Solid Gold Pet Food Recall History
Has Solid Gold Ever Been Recalled?
Yes, Solid Gold was recalled in 2012 for a potential salmonella contamination. Only two dry dog food recipes were included in the recall. The affected products were produced by Diamond Pet Foods.
Other than the 2012 recall, our staff has not been able to identify any other instances of product withdrawals associated with Solid Gold. Considering that Solid Gold has been available for more than 40 years, one recent recall is not alarming at all.
List of Solid Gold Recalls
May 8, 2012
Solid Gold has issued a voluntary recall for two varieties of dry dog food. These two recipes are being recalled because they may contain salmonella.
The affected recipes were produced by Diamond Pet Foods. No other recipes are affected by this recall. Here are the identifying details for products included in the recall:
Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food with best before date of December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGB1201A31X. The following sizes are included in the recall: 4 lbs, 15 lbs, and 33 lbs.
Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food with best before date of December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGL1201A32X. The following sizes are included in the recall: 4 lbs, 15 lbs, and 28.5 lbs.
The affected products were distributed in the United States and Canada.
Where is Solid Gold Pet Food Made?
Solid Gold does not own or operate any of its own manufacturing facilities. Instead, they outsource the physical making of their dog food and cat food recipes. Foods are manufactured by these co-packers (facility location in parentheses):
- Crosswinds Pet Foods (Kansas)
- Diamond Pet Foods (Missouri & South Carolina)
- Simmons Pet Foods (Arkansas)
In addition, tuna based canned cat foods are made in Thailand. According to Solid Gold, the Thailand manufacturing facility also makes tuna-based products for human consumption. The name of the Thailand facility is not disclosed on the Solid Gold website.
According to the Solid Gold website, foods are never manufactured in China. Plus, none of the ingredients used in Solid Gold are sourced from China. After the 2007 recall crisis, consumers are rightfully cautious about ingredients that are sourced from China.
Ingredient are however not all sourced from the United States. According to Sold Gold, many ingredients are sourced from around the world. This is the reason why Solid Gold does not write "Made In The USA" on any of its packaging material. Instead, they write "Produced In The USA" which does not legally mean the same thing. Writing "Made In The USA" means that the ingredients are sourced from the USA and manufacturing takes place within the United States.
Is Solid Gold Pet Food Safe?
In general, we're typically concerned when pet food brands outsource their manufacturing to other companies (co-packers). Often, these other companies are manufacturing foods for dozens of other brands. The wide range of ingredients and manufacturing processes that take place in these facilities may increase the chance of contamination and manufacturing error.
However, we've noticed that Solid Gold has maintained an impressive record of safety throughout its long history. The company has been selling pet food for more than 40 years. In this time, only one recall has been issued.
We've also noticed that Solid Gold has moved most of its production out of Diamond Pet Foods and into other manufacturing facilities. In the early 2000s, most Solid Gold pet foods were manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods. Today, only a few recipes are manufactured by Diamond.
Diamond Pet Foods has been involved in some very dangerous recalls within the past two decades. Therefore, we are pleased that Solid Gold has been transferring most of its pet food production out of Diamond Pet Food facilities.
According to Solid Gold, the brand employs a testing program called Positive Release. Samples from each batch of food made are sent to a lab for analysis. When the results arrive, the foods are released for distribution. In other words, samples of each batch produced by the co-packers are tested before they are released for distribution.
The Solid Gold testing program may be the reason why Solid Gold has been able to maintain an impressive safety record throughout its history. We have no reason to be concerned with the safety of Solid Gold dog food or cat food products.