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Title: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on October 01, 2009, 01:20:36 PM
I read this at Twitter @Xxxxxxxx and wondered if anyone has any info on this food...never heard of it before today..these were 3 separate posts in newest to oldest..

Any vet w/cat w/neuro symptoms fed Premium Edge, asked to contact Dr Hubbard at http://stoneridgevethosp.com/

'Best by dates on 6 and 18lb bags range from October to December Premium Edge' - low in thiamin, causing neuro disorders.

Just rec'd pvt warning on mail-list that Premium Edge Finicky Adult and Hairball formulas are dangerous low in thiamin, haven't web source.

I edited the Twitter acct name out as these 3 posts are off that poster's timeline...


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JustMe on October 01, 2009, 01:36:45 PM
I think that is a Diamond product.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on October 01, 2009, 02:39:41 PM
http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/contact_us/

Premium Edge

If you require assistance or have questions regarding Premium Edge Pet Food please call: 800-977-8797

Office Hours:
8am-5pm, M-F,
Central Standard Time

Address:
PO Box 156
Meta, MO 65058


http://www.diamondpet.com/contact_us/

Diamond

If you require assistance or have questions regarding Diamond Pet Foods please call:
800-442-0402

Office Hours:
8am-5pm, M-F,
Central Time

Address:
PO Box 156
Meta, MO 65058


They might have different phone numbers and there's nothing at Premium Edge saying it's from Diamond, but their using the same Post Office Box says it sure is!  ;)

http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/faq/#127

Premium Edge-FAQ's

"Where are your foods made? 
"We have three manufacturing facilities, all located in the United States. One is located in California, one in Missouri and one in South Carolina."

Diamond's plants are in Lathrop, CA, Meta, Mo, and Gaston, SC.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on October 01, 2009, 02:44:23 PM
another twitterer has posted this info as well...@chibbard 


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: mary blonde on October 01, 2009, 04:11:40 PM
Looking at the ingredients for the Adult Chicken Dogfood, it has chicken and oceanfish MEAL in it.
That's not fresh chicken as stated on website and packaging!


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on October 02, 2009, 09:21:18 AM
http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/458/1/Premium-Edge-Cat-Food-Voluntary-Withdrawal/Page1.html

Looks like it is confirmed...


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: shadowmice on October 02, 2009, 09:50:09 AM
Susan Thixton over at Truth About Pet Food has a report of another product withdrawal.

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/458/1/Premium-Edge-Cat-Food-Voluntary-Withdrawal/Page1.html

Food tested deficient in thiame after veterinian in Rochestor NY encountered numerous cats eating Finicky Adult Cat or Hairball Formula” Premium Edge cat food with neurological problems.

No information at the company website as of yet.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Spartycats on October 02, 2009, 09:53:33 AM
This is interesting.  If it is not the pre-mix, what "manufacturing error" would cause a defficiency in thiamine?  Seems like pre-mix not added would have a whole host of problems.  Level of sulphur dioxide (preservative) used??

I'm guessing we'll never know.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 02, 2009, 10:45:26 AM
Once again -- the importance of not relying on just one brand of food -- rotate or feed a mixture of several kinds.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JustMe on October 02, 2009, 10:55:03 AM
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Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: shadowmice on October 02, 2009, 01:33:41 PM
Saw a post at Pet Connection indicating the company has a statement on the website.

http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/promotions/66/

Unlike Nutro (at least so far), they have put a link to the announcement on the main page of their website.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 02, 2009, 06:56:38 PM
Man, just issues with Diamond. What kind of outfit is this, anyway? There have been so many problems that I really can't reconcile ever feeding my cats any of their stuff. I guess I'm glad Pip was intolerant of TOTW after all.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on October 02, 2009, 08:05:43 PM
Would someone please tell that to my Sophers....sigh...frustrating...

 
Once again -- the importance of not relying on just one brand of food -- rotate or feed a mixture of several kinds.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on October 02, 2009, 08:07:10 PM
Yeah but once again, the company was not going to make this public until word got out about it.  So Im glad they have something at their site and its great they put it on the front page but Im getting tired of these companies not being upfront and honest until they are called on the carpet about it. 


Saw a post at Pet Connection indicating the company has a statement on the website.

http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/promotions/66/

Unlike Nutro (at least so far), they have put a link to the announcement on the main page of their website.



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on October 02, 2009, 08:39:37 PM
So it sounds like Diamond is having the stores contact people who bought the food?  I wonder how effective that really is?  What about people who paid cash for the food, can they be contacted?  What stores and do they really have that good of a system to contact people?  And I wonder what the stores think, they are having to spend their time and money and employees calling customers about Diamonds food problem?  Maybe they are being reimbursed for their trouble?  I would think if they are also doing this for Nutro's food problem, they might be getting sick of it about now...maybe they should tell these companies to get their act together or they wont sell their food for them anymore...

I just hope they can really get ahold of everyone who bought the food...I have terrible visions in my mind of someones cat coming down with this neuro problem and the owners and vet not knowing why and then mistakenly putting the cat down because they dont know its the food and they think they cant help the cat get better.....I so hope this doesnt happen... >:(


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: The Cats Mother on October 02, 2009, 08:52:42 PM
My sympathy and concern is with anyone who has bought this food and fed it to their cat and is in the "wait and see" situation.

I'm not sure if anyone has picked up on this here (sorry I am very bleary eyed and tired today) but the email alert I got from Susan Thixton today shows her story updated to show that the thiamine issue has been pinpointed to a 12 minute timeframe within the relevant batch production. I think that is interesting. Overheating maybe...something like that? Something that should have been added at that point and wasn't? I'm sure the manufacturers are looking into it carefully so that they can write a positive spin and cover their a---s.

Reading that, and about the lack of good publicity, leaving the retailers to tell their customers etc... that all brought back terrible memories for me.

I'm not in America so the recalls aren't relevant to my personal circumstances but I like to keep tabs on the PFCs now. Some are imported here though I don't buy any now, but I could sure warn others if appropriate.

Susan and you guys all do a fantastic job.

.



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 5CatMom on October 03, 2009, 03:34:48 AM
So Diamond can pinpoint the "manufacturing error" to a 12 minute timeframe?

Then WTH can't they test the premix, or require that their supplier test the premix, BEFORE it's turned into dangerous food and shipped out to unsuspecting pet owners?

This is just another good reason to make your own food.  Using commercial food is like playing Russian roulette, IMO.

5CM


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: The Cats Mother on October 03, 2009, 04:29:06 AM
I agree with you wholeheartedly, 5CatMom. Until pet food is taken every bit as seriously by the relevant authorities as is human food, then my pets get human food.

I think it works out cheaper actually. And I enjoy doing it for the most part, like cooking for a family.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: shadowmice on October 03, 2009, 07:20:53 AM
This is a list of actions that I would like to see PFCs take when they realize they have a problem with their food instead of the silent withdrawals they seem to prefer. If they are truly concerned about the safety of the animals I would think this is the least they can do. Preferably of course, their QC processes would prevent bad product from ever reaching the stores and people's home. But in those situations when the processes do fail, as they clearly have been lately, then actions like these would help mitigate the damage done.

1) Post affected product name and lot details on their website. Provide accurate information regarding the problem, suspected scope of the problem, and geographical regions affected if known. This info would be posted in an readily discoverable location, ideally the very first page of the website. (Tip: hiding it under the About Us section does not really constitute such a location IMO).

2) Provide the same product details and description of the problem to the FDA for posting on their website.

3) Provide the same product details and description of the problem to all their distributors and stores, and get them to hold back anymore product from being sold. Work with these distributors and stores to contact as many of their clients that purchased the affected product as they can.
(Is it fair that the stores have to do this work? No, but with some of these club programs they have they do have the information available to at least contact those people enrolled).

4) Have all their “ambassadors” tweet an alert with the webpage link to the facts about the situation. Get the news out there on all their social networking resources. They presumably work well for selling the product; it would be nice if companies used them when there are problems too.

5) Provide news releases to the traditional media; allocate some of the PR budgets to take out ads, particularly in those regions most affected, to ensure the word gets out. It’s not enough to just leave it to the media to report it; not all outlets will bother to do so. And not everyone has access to the internet. Cover ALL the bases.

6) If not already done, determine and report the cause of the problem and then provide information regarding the steps being taken to prevent a recurrence of the situation.

Not sure what steps can be taken to alert the veterinary community specifically, but that is, of course, extremely important so vets know what to look for and can address appropriately.

Something like this situation where animals have been made seriously ill by the product, the news should be getting blasted out on every source available. It seems like they seem to think, since it only appears to affect a small region, that it is not something that needs to go public. Ah, no. As Sandy mentioned: what about those who don't realize the food is at fault and the fateful decision is made to euthanize the pet when it is a treatable condition. It would devastate me if that happened to me and my family.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 3catkidneyfailure on October 04, 2009, 01:14:56 PM
http://vetmedicine.about.com/b/2009/10/03/diamonds-premium-edge-cat-food-recalled-due-to-thiamine-deficiency.htm

Janet's Veterinary Medicine Blog
By Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, About.com Guide to Veterinary Medicine since 1999

Diamond's Premium Edge Cat Food Recall Due To Thiamine Deficiency

good description of symptoms and treatment if your kitty is ill

shadowmice: couldn't agree with you more on what needs to be done in the event of Class I Petfood Recall of any size!


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 3catkidneyfailure on October 05, 2009, 09:58:22 AM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/shopping_blog/2009/10/consumer-confidential-2.html

Diamond and Nutro puppy pet food recalls make the LA Times, Monday, Oct. 5, 2009


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on October 05, 2009, 10:30:58 AM
Is it just me or does there seem to be some type of vengeful kind of thing going on against cats lately? First the blasted food with radiation now this deficiency of the thiamine issue (if that is the only reason this food is deficient). Not discounting the puppy food recall but sure seems to be affecting the beloved cats out there in a big way......


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 05, 2009, 11:12:52 AM
Is it just me or does there seem to be some type of vengeful kind of thing going on against cats lately? First the blasted food with radiation now this deficiency of the thiamine issue (if that is the only reason this food is deficient). Not discounting the puppy food recall but sure seems to be affecting the beloved cats out there in a big way......

Sadly, I think it's just immense stupidity, sleeping on the job and a general lack of concern on everyone's part (those that run, and work at, PFCs).


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on October 08, 2009, 09:27:23 AM
http://www.petproductnews.com/headlines/2009/10/08/diamond-recalls-some-premium-edge-cat-food-in-eastern-us.aspx (http://www.petproductnews.com/headlines/2009/10/08/diamond-recalls-some-premium-edge-cat-food-in-eastern-us.aspx)

Pet Product News October 8, 2009

Diamond Recalls Some Premium Edge Cat Food in Eastern U.S.

"The recall was prompted by calls from cat owners and veterinarians in the Rochester, N.Y., area. Retailers in the area have been asked to remove affected products from the shelves and contact any customers that had purchased affected product. Diamond is further requesting that any cat owners that purchased the above products return them to their retailer."

So the "Eastern US" says the problem is in Diamond's Gaston, SC plant (the newly-expanded one), the same as the one reported here about Taste of the Wild:

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/taste-of-the-wild-dog-food-recall-t8960.0.html

As of now, while the story is in Pet Product News and on Diamond's website, it is NOT listed at FDA any more than the Nutro Puppy Food recall is.  >:(

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/new-nutro-pet-food-withdrawalthis-time-puppy-food-t9309.0.html


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 08, 2009, 11:39:48 AM
Well now it's bordering on the scale of a recall and they should make it so. Never mind doing this piecemeal as reports come in from around the country -- and maybe beyond.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on October 08, 2009, 01:47:23 PM
http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+news/Diamond-Pet-Foods-recalls-two-dry-cat-food-product/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/632761?contextCategoryId=378 (http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+news/Diamond-Pet-Foods-recalls-two-dry-cat-food-product/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/632761?contextCategoryId=378)

DVMNews October 8, 2009

Diamond Pet Foods recalls two dry cat-food products in New York

"Diamond Pet Foods voluntarily recalled two brands of dry cat food from the Rochester, N.Y., area after confirming that they were deficient in thiamine.

"A Diamond spokesperson says the problem was discovered after pet owners and veterinarians called in about cats showing neurological symptoms. The affected products are Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat with the following date codes: RAF0501A22X 18-lb. bag, RAF0501A2X 6-lb. bag, RAH0501A22X 18-lb. bag, RAH0501A2X 6-lb. bag.

"Pets that consumed the recalled products should be immediately taken to a veterinarian, according to the Diamond spokesperson.

"Last year, Diamond Pet Foods settled a class action lawsuit related to contaminated dog food in 2005 for $3.1 million. The manufacturer refunded money to consumers who bought Diamond-brand products tainted with the mold aflatoxin and covered veterinary bills."


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: catbird on October 08, 2009, 01:59:44 PM
Well, now it is being called an actual recall!  Will sticky the thread.


Title: Cat dies apparently from pet food
Post by: menusux on October 10, 2009, 06:36:35 AM
http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S1183603.shtml?cat=572

WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY October 9, 2009

Cat dies apparently from pet food

"A major pet food maker has recalled two brands of dry cat food in the Rochester area. But it wasn't soon enough for a Rochester woman whose cat died apparently from eating the food.

""Lovely Lilly. I miss you so. And I don't understand why she had to go." Amy Parnell read from a poem she wrote after four-year-old cat Lilly died last month. "A more loving kitty I have never known. Your purrs ring loud in my ears. Our time together was much too short, but the love we shared will last forever."

"Parnell has three other cats. She described Lilly as a plain old domestic short hair cat. Parnell noticed something wrong one day when Lilly didn't come to eat with the other cats. "I found her and she was kind of curled up with her head on her chest. When I got her to open her eyes, her pupils were very dilated. And she wasn't able to stand," said Parnell. "I picked her up and she fell right over."

"Parnell says her cat died apparently from eating Premium Edge cat food, which was found to be missing thiamine, also known as vitamin B-1. The company discovered the problem after a number of pet owners and veterinarians called in about cats showing neurological symptoms. The company said it did not find any toxins in the food.

"Parnell said her veterinarian did a bunch of tests, but couldn't figure out why a healthy four-year-old cat was seriously ill.
"And they all felt that letting her go would be the thing to do because the cost would have gone into the thousands of dollars. It's hard. I'm buying her and my cats expensive cat food, thinking I'm doing something really good for them. And it ends up taking her life. It's kind of hard to swallow."

"Parnell bought the cat food at a store in Stone Ridge Plaza in Greece. The company says vitamin B-1 deficiency would only have been a problem if the food was fed by itself and not mixed with other cat food. And Parnell said that apparently was the problem. Lilly was finicky, and it was the only pet food her cat lilly would eat.

"The company has asked all retailers to pull the Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat foods with the following codes (RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb) from shelves.

"Symptoms of thiamine deficiency:
- Ventroflexion (bending in a downward position) of the neck
- Muscle weakness
- Ataxia (wobbly walking)
- Seizures
- Fixed, dilated pupils
- Paralysis of the muscles around the eye"


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: petslave on October 10, 2009, 06:41:17 AM
How very sad.  This statement by the company really makes me mad,

"The company says vitamin B-1 deficiency would only have been a problem if the food was fed by itself and not mixed with other cat food. "

Isn't the food supposed to be complete?  Did it say on the bag, "NOT to AAFCO standards as a complete food, feed your cat something else too"?  Many people feed their pets one food at a time.  That's what many of the companies push on us all the time in their advertising.
 


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on October 10, 2009, 06:54:59 AM
From the Diamond Premium Edge page:

http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/products/cats/dry_food

Adult Cat Hairball Management Chicken, Salmon & Vegetables Formula

"Optimal nutrition for cats that are prone to weight gain or cats that suffer from hairballs. The natural vegetable fiber will help move hairballs through the digestive system, keeping your cat free from irritating hairballs. Enhanced with antioxidants, omega fatty acid balance, and additives for digestive health, this formula offers great taste and great nutrition."

Finicky Adult Cat Chicken, Salmon & Vegetables Formula

"This formula contains higher levels of fat and flavoring than our Hairball Management formula to entice a choosy cat to eat regular meals. Enhanced with antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and digestive health supplements, this formula offers optimal nutrition for optimal health."

Senior Cat Chicken, Salmon & Vegetables Hairball Management Formula

"This recipe is specifically designed to enhance the health of your senior cat. With lower fat and added L-carnitine to promote lean body condition as well as natural fiber to control hairballs, this formula will keep your cat happy and healthy. Added antioxidants, glucosamine and chondroitin, and proper urine pH, this formula provides optimal nutrition for optimal health."

http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/faq/#154

Premium Edge FAQ's

Do I need to supplement my pet's diet? 

"Do you need to? No. All of our pet foods are complete and balanced. If you want to though, you can – with caution. In most cases, supplements will do no harm. However, it is important to remember that human supplements may contain things that are harmful to pets and you should always check with your veterinarian prior to using any supplement for your pet."

I think this statement on the Diamond Premium Edge website sums it up:

http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/pet_care/cats/nutrition/32/

"Reputable companies formulate their foods for the best health of your dog or cat."


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 10, 2009, 05:00:06 PM
Here we go again. My heart goes out to this poor woman, her cat and the others who will undoubtably either perish or be sickened from yet another lack of concern and QA from a PFC. Most people will not know about this soon enough to save their cats. I do hope they are spreading the word among all vets. Is there a notification system?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on October 11, 2009, 07:40:10 AM
Your statement is just so spot on Petslave!  At this site  http://www.amcny.org/  is a statement from State of New York, Dept of Agriculture and Markets about the Diamond pet food recall.  Im still not understanding why FDA has not put out a notice about this, if New York Dept of Agric is, wouldnt you think FDA would?  FDA, your system doesnt work...I see nowhere where there is any concern for pet owners and pets, these types of recalls need to be advertised as much as possible to avoid other cats getting ill, shouldnt that be their primary concern?  I guess I will never get it... :-\
 ???

How very sad.  This statement by the company really makes me mad,

"The company says vitamin B-1 deficiency would only have been a problem if the food was fed by itself and not mixed with other cat food. "

Isn't the food supposed to be complete?  Did it say on the bag, "NOT to AAFCO standards as a complete food, feed your cat something else too"?  Many people feed their pets one food at a time.  That's what many of the companies push on us all the time in their advertising.
 



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 3catkidneyfailure on October 12, 2009, 09:01:33 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sophia-yin/pet-food-company-recalls_b_316041.html

A veterinarian who writes for Huffington speaks out on Diamond Pet Edge cat food recall

Sounds so reasonable and well handled with all the information consumers don't have access to.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on October 12, 2009, 12:14:56 PM
Yeah isnt it nice that Diamond and a couple of vets knew about the problem....so where is the ethical responsibility on the part of the vets to get word out to FDA about this and for Diamond to publicize this recall as much as possible so no other cats get affected?  Im not impressed.

The vet said "Diamond Pet Food has been working closely with veterinarians and has been extremely forthcoming and helpful. They were right on the ball getting the testing done, communicating with us what they were finding, and helping clients to cover the bills."

Pardon me while I gag.  And again, how bout those that didnt know this was the reason their cat was ill because the vets involved and Diamond failed to get word out as much as possible.  >:(




Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 12, 2009, 12:35:00 PM
I don't think you can predict this. We've seen this problem in canned diets, kibble and home cooked diets. However, most of the cases I've seen personally have been associated with smaller manufacturers, although Diamond is a large company with a long history of experience with various brands. Hopefully, we will discover the exact cause of the error and that this is an isolated incident that will lead to improved quality control.


Excuse me, but is this vet on glue? "Diamond is a large company with a long history of experience..." This should have read, "Diamond is a large company with a long history of recalls and they obviously don't do any testing prior to releasing their products." She also thinks that this will lead to improved quality control. BAHAHAHA! I think I've seen more of these things happening lately to very large companies -- hello Nutro and friends? They don't even know what the cause of the error is. Hey, maybe they use the same premix manufacturer that Nutro uses. They seem to have a QA problem too.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Auntie Crazy on October 12, 2009, 06:47:03 PM
And no mention anywhere about any deaths. Soooo disgusting.


Title: Re: Cat dies apparently from pet food
Post by: JJ on October 12, 2009, 09:57:42 PM
http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S1183603.shtml?cat=572

WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY October 9, 2009

Cat dies apparently from pet food

"A major pet food maker has recalled two brands of dry cat food in the Rochester area. But it wasn't soon enough for a Rochester woman whose cat died apparently from eating the food.

""Lovely Lilly. I miss you so. And I don't understand why she had to go." Amy Parnell read from a poem she wrote after four-year-old cat Lilly died last month. "A more loving kitty I have never known. Your purrs ring loud in my ears. Our time together was much too short, but the love we shared will last forever."

"Parnell has three other cats. She described Lilly as a plain old domestic short hair cat. Parnell noticed something wrong one day when Lilly didn't come to eat with the other cats. "I found her and she was kind of curled up with her head on her chest. When I got her to open her eyes, her pupils were very dilated. And she wasn't able to stand," said Parnell. "I picked her up and she fell right over."

"Parnell says her cat died apparently from eating Premium Edge cat food, which was found to be missing thiamine, also known as vitamin B-1. The company discovered the problem after a number of pet owners and veterinarians called in about cats showing neurological symptoms. The company said it did not find any toxins in the food.

"Parnell said her veterinarian did a bunch of tests, but couldn't figure out why a healthy four-year-old cat was seriously ill.
"And they all felt that letting her go would be the thing to do because the cost would have gone into the thousands of dollars. It's hard. I'm buying her and my cats expensive cat food, thinking I'm doing something really good for them. And it ends up taking her life. It's kind of hard to swallow."

"Parnell bought the cat food at a store in Stone Ridge Plaza in Greece. The company says vitamin B-1 deficiency would only have been a problem if the food was fed by itself and not mixed with other cat food. And Parnell said that apparently was the problem. Lilly was finicky, and it was the only pet food her cat lilly would eat.

"The company has asked all retailers to pull the Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat foods with the following codes (RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb) from shelves.

"Symptoms of thiamine deficiency:
- Ventroflexion (bending in a downward position) of the neck
- Muscle weakness
- Ataxia (wobbly walking)
- Seizures
- Fixed, dilated pupils
- Paralysis of the muscles around the eye"

Just a question - with the above symptoms - are not some the same as in the cats in Australia? Would blasting food with cobalt radiation destroy more nutrients then anyone lets on? Was this Premium Edge blasted or not - does anyone know? Mind you these are just questions that stand out from the symptom list.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: The Cats Mother on October 13, 2009, 12:31:31 AM
Hello JJ
The exact same thought crossed my mind when I first saw this.

However to the best of my knowledge (and there are many different symptoms with the irradiated Orijen cats) I do not recall anyone reporting dilated pupils or paralysis of the muscles around the eyes. Nor was there, as far as I can recall, any report of forward flexion of the neck. I am sure Dr Child would have mentioned these symptoms in her published paper had that been the case.  I agree with you the other symptoms are the same/similar. If anyone from the Orijen affected cat community cares to report if they have seen any of these symptoms, it can only add to the body of knowledge and yes, raise alarm bells as to what happened to the Premium Edge food to cause this disaster. Poor lady in Rochester, I do so feel for her.

As you can probably imagine, I've done quite a bit of Googling on ataxia in cats and it can be caused by a number of different things and the symptoms are often similar but the other symptoms occurring with the ataxia tend to vary according to the cause.

Now I know about this forum, I check in every so often to see what other pet foods are being recalled and the symptoms/causes. And I am now convinced that feeding petfood to our pets is something of a Russian roulette game and prefer to only feed human grade food to my pets now.

Thanks for still thinking of us down here. Recapping:

97 affected, 30 dead, around 40 recovered to a good degree, and 15 still in some stage of recovery/rehab and with a fair degree of ataxia and/or paralysis. (According to Dr Child when I saw her recently with my cat, who is one of the 15). And still no closer to pinpointing the exact mechanism of the disease process, but certain it was irradiation-caused. Inequitable degree of reimbursement by Champion across the board from the ones I know about. Some who were over the Fund cap getting a second  payout in the review, others not, with no explanation. And now a formal letter to tell us that's the end of their involvement, no more reimbursements, no more research (in spite of saying they would continue to research) and none of their own test results announced (in spite of promising they would). Instead the quoting of case history path results/Australian vet research on their website without permission and without paying for it. Unhappy owners, unhappy vets.

Sorry, not wishing to hijack, just need to keep this front of mind you understand, now they've washed their hands of it I don't care how pi88ed off I make them.  >:(


Thank you. As you were folks...Premium Edge...


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 13, 2009, 06:38:19 AM
I, too, thought about the Oz cats, but the reason for their symptoms are mainly due to demyelination. I don't expect that any of the Rochester cats have had an MRI and if they had, we don't know about it. The other thing I was thinking about was the other cats that had similar symptoms around the same time as the Orijen recall, but in different parts of the country. There was one particular, in the UK who eventually passed away. I wonder if a thiamine deficiency could have been the cause.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: petslave on October 13, 2009, 02:46:40 PM
One of the scientific papers that we found when the first reports of sick cats came out of AU discussed a thiamine deficient cat food.  They never mentioned the brand in the article unfortunately, but it was so long ago it probably doesn't matter.  (article may be disturbing to some)

http://www.erin.utoronto.ca/~w3bio319/

According to what they found, paralysis happens in only a few weeks for cats not getting enough thiamine.  Not a lot of leeway when it comes to levels of thiamine in cat food.  It's absolutely necessary for it to be there, and in sufficient quantities.  Another reason they need to clean up their act on pet food supplements.




Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 13, 2009, 04:23:43 PM
Since you can't get too much of the water-soluble B vitamins, I always give my clan a brewers yeast tablet every couple of days.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: lesliek on October 13, 2009, 05:28:39 PM
I add brewers yeast powder to every other batch of homemade. I usually have 3-4 at a time in the freezer & rotate them. I've been doing this for 2 years now & I know things can be forgotten. I've done it myself,but when its homecooked you make yourself a note to adjust what you add in the bowl. Pfc's need to start letting people know there is a problem,not waiting until pets are sick &/or dying. A brewers yeast or B complex crushed & added to the food would have prevented this from being such a problem,if only people knew they needed to add it.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on October 20, 2009, 10:02:33 AM
I put this info in a separate thread but thought it should be put here too.  FDA has put out a notice on the Diamond Premium Edge cat food recall!  You can tell by their statement, this was not done by the company but by FDA.  This is great to see! Maybe this can help serve as notice to other companies who try to keep their recalls silent, that FDA can put out notices on their own if they feel the problem is serious enough to harm pets. I just hope no more kitties are affected by this food....

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm187218.htm


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on October 20, 2009, 11:27:56 AM
I don't think we have a copy of this yet:

http://rocnow.com/article/local-news/200991015007

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle October 15, 2009

"At least 14 cats in the Rochester area have been sickened by problem cat food that has been voluntarily recalled by the maker.

"On Oct. 3 Diamond Pet Foods, based in Meta, Mo., announced the recall of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Food and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"The food, sold in bags with the codes RAF0501A22X, RAF0501A2X, RAH0501A22X, and RAH0501A2X, lacked thiamine, an essential vitamin for cats, which helps maintain a healthy central nervous system.

"Problems associated with the cat food have been concentrated in the Rochester area. There has been one other case of a cat affected by the food in New York City, according to the ASPCA."


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: petslave on October 20, 2009, 12:36:43 PM
I wonder why it's so localized?  Is this a food that is only sold in that area?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on October 20, 2009, 01:33:10 PM
Can't prove it but think it has to do with Diamond's having 3 plants and each of them having a certain area where their products are distributed.  Diamond has plants in Lathrop, CA (Western States), Meta, MO (Midwest), and Gaston, SC (Eastern States).

It would seem that the deficient foods came out of the Gaston, SC plant, where the reported Taste of the Wild issue was recently, and also it's the plant Diamond is enlarging.

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/taste-of-the-wild-dog-food-recall-t8960.0.html

http://itchmoforums.com/pet-news/diamond-expanding-gaston-sc-plant-t8732.0.html

http://www.diamondpet.com/faq/

"Diamond Pet Foods owns its own manufacturing facilities. We have three plants, all located in the United States. Our original plant and home of Diamond Pet Foods headquarters is located in central Missouri. The other two plants are located in northern California and South Carolina. No matter where you live, you will be purchasing food made in one of these three plants."

http://www.diamondpet.com/about_diamond/151_checks/

Guess the 151 Checks didn't find the problems.... >:(


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: lesliek on October 20, 2009, 03:52:31 PM
Or the only place there are 151 checks is on the website !


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on October 27, 2009, 09:28:22 AM
I read this first at Therese's site from this am "Jen" from 10/27 (one above my comment)
 
http://petsitusa.com/blog/?p=2527&cpage=1#comment-315596

and then I find this from yesterday (Jen Kruba)

http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/cat-food-recall-premium-edge-in-rochester-area/2009/10/15/

It looks like she is saying she tried to get someone to listen to her in August..including FDA...and she is in PA not Rochester.... ???


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on October 28, 2009, 04:48:19 AM
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20091028/NEWS01/910280358/1002/NEWS

Democrat and Chronicle-Rochester NY-October 28, 2009

At least 17 area cats get sick from tainted food

"At least 31 cats, including 17 in the Rochester area, have fallen ill after eating cat food that has been recalled by the maker.

"Most have recovered, but two of the pets here were euthanized.

"Experts fear there could be many more cases because there is no national or local system capable of quickly informing veterinarians about such problems.

""I hope it's just limited to the two that we lost, but I certainly worry that there were cases where owners put down cats for financial reasons or veterinarians recommended euthanasia because they just didn't know what it was," said Susan Hubbard, a veterinarian at Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, 550 Center Place Drive, Greece, who has treated six of the cats.


"Louise Murray, a veterinarian and medical director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York City, said veterinarians had a similar problem getting the word out about another crisis in 2007 when 17 dogs and cats died from contaminated pet food made by Menu Foods.

""Unfortunately it's a problem in veterinary medicine that we don't have a veterinary emergency network. There is no one body that has every veterinarian's e-mail and sends them out an announcement," Murray said.

"The pet food industry is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the New York state Department of Agriculture and Markets. But FDA officials didn't post a notice about the problem on their Web site until last week. The state has yet to make a public announcement.


"On Sept. 17, Tim Scanlan brought his cats to Stone Ridge, where he's a veterinary assistant. Mittens was having seizures and went blind. Guido was vomiting and stopped eating. Meanwhile, more cats with similar symptoms turned up at other clinics.

""It was very scary to leave in the morning and have a perfectly fine cat and then have her seizing and not know if I was going to lose her," said Scanlan, 29, of 50 South Drive, Greece.

"Within a few days, veterinarians traced the problem to two varieties of dry cat food packaged in bags and made by Diamond Pet Foods, based in Meta, Mo., which announced the recall on Oct. 3 on a Web site for Premium Edge brand pet food. The food didn't have enough thiamine, which is necessary to maintain the central nervous system in cats."

It should be noted that Diamond did NOT report the problem to FDA; the agency issued it's own warning regarding the thiamine deficient food. 

Diamond didn't report it any more than Nutro and Wysong did because there are no FDA notices for those two recalls, one of which was broadened (Wysong) yesterday to include more products.  >:( >:( >:( >:(


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JustMe on October 28, 2009, 05:19:38 AM
These poor kitties.  :'(

What are we in the stone age or what??????  >:(  What about the individual state veterinary organizations.  Don't they at least have email listings for their members?  I've read that some vets still don't have email and don't belong to their state organizations.  Post 2007 and we still don't have a plan in place.  This is disgusting.

ETA: How about the state licensing boards?  They must have a current list of vets?  Would those lists be public knowledge?  I guess I will start compiling a list of my state veterinarians that I can find. 


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on October 28, 2009, 05:29:57 AM
If a vet doesn't choose to belong to any of the medical organizations, the laws of their state require they be licensed to practice in it.  Most states have Professional Licensing information available online, so all licensed vets in a state who does have this information available to the public online should have a complete listing of them.

It's in the Professional Licensing databases where people like vets, doctors, Real Estate Agents and Brokers--(even hairdressers) would be listed according to their profession.

I can't say that these listings would come complete with phone, fax or e-mail addresses, but they do show the address of the person holding that license--this is true no matter which state Professional Licensing database you use.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on October 28, 2009, 05:31:21 AM
yeah...and on 8/31st it seems "Jen" tried to notify something was not right with her 3 cats but no one would take her seriously...

In this day when everything we do and everywhere we go can be found out about computers---why oh why is there no place where vets can link together....although from what I saw in 25+ years in human health care---we are no better off either....Way too long for anything to be "connected" and in my opinion it is because everyone is so afraid of big business and getting sued...they don't dare make their worries public until there is some kind of "proof"---translation= illness and/or deaths...(end of rant)


I read this first at Therese's site from this am "Jen" from 10/27 (one above my comment)
 
http://petsitusa.com/blog/?p=2527&cpage=1#comment-315596

and then I find this from yesterday (Jen Kruba)

http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/cat-food-recall-premium-edge-in-rochester-area/2009/10/15/

It looks like she is saying she tried to get someone to listen to her in August..including FDA...and she is in PA not Rochester.... ???



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 3catkidneyfailure on October 28, 2009, 10:11:20 AM
Just to make a historical record:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2009/10/28/Recalled-cat-food-linked-to-31-ailing-cats/UPI-52151256749611/
Recalled cat food linked to 31 ailing cats
Oct. 28, 2009 at 1:06 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- At least 31 cats in four U.S. states fell ill after eating recalled cat food and experts say more cases could occur due to insufficient communication.

Louise Murray, medical director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York, said the lack of an official veterinary emergency network means there could be additional cases, the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle reported Wednesday.

"There is no one body that has every veterinarian's e-mail and sends them out an announcement," Murray said.

The illnesses have been attributed to two varieties of dry cat food from Diamond Pet Foods of Meta, Mo., which issued a recall Oct. 3 regarding the products, which contain an insufficient amount of thiamine.

The Democrat and Chronicle said while most of the ailing cats recovered, two were euthanized.

Susan Hubbard, a veterinarian in Greece, N.Y., said cat illnesses linked to the recalled cat food were reported in New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Most were in the Rochester area.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: petslave on October 28, 2009, 10:20:19 AM
I think that's the worst part of this broken notification system - the vets seem to be the most out of the loop.  I don't know why that is, too busy to read pet forums to find out current concerns & issues, too "scientific" to bother looking into common public info, or thinking we're just a bunch of kooks spreading misinformation? 

My vet said she had never heard of a product because it hadn't come up in the vet journals she reads.  Good gosh, do they really only keep up through scientific journals?  (& in that case, it was a product frequently sold by vets!)


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: shadowmice on October 28, 2009, 05:11:54 PM
Tainted Food Sickens Local Cats
Reported by: Matt Molloy
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009 @06:22pm EDT

http://rochesterhomepage.net/content/fulltext/?cid=129772

Quote
Dr. Hubbard says the threat isn't over, her most recent patient was Friday meaning that tainted food is still out there.

"This food is still out there and the pet stores have done a good job of hopefully notifying people, but obviously not everybody is getting the message," said Hubbard.



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Auntie Crazy on October 28, 2009, 06:35:18 PM
How very, very, sad. Knowing that right this moment, cats are still becoming ill, still at risk for euthanasia, just makes me want to cry, or break someone's head open.  :'(


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on October 28, 2009, 08:32:26 PM
AC I'm with ya on the head bustin'. Why is there not a site that vets are required to register their email address to to be informed of recalls, problems with food, animals becoming ill/dying no matter what state or country in that they pay a small amount (say $10.00 each) per month for someone to run? Why is it that we, the pet parents/consumers can think of these things but they only read vet journals? Are they that far removed from the real world - sheesh!


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 29, 2009, 06:01:48 AM
What the he** is the AVMA for? That's a central agency that every vet has to be a member of. I'm pretty sure they have all the vet's names, numbers, email addresses. THEY should be watching for recalls. I'm sure there's a secretary surfing the Internet any given time of day there. Instead of being bored half the day, like many other folks with office jobs, they can keep their eyes peeled and when there's a recall, email, phone, write, whatever all the vets in the country. What on earth is technology for anyway?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JustMe on October 29, 2009, 10:41:40 AM
Good question.  Actually I think AVMA veterinarian membership is optional, just as physician membership in the AMA is optional.

Perhaps we should send any new recall information to the AVMA though since they do post recalls.

Contact information.
http://www.avma.org/contact_us.asp



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Spartycats on December 01, 2009, 07:47:08 AM
November 27, 2009 - Diamond Pet Foods Announces Recall of Premium Edge Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 27, 2009 - On September 23, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat because they have the potential to produce Thiamine Deficiency. Today’s announcement provides additional information from the company’s posted announcement of September 23 when the initial recall information was provided.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm192404.htm (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm192404.htm)


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 07:54:57 AM
18 states affected..I bet there were/are more cats sickened than reported...I wonder how many vets in these states were notified.. I see my vet saturday for Lucy's physical so I plan to ask how he knew and when...since RI was included he better had been notified!  >:(


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 07:57:18 AM
and for those that may have forgotten or not know...this first was picked up (kind of like a rumor) at Twitter by someone who got an email ...she/he had messaged that they were not supposed to share it but had to..I wonder when it would have been made public if not for that Tweet?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JustMe on December 01, 2009, 09:04:25 AM
FDA Update

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm192404.htm

Recall -- Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Diamond Pet Foods Announces Recall of Premium Edge Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food
 
Company Contact:
800-977-8797

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 27, 2009 - On September 23, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat because they have the potential to produce Thiamine Deficiency. Today’s announcement provides additional information from the company’s posted announcement of September 23 when the initial recall information was provided.

Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. At the first stage the cat may show decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. Later, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. These ultimately may result in the death of the animal if left untreated. If your cat has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected products were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida.

The affected date codes were RAF0501A22X 18lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0501A2X 6 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAH0501A2X 6lb. (BB28NOV10, BB30NOV10, BB08DEC10)

To date, 21 cases of thiamine deficiency in cats have been reported and confirmed by Diamond. The reports have been confined to the New York and Pennsylvania areas and none have been received since October 19.

Diamond has tested the product and found the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Samples taken by the FDA indicated that there were additional lots with insufficient levels of thiamine. No other complaints have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

Consumers who have purchased the affected lots are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-977-8797, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 01, 2009, 09:11:58 AM
Correct me if Im wrong but it says that Diamond issued a voluntary recall on Sept 23rd...but as far as I recall this was not an official recall.  It was a recall where they put something on their website and told retailers to take it off of shelves but didnt put out any sort of public press release.  FDA put out something in October but it was my understanding it was because they couldnt get the company to respond.  So finally, over 2 months later, they finally put out an official press release about it.  Just confirms why I will no longer use their food. There is no excuse for this.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 01, 2009, 09:15:41 AM
Boy is that ever bad. And there are the masses that still don't know about it and will continue to purchase it. Sigh. This isn't another case of a foreign adulterant that is not on someone's radar. This is basic nutrition. Sad.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 10:00:59 AM
AP has picked it up
http://bit.ly/7vRu7P
Cat food recalled over thiamine deficiency

By The Associated Press (AP) – 2 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Diamond Pet Foods recalled select bags of dry cat food Tuesday after 21 reports of health problems in cats.

Select bags of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball could lead to gastrointestinal or neurological problems for cats, because they do not contain enough thiamine, an essential nutrient for cats.

If cats fed these foods have no other source of nutrition, they could develop thiamine deficiency. If untreated, this disorder could result in death.

Initial symptoms of thiamine deficiency include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. Later, neurological problems could develop including, bending the neck toward the floor, wobbly walking, circling, falling and seizures.

The company has confirmed 21 cases of thiamine deficiency in New York and Pennsylvania.

The recalled bags of food were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

For a full refund, consumers can return the recalled cat food to the place it was purchased. For more information call 800-977-8797.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 10:04:56 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,578373,00.html


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 10:16:00 AM
and it looks like 4 dates affected???


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: macush on December 01, 2009, 10:28:30 AM
I just went to their (Diamond's) website.  No notification of a recall.  What the He**


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 10:32:40 AM
http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/announcements/66/

This has two dates of manufacture---not one 12 minutes apart like they had said.....I think this is new info at their site today after AP picked it up maybe?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 01, 2009, 10:33:26 AM
On the notice dated Oct 20th from FDA, their info says the food affected was manufactured on May 28th, 2009.  So now they are giving more dates that werent mentioned previously.  So how is this not an expanded recall?  

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm187218.htm


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on December 01, 2009, 10:47:14 AM
If you go to the Premium Edge site you will see something that WILL boil your blood:  >:(

http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/

The copy on their home page:

NO NEW OR EXPANDED RECALL
A PRESS RELEASE WAS ISSUED TODAY BUT IS CLARIFICATION OF THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED RECALL. Please read the company statement regarding the recall.
 
 

This contains the link to the "press release":

http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/announcements/66/

NO NEW OR EXPANDED RECALL

"On September 23, 2009, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall on the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat:  RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The date of manufacture is May 28, 2009 and August 30, 2009.

"All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.

"Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature.  Symptoms may include wobbly walking or muscle weakness, paralysis of the hindlimbs, seizures, ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, and abnormal eye movement called nystagmus. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.

"Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine.  Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine.  No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

"To contact Premium Edge Pet Foods, please call 800.977.8797 between the hours of 8am and 5pm central time, Monday through Friday."

Now look at the differences between the "press release" and the FDA announcement:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm192404.htm

Diamond Pet Foods Announces Recall of Premium Edge Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food
 
Company Contact:
800-977-8797

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 27, 2009 - On September 23, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat because they have the potential to produce Thiamine Deficiency. Today’s announcement provides additional information from the company’s posted announcement of September 23 when the initial recall information was provided.

Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. At the first stage the cat may show decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. Later, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. These ultimately may result in the death of the animal if left untreated. If your cat has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected products were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida.

The affected date codes were RAF0501A22X 18lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0501A2X 6 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAH0501A2X 6lb. (BB28NOV10, BB30NOV10, BB08DEC10)

To date, 21 cases of thiamine deficiency in cats have been reported and confirmed by Diamond. The reports have been confined to the New York and Pennsylvania areas and none have been received since October 19.

Diamond has tested the product and found the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Samples taken by the FDA indicated that there were additional lots with insufficient levels of thiamine. No other complaints have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

Consumers who have purchased the affected lots are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-977-8797, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.

Diamond is not revealing how many sick cats and also where the product was distributed.  In keeping with their statement about having three plants nationwide (Lathrop CA, Meta, MO, and Gaston, SC), this says that these were shipped from the Gaston SC plant and the states listed are those who receive all Diamond dry products from the Gaston plant.

http://www.diamondpet.com/faq/

"Diamond Pet Foods owns its own manufacturing facilities. We have three plants, all located in the United States. Our original plant and home of Diamond Pet Foods headquarters is located in central Missouri. The other two plants are located in northern California and South Carolina. No matter where you live, you will be purchasing food made in one of these three plants."

So if you're in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida and purchase Diamond dry products--it would be made by the Gaston SC plant.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Spartycats on December 01, 2009, 10:50:40 AM
http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/announcements/66/

This has two dates of manufacture---not one 12 minutes apart like they had said.....I think this is new info at their site today after AP picked it up maybe?
On the notice dated Oct 20th from FDA, their info says the food affected was manufactured on May 28th, 2009.  So now they are giving more dates that werent mentioned previously.  So how is this not an expanded recall?  

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm187218.htm


Here are the lot numbers today (5 of them):

RAF0501A22X 18lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0501A2X 6 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAH0501A2X 6lb. (BB28NOV10, BB30NOV10, BB08DEC10)

From October (4 of them):

RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb

This wording in the FDA notice today:

"Today’s announcement provides additional information from the company’s posted announcement of September 23 when the initial recall information was provided...

Diamond has tested the product and found the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Samples taken by the FDA indicated that there were additional lots with insufficient levels of thiamine."


ETA- (sorry, Menusux, was typing while you posted)



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 10:56:02 AM
sorry Diamond but us petowners consider this an expanded recall....not a 12 minute issue like you told Susan Thixton...

I am calling and asking why the add'l date is on the site now...


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 01, 2009, 10:59:24 AM
I was trying to find documentation on what states they had said were originally affected and in the process found this at Pet Food Express, its not the same recall....its talking about off-odors now..., good grief!  Just to make this clear, this off-odor problem reported by Pet Food Express is a different problem and affects different lots than the thiamine problem...

http://www.petfoodexpress.com/petfood/default.asp?pageid=99&Section=About


11/30/09- Premium Edge Healthy Weight Cat & Premium Edge Finicky Cat Voluntary Withdrawal
The following products have been temporarily removed from our shelves due to reports of “off odors”. Only the lot codes listed below are affected. If you have any of the affected lot codes or feel the product you have purchased has an off odor, please return the product to the store for replacement or refund. We expect to be back in stock by December 12th.

Premium Edge Healthy Weight Cat
Production Code: RHW1101
Both 18 lb. and 6 lb. sizes

Premium Edge Finicky Cat
Production Code: RAF1001
Both 18 lb. and 6 lb. sizes




Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on December 01, 2009, 11:04:53 AM
OK-Pet Food Express is in California, so it would seem that their stock would come from the Diamond, Lathrop CA plant.  This seems to be a whole new issue.  :(


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 01, 2009, 11:30:26 AM
Yes and in this its the Premium Edge Healthy Weight cat food and Premium Edge Finicky cat.  The thiamine food problem affected Premium Edge Finicky cat and Premium Edge hairball....


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Offy on December 01, 2009, 11:31:33 AM
A couple of hours ago they issued the Diamond Premium Edge recall on cat food sold in Georgia (17 other states too)

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/21772356/detail.html


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 11:33:08 AM
The rep at Premium Edge says this is no new recall...I asked why two dates now since it was a 12 minute issue on one day and she kept saying this is not new...and when I asked if it had been expanded to more states she said that they never posted what states were affected..She said FDA issues a press release after an investigation...but I told her that on 10/20 the FDA only had one production date and now the Premium site has two....she had no answer for me...
1-800-977-8797
if anyone else wants to see if they get a better answer that makes sense.. :P


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 5CatMom on December 01, 2009, 12:36:05 PM
Carol,

That makes sense in the "Alice in Wonderland" world of the pet food industry - where topsy turvy explanations seek to ameliorate their out of control manufacturing processes.

We know that Diamond has long history of manufacturing problems, so buyer beware.

5CM


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: BW on December 01, 2009, 12:50:21 PM
someone just sent me this re: Diamond's Premium Edge.

updated 11:26 a.m. ET, Tues., Dec . 1, 2009

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34223285/ns/health-pet_health/


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: BW on December 01, 2009, 12:55:57 PM
According to the AP today, .....

a small quote from the article.

...The company has confirmed 21 cases of thiamine deficiency in New York and Pennsylvania.
The recalled bags of food were distributed in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida....

And I just now got this from my FDA alert email.
>>Diamond Pet Foods Announces Recall of Premium Edge Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food
Tue, 01 Dec 2009 09:11:00 -0600


On September 23, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat because they have the potential to produce Thiamine Deficiency. Today’s announcement provides additional information from the company’s posted announcement of September 23 when the initial recall information was provided. <<

I guess you all know even more about all this.



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 12:57:33 PM
The AP picked it up because of the FDA release most likely...so now I bet the medias are picking this up like it is brand new...at least I think it is from the Sept / Oct recall although things seemed to have changed..like two dates of production...4 different BB dates...18 states... ::)


Title: Diamond's Premium Edge Hairball Control CATFOOD
Post by: ancona on December 01, 2009, 01:13:50 PM
Received an FDA recall, the above is being recalled.


Sandi


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 02:07:25 PM
this just made my local news..just two months too late...This all should have happened the end of September when Diamond first knew about it...


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: catbird on December 01, 2009, 03:03:17 PM
Yes, when AP picked up the story today, this made my local news for the first time, too.  I pity those who were feeding the food since September! >:(


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: ancona on December 01, 2009, 03:04:00 PM
Hi, I received the notice from the FDA today

In f act I posted on this site


Sandi


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 03:13:46 PM
I read this first at Therese's site from this am "Jen" from 10/27 (one above my comment)
 
http://petsitusa.com/blog/?p=2527&cpage=1#comment-315596

and then I find this from yesterday (Jen Kruba)

http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/cat-food-recall-premium-edge-in-rochester-area/2009/10/15/

It looks like she is saying she tried to get someone to listen to her in August..including FDA...and she is in PA not Rochester.... ???


Remember this poster tried to warn FDA and Diamond in August... >:(

And to hear they say now 21 cats affected reminds me of the "16" affected with Menu Foods... >:(


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 03:18:13 PM
I still do not understand why there are 4 different BB dates... ???  anybody remember this?? and now two production dates??? 


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: catbird on December 01, 2009, 03:20:28 PM
I remember only the "12-minute window", suggesting that it would be one BB date?

Here's a link to a copy of the last known text of the September recall notice, which we blogged:

http://itchmo.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/update-fda-alerts-pet-owners-to-voluntary-recall-of-premium-edge-cat-food/


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 01, 2009, 03:31:09 PM
LOL Im still trying to find that "posted announcement of September 23 when the initial recall information was provided."  Anyone seen that?   ::) 



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Carol on December 01, 2009, 03:33:25 PM
I think somebody is lying...remember Susan Thixton had told that rep they needed to get something on their website--this was Oct 1 or 2...and I know Christie Keith did not find it either...I wonder if the FDA just figures whatever they are told is the truth..so I wonder if Diamond/Premium Edge said they had a public announcement then...


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on December 01, 2009, 03:59:28 PM
What Diamond so cleverly does is use the same link for the recall.  The new page replaces the old one.  Wysong did the same thing with their recall--used the same link to "cover" their previous messages there.

Am copying this here so there is a record of it.  This is on the Google cached page and when Googlebot crawls the Premium Edge website again, this will be replaced by what's there now.  We can't get these pages via the Internet Archives until they are at least 6 months old.

http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:p1nDBgTJQ20J:www.premiumedgepetfood.com/announcements/66/+premium+edge+cat+food+recall&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us9 (http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:p1nDBgTJQ20J:www.premiumedgepetfood.com/announcements/66/+premium+edge+cat+food+recall&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us9)

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This is Google's cache of http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/announcements/66/. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Nov 27, 2009 08:34:02 GMT. The current page could have changed in the meantime. Learn more

Text-only version These search terms are highlighted: premium edge cat food recall

Voluntary Recall - EASTERN US ONLY

Diamond Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall on the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat:  RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The date of manufacture is May 28, 2009 and August 30, 2009. All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.

Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature.  Symptoms may include wobbly walking or muscle weakness, paralysis of the hindlimbs, seizures, ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, and abnormal eye movement called nystagmus. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.

Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine.  Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine.  No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

To contact Premium Edge Pet Foods, please call 800.977.8797 between the hours of 8am and 5pm central time, Monday through Friday.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 01, 2009, 04:03:26 PM
http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/458/1/Premium-Edge-Cat-Food-Voluntary-Withdrawal/Page1.html

This tells alot of what we are asking about.  This is what Susan was told:

"The Diamond Pet Food company spokesman relayed the following theory to TruthaboutPetFood.com regarding this issue with Premium Edge Cat Food:

 Diamond pet food time stamps each product manufactured (date and time food was manufactured).  The time stamps for the first calls logged of affected cat foods were manufactured within a twelve minute time frame.  The speculation is some type of manufacturing error during those twelve minutes resulted in these cat foods becoming deficient in Thiamine."

So I guess their theory didnt prove out because now there are additional best by dates listed?

They also told her this:

The company stated there have been no other complaints from pet owners or veterinarians regarding Premium Edge Cat Food except from the Rochester, NY area (location of Dr. Susan Hubbard, Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital).  

According to the info Carol found, a petowner from Pennsylvania contacted them at the end of August to report a problem.  

And: "Although it was recommended to the company spokesman (from me), no press release information has been posted on Premium Edge website as of the writing of this article."    Susan wrote this on 10-2.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 01, 2009, 04:12:14 PM
Menusux, another discrepancy is that in the FDA 10-20 statement as well as to Truth ABout Pet Food and PetConnection, these are what was told was being recalled:

RAF0501A22X 18 lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6 lb. The date of manufacture is May 28, 2009.

In the new Diamond info on their page, it says this:

RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11),  RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The date of manufacture is May 28, 2009 and August 30, 2009.

Clearly, there is more product being recalled than what was previously announced in the FDA 10-20 statement just by looking at the codes and dates. And what is the (BB30Feb11).....Feb 30th, 2011?   :-\

And this is what the FDA press release says:  RAF0501A22X 18lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0501A2X 6 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAH0501A2X 6lb. (BB28NOV10, BB30NOV10, BB08DEC10)

I see best by dates listed of Nov 28, 2010..Feb 30, 2011..Nov 30, 2010 and Dec 8, 2010....that is more dates than what is showing in the statement at Diamond' site... :-\  I know there is a difference between best by and production dates but I was thinking there should be more production dates listed to match the number of best by dates listed? Or do they lump several production dates into one best by date? 


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 01, 2009, 05:30:53 PM
And this is what the FDA press release says:  RAF0501A22X 18lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0501A2X 6 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAF0802B12X 18lb (BB30FEB11), RAH0501A22X 18 lb. (BB28NOV10), RAH0501A2X 6lb. (BB28NOV10, BB30NOV10, BB08DEC10)

I see best by dates listed of Nov 28, 2010..Feb 30, 2011..Nov 30, 2010 and Dec 8, 2010....that is more dates than what is showing in the statement at Diamond' site... :-\  I know there is a difference between best by and production dates but I was thinking there should be more production dates listed to match the number of best by dates listed? Or do they lump several production dates into one best by date? 

And how long is their food good for....what would be the production dates for food made Nov 28 & 30, 2010, and Dec 8, 2010 and Feb 30, 2011?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: lesliek on December 01, 2009, 05:43:12 PM
If I remember correctly, the small amount of coverage the original recall got all stated the affected bags only went to NY state. Once again buyer beware ! If theres a recall,buy nothing from that pfc or even made in the same place. My local independant pf store sent back all diamond cat foods after the 1st notice,she wasn't convinced any of it was safe.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on December 01, 2009, 06:08:30 PM
I agree with Leslie!  How many times have we seen a recall followed by an expansion--far too many.  

The affected products are coming out of the Gaston, SC plant which is undergoing an expansion, believe it or not.  This is the same plant that produced the Taste of the Wild for dogs there appeared to be a silent recall on.

I don't see anything on Diamond's sites that states how long their products are good for (X months) after they are produced--all one has is the BB dating on the bag to go by.

No idea where the "Feb 30" comes in but knowing Diamond, it doesn't surprise me.

What I think went on here is that on the dates they're claiming these products were produced, those were the days when they did the runs of Finicky and Hairball formulas.  Would believe that the reason for the time gap is that when they do a run of the brand in question, they produce quite a few bags of food during a production run--enough to supply stores for a given length of time, and then when they estimate that the stock of the previous run has gone down enough, they start that production line up again.  It looks like they do a run of these foods every 3 months.

Know that with the Pet Carousel recalls, I had the feeling there would be more than Petco recalling items.  And there was, with FDA finding salmonella in their plant itself.  That says to me that I don't want to buy or use anything made by Pet Carousel.  

The same thing was true with the Mars recalls beginning with Red Flannel and Krasdale in 2007.  The salmonella wasn't confined to the limited number of bags of these foods Mars recalled, but came back via recalls in other products produced by the Everson PA plant twice in 2008--one initial and one expanded one.  This was the plant they had to permanently shut down due to salmonella.

Diamond has had issues with both aflatoxin and melamine--it seems like they learned nothing from either of them about the benefits of telling consumers the truth in a timely manner.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 3catkidneyfailure on December 01, 2009, 06:53:28 PM
By the standard of buy nothing from a manufacturer who has had a recall, and given the co-packer involvement like Menu Foods,
aren't consumers about out of pet food companies?
Not saying I disagree with the reasoning at all. I just can't think of a safe company -- sadly at this point.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: catwoods on December 01, 2009, 08:29:30 PM
This actually was on the local news 10 minutes ago tonight. I didn't hear where they said the information came from but I heard them talk abut neurological problems (thiamine deficiency) and then show bags of the food that could be returned to stores.

Much too late, after the food has been sitting on the shelves, I know. :'(


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on December 02, 2009, 01:01:29 AM
What made them test the food in the first place? Had a lot of pet owners called to inquire, ask, get information from them and had their pets either become so sick or even die that they then tested it? From the first batch on May 28th-they let this stuff be sold and until enough pet owners raised concerns - then did something? What were they waiting for - hundreds of deaths like in the Diamond dog food loaded with aflatoxin where 100 dogs dropped dead?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 02, 2009, 08:40:40 AM
JJ, that is an excellent point.  They say one of the production dates of the problem food was May 28th, 2009 but yet the first news of a recall was October?  We never did learn what the true problem was either, their 12 minute window theory seems questionable when they are also saying another production date affected was 8-30-09.....was it a problem with the pre-mix and if so, where else did that pre-mix go and where is the so-called testing of ingredients with these companies that could have prevented this problem?  Did someone forget to add thiamine to the pre-mix and if so who, the company or a company they get their pre-mix from....does anyone know who they might get their pre-mix from? 


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 02, 2009, 12:08:48 PM
I'll put my $$ on Trow.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: catbird on December 02, 2009, 02:43:44 PM
I'll put my $$ on Trow.

Same here.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on December 02, 2009, 03:05:22 PM
To find out who does Diamonds pre-mixes, we have to go back over 2 years:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/EnforcementReports/2007/ucm120472.htm

RECALLS AND FIELD CORRECTIONS: VETERINARY MEDICINES - CLASS II
__________________________________
PRODUCT
a) Diamond Pet SG PMX #1, NB-8244A, packaged in 50-lb. bags, For Manufacturing
Purposes Only, Recall # V-076-2007;
b) Diamond Pet SG PMX #2, NB-8332A, packaged in 50-lb. bags, For Manufacturing
Purposes Only, Recall # V-077-2007;
c) Diamond Holistic Premix, NB-8866B, packaged in 50-lb. bags, For Manufacturing
Purposes Only, Recall # V-078-2007;
d) Kirkland Signature Premix, NB8251A, packaged in 50-lb. bags, For Manufacturing
Purposes Only, Recall # V-079-2007

CODE
a) Lots: 0507721, 0507723, and 0521755;
b) Lots: 0514713 and 0521757;
c) Lots: 0510711, 0510713, 0517749, 0521759, 0521761, 0521763, 0601707, 0601709,
0601711, and 0807747;
d) Lots: 0503737, 0504701, 0510717, 0510719, 0523753, 0601713, 0713709, and
0718733
RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Nutra Blend LLC, Neosho, MO, by telephone on August 22, 2007 and August 24, 2007, and by letter on August 23, 2007. Firm initiated recall is complete.
REASON
Some of the raw material dehydrated parsley powder used in the manufacture of the premixes was found to contain salmonella.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
86,700 lbs.
DISTRIBUTION
MO, SC, and CA


END OF ENFORCEMENT REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 19, 2007

http://www.nutrablend.net/nutraBlendHome.aspx

"Nutra Blend LLC was founded in September, 1975 for the purpose of manufacturing quality vitamin, trace mineral, and antibiotic premixes for the feed industry. Our vision has expanded from that time to include not only premixing, but the distribution of micro-ingredients, and the other ingredients needed to manufacture feed in today's highly technical industry."


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: catbird on December 02, 2009, 03:12:00 PM
Hmm, Nutra Blend.  I wonder if they still use them.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on December 02, 2009, 03:13:14 PM
I wonder who else does too.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: catbird on December 02, 2009, 03:14:58 PM
Very good question.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 02, 2009, 04:24:59 PM
Pet Food Express changed their website, they removed the post about the off-odor food and updated info on the Diamond recall due to thiamine deficiency....its sad to see PFE doing this.  Maybe it was all from the same recall but there is additional product listed that was not listed before...and they may not have sold any of this affected product but what about the next time? Whatever...as my dad used to say. People obviously tried to tell them.  :P

http://www.petfoodexpress.com/petfood/default.asp?pageid=99&Section=About


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Spartycats on December 03, 2009, 07:23:38 AM
Apparently, one of the incentives to being a Nutra Blend customer, is a customer appreciation cruise.

http://www.nutrablend.net/nutraBlendHome.aspx (http://www.nutrablend.net/nutraBlendHome.aspx)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Neosho/Nutra-Blend-Cruisers/154822471316 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Neosho/Nutra-Blend-Cruisers/154822471316)


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 03, 2009, 07:36:04 AM
Good grief, "Nutra-Blend Cruisers?  Now, isnt that special.... ::)

how is it these companies keep saying they dont have enough money for good testing protocol but yet they can provide cruises? 


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 03, 2009, 09:15:07 AM
Susan Thixton has written a blog article about the discrepancies in the recent Diamond cat food recall info, at least the details are starting to be pointed out and talked about more:

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/532/1/Just-a-warning-this-one-is-going-to-make-you-Mad/Page1.html



Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on December 03, 2009, 10:03:15 AM
Thx for that link Sandik. There is a paragraph that stands out - Diamond testing did not find any lots of cat food that was deficient in thiamine, the FDA testing did find them.

This happened before but can't remember what company testing/vs. FDA testing it was. History repeating itself?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 03, 2009, 10:24:15 AM
I have to say, regarding testing, I've known for some time that a lot of PFCs do a certain type of testing that has not been acknowledged, yet, by the FDA. In speaking with one of the people at this particular lab, they told me that most of the PFCs use this as their sole test which can point to a general toxicity of a product. It is at that point that they may do further, more detailed testing, but who's going to make them? Nutritional testing is not part of this general test. I have a feeling that this may be why the FDA found the issue and they didn't.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on December 03, 2009, 10:32:49 AM
bug if you read that paragraph it states that the FDA found deficiencies on same lots that Diamond did not. Not that they did more in-depth testing. Is that what you meant?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 03, 2009, 12:42:01 PM
JJ,

No. I probably didn't word that well. I meant that Diamond didn't catch it because the testing they do has nothing to do with the nutrient content of their food. They only do a general test for toxins and if nothing shows up there, they go ahead and ship the food out. The FDA did the necessary tests that found the actual problem because they did ALL of them. It's a lot cheaper to let someone else pay for the detailed testing and continue to pay for the very inexpensive general toxin test. Knowing that most of the PFCs use this test to make the claim that their food is safe, nutritional over or under-supplementation will continue to be a problem.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on December 04, 2009, 12:22:41 AM
bug correct me if this is not the case - I thought after the big 2007 downfall of the PFC from the melamine - that more stringent testing was in place of their food? Do you know if that is posted anywhere on here about the testing, whether more involved (pricier) or the basic (standard) test you spoke about? And would we have the names of companies and what type of tests they do so people could compare the testing of the foods?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 04, 2009, 07:11:00 AM
The testing for melamine is a separate issue. This particular test is one that is supposed to pick up dangerous levels of mycotoxins, heavy metals and other toxic compounds (maybe melamine has been included). It has been used for years, but it isn't what you think. It's not like they submit a sample to a lab and they add liquid and centrifuge and run it through a computer to find levels of such and such. I can't just come out and say it because of the confidentiality of the conversation I had with the person at the company. I also don't know all of the companies that use them, just one for sure (and I'll add that their food is produced in Gaston, SC) and in conversation, "a lot of pet food companies use us" was offered.

I don't know how many go beyond this testing, and it's not that I don't think the method works, it just hasn't been accepted and used by the FDA or higher educational institutions with labs. I haven't seen the studies on the methods, and they may be solid, but what concerns me is that this is a very general test which doesn't include nutritional (proximate) analysis. PFCs might be skipping on doing more sensitive tests in lieu of the more general one because, well, if nothing toxic turns up, then the food must be good to go.

Of course, this is all speculation on my part (about what PFCs might or might not do), but that line of thinking is a possibility and I wish there were strict guidelines on what kind of tests need to be done to deem a food safe.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 04, 2009, 10:18:11 AM
I thought Diamond did say they do nutrient testing....this is a post by Menusux in the Diamond Taste of the Wild recall thread.  It appears they have taken down the statement now about the testing they do (which that in itself is kind of interesting, why would they take that down)?  But this is what the said they do...incuding nutrient testing....and you remember the ol' bells and whistles thing and the 151 tests and checks...maybe they need to make it 152 to include thiamine?  ::) To me this is no different that the Nutro sky-high zinc problem...they all say they test nutrient levels but if they do, how come this sort of thing keeps happening...all we have to go on is what they tell us they do and they have certainly implied here that nutrient testing is done...altho that statement is now gone from what I can tell.....
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Zero Compromises.

"This is our slogan for quality and consistency, but what does this really mean to you and your pet?

"Our ingredients and finished products undergo an extensive evaluation prior to leaving our facility as a bag of pet food. State of the art laboratories that make use of the newest technology for product analysis help us deliver quality to you in each and every bag.


"Each incoming ingredient has a list of specifications that it must meet. These ingredients are inspected as the truck comes into our facility. Depending on the ingredient, the specific tests that it undergoes will vary. However, all ingredients are inspected for smell, color, texture and purity. Most ingredients are also tested in a near infrared unit for nutrient content. This NIR measures levels of protein, fat, fiber, ash and moisture. The nutrient content is very important to ensure that the ingredients going into the recipe are of the utmost quality and provide the required nutrition to your pet.
"Some examples of tests that are run on specific ingredients include:
•    Peroxide level on fats, oils and protein meals
•    Aflatoxin test on corn, millet, rice
•    Vomitoxin test on wheat, barley
•    Fumonisin test on corn
•    General toxicity screening (Toxi-Screen) – detects harmful levels of any toxins present in the ingredient or finished product

"Samples are collected with a robotic arm, eliminating human influence from the sampling process.

"Although we thoroughly check each incoming ingredient, we don’t stop there. Computers are used to batch each recipe and alarms sound if there is any deviation from the precise recipe.  

"Finished product testing is the final critical step in ensuring that the food that you feed to your pet is the best available. Samples are taken throughout the process and tested for level of cook (determined by appearance of the kibble and bushel weight), nutrient content  (using the NIR technology), aflatoxin, and bacterial contamination. In addition, we use a special Toxi-screen test that checks finished product samples for any type of toxic contamination. The sealed bags pass through a metal detector prior to being stacked on a pallet. Because the system is automated and cameras are installed throughout the manufacturing facility, we can be confident that the food in each bag has been properly handled throughout the process.

"Once the product leaves our facility, unique identifiers enable us to track each batch of food through the marketplace. Production codes are used on every bag of food and are unique for the product, the plant where it was manufactured, the line on which it was manufactured, the operator who was in charge, and the time the food was put into the bag. The expiration date is another important part of this code. Tags are placed onto the pallets and scanned when the food is loaded onto a truck to be delivered to one of our distributors. Based on the information on the tag, we are able to track which batches went to which distributors. Many of our processes are based off the written protocols used in human grade facilities.  When our facilities are audited for quality and safety, the audit is the same as one that would be done in a human grade facility.  Although pet foods are not considered to be human grade, we hold ourselves to the standards as if they were".

"Many of our processes are based off the written protocols used in human grade facilities.  When our facilities are audited for quality and safety, the audit is the same as one that would be done in a human grade facility.  Although pet foods are not considered to be human grade, we hold ourselves to the standards as if they were."

 


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 5CatMom on December 04, 2009, 11:38:38 AM
If PFC's were testing what they claim to be testing (i.e., nutrients and toxins), testing representative samples, and testing at appropriate intervals - well, we wouldn't be seeing premix errors and moldy food.

In a well defined and properly controlled manufacturing process, it's not necessary to 100% test your product at every operation.  The fact that PFC's harp about all the testing they're doing tells me a couple of things:

1)  PFC processes are out of control.
2)  They're not really doing what they say they're doing.

5CM


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on December 04, 2009, 11:56:58 AM
As Sandi says, the "151 checks" has disappeared from the Diamond website.  But the link to the page is still around:

http://www.diamondpet.com/faq/

"How can I be sure of the quality of the Diamond products?
"Diamond Pet Foods works very hard to provide your pet with the highest quality, safest products available. Our[151 checks program] (this is where the now dead link is) is one way that we accomplish this. All incoming ingredients are run through a battery of tests, specific for that particular ingredient. These tests are run in the high-tech laboratory that is on site. If any of the test results are questionable, the ingredient is not accepted into the plant. During the production of the food, additional tests are run to ensure that the product is being made to meets its nutritional levels and that there are not any contaminants that were somehow missed during the ingredient testing. All of these results are stored in a computer system for each batch of food. High-tech quality control is the best way to ensure product quality and safety.

http://www.diamondpet.com/promotions/5/

Current page that's blank

http://web.archive.org/web/20080525113652/http://www.diamondpet.com/promotions/5/ (http://web.archive.org/web/20080525113652/http://www.diamondpet.com/promotions/5/)

Internet Archives for the missing page crawl date May 25, 2008:

151 Checks? What does that mean?

141 Ingredient Tests.
10 Final Product Checks.
Zero Compromises.

Here's what goes into every Diamond product:

Each of our products undergoes a rigorous quality control process prior to shipment, including 141 ingredient tests and 10 final product quality and safety checks.
Diamond uses only the highest-quality ingredients.
Every Diamond Pet Foods product is Precision Formulated™ for content, quality, consistency and uniformity.
Diamond is audited regularly by a highly respected independent laboratory for food safety, quality and palatability.
We only sell products that we would be proud to feed to our own pets.


Did someone decide there should be truth in advertising?  ??? ::)


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 5CatMom on December 04, 2009, 12:23:58 PM
Got a bad feeling about this.

Is Diamond a contract manufacturer for other brands?

5CM


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 04, 2009, 12:27:39 PM
If PFC's were testing what they claim to be testing (i.e., nutrients and toxins), testing representative samples, and testing at appropriate intervals - well, we wouldn't be seeing premix errors and moldy food.

In a well defined and properly controlled manufacturing process, it's not necessary to 100% test your product at every operation.  The fact that PFC's harp about all the testing they're doing tells me a couple of things:

1)  PFC processes are out of control.
2)  They're not really doing what they say they're doing.

5CM

I think that what might be happening in some instances is that some PFCs are telling the public they do the testing but the manufacturer (outsourced production) is either dreaming up the numbers they give to the company or they just aren't doing any or all of the testing required. I don't see why a pet food company would want to put itself out of business this way. How stupid is that?

5Cat, Diamond makes Taste of the Wild, Felidae/Canidae, Solid Gold, Chicken Soup and much more.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 5CatMom on December 04, 2009, 12:59:32 PM
Bug,

Apparently, PFC's don't view a poor quality as "risky business".

They know how difficult it is for owners and vets to sort out food issues; that the industry isn't really regulated (in spite of what FDA says); and even when food is found to be tainted, there are no serious consequences for PFCs.

Why invest in "quality" when "poor quality" has no downside?

5CM


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: menusux on December 04, 2009, 01:03:55 PM
FWIW, Diamond was the co-packer for Natural Balance dry foods at the time of the recalls.  The last I'd seen, NB had continued on with that business relationship.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 04, 2009, 04:13:16 PM
If PFC's were testing what they claim to be testing (i.e., nutrients and toxins), testing representative samples, and testing at appropriate intervals - well, we wouldn't be seeing premix errors and moldy food.

In a well defined and properly controlled manufacturing process, it's not necessary to 100% test your product at every operation.  The fact that PFC's harp about all the testing they're doing tells me a couple of things:

1)  PFC processes are out of control.
2)  They're not really doing what they say they're doing.

5CM

I think that what might be happening in some instances is that some PFCs are telling the public they do the testing but the manufacturer (outsourced production) is either dreaming up the numbers they give to the company or they just aren't doing any or all of the testing required. I don't see why a pet food company would want to put itself out of business this way. How stupid is that?

5Cat, Diamond makes Taste of the Wild, Felidae/Canidae, Solid Gold, Chicken Soup and much more.

bug, to me, if this was the fault of an outside source, wouldnt Diamond be blasting that all over,? Seems to me in the past companies have been pretty good at pointing fingers away from themselves if they have an opportunity to do so. And even if it was the fault of some outside source, does that relieve them of responsibility? I guess the way I see it is, its their name on the product when it goes out for sale..they should have the final responsiblity to make sure their product is safe. Its not like they havent had several opportunities to learn from past mistakes, have they forgotten 2007?  As far as why would a pet food company want to put itself out of business this way? I think the companies have counted on the public people not learning about the problem..at least in the past.  If I remember correctly, in this case, they attempted to just have product pulled from store shelves without informing the public. It appears they put a statement at their site about it on 10-2 after word had already started to circulate.  Would they have put anything at their site otherwise?  The public learned about it which is not what they planned on.  So once the public learned about it, so did FDA.  It went beyond what the co was hoping for.  Thats just my opinion on it. 


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 04, 2009, 05:37:49 PM
Sandi,

I actually meant that the PFCs that Diamond produces food for has paid them to do the proper testing and they don't seem to be doing it. I'm thinking that a company like Canidae, who Diamond manufacture's for, would be paying $$$ to have them test the food as before, during and after it's produced. If Diamond is fudging numbers or just not doing the testing when they say they are, this could account for the PFC posting that they do testing on their website when, in fact, it hasn't been done. Who knows what Diamond or Menu or ANI or Simmons tells its contracted companies about testing. There's a lot of passing the buck when there are contract companies involved. When it is a situation like Champion, who manufacture their own foods, it theoretically should be a no-brainer as to who is at fault because they are completey responsible for testing their own food. Regarding why they wouldn't do the testing. Yep, no reason to if they're never held accountable.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on December 04, 2009, 06:39:24 PM
Question for anyone - all the latest problems with pet foods - were they manufactured by Diamond? Besides the current problem? Can these be traced back to Diamond as the producer/manufacturer? Would be nice if these companies are bringing some pressure to bear on them that they better not skip or fudge any numbers on food they produce for other companies. We do not need another 2007 to happen again.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 04, 2009, 06:42:47 PM
Well, the more recent recalls are from Nutro, Wysong and Premium Edge. Nutro and Wysong make their own dry food. Were there other recalls I'm missing?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on December 04, 2009, 06:45:07 PM
bug which were the foods with the mold in them? Were there not two companies so far? Do not know if they are made by Diamond?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 04, 2009, 06:46:56 PM
I thought it was just Wysong. Maybe I am missing one. Oh, wait! TOTW had problems with the water content being too low or high. That is Diamond produced.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on December 04, 2009, 08:01:08 PM
Thanks for the clarification bug.  I guess when it comes down to it, who knows why they all do what they do...lol They certainly arent doing much to try win the most-trusted business award with consumers lately, jmo of course. 

I found this old warning letter they were issued which was kind of interesting as well as this Wiki info:

http://www.filadog.com/html%20docs/Articles/Web%20archive/g5811d.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Pet_Foods

Diamond/Schell & Kampeter markets pet foods under the brands

Taste of the Wild (doing business under that name)
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
Professional
Country Value
Premium Edge
Bright Bites (doing business as Sugar Creek Pet Products)

It also manufactures under contract for other companies, including as of 2009 at least some of the pet foods sold under brands or business names

Canidae Pet Food
Costco's Kirkland Signature
Solid Gold Health Products for Pets
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on December 04, 2009, 09:44:46 PM
bug glad you remembered it was TOTW, I couldn't think of that one.

Thanks for the list Sandi. I knew they produced food for some of the more well known companies.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 5CatMom on December 05, 2009, 04:04:46 AM
Bug and SandiK,

Tks for the info on other brands made by Diamond.

Are we getting reports of any problems with them?

5CM


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: BW on December 05, 2009, 02:41:20 PM
I just don't buy anything made by Diamond at all.  A couple years ago, I bought some Chicken soup for the pet lovers soul, and when I opened the can it was disgusting, a solid clump and moldy.  I just threw it away, and have never bought any again.  At that time, I didn't know it was Diamond.  I've just avoided it because of my experience regardless some people saying it was good.
I don't buy Solid Gold either because it's made by them.

I just don't think we should encourage Diamond by giving them our money for anything they make.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on December 05, 2009, 02:54:53 PM
BW, Diamond doesn't make their own canned. American Nutrition manufactures Chicken Soup. They have had their share of problems, too.


Title: Nutra Gold recall (international version of Premium Edge)
Post by: bug on October 13, 2010, 08:51:36 AM
Please forgive me if this was already posted -- couldn't find it on search:

Just read the October FDA recall enforcement report. The Premium edge recall is still ongoing but I had not seen the Nutra Gold Adult Cat Food specified in previous lists. Maybe I missed it, but better safe than sorry:

PRODUCT
1) Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat, Net Wt. 18 lbs. (8.16kg). Recall # V-010-2010;

2) Premium Edge Adult Cat Hair Ball Control, Net Wt. 18 lbs. (8.16kg). Recall # V-011-2010;

3) Nutra Gold Finicky Adult Cat (international only), Net Wt/Poids Net 3kg (6.6 lbs). Recall # V-012-2010;

4) Nutra Gold Adult Cat Hair Ball Control (international only), Net Wt/Poids Net 3kg (6.6 lbs). Recall # V-013-2010


CODE
1) RAF0501 (with BB28NOV10 and BB29NOV10) and RAF0802 (with BB30FEB11);
2) RAH0501 (with BB28NOV10 or BB29NOV10);
3) RAF0501 (with BB28NOV10 or BB29NOV10);
4) RAH0501 (with BB28NOV2010, BB29NOV10, BB30NOV10 or BB08DEC10)

RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Recalling Firm: Diamond Pet Foods, Meta, MO, by telephone and email on/about September 23, 2009, by Website posting On October 16th and by e-mail on October 21, 2009.
Manufacturer: Diamond Pet, Gaston, SC. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
REASON
Products were found to be thiamine deficient.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
6042 units
DISTRIBUTION
MA, NC, NY, PA, VA, Canada, Croatia, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Moscow, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand

Reminder--this recall was current in 2009.  


Title: Re: Nutra Gold recall (international version of Premium Edge)
Post by: 3catkidneyfailure on October 13, 2010, 09:12:13 AM
Here's the only other mention of Nutra Gold I could find on itchmo on search, to remind you
that this company has had serious pet food safety problems (aflatoxin in 2005) before:

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/diamond-pet-foodaflatoxin-2005class-action-settlement-t3122.0.html


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 13, 2010, 12:48:07 PM
Did they just sneak the Nutra Gold in? Had anyone else seen it in there before or was it just me that missed that?


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: 3catkidneyfailure on October 13, 2010, 02:16:10 PM
In the 2005 recall or the 2009 recall, bug? Which one did you miss it in? It sounds like to me 2009 is the one you're worried about.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: Sandi K on October 13, 2010, 04:33:48 PM
Did they just sneak the Nutra Gold in? Had anyone else seen it in there before or was it just me that missed that?

bug, I also cant find any mention of Nutra Gold in any of the prior 2009 announcements about this recall.  The announcements all say Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat.   ???


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 13, 2010, 06:30:50 PM
3Cat, it's the 2009-10 recall I'm talking about. Why does the FDA have this on the October report and why is it only showing the Nutra Gold now? I haven't seen this recalled anywhere on their website in the past and even the original Premium Edge stuff is gone.

Essentially, cats in all these other countries are continuing to be affected by lack of thiamine because there was no mention of this brand -- the equivalent to Premium Edge in the US. This is why I started a new thread -- in case people in these other countries look up Nutra Gold. They wouldn't know to look in a thread called Premium Edge.


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: JJ on October 19, 2010, 08:38:43 PM
This is why I started a new thread -- in case people in these other countries look up Nutra Gold. They wouldn't know to look in a thread called Premium Edge.
bug this thread is named Premium Edge ?? You said people wouldn't know to look in a thread called that? Lil confusing??


Title: Re: Premium Edge Cat food Voluntary Withdrawal
Post by: bug on October 20, 2010, 12:37:34 PM
I know, JJ. I started another thread called "Nutra Gold recall" and one of the mods integrated it into this one. I didn't post it here. I think it should be a separate thread but I don't have any control over that.