Taste of the Wild Pet Food Recall History
Has Taste Of The Wild Ever Been Recalled?
Yes, Taste of the Wild has been recalled once. In 2012, Taste of the Wild was recalled because of a potential salmonella contamination. The recall included many dry dog food and cat food varieties.
Taste of the Wild is owned by Schell & Kampeter Inc. which does business under the name Diamond Pet Food Processors. The business is located in Gaston, South Carolina and operates primarily in the dog and cat food industry.
Here is a comprehensive list of brands owned by Diamond Pet Foods:
- Taste of the Wild
- Premium Edge
- Nutra-Nuggets U.S.
- Nutra-Nuggets Global
- Bright Bites
- NutraGold Grain-Free
- Diamond Care
- Diamond Naturals
- Diamond Grain Free
Diamond Pet Foods also operates as a manufacturer/co-packer for other brands of pet food. For example, brands such as 4Health, Kirkland, and Chicken Soup for the Soul are produced within Diamond Pet Food facilities.
List of Taste of the Wild Recalls
May 5, 2012
Taste of the Wild was included within an expanded pet food recall issued by Diamond Pet Foods. The recall included both Taste of the Wild dog food and Taste of the Wild cat food. Here is how to identify an affected product according to the company's press release:
To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags that have a number “2” or a “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed above are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.
This recall included thousands of Taste of the Wild dry dog food and cat food products. The recall was issued as a precautionary step after certain products manufactured in the Gaston, S.C facility tested positive for salmonella.
According to the FDA: "Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans."
Where Is Taste of the Wild Pet Food Made?
Taste of the Wild is made in the USA within Diamond Pet Food facilities. Diamond Pet Foods owns five manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States. More specifically, the facilities are located in Northern California, Central California, Missouri, South Carolina, and Arkansas.
Unfortunately, Taste of the Wild is not the only brand produced in these facilities. Diamond also makes food for dozens of other brands of pet food. These type of arrangements increase the likelihood of contamination and other negative quality control issues.
Is Taste of the Wild Pet Food Safe?
Because Taste of the Wild is owned by Diamond Pet Foods, we cannot evaluate Taste of the Wild without looking at Diamond. As you may know, Diamond has had multiple very serious recalls in its history.
For example, in 2005 Diamond Pet Foods announced a recall because of an aflatoxin contamination. Multiple dogs died and many became ill after consuming the contaminated food.
If we look at Taste of the Wild independently without considering Diamond, nothing really concerns us. The brand has been available for more than a decade and it's only experienced one recall for salmonella. Although not ideal, within the pet food industry, this is a fairly good record.
In our option, Taste of the Wild should also be considered a premium brand of pet food based on its ingredients. Therefore we wouldn't necessarily hesitate to consider Taste of the Wild safe, but we cannot ignore the connection to Diamond Pet Foods.