On Friday, April 13, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods has confirmed the company has temporarily suspended shipments of all products manufactured at its Gaston, South Carolina facility.
The only reason given for this action was “because a limited number of batches of its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice Adult dog food did not meet its stringent quality standards”.
Diamond is a major manufacturer of some of this nation’s most popular pet food brands – including Taste of the Wild, Diamond Naturals, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Kirkland, Natural Balance, Canidae and many others.
In an official statement delivered to The Dog Food Advisor by email, the company said:
Diamond Pet Foods temporarily suspended delivery on April 8, of all products made at its Gaston, S.C., plant.
The company took this step because a limited number of batches of its Diamond Natural Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food produced at the plant did not meet its stringent quality standards.
Immediately upon discovering the quality issue, the company initiated a voluntary recall of these batches, as announced on April 6.
Diamond Pet Foods is working around the clock to resume product deliveries to distributors and retailers. However, the company is committed to ensuring that the Gaston plant meets the highest possible standards of quality and will only resume full production when this can be assured.
It’s not known which brands are produced at the affected facility.
In addition to its South Carolina plant, the company also produces pet food at 2 other US locations – one in Meta, Missouri and the other in Lathrop, California.
The Bottom Line
So far, as of the time of the preparation of this report, it appears Diamond has announced no new recalls. However, since many of the company’s most popular recipes are produced at all 3 locations, it’s crucial for consumers to save all original packaging.
That way, should things change and a recall be declared, “Best By” dates and lot numbers can be properly verified.
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Notes and Updates
04/13/2012 Report published at 10:40 AM ET
04/13/2012 Report updated at 5:45 PM ET