Well, it finally happened, Solid Gold has recalled some of it’s dog food manufactured by Diamond Pet Products. We have been feeding our furkids Solid Gold for a number of years with excellent results. This is the first time, to our knowledge Solid Gold has been involved in a recall.
Solid Gold was a family operated company.
I was unable to speak with anyone today to see if Solid Gold had been sold or if they had changed where it is manufactured. I have heard the company was acquired by Merrick but can’t verify that today. I will try to speak with someone at Solid Gold again tomorrow.
The founder of Solid Gold, Sissy Harrington-McGill, travelled to Germany to acquire championship Great Danes. While in Germany she learned that great danes bred and kept in that country were living significantly longer than those in the United States. Sissy came to the conclusion the reason for the dogs long life was the German practice of using naturalistic dog foods. Sissy began to research dog food nutrition, and in 1974 developed her own formula out of natural ingredients which she named Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken and began marketing it.
Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc. Recalls Dog Food Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 8, 2012 – Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc., El Cajon, California, announced a voluntary recall of one batch of WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food and one batch of Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog, both with a Best Before date of December 30, 2012, and an “X” in the 11th digit of the date code.
Solid Gold is voluntarily recalling the products below, distributed in the United States and Canada. This voluntary recall is being done out of an abundance of caution as these products were produced at the facility that has been linked to recent recalls of Diamond brand pet foods due to potential Salmonella contamination.
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. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.
The products involved in this voluntary recall are:
Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food, 4 lb, 15 lb, and 33 lb, with a best before date of December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGB1201A31X.
4 lb identifying UPC 093766750005
15 lb identifying UPC 093766750012
33 lb identifying UPC 093766750029
Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food, 4 lb, 15 lb, and 28.5 lb, with a best before date of December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGL1201A32X
4 lb identifying UPC 093766750050
15 lb identifying UPC 093766750067
28.5 lb identifying UPC 093766750081
Best by dates (lot codes) can be found on the back of the bag in the bottom right-hand corner of 33 lb, 28.5 lb and 15 lb bags and the bottom of the 4 lb bags.
Other Solid Gold recipes, sizes or brands of food are not impacted by this voluntary recall.
Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, would like replacement product or have additional questions, may call us at (800) 364-4863 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM Pacific time).
Solid Gold being recalled represents real concern over the safety of our pet foods. We never dreamed we would have to worry about the food we were feeding our furkids. After all, we thought we were choosing the best. We assumed those who must worry are people feeding national brands and supermarket pet foods. We still have faith in the family owned, boutique pet foods and have decided to add another step to the process of feeding our beloved furkids. Once we choose a new food (Yes, Solid Gold is off the menu), we will watch the company on a regular basis. If the company is sold/transferred to a national manufacturer, we will look at their recall record. We maintain a zero tolerance policy for pet food recalls, one recall and we look for a new food.