Georgia Department of Agriculture

Diamond Pet Foods expands recall due to Salmonella contamination

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the expanded recall of some dry dog food products distributed in Georgia because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking local stores to make sure recalled products are removed from sale.

Multiple brands of dry pet food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a manufacturing facility in South Carolina have been linked to some cases of human Salmonella infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health and agriculture officials to investigate the ongoing outbreak; currently, a total of 14 individuals from nine states have been infected with Salmonella Infantis. To date, no human or pet illnesses have been reported in Georgia.

Consumers should check their homes for recalled dog food products and discard them promptly. People who think they might have become ill after contact with dry pet food or with an animal that has eaten dry pet food should consult their health care providers. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

People infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

On April 30, Diamond Pet Foods expanded their recall of dog food products to include Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food.  Products meeting the following descriptions are included in this latest recall:

Description                                                            Size                  Production Code       Best By Date
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food                 40 lb.                DPP0401B22XJW      6-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food                 40 lb.                DPP0401A21XAW      6-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food                 40 lb.                DPP0101C31XME      11-Jan-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food                 40 lb.                DPP0401B21XDJ        7-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food                 20 lb.                DPP0401B22XJW       6-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food                 20 lb.                DPP0101C31XME      11-Jan-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food                 20 lb.                DPP0101C31XRB       11-Jan-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food                 8 lb.                  DPP0401B2XALW       7-Apr-2013
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food                 6 oz.                 samples DPP0401

For more information: Consumers may contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402; media inquiries can be made to 816-255-1974. To speak with a representative of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, contact the Public Affairs office at 404-656-3689 or jessica.holthaus@agr.georgia.gov.
 

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