Tainted Dog Food Sparks Salmonella in Humans

Here's what you need to know about the recent dog food recall


The handling of tainted dry dog food has been linked to salmonella poisoning in 14 people from at least nine states. The infected kibble was made at a Diamond Pet Foods plant in Gaston, S.C. — the same location that manufactured food containing toxic mold that killed dozens of dogs in 2005, The Associated Press reports. No dogs have been sickened in this incident.

Illnesses from this outbreak have been reported in Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia. Five people have been hospitalized, no deaths have been reported.

Humans can contract salmonella by not properly washing their hands after handling contaminated pet food or feces from a dog that has eaten tainted food. Common symptoms of salmonella poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping, according to The U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Although no pets have been reported ill because of the food contamination, the FDA recommends that pet owners should contact their vet immediately if their pet has consumed the recalled product and is experiencing decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Here’s a list of the recalled products. Consumers who have questions about the dog food can call Diamond Pet Foods toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, or visit www.diamondpetrecall.com.

  • Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice
  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula
  • Diamond Puppy Formula
  • Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
  • Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog
  • Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog
  • Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
  • Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, All Life Stages
  • Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Chicken Meal & Rice
  • Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Lamb Meal & Rice
  • Canidae Dog Dry Dog Food, Platinum
  • Apex Chicken and Rice Dog
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula
  • Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs
  • Country Valley Dry Dog Foods
  • Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Foods
  • Premium Edge Dry Dog Foods
  • 4Health Dry Dog Foods
  • Professional Dry Dog Foods

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