Kirkland Dog Food Recall


On May 4, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods announced a voluntary recall of Costco’s Kirkland Signature Dog Food. The Kirkland dog food recall mentioned in the FDA news bulletin includes:

  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)

The recall has now been confirmed in a news release posted by the Food and Drug Administration and updated on 5/7/2012.

How to Know If You Have a Recalled Product

If your pet food has been recalled, the production codes on the back of bags will have both a number “3” in the 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit.

The best before dates for the recalled brands listed are December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

The following diagram illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date:

The dog food recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Canada
  • Puerto Rico

Of course, wider distribution through other pet food channels is always possible.

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 Diamond:

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 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

The company has set up a special website containing all Diamond Dog Food products currently under recall — along with all relevant package codes. [Editor’s Note: page has apparently been removed by Diamonnd]

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

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  • Rose Batula

    I switched to Nature’s Domain canned due to the reviews and also if it didn’t work out for my dog, Costco’s return policy is the best. The only recipe available at my local Costco is the turkey & pea stew. My dog absolutely loves it and has no issues. You can’t beat the price: 24 cans/$19.99.

  • Rose Batula

    I switched to this brand due to the reviews and also if it didn’t work out for my dog, Costco’s return policy is the best. My dog absolutely loves it and has no issues. You can’t beat the price: 24 cans/$19.99.

  • asnjs2004 asnjs2004

    Dairy is not good for dogs

  • Sunny McAlister

    Almost all dog foods get recalled at some time or another. Unfortunately that is a caveat of mass production. The Kirkland line of dog foods are a very good value for the quality of food you are receiving. I have also found that the Kirkland’s Foods get recalled much much less than other top brand name Foods.

  • Sunny McAlister

    Use a fungal shampoo on your GSD. I prefer “Hay Where’s That Blue Stuff?” there’s a lot of fungus on the wet grass in the morning and dogs chew their paws and then they rub themselves in the grass and they get chewy spots all over them. Funguses are hard to get rid of, so one bath won’t cure it because they keep getting exposed to it. You will need to keep using it but it does work.

  • Alton Jay Green

    This sounds like something I must try…going to get ingredients tomorrow, my vet has been selling me expensive food that is only 3 stars here and your symptoms sounds like what is happening to my dog. Thank you for posting.

  • Amateria

    You likely hear a lot about it because it’s pretty cheap and the ingredients are pretty decent for the price, I’ve seen a lot of people on here recommend it, if you don’t want to spend a huge amount on dry or canned.

    Can’t personally say anything about it as I’m from Australia.

  • mindy

    I hear alot of good about this food. Does anyone recommend this?

  • theBCnut

    LOL! I saw all the new replies to Winter and thought it was a new post and replied again myself. I honestly don’t remember that post at all, but I guess that isn’t too surprising.

  • theBCnut

    What? My dogs aren’t having problems, but I would never feed this stuff anyway. And they certainly aren’t born wild, neither are yours. But mine can eat pretty much anything, because they are healthy and fed variety every day, not because I would feed them garbage and expect them to survive on their own.

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  • JeNeSaisFeh

    I’ll 2nd that “what?”

  • Mayra

    In September this year 2015 I had purchased the salmon and sweet potato even tho usually get the chicken flavor but thought to give it a try,after just two days my dog got very sick and ended up taking him to the vet twice one day after the other,he at first was very itchy around his mouth area got red then constantly started vomiting and had to rush him to the vet, next day his eye lids were very swollen and again had to take him to the hospital.Obviously there is something wrong with the salmon flavor food.

  • Savannah

    I HAD been giving my dog kirkland dog food all her life, she is now have two huge growths on her kidneys, wonder if it had to do with that dog food?? My store did NOT post any recall, it would take 3 months for her go go through a bag. She is only 5.5 and I want her around for a very long time

  • Dori

    My sentiments exactly DogFoodie!!!!

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  • theBCnut

    So are you saying your chihuahuas are born wild?
    I’m not having any problem with this food because I would never feed it, never in a million years. I don’t know how you got that from my post.

  • Winter S.

    My dogs parents have been feed this and also my two dogs all are full breed chihuahuas we got theyre all family and I have yellow bag kirkland if youre dogs are having problems it means they arent wild born and trained which means that they can digest any food except chocolate and survive on theyre own I do this for theyre sake.

  • Pattyvaughn

    You can use up to 1/2 teaspoon per cup of food and you should dilute with water because vinegar can soften the tooth enamel. And you might want to look for kefir near the yogurt section, it has 10 different strains of probiotics instead of the 3 that yogurt has.

  • Bulldog love

    Try mixing in their food a teaspoon of Braggs raw organic apple cider vinager and plain Greek yogurt. My Bulldog was having same issue I spent so much money at the vet with ointments and tried different foods. Until my natural path suggested this. Took a couple of weeks to get into her system. But the vinager kills the yeast that makes your dog itch and the yogurt puts good probiotics in them. I also met a lady that had a lab same problem. I suggested this and he is now doing great as well.

  • Kimberly

    After my dog had bloody urine he went to the vet. He had an UTI and crystals in his bladder. He went through surgery to remove the crystal and antibiotics for a month. I was told to stop using the Kirkland Dog Bones even though they have great ingredients in them for some reason the dogs she has treated with these same symptoms all were eating the same Kirkland dog biscuits.

  • Charles Linkiwcz

    I can’t believe this list. Kirkland Dry Adult dog food is rated tops in the “best dry Dog food” category but it has been recalled according to this own website on the “RECALL” tab’. ???? The date of the update is 2 months after the recall !!!!!!
    Obviously this site is paid for by the pet food industry.

  • Flo

    I spent months buying my min Schnoodle numerous expensive brands of dog food only to have him bring it back up within hours of eating. Numerous visits to the vet & tests showed nothing wrong so out of desperation I bought a bag of the Lamb, Rice & Veg formula. He picked out the morsels of this food & left the old food & DID NOT bring it back up either. After 1 full week of me holding my breath and him refusing to eat anything but this food I knew we were on to something. Fast forward a few months, almost a full bag of this particular formula along with a case of the same canned food formula and he has NOT brought back up even 1 meal. I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for this dog food, it is what he will live on from here out. I leave dry food out all day (I know, I know) and he gets 1/3 c dry food mixed with 1 T to 1 1/2 T canned food ea evening, and he loves it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m sorry for your loss. However, this recall is from almost a year and a half ago. It’s too bad you didn’t send the food off for testing. You’ll never know for sure where the problem came from. It’s too bad vets just accept this instead of educating owners about the possibility of it being a problem with the food, so that others can be spared.

  • Missing Apex

    Please stop feeding your dogs this food. I just lost my 2 1/2 year old dog a few weeks ago. I was unaware of the recall and had been feeding her Nature’s Domain Sweet Potato and Salmon. She became very ill. Lethargic, skin sores, anorexic, had vomiting, swollen lymph nodes and a fever; all signs of Salmonella. We ran many tests at the vet. Unfortunately she became so ill that I had to put her down. Please do not let this happen to your beloved pets.I wish I would have come across this post earlier.

  • Jones

    We have been using the chicken and vegetable Kirkland food for about a year. The last bag we bought looked a little different than past purchases. My dog started getting welts, vomiting, diareah, and loss of appetite. We have done every test under the sun tested for lymphoma because of enlarged lymph nodes. Test keeps coming back inconclusive. We finally stopped the dog food and the welts and other symptoms slowly started to disappear. I think with all my heart it was the dog food!!!!!!!!

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  • Danny

    On our recent purchase of the Kirkland dog food, we found these solid dark brown chunks of… something. We can’t tell what the chunks are made of and we certainly wouldn’t want to try feeding the pieces to our dogs.

  • BG from Bay area, CA

    I have 3 dogs and been using Kirklands Chicken and rice and occasionally Lamb and rice for about 2.5 years. I also mix in some (maybe a third) Taste of the Wild for variety and to boost the meat content (even though the meat content is pretty high as it is). Occasionally I also feed a raw meaty bone as well.

    I have NOT had ANY issues with this food what so ever and I recommend it to everyone I meet that doesn’t realize they can buy a quality food with the first two ingredients being meat and not by-products or junk grains like many purina, grocery store, and other brands. Maybe where I live in SF Bay Area, CA I was not affected??? In any event this food has been excellent, and it’s a real value considering it’s rating and ingredients. My dogs look great too.

    That said, I hope Diamond increases their quality controls considering their recent issues or I will be sure to buy a food they do not manufacture.

  • Julie

    We have been feeding our dog this same brand and item number of food and we are also having issues with our dog vomiting several times and not wanting to eat. We now have stopped feeding him this food.

  • Donna from BC

    I’ve been feeding my 3 dogs the Kirkland Salmon and Sweet Potato formula for about the last year. My German Shepard has lost almost 20 lbs, my Jack Russel/Shi Tsu has developed some sort of hip/leg problem, and my Shi tsu/Pom does not seem to be bothered by it at all. I’m switching to making my own food for them. I’ve tried every kind of food there is for my GS and she still has allergies and hot spots. Frustrating!!!

  • Sandra Callander ON

    I gave my dog one Kirkland Premium dog bone on Sunday, and by Monday morning she had a hard time opening her eyes…you could tell she was in lots of pain. Not realizing there was a food issue, I gave her another one on Tuesday, and by that evening it got even worse…she didn’t want to open her eyes at all. She even peed on the floor overnight which she never does. Then I started thinking that maybe these problems were all caused by these new bones I bought for her, so I didn’t give her any today, and so far she seems to be doing better tonight…thank God!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m a FB friend with another dog food rating site
    They posted an article about Kirkland grain free dog food. They are saying that some vets are finding that some dogs (that are eating this food) have developed urinary tract infections and crystals. This food is a common link between all the dogs.

  • somebodysme

    The dogs probably smell something bad in the food, thank goodness they aren’t eating it! They could get very sick if the food has something bad in it! I’m assuming you’ve gone and bought a new food, something good like Earthborn or Fromm or Zignature etc etc.

  • Carla Wilkerson

    We bought the Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog, Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Formula. Item # 25347 Bar Code is 9661925347 Best Before 13JUL2014

  • Carla Wilkerson

    Our dogs have stopped eating completely since starting this food last Saturday. Even our puppy will not eat. Will be calling the Vet n getting them checked out. Saddened to look this up n see they have had ongoing continual issues for over a Year. :/

  • gary

    yes my 3 year old blue heeler started getting sick and not eating and turning down his food.I thought diamond was a good brand,vomiting,diareaaa,constipation,more vomiting,ive seen it many times in vet offices,,so i the lamb? wouldnt touch it
    i returned it
    bought the chicken
    same thing,he seemed to know something i didnt,=)
    im on my way now to buy toro something good to eat,,Costco needs to stop carrying dog food from that company asap!
    i love costco,but they almost killed my dog
    there are many other better companies that would LOVE a contract with costco

  • gozz40

    listen this is from a member that knows his dog food. this is not only the first time diamond costco has had contaminated food.this is the second or 3rd. time .reason being the food sits around the warehouse to long and it has preserveatives. this food is the worst.KEVIN AND COSTCO MEMBERS this food im going tell you about is THEE BEST CALLED: Lifes ABUNDANCE senior and then theres LIFES ABUndance puppy dry dog food. This food was developed by DR. JANE BICKS; LOOK her up ;this food is never more than6 weeks old guaranteed.THIS FOOD IS THE BEST #1; THE SECOND BEST IS CHAMPION PET FOODS OF CANADA.YOU CAN PICKI up lifes abundance foods in fullerton ca. the phone # is(877) 387-4564 thanks for looking this IS LARRY GOSSELIN MEMbER since costco first opened 1984.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Seriously!?! One recall!?! What brand are you talking about!?!

  • Pattyvaughn

    That was 4 months ago. People do seem to want to respond to old posts for next to no reason. It’s fairly common.

  • InkedMarie

    This is a five month old post you’re commenting to.