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« Reply #90 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?   Roll Eyes 

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« Reply #91 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...
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« Reply #92 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

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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.
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« Reply #93 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.
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« Reply #94 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?   Undecided

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... Undecided  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? 
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« Reply #95 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... Undecided  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?
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« Reply #96 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.
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« Reply #97 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.
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« Reply #98 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.
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« Reply #99 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. Cry
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« Reply #100 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?
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« Reply #101 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? 
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« Reply #102 on: December 02, 2009, 12:08:48 PM »

I'll put my $$ on Trow.
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« Reply #103 on: December 02, 2009, 02:43:44 PM »

I'll put my $$ on Trow.

Same here.
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« Reply #104 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
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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."
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