A growing number of pet food companies have been recalling products manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods at its facility in Gaston, S.C., over concerns about Salmonella contamination.
Diamond Pet Foods recalled a three of its brands in April, including Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice dry dog food, Diamond Puppy Formula and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, after Salmonella Infantis was found at its plant, which is believed to have been the cause of 14 cases of Salmonella poisoning in nine states in people who handled the contaminated pet food or were in contact with dogs, according to the CDC.
Pets who have been affected can show the same symptoms as humans, including loss of appetite, fever, lethargy, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Pets who have been exposed to Salmonella may also show no symptoms, but continue to spread bacteria. The CDC offers a helpful list of tips for pet owners who suspect their pets may be affected, and another list to help people avoid contamination from dry pet food and treats.
Brands that are being recalled include:
Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional and 4health
Kaytee Forti-Diet for mice, rats and hamsters
Batches that are affected were manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012, but do not include canned food or treats.
According to Diamond Pet Foods, to find out if your pet food is affected check the production code. If the code on your pet food “has a “2″ or “3″ in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position and your best-before date is between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013, your product is affected by the recall. If the product you have does not include a “2″ or “3″ in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position and your best-before date is not between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013, your product is not affected” (example graphic).
If you have questions or want more information about recalled dog food you can contact Diamond Pet Foods at 866-918-8756 or visit diamondpetrecall.com. You can also make a consumer complaint to the FDA if you or your pet has been affected.