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Premium Edge Announcement re Withdrawal of Certain Cat Foods


Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat:  RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb.  The calls from pet owners or veterinarians regarding this issue have been centered in the Rochester, NY area.  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.  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.


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Recalled Cat Food

Recalled Dog Food

Dry Cat Food

  1. Blue Buffalo Spa Select Kitten
  2. Drs. Fosters and Smith
  3. Evolve Kitten Food
  4. Health Diet
  5. Hills Prescription Diet m/d
  6. Kasco
  7. Lick Your Chops
  8. Natural Balance – Venison
  9. Royal Canin Veterinary Diet

Cat Treats

  1. Pounce Meaty Morsels

Wet Cat Food

  1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
  2. Authority (PetSmart brand)
  3. Best Choice
  4. Blue Buffalo
  5. Cat’s Choice
  6. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  7. Companion (Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores)
  8. Compliments
  9. Co-Op Gold
  10. Demoulas Market Basket
  11. Despar
  12. Eukanuba
  13. Fame
  14. Feline Classic
  15. Feline Cuisine
  16. Fine Feline Cat
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  19. Giant Companion
  20. Giant Eagle
  21. Hannaford
  22. Harmony Farms
  23. Hill Country Fare
  24. Hy-Vee
  25. Iams
  26. J.E. Mondou
  27. La Griffe
  28. Laura Lynn
  29. Li’l Red
  30. Loving Meals
  31. Masters Choice
  32. Max Cat
  33. Medi-Cal
  34. Meijer’s Main Choice
  35. Natural Balance
  36. Natural Ultramix (Castor and Pollux)
  37. Nutriplan
  38. Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
  39. Nutro Natural Choice
  40. Paws
  41. Pet Pride (Kroger brand)
  42. Performatrin Ultra
  43. Presidents Choice
  44. Price Chopper
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  47. Roche Brothers
  48. Roundy’s
  49. Royal Canin Medi-Cal Feline Dissolution Formula
  50. Save-A-Lot Special Blend
  51. Schnucks
  52. Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans
  53. Sophistacat (PetSmart brand)
  54. Special Kitty Canada
  55. Special Kitty US (Wal-Mart brand)
  56. Springfield Prize
  57. Sprout
  58. Stop & Shop Companion
  59. Stuzzy Gold
  60. Tops Companion
  61. Triumph
  62. Wegmans
  63. Weis Total Pet
  64. Western Family Canada
  65. Western Family US
  66. White Rose
  67. Winn Dixie
  68. Your Pet

Fish Food & Other Pet Food

  1. 8 in 1 Ferret Ultra-Blend
  2. Atlantis Fish Flake Food

Dry Dog Food

  1. Drs. Fosters and Smith
  2. Kasco
  3. Natural Balance – Venison
  4. Nutra Nuggets – Lamb and Rice
  5. Royal Canin Sensible Choice
  6. Royal Canin Veterinary Diet
  7. Shep
  8. Shop Rite Redi-Mixt
  9. SmartPak

Dog Treats

  1. Beef Sticks
  2. Blue Buffalo
  3. Champion Breed
  4. Companion’s Best
  5. Dollar General
  6. Gravy Train
  7. Happy Tails
  8. Harmony Farms Health Bar
  9. Jerky Treats
  10. Lassie Lamb
  11. Natural Balance – Venison
  12. Nurture
  13. Ol’Roy
  14. Perfect Pals
  15. Pet Life
  16. Stater Brothers

Wet Dog Food

  1. ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy
  2. Americas Choice, Preferred Pet
  3. Authority (PetSmart brand)
  4. Award (PetSmart brand)
  5. Best Choice
  6. Big Bet
  7. Big Red
  8. Bloom
  9. Blue Buffalo
  10. Wegmans Bruiser (Wegmans brand)
  11. Cadillac
  12. Canine Caviar Gourmet Beaver
  13. Canine Caviar Gourmet Turkey
  14. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
  15. Companion (Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores)
  16. Compliments
  17. Co-Op Gold
  18. Demoulas Market Basket
  19. Diamond Lamb and Rice
  20. Eukanuba
  21. Food Lion
  22. Giant Companion (Giant Food stores)
  23. Great Choice
  24. Hannaford
  25. Harmony Farms
  26. Health Diet Gourmet Cusine
  27. Hill Country Fare
  28. Hy-Vee
  29. Iams
  30. Kirkland
  31. La Griffe
  32. Laura Lynn
  33. Loving Meals
  34. Masters Choice
  35. Meijers Main Choice
  36. Mighty Dog Pouch (Nestle Purina)
  37. Mixables
  38. Mulligan Stew Chicken
  39. Mulligan Stew Turkey
  40. Natural Balance
  41. Natural Life
  42. Nu Pet
  43. Nutriplan
  44. Nutro Max
  45. Nutro Natural Choice
  46. Nutro Ultra
  47. Nutro
  48. Ol’Roy Canada
  49. Ol’Roy US
  50. Paws
  51. Performatrin Ultra
  52. Pet Essentials (Target brand)
  53. Pet Pride – Good n Meaty (Kroger brand)
  54. Presidents Choice
  55. Price Chopper
  56. Priority Canada
  57. Priority US (Safeway brand)
  58. Publix
  59. Roche Brothers
  60. Save-A-Lot Choice Morsels
  61. Schnucks
  62. Shep Dog
  63. Springsfield Prize
  64. Sprout
  65. Stater Brothers
  66. Stop & Shop Companion
  67. Tops Companion
  68. Triumph
  69. Truly
  70. Weis Total Pet
  71. Western Family Canada
  72. Western Family US
  73. White Rose
  74. Winn Dixie
  75. Your Pet

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Pet Food Recall Timeline

Last Updated: April 27, 2007. Itchmo’s full, latest coverage can be found here.


What is this page about?

On March 16, Menu Foods, a wet foods producer of private-label pet foods based in Canada, announced the recall of 60 million cans and pouches of its meat-in-gravy products for cats and dogs across more than 90 brands – the largest pet food recall in US history. Other manufacturers followed with their own recalls over the next several weeks. This timeline summarizes the events leading up to the recall as well as its aftermath and vital facts regarding the tragic incident that affected 1% of the US pet food supply. Thousands of illnesses and deaths were reported by pet parents. To date the exact death toll is unknown, and it most likely will never be known. Who is Menu Foods? / Official Company Site This page constructs the timeline of events from media and government reports based on the available data we can find.

Unofficial Death Toll Official Death Toll



Cats: 56% Cats: 93.75%
Dogs: 43% Dogs: 6.25%
Source: PetConnection Source: FDA/Menu Foods

Cause of Death

Acute Renal Failure (ARF) from the ingestion of aminopterin and/or melamine (most likely the latter). The prime suspect of contamination is wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate imported from China. What is ARF? / What is aminopterin? / What is melamine?

Mortality Rate

Menu Foods feeding trial mortality rate is approximately 17%. Real-world mortality rate is unknown.


Itchmo’s full coverage can be found here. End of timeline

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