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22 Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Pet Food

061312-map.jpgA total of 22 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis have been reported. Twenty ill persons have been reported from 13 states and two ill persons have been reported from Canada. The number of ill persons identified 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).

Among the 17 patients with available information, 6 (35%) were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Multiple brands of dry dog food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a single manufacturing facility in South Carolina have been linked to some of the human Salmonella infections.  Consumers should check their homes for recalled pet 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.

  • Minkpuppy

    I was at the local feed store last week looking for grain-free dog food for my spoiled rotten lab mix and noticed stacks of Diamond Pet food there. I wonder if the owner even knows about the recall.

  • Brad

    Yes, he or she most likely does and was called by their distributor if it was the type, and lot code involved in recall. Not all of their production for the past months was involved, only a relatively small percentage was.

  • Minkpuppy

    Brad,
    Most of the chain pet stores around here will at least post something about the recall and affected lots with reassurance that their in-stock product is unaffected– I saw nothing.
    This wasn’t a huge chain store. It’s a a small, local place. He’s not getting a high volume of turnover. From my experience in USDA recalls, that distributers don’t always get all their product back. A small business that’s desperate and struggling enough is going to try to get their money back by running a “sale”.
    I was already aware of the recall but didn’t have the lot code information with me, so I didn’t buy any of the Natural Balance grain-free food he had there. I wasn’t about to take a chance with feeding it to a dog that already gets diarrhea anytime grain hits his stomach.