Numerous Voilations Cited in Diamond Recall Investigation

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If you thought the recent wave of recalls from manufacturer Diamond Pet Foods was just a coincidence, you may or may not be right. The Food and Drug Administration released a report on their findings after an inspection of Diamond’s processing plant.  In the report, the inspectors identified 4 safety violations that may have impacted the salmonella outbreak.

The FDA inspection report  noted the following issues:

OBSERVATION 1

All reasonable precautions are not taken to ensure that production procedures do not contribute contamination from any source.

Specifically, no microbiological analysis is conducted or there is no assurance that incoming animal fat will not introduce pathogens into their production and cause contamination of finished product. Also, the firm’s current sampling procedure for animal digest does (sic) preclude potential for adulteration after sampling and during storage in warehouse. On 4/13/12, an employee was observed touching in-line fat filter and oil with bare hands.

OBSERVATION 2

Failure to provide hand washing and hand sanitizing facilities at each location in the plant where needed.

Specifically, there are no facilities for hand washing or hand sanitizing in the production areas where there is direct contact with exposed finished feed/food.

OBSERVATION 3

Failure to maintain equipment, containers and utensils used to convey, hold, and store food in a manner that protects against contamination.

Specifically, paddles in conveyor (South or Middle conveyor leading to the screeners going to packaging) were observed to have gouges and cuts, which exhibited feed residues. The damage to the paddles may allow for harborage areas for microorganisms and are difficult to clean and sanitize.

OBSERVATION 4

Failure to maintain equipment so as to facilitate cleaning of the equipment.

Specifically, firm utilizes cardboard, duct tape, and other non cleanable surfaces on equipment. These materials were observed to have residues adhering. The foam gaskets around access doors to the bucket elevators were observed in deteriorating condition and exhibited an accumulation of feed residues and dust.

See the official FDA Inspection Report here.

28 thoughts on “Numerous Voilations Cited in Diamond Recall Investigation”

  1. This is exactly the reason I NEVER feed a single food to my dogs. I feed 3 different brands at a time & cook fresh ground beef, chicken & chicken livers for them.

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