Diamond Pet Foods Lawsuit Details
A class action lawsuit filed in 2012 charged Diamond Pet Foods sickened and killed dogs. The settlement sickens dog owners.
April 14, 2014 | TheDogPress.com
Barbara J. Andrews, Editor-In-Chief
Diamond set aside $750,000 with which to pay Class 1 owners who submit a valid claim form whereupon they will receive cash up to the maximum value of two bags of dog food or a pro rata share of that fund, not to exceed the estimated cost of two bags of dog food.
When that amount is exhausted, claimants in that class are out of luck.
For Subclass II, there is a settlement fund totaling $1.25 million to cover valid claims for the actual cost of veterinarian care. The Diamond pet food fund is limited to charges for suspected or actual salmonella sickness which would of course, have to be documented by a licensed veterinarian. Adding insult to injury (pun intended), if the dog food killed the dog, the owner may receive a pro rata share (a small part) of the market value of the pet.
When that meager settlement amount is paid out, Diamond Pet Foods is off the hook.
That could happen quickly because there is another group, Subclass III that may receive a couple of coupons worth $2. Diamond Pet Foods will issue $100,000 in coupons.
Better hurry, you have to submit a claim form by July 11th.
Diamond Pet Foods denies any wrongdoing. How much the pet food company paid out in fees and favors to get such a wrongful settlement accepted is unknown to TheDogPress.com
The trusted Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a salmonella outbreak in 2012 after the CDC and nine states reported finding salmonella in Diamond pet food brands. The FDA’s Center For Veterinary Medicine tracked the salmonella strain to Diamond Pet Food’s plant in Gaston, SC.
In April 2012 Diamond began several recalls of its pet food products, among them yummy-sounding names such as Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover’s Soul, Taste Of The Wild, and ironically, 4Health.
Diamond pet foods also have a complete line of dry cat food, any one of which may be similarly salmonella-contaminated. If this reminds you of this month’s GM recall because General Motors refused to recall and repair cars with a known ignition defect that could cause accidents, you get the point.
Worse than the recalls are the scary reasons for NO RECALLS exposed by one of best researcher-reporters. Further complicating the safe manufacture of pet foods (and now human foods!) is foreign ingredients. Even more circuitous of FDA inspection and regulations, many products are made, bagged or canned, and shipped to the U.S.
Do not rely on the government, the FDA, or even the Center For Veterinary Medicine to protect you or your pets from known risks. See the links below for more information on dog food safety, dog food recalls, and the FDA.