A Diamond Pet Food dry dog food recall might put you or your family at risk. In April, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found Salmonella in an unopened bag of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food. The Centers for Disease Control and the Food & Drug Administration are now investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella in humans.
As of mid-May, over a dozen owners have shown signs of poisoning after handling the food. No dogs had been confirmed to be sickened at that time. Children, people with chronic health conditions, and older adults would be more at risk if they handle the food and don’t wash their hands thoroughly afterward. The CDC also warns that Salmonella germs might still be in animal stools (waste) for up to six weeks. So be extra careful around dog waste during this time.
Salmonella symptoms in humans include nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. Symptoms in dogs are very similar, and infected dogs may also be lethargic or unwilling to eat.
Several brands of the dry pet food that is produced by Diamond Pet Foods facility in South Carolina have been linked to the cases of human salmonella. News outlets also report that other brands affected include Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul, Canidea, Natural Balance, 4Health, Apex, Country Value and Taste of the Wild.
The pet foods that have been recalled are:
- Lamb & Rice Dry Dog Formula
- Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula
- Diamond Puppy Formula
As of May 16, 2012, over a dozen people in nine states have been infected with the strain salmonella Infantis. Five have been hospitalized.
If you have been in contact with the Diamond Pet Foods dry pet food, or have a pet that has been in contact with the food, consult your and/or your pet’s healthcare provider. If you have the Diamond Pet Foods brand in your home, be sure to discard the product immediately. If you would like a refund or product replacement, contact Diamond Pet Foods.
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