Two more pet food manufacturers, Diamond Pet Foods and Canine Caviar, have recalled several of their products as a result of unauthorized ingredients being added.
Diamond Pet Foods has recalled three canned pet food products after learning that the items might be contaminated by melamine, the chemical implicated in the recent rash of pet illnesses and deaths.
The recall was initiated April 26 by the Meta, Missouri-based company. The recalled items are:
- Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Puppy Formula 13 oz. cans dated “best by” Aug. 21, 2008 to April 15, 2009.
- Diamond Lamb & Rice Formula for Dogs 13 oz. cans dated “best by” Aug. 21, 2009 to April 15, 2010.
- Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Kitten Formula 5.5 oz. cans dated “best by” Aug. 15, 2008 to April 15, 2009.
The recipe for these products, manufactured by Ogden, Utah-based American Nutrition Inc., does not include rice protein concentrate, according to a Diamond spokesperson. At this time, it appears that a manufacturing mistake on the part of American Nutrition caused rice protein concentrate tainted with melamine to be added to the Diamond food items, the spokesperson said.
Notification of the possible error by American Nutrition caused Diamond Pet Foods to issue the recall, the company said. American Nutrition was not immediately available for comment.
Canine Caviar is also voluntarily recalling less than 1,500 cans of its Gourmet Turkey and Gourmet Beaver. The company expects to have the cans collected within 48 hours of April 27.
Canine Caviar said it is recalling the food because its canned food co-packer was using ingredients that were not authorized by them.
The recalled Canine Caviar products include:
- 13.2 oz Gourmet Turkey – UPC 674555222134 dated “best by” Aug. 21, 2008 or later.
- 13.2 oz Gourmet Beaver – UPC 674555221328 dated “best by” Aug. 21, 2008 or later.
- 5.5 oz Gourmet Beaver – UPC 674555221557 dated “best by” Aug. 21, 2008 or later.
The company said that its dry foods, treats and supplements are not affected by the recall and that the products are packed at a different facility.
Canine Caviar asks that all cans of turkey and beaver be returned to the store for a full refund. For the inconvenience, Canine Caviar is offering free dry food and treat coupons. Email: email@example.com.
Canine Caviar said it has taken steps to increase quality control to ensure this does not happen in the future and is demanding production records from all of their co-packers for all of their formulas before they are shipped to them.
There have been no reported illnesses related to feeding these formulas, according to both Diamond Pet Foods and Canine Caviar.
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