Salmonella Outbreak Linked To SC Pet Food Company

Human illnesses in multiple states prompt company to issue voluntary recall.

Published on: May 15, 2012

Fourteen cases of Salmonella Infantitis in nine states have been identified as related in an ongoing disease outbreak, including a number that have been traced back to a Gaston, S.C., company, Diamond Pet Food. The company makes dry dog food for a number of brands, several of which have been linked to the outbreak.

Five of the infected people have been hospitalized due to the Salmonella strain. There are no deaths reported at this time from the infections.

No pets have been confirmed with the illness.

Diamond Pet Foods has voluntarily recalled Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light Formula and Diamond Puppy Formula. The products were distributed across a nine-state region, including South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

FEED HIM RIGHT: Although no pets have yet to be found infected in a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Infantitis, 14 humans in nine states have become ill from it. A number of dog and cat foods have been recalled by the Gaston, S.C., manufacturing plant that has been identified as a source in the outbreak. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture cautions pet owners to be careful not to feed a recalled package of the pet food to their animals – and not to touch the food themselves.
FEED HIM RIGHT: Although no pets have yet to be found infected in a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Infantitis, 14 humans in nine states have become ill from it. A number of dog and cat foods have been recalled by the Gaston, S.C., manufacturing plant that has been identified as a source in the outbreak. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture cautions pet owners to be careful not to feed a recalled package of the pet food to their animals – and not to touch the food themselves.

According to the US Center for Disease Control the number of ill persons identified in each state includes three in North Carolina, one in Virginia, one in Alabama, one each in Connecticut and Michigan, three in Missouri, one in New Jersey, two in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania.

The FDA, CDC and S.C. Department of Agriculture officials are collaborating to investigate cases.

The pet food company notes concerns about a number of brands of both dry dog and dry cat food, all of which appear to have been manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012. Consumers should check the company's website at http://diamondpetrecall.com/for  information on how to read lot codes and "best by" dates involved in the recall, as well as specific states where the following products were distributed. Diamond is looking into these brands that utilize its pet foods:

*Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
*Country Value
*Diamond
*Diamond Naturals
*Premium Edge
*Professional
*4Health
*Taste of the Wild
*Apex (distributed only in the state of South Carolina)
*Kirkland Signature
*Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain
*Canidae

The CDC notes several other companies with products manufactured at the Gaston, S.C. facility have issued voluntary recalls, since some of their products were produced there during the time frame of the recalls and have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Those companies include:

*Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance
*Apex Pet Foods
*Canidae
*Wellpet LLC
*Solid Gold Health Products for Pets

Diamond Pet Foods is working directly with distributors and retailers where the recalled products are carried, to remove them as quickly as possible from the marketplace.

For more information on this outbreak and on the product recall visit the following websites:

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/CORENetwork/ucm302904.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/dog-food-05-12/index.html