Tainted Dog Food Sparks Salmonella in Humans

by Angela Nazworth | May 7, 2012 10:43 am

Tainted Dog Food Sparks Salmonella in Humans

iStock 000016870614XSmall 300x300 Tainted Dog Food Sparks Salmonella in Humans[1]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 [2]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[3].

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[4].

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/iStock_000016870614XSmall.jpg
  2. The Associated Press : http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_DOG_FOOD_SALMONELLA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-05-04-22-04-21
  3. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm299606.htm
  4. www.diamondpetrecall.com: http://diamondpetrecall.com/recall-home/

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