Pet Food Recall Update May 7, 2012

Diamond announced the expansion of its volunatry recall of pet foods today.  The recall now includes nine brands of dry pet food formulas manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 2, 2012.  The concern is potential Slamonella contamination.  Both dog and cat foods are now included on the list.  Natural Balance, Canidae and WellPet LLC have also issued recalls.

Manufacturers affected with links for specific information:

According to the CDC, 14 cases of Salmonella poisoning in humans have been linked to pet food contamination in 9 states.

“People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods,” CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said.

And “multiple brands of dry pet food” produced by Diamond at their South Carolina facility have been linked to some of the human Salmonella infections.

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.

Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning in humans:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fever
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning in dogs and cats:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Shock
  • Weight Loss
  • Mucous in stool
  • Increased heart rate

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and shows any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.  Also, pets can be carriers of Salmonella prior to showing symptoms.

If you are unsure if the product you purchased is included in the recall, or if you would like replacement product or a refund, you can contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756.

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