Monday, June 18, 2012

Human Salmonella Cases Linked to Recalled Pet Food

You can never be too careful. Practice proper storage and handling techniques with the pet foods you use. It will be safer for you and your pets. Store them in a resealable container so insects and rodents cannot get into the food. Wash your hands if you handle the foods directly to prevent the risk of bacterial contamination. Always check the expiration dates of the food and be careful with foods which have short dating. If you have multiple bags of food make sure you rotate the bags so you are always using the freshest foods.


Diamond Pet Foods Partly Linked To 22 Human Salmonella Infantis Cases 

6/15/2012 2:04 PM ET
(RTTNews) - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention attributed the multi-state outbreak of human salmonella infections to various brands of dry pet food, including those manufactured by Diamond Pet Food in South Carolina. A total of 22 persons have been infected with human salmonella infantis, out of which twenty are reported from 13 states, while two are from Canada.

Among the 17 patients with available information, 6 were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses were reported between October 2011 and May 11, 2012.

The number of ill persons in each state is as follows: Alabama (2), California (1), Connecticut (1), Illinois (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (3), North Carolina (3), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (1), and Virginia (1).

Diamond Pet Foods started recall of certain brands of dry dog and cat food manufactured in South Carolina facility due to possible contamination with Salmonella. On April 6, the company recalled one formula of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. The same month it expanded its recall to include one production run and four production codes of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light formula dry dog food. It also added Diamond Puppy Formula to its recall list.

Last month, Diamond Pet Foods again expanded its recall to include more brands of dry pet food formulas manufactured in the South Carolina facility between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012.

The recalled brands include Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild.

The company also announced recall of Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bag sizes, manufactured on August 26, 2011.
by RTT Staff Writer

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