Dog Food and Salmonella – A Recall by Diamond Pet Foods

Dog food and salmonella – Here is another potential case of salmonella contamination, this time a voluntary recall by Diamond Pet Foods. 

I wanted you to see this as soon as possible.  The story is written by the AP News Service.   It was reported at http://FoodSafetyNews.com.

Only one formula of the various Diamond brands is presently involved in the recall.  Only 12 states are mentioned in the voluntary recall.  This is another of several recalls by companies regarding dog food and salmonella in the past few months.

The article is entitled, “Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice Dog Food May Contain Salmonella.”  It is critical that you read the entire article.

It gives you the states involved, the symptoms to look for, and what to do if your pet exhibits these symptoms.

Here is a quote from the report:

Diamond Pet Foods is recalling its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

According to a recall notice posted by the company Friday, no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond-manufactured pet food products are affected.

The recalled dry dog food, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice, was distributed to customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, but it then could have been further distributed to other states, through pet food channels.

Diamond Pet Foods is recommending that consumers who purchased the Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice with the following specific production and “best-before” dates should discontinue feeding the dog food and discard it:

- Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 6 lb., code number DLR0101D3XALW, Best Before 04 Jan 2013

- Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 20 lb., code number DLR0101C31XAG, Best Before 03 Jan 2013

- Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 40 lb., code number DLR0101C31XMF, Best Before 03 Jan 2013

- Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 40 lb., code number DLR0101C31XAG, Best Before 03 Jan 2013

- Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 40 lb., code number DLR0101D32XMS, Best Before 04 Jan 2013

Handling contaminated dry pet food can cause humans to become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to the product.

Healthy 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.

The entire article can be read here.  Please read the complete story.  It provides good information on dog food and salmonella.

Most of us remember the pet food recall that occurred just a few years ago.  Diamond Pet Foods had several of its brands involved in the recall.

I personally don’t understand why people continue to buy pet food from vendors where their food has ever been recalled.  Most of the major pet food vendors have had food recalled.  They obviously don’t have your pet’s interest at heart.

I recommend buying the best quality dog food from a company that has never been involved in any kind of a recall.  Thanks for any comments you want to make.

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