Posted : 6/28/2008 7:13:41 AM
You understand, again, that I'm just pointing these things out because I have great respect for the power of the internet to spread incorrect information around, even in light of obvious evidence to the contrary. I have no horse in this race as I'll not be feeding my crew any kibble soon, as I've lost my faith in kibble in general.
First, no premium Diamond kibble has ever been implicated in a recall. They got caught out with their corn products. In a way, I feel better about that (as opposed to the Menu Foods issue) because it revealed a situation with corn that was relatively easily rectified, the corrections are easily verifiable, and Diamond is now having to dot all its i's and cross its t's. The same is not true for many brands of premium canned foods, who continue to use Menu Foods, and there's no way for us to know for sure that the same thing is happening again, without extreme measures.
Canidae is changing manufacturing plant.
It now makes sense to have Diamond manufacturers their products
(especially the Canidae Lamb and Rice). For a few days now I had been
wondering how it could be cost effective for Canidae, by itself, to buy
cracked pearled barley, rice bran, millet, peas, tomato pomace (all the
new supposedly "good" stuff to diversify the grain content) just for
their Canidae Lamb and Rice. Well, with Diamond in the picture, it is cost effective for Canidae!!
In your first statement, Canidae would be joining many premium foods who use Diamond's facilities. In your second statement, you imply that Canidae would be in such a relationship to Diamond that they'd be getting ingredients for them, or Diamond would be supplying them, or they'd be using the same sources. The second idea doesn't follow from the first idea.
Rather than imagining some evil collusion between Diamond and Canidae to cheat us and threaten the health of our dogs, possibly Canidae is simplifying its processes in preparation for re-outsourcing. Feed prices have gone up 30 to 50% across the board - possibly Canidae is looking for other options to trimming costs, besides passing them on to you, since their "niche" has always been "The super premium food with the reasonable price."