Diamond dog food recall, possible salmonella

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  1. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    Found this on another forum. Do not know if anyone on the forum uses this brand.

    Here is the link to their site:

    http://www.diamondpet.com/information/

    Diamond Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of
    Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk
    Recall is limited to one formula of Diamond Naturals distributed to 12 states; no illnesses reported

    Consumer Contact: 800-442-0402
    Media Contact: 816-255-1974

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 06, 2012

    Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond manufactured products are affected.

    Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this 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. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

    Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

    The product, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice, was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels.

    Product Name Bag Size Production Code & “Best Before” Code

    Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 6lb DLR0101D3XALW Best Before 04 Jan 2013

    Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 20lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013

    Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XMF Best Before 03 Jan 2013

    Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013

    Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice 40lb DLR0101D32XMS Best Before 04 Jan 2013

    Consumers who have purchased the Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice with the specific production and “Best Before” codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.

    At Diamond Pet Foods, the safety of our products is our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this recall may have caused. For further information or to obtain a product refund please call us at 800-442-0402 or visit www.diamondpet.com.

    For more information, please contact us directly at:

    http://diamondpet.com/contact_us/
     
  2. Durangokid

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    Thx for the post. Just picked up 50 lbs, of Diamond at the Ranch Supply yesterday. I only feed Diamond "Adult Dog" to my setter. Not on the state list. Anyway Thx Damn thoughtful on your part.:)
     

  3. MrWray

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    Diamond is all that i fed my K9 partner, but i used the "maintenance". That sucks, Diamond is damn good dog food.
     
  4. winds-of-change

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    Still, wash your hands good, anyway, after handling the dog food. Why take a chance?
     
  5. MrWray

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    Can dogs get salmonella???
     
  6. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Now that is a damn good question? I would think not. Dogs will eat anything that does not eat them first.:eek: The thing that has always amazed me is Chocolate. That stuff will put a dog down. Some times fast some times slow. Large amounts of Raw chicken eaten by a dog at one time is real bad also.
     
  7. winds-of-change

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    No, they cannot. The only harm would be to the owner who may handle that dog food and not wash hands thoroughly afterwards.
     
  8. MrWray

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    I knew about the chocolate, didnt know about the chicken though..i knew that chicken bones were bad for dogs because they splinter
     
  9. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It's not milk chocolate that will hurt the dog but the bakers chocolate. My dogs eat M&Ms and chocolate cakes all the time. Raw Chicken is a big part of the B.A.R.F diet for dogs.
    Don't feed them Onions.
    Diamond has had issues in the past with recalls.
     
  10. roscoguy

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    Apparently they can. It is implied in the language of the recall, but I wasn't sure either, so I searched for info. It turns out that canines can get salmonella infections/poisoning.

    The recall doesn't apply to the Diamond product that I buy, but I was glad that it was posted here. Thanks again to OP!
     
  11. Bigcountry02

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    Update - Posted on Fox News

    This is as of today 5 May 2012.

    Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people in US

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/05/salmonella-in-dog-food-sickens-14-people-in-us/

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fourteen people in at least nine states have been sickened by salmonella after handling tainted dog food from a South Carolina plant that a few years ago produced food contaminated by toxic mold that killed dozens of dogs, federal officials said Friday.

    At least five people were hospitalized because of the dog food, which was made by Diamond Pet Foods at its plant in Gaston, S.C., the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. No pets were sickened, according to the Meta, Mo.-based company.

    "People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods," said CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell.

    Three people each were infected in Missouri and North Carolina; two people in Ohio; and one person each in Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the CDC said.

    "Our folks are really wanting people to be aware of it. They want to be aware that this is causing people to get sick because they may have product in their homes. For every one that is reported, there may be 29 others," Russell said.

    People can get salmonella by handling infected dog food, then not washing their hands before eating or handling their own food, health officials said.

    The South Carolina plant temporarily was shut down April 8. Diamond Pet Foods has issued four rounds of recalls for food made at the plant, located outside of Columbia, S.C., between Dec. 9 and April 7. The latest recalls were announced Friday.

    "We took corrective actions at the plant, and today the plant is up and running. Our mission is to produce safe pet foods for our customers and their pets in all Diamond facilities," the company said in a written statement Friday.

    In 2005, a toxic mold called aflatoxin ended up in food made at the same Diamond Pet Foods plant in South Carolina and dozens of dogs died. The company offered a $3.1 million settlement. The Food and Drug Administration determined the deadly fungus likely got into the plant when it failed to test 12 shipments of corn.

    FDA officials were not immediately available for comment Friday on the most recent problems with the plant.

    Agriculture officials in Michigan found the strain of salmonella during routine testing of dog food on April 2 and health investigators noticed there was a possible link to the food made by Diamond Pet Foods. An ill person still had some of the food, and authorities were able to link the cases to the food, the CDC said.

    The recall covers a number of pet food brands made at the Gaston plant, including Canidae, Natural Balance, Apex, Kirkland, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild.