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Cat Food Recall: Diamond Pet Foods Pulls Several Products

Cat Food Recall

A cat food recall was issued for several Diamond Pet Foods products in 25 states. The products in question were recalled over a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

The vitamin is essential to cats for maintaining a normal nervous system. Thiamine deficiency can include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. If the deficiency continues, it can lead to the feline’s death.

Advanced cases of thiamine deficiency can include neurological signs like bending toward the floor (ventroflexion), walking wobbly (ataxia), falling, walking in circles, and seizures.

Diamond Pet Foods issued a press release for the cat food recall, saying that it was voluntary and not required. The recall includes some bags of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula, Premium Edge Kitten Formula, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula, and 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula. All of the products are dry cat food.

Cat owners who use the products are urged to discontinue their use and either discard the bags or ask for a refund. The products were distributed in 25 states, including Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Michele Evans, Ph.D., Diamond Pet Foods Executive Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, stated in the press release:

“At Diamond Pet Foods, we have a process where we continuously test our products, and this process allowed us to find the undesired levels of thiamine in some of our cat formulas. Our food safety protocols are designed to provide safe food on a daily basis.”

Because of the recall, the company tested all other Diamond brands to a thiamine deficiency. They found none aside from the six included in the current recall.

Cat owners with questions about the cat food recall or who would like to receive a replacement product or refund are being asked to call the Pet Food Information Center at 1-888-965-6131. They can also click here for more information.

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31 Responses to “Cat Food Recall: Diamond Pet Foods Pulls Several Products”

  1. Candis Catfixer

    I like Diamond cat food, however there have been so many recalls it scares me.

  2. Wanda Walker

    I'd like to know when the FDA will look into Nutro Max cat. There are over 1000+ online complaints about Nutro products including dog owners citing death and cat owners citing severe illness (see consumer In contrast competitors like Science diet have only about 100 complaints.

  3. Fred Slater

    Wellness did the same to me in the late nineties. Looked like an advanced food but, it produced an alkaline urine and stones in one of two cat brothers. I followed vets advice to go with "Old" upscale cat food like Science Diet or Nutro and the cat has had no further episodes of stones. Age 15 today. Along with brother.
    I trusted Diamond as an alternative, glad I avoided this Higher Protein carnivore feed as my primary cat food.

  4. Fred Slater

    Are you referring to the melamine incident some years ago?
    I agree dog and cat food should be Federally guaranteed just like people food.
    Like any "Food Industry" the Pet Food Industry is not capable of self regulation.
    Nothing has changed since Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" of 100 years ago. Don'tchyasee?

  5. Amanda Businelle Agee

    My cat has these symptoms when I use the lazor light.

  6. Stephanie Ortona

    Science diet has plenty of bad reviews. If you read the ingredients, most of it is garbage. Last I checked they were still using BHA is a preservative

  7. Fred Slater

    Science Diet has freed on of two brother cats of stones and they are now 15 years old.
    I never had a cat last over 13 years and really age the last year or two.
    These two Science Diet fed brothers show no such signs of aging.
    An outdoor cat I adopted after her fifth owner passed away got fat on Science Diet kibble and I keep her happy with Friskies canned and the "hill meat" she prefers regardless.
    Why don't they just make cat food out of "hill meat" :-D We agree fish is bad, yes?

  8. Wanda Walker

    Fred Slater No, unfortunately I am referring to present day issues. They have nothing to do with the awful melamine issue, about which I was not aware until I went to consumer reviews to check complaints when my cats became ill. Luckily after a $500 vet bill and an immediate change of diet they all survived.

  9. Wanda Walker

    Stephanie Ortona They do not number over 1,000. Give a try. Google SD complaints and then Google Nutro cat food complaints. You will notice an enormous difference.

  10. Myla Seidel

    My three year old cat Fergus does just fine on purina and if I change brands he gets the runs. He also get them when he sneaks people food. He is over weight and maybe I should look into another brand. He is an indoor cat but runs around the house all the time.

  11. Barry Wilkins

    Research your pets' food.A majority of pet food is real trash, with lots of fillers and questionable ingredients.Companies like Diamond outsource to China(saves money) for some ingredients and that is a warning for pet owners.Corn, wheat, meat by-products and any form of gluten should never be in the first ingredients on the label.They are cheap fillers with little nutritional value and may cause problems for your pet.

  12. Casey Suebee

    You know, this is one thing that annoys me is the fact that people don't understand that your animal is a carnivore. Vitamin B1 is found in meats. Stop feeding your pet processed corn foods that are WAY overpriced, and feed him/her a nice RAW chicken thigh for dinner. Just set it in their bowl, and watch their NATURAL ability to tear that chicken to shreds bones and all. Don't cook the chicken though. Cooked chicken bones will splinter in a cats throat.

  13. Michele Cushing

    I remember on 60 minutes I think, they said pet food contained OTHER PETS! There were some my cats just hated.I wonder if that is why.They loved Friskies but hated 9 lives.

  14. Barbara Jensen Harbach

    Try Life's Abundance, but for most pets you can't just "switch" food no matter what you feed them. You have to gradually decrease the previous food and increase the new food to avoid the diarrhea issues. Life's Abundance is made in the USA and has never been recalled for any reason. No BHA, no BPA, No fillers, no unnecessary ingredients, high nutritional value. Shipped directly to your door. Compare to other foods at the following location:

  15. Franke Sinker

    I am surprised that this story rates so highly with yet another Carnival Cruise Ship broken down in the Carribean today.

    Search Carnival Dream Cruise Ship.

  16. Nancy Lawrence Krause

    Question isn't whether you like Diamond Brand, do your cats like it? Also, too much Iron in cat food can kill a cat. My senior cat was recently diagnosed with too high an Iron level and his eyes started getting a lot of brown flecks in the iris. Since changing brands, it has almost totally gone away. Most pet food is junk.

  17. Rob Tabish

    where in nature would a cat get a constant monoculture of food? we feed our pets one type or brand of food because it is convenient for us…not them. think of what most wild cats would get to eat…raw meats of different types, the occasional herbs and grasses, and even bugs. that is where they get what they need to stay healthy. there are not cat food trees in the wild. at the very least one should use a mix of a few different types of cat food to insure that they don't get affected by any one problem.

  18. Rob Tabish

    i never did understand why people think cats should like fish…especially ocean fish like tuna…where in nature would a cat get tuna?

  19. Amanda Acocella

    Personally I feel more comfortable with the big brands like purina, Iams, etc…because they have so much to lose, plus…my cat looooves friskies.

  20. Olivia Guevarez

    same marvin loves friskies im a little hesitant about iams though idk why just never liked the brand

  21. Pavel Pozdnyakov

    I thought the opposite was true — cooked chicken bone crumbles and the raw one splinters. You shouldn't give your cat chicken on the bone, especially your house cat. The feral one can dispatch a drumstick in seconds but your tabby may get in trouble. Think about it. The wild cats eat birds the size of a sparrow, not chicken.

  22. Anonymous

    What do you mean there are not cat food trees in nature? Where does cat food come from then?

    Next you'll be trying to tell us meat comes from animals and not the grocery store.

    Just plain silliness.

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