalls here.

Lorrie Shaw leads the pets section for and is owner of Professional Pet Sitting. Shoot her an email, contact her at 734-904-7279 or follow her adventures on Twitter.



Thu, May 24, 2012 : 8:27 a.m.

What is up with the picture of the cat in this article? That thing looks like it's about to bite a big chunk out of someone.

Sarah Rigg

Thu, May 24, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

More likely he's yawning. Cats sometimes look fierce when they yawn since it shows all their teeth, but he's likely just sleepy. :)

The Picker

Thu, May 24, 2012 : 4:02 a.m.

Fever! Diarrhea! Bad Salmon! Will someone Please get this Cat some Tums!!!


Wed, May 23, 2012 : 6:20 p.m.

It's appalling that Diamond's South Carolina plant continues to be used to manufacture pet food despite the salmonella outbreak -- not to mention aflatoxin contamination in 2005 that killed 23 dogs. Here's a complete list of all the recalled dog food products:

Jimmy McNulty

Thu, May 24, 2012 : 12:07 p.m.

So what would you suggest the company do Annie? Maybe abandon an expensive and complex manufacturing facility? I am sure the necessary decontamination was done after the outbreak was discovered.