Solid Gold Dog Food Recall

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On May 7, 2012, Solid Gold Health Products for Pets announced announced a voluntary recall of two batches of its dry dog food after being notified by Diamond Pet Foods regarding the presence of Salmonella in Diamond Pet Foods’ South Carolina facility.

According to Solid Gold, no complaints have been reported. However, the company has decided to take this action as a precautionary measure.

Only the two foods with the specific Best Before dates and batch codes are affected by the recall.

The following products are being recalled:

  • Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Food, All sizes, Best before December 30, 2012, Batch code starting with SGL1201A32X
  • Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food, All Sizes, Best before December 30, 2012, Batch code starting with SGB1201A31X

Best by dates (lot codes) can be found on the back of the bag in the bottom right-hand corner of 33 lb, 28.5 lb and 15 lb bags and the bottom of the 4 lb bags.

No other Solid Gold products are affected.

The recall has now been confirmed in a news release posted by the Food and Drug Administration and updated on 5/8/2012.

What to Do?

Salmonella is serious business – for both you and your pet. So, if you can confirm your dog’s food is one of the products being recalled, stop feeding or handling it immediately.

If you’ve discarded the packaging (something we recommend you never do) – or you’re in any way in doubt – do not take chances. Be safe. Stop feeding or handling the product anyway.

According to Solid Gold:

Please contact us at 800-364-4863 or [email protected] with any questions and we will respond as quickly as possible.

This information was taken directly from the company’s Facebook announcement posted on May 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM ET. And we anticipate further details forthcoming once Solid Gold has consulted with the FDA.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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  • Angie Hendrickson

    Can any one tell me the updates on Diamond?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Utopian316 Jocelyn Lober

    go online to the petco site. I get mine from there all the time

  • Pattyvaughn

    Tony

    There are a few reasons that even a really good food will cause a dog to vomit, like a dog that is not used to having it’s food switched suddenly being given a meal of something new, or a dog that is used to low quality foods suddenly being given a food that is too rich for it’s system to handle.  You don’t need to be rude or call out Rosalie, but you might need to educate.

  • Tonyp123456789

    rosaliepeck. your full of it. Best food ever……!

  • Rosaliepeck52

    I as given sample packages just 2 days ago all 3 of my dogs are vomiting and lethargic.  called and left a message today. I will call back tomorrow in the morning.

  • Rebecca Presley

    Who knows for sure?  Exactly… so why take that gamble with our pets?  They are like children to us.

  • lisa

    The places that I usually go to to order Solid Gold Wee bits in the pink bag are all out.  Any idea where I can get some? And is it still being made at the Diamond plant or not?

  • Stonetami

    When will the PINK bag be back on the shelves at Petco?? Ive noticed that all of the other ones are there, but not the pink bag. This the dog food that my dogs like the most. Right now Im having to purchase Science Diet & having to mix it with wet food in order for the dogs to eat it.

  • BryanV21

    No, I didn’t get that you were referring to bags of food BEFORE the recalled ones. I don’t know how far back the recalled foods go, but I’d think by now it’s all gone, unless somebody bought 3+ big bags for one dog (assuming medium size dog).

    Who knows for sure?

  • melissa

    Bryan-

    I don’t think you are understanding what I am saying. Salmonella is not a one time additive to the food. In other words, someone did not open up a jar, dump it in, and contaminate the food. If it were, then one could throw away the contaminated singular batches and call it done. On the otherhand its a rapidly reproducing bacterium. My point is, while the concentration of the bacterium got to the point of causing issues in the batches recalled, I find it hard to believe that it was not present in lesser amounts prior to the recall, and therefore would have affected batches just prior, though in a lesser concentration. I can easily believe that people may still have issues, if they got batches produced just prior to the recalled lots.

    Once the equipment was cleaned etc, there should be no issues. In other words, I would feel safer feeding post cleaning batches than precleaned batches.

  • BryanV21

    If you’re going to live in a world where you suspect everything to be a problem, that’s fine. Start feeding raw you make yourself. But if you’re going to continue with kibble, or more specifically Solid Gold Wolfking Large Breed varieties, then I’m going to tell you the recall from May is no longer an issue.

    If there’s more out there from this recall then it’s with owners that aren’t “doing their job”, or with stores that are irresponsible and shouldn’t be shopped at anyway.

  • melissa

     I don’t know Bryan-

    You have to figure foods were made in other batches right before the problem is notated and the recall occurs..I of course am paranoid in nature with dog food and have to think ” how long was it occurring before those batches were found, and is the food produced immediately prior actually safe and uncontaminated?” I have to think that salmonella is not one of those things someone would just “dump in” and therefore, had to be present and building in numbers prior to achieving a number that would register..and be found..so could there still be food around that has salmonella present but in low concentrations? Sure, anything is possible..

  • BryanV21

    Since this recall was from almost 3 months ago, I’m guessing it has nothing to do with dogs being sick today.

    BTW, while Solid Gold is not my “go-to” food, it’s not “crap” either. No matter how good a food is, a dog can get sick due to it. Should we ban peanuts because a number of people are severely allergic to them? I don’t think so.

  • Rjet145

    No reports, REALLY,   I KNOW TWO DOGS THAT ARE ILL IN CHARLOTTE Because of this crap!   But when you talk to the people at the food company they deny it’s their bad food.  

     

  • PTRP

    http://efoodalert.net/diamond-pet-foods-etc-recalls-2012/readers-report-their-experience-with-recalled-pet-foods/

    Another poll for animals with illness or death believed to be related to Diamond or co-packed by Diamond brands.

  • Wcwins

    Odd PM, because if you use ANY over the counter or prescription pharmaceuticals, you’ve been buying from companies that have had recalls for yourself, and/or family.

  • Paulaperry8

    I worked at Solid Gold, shipping and receiving, many years ago. The warehouse the dog food was stored in had a huge mouse problem. I do not know how long the dog food has been in the warehouse in El Cajon, CA. I went to another site (locally) where dog food was stored and was crawling with mice. I did not go there again. The dog food was being taken from this site to the warehouse to be shipped. Even if a food product is made healthy, how long does it sit before you actually purchase it? Food for thought.

  • PAUX

    They all meet AFFCO guide lines, this organization is basically the lobby for the pet food industry. Real pet nutritionists are appaled by their standards or lack of.

  • PAUX

    Exactly. It could be all the fillers that cause a decrease/prolonged digestion problem allowing the bacteria to overwhelm the animal, or, as you have suggested, a bad vit. slurry. Zinc is deadly, D3 at high levels is a rat poison,copper, all can be deadly and from what sources are they comming from…we do know that the slurry/pre mix comes from China so these vits can be from any toxic waste site. Also where are the meats being sourced from? I will never use “kibble” again, only home made and raw meaty bone diet anymore. Natural Balance took the life of my loving, trusting dog.

  • PTRP

    Anyone with an ill or dead pet that you believe is related to the food, please be absolutely certain to report to the FDA because they can’t do anything to help other animals if they are not aware of what is happening.    
    http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm
    There is a second group of cats and dogs, generally the smaller and/or older animals, who have died from organ failure most likely not related to salmonella.  Regardless of FDA reports, the cases as indicated by online polls span the entire US indicating that there is potentially a common ingredient problem among many brands.   It’s imperative to call the FDA in addition to leaving comments on websites.
    Read consumer complaint polls on the Diamond CostCo brand: http://www.askavetquestion.com/news/2012/recall-on-kirkland-dog-food/
    Consumer complaints on the Natural Balance brand co-packed by Diamond:  
    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/natural_balance.html
    For a list of the 155 formulas and 14 brands in the recall, this site has a summary on the link at the left “Diamond Dog Food Recall Summary.”

  • monkey

    Their dehydrated food has to be the biggest joke ever. They had a chance to make something great and they stuff it with wheats and oats. 24% protein? haha

  • monkey

    I found it funny how when the recall started all of a sudden we get a bunch of “random” comments praising Earthborn from people that have been feeding it for a while. I guess it was pretty smart of Earthborn to move in when they saw an open opportunity though.

  • LabsRawesome

     Don’t you love it when people suggest these outrageously expensive dog foods? I find it hilarious. People that are feeding Diamond products aren’t doing it because they’re cheap, it’s because it’s what they can afford. If money was not an issue, I would feed Brother’s Complete. But, right now my 2 are on Nature’s Domain/ Kirkland cuts in gravy canned.

  • someperson11111

    that does look like nice dog food, Steve, but, it ought to be for $104 for 25lbs.  One could probably buy a whole lot of REAL MEAT for a dog for $104.

    Odd the site is vague about which vitamins they add, as some are toxic for dogs.
      I’d think/hope a company charging that much is not using synthetic vitamin K, but, no way to know from their website.

    If i could afford to feed my dog anything, i’d feed him raw meat, raw bones and raw organs
     as he was intended to be eating.

  • someperson11111

    that’s cool you can afford that brand for your dogs, pitmommy.  

    Some of it’s products are $99 for 14 lbs, out of range for most dog owners.

    It looks like a decent dog food, but not flawless, especially the less expensive flavors have some controversial ingredients.

    It’s hard to find some type of fruit or veggie that has never ever had a recall,
    Yet, i still eat lettuce, tomatoes, etc etc.

    and this voluntary recall, was for a germ that most healthy dogs are immune to.

    Like, when i handle raw meat, or give my dog his raw egg (also may be covered in salmonella)
    i just wash my hands, cuz, i could get salmonella, but, most healthy dogs just pass the germ right through, and never succumb to it.
       

  • PitMommy

    I would never buy dog food from a company that’s even had just ONE recall.  I feed my dog Viand. Its 100% natural and has no filler viandpet.com is the way to go!

  • wayne wayne

    i would never ever buy any dog or cat food from the dollar store.. I feed my animals nothing buy fromm food and they love it. Fromm has been around since 1904 and have never had a recall ever on there food… You and your animal will love this food when feeding it to them. Try it and i know you and your animal will love you for it…

  • gaffagirl

     Actually, Wee Bit was manufactured by Diamond, but will not be in the future.  It is not part of the recall.

  • melissa

    Misty-

    read their facebook page-it says that the wee bits is not made at/by Diamond. Also says they have ended their relationship with Diamond. 

  • Steve

    The best dog food on the planet!  http://justfoodfordogs.com/

    Why do i say this… simple its human quality HEALTHY FOOD!

  • Misty

    It it safe to still feed sold gold wee bits ? Please let me know ASAP if not what should I change to thanks

  • ohnoesaz

    Crosswinds Pet Foods, who’s manufacturing plant is in Kansas, will take on the making of Hundchen flocken. Crosswinds has already been making Barking at the Moon, mmillenia, sundancer, hundchen flocken puppy and holistic blendz. The three remaining Diamond-produced foods – the two wolf kings and just a wee bit – I have no information on who will be producing those in the post Diamond era. Dare I say anything is better than Diamond at this point.. :)

  • monkey

    ohnoesaz,
    do you know who will make the food now?

  • ohnoesaz

    Solid Gold, which terminated its partnership with Diamond at the beginning of the recalls, also had Hundchen Flocken and a few others made by Diamond. So tread lightly if you feed Solid Gold even if it isn’t the specific one listed here – Wolf King… They are an awesome company with great food but safety is safety.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Snobsback, I would not buy any dog food from the Dollar store! Please watch this video.                                             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30pmWdOPXuw

  • Snobsback

    what about everpet from the dollar store,their dry food for dogs.my dog got sick yesterday,looked skinny,had watery throw -up,and diahrea, then last night i was sick, not throwing up,but watery diahrea?

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