17 May 2012

Vegetarian dog food included in Diamond's latest recall

Consumers concerns continue to grow as more brands of pet food produced by Diamond Pet Foods are linked to possible Salmonella contamination.

Many pet food purchasers may not have been aware that Diamond Pet Foods, who issued a recall for dry dog foods under the “Diamond” name, serves as a co-distributor for other natural and vegetarian pet foods. Last week, the recall expanded to a total of 14 brands for possible contamination sourced from a Diamond owned plant in South Carolina.

In early April, Diamond Pet Foods issued its initial “voluntary recall” as a “precaution” to its consumers and their pets. The pet food company with the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration began an investigation, linking illnesses to multiple brands of pet foods produced by Diamond Pet Foods.
Typically, foods associated with Salmonella are eggs, milk and meat.

News of the expanded recall may be concerning to pet owners who feed their dogs vegetarian brands.

On May 4, Natural Balance Pet Foods was contacted by their co-manufacturer Diamond Pet Foods to recall certain products, including its vegetarian dog food. Although none of the products tested positive for Salmonella, products were pulled from the shelves as a “precautionary measure,” according to Natural Balance.

Currently, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 15 people in nine states and one person in Canada have been infected with Salmonella Infantis. People may have been infected after handling contaminated dry, pet food. These cases of Salmonella linked to the Diamond pet food brands were reported between October 8, 2011 and April 16, 2012. More illnesses may have yet to be reported.

Through clinical signs of illness, four cases of Salmonella in dogs have been linked to the outbreak, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“Consumer complaints for animal cases are continually being evaluated for follow-up pet food testing and animal testing. However, in many cases, Salmonella infection cannot be confirmed by laboratory testing," said Gloria Sanchez, Bilingual Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Gastrointestinal signs and exposure to recalled pet foods provides supportive evidence of infection."

Our calls to Diamond Pet Foods for a response were not returned.

DogFoodAdvisor reports a total of 14 brands are affected by the recall, which include: 4Health, Apex, Canidae, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Kirkland Signature, Natural Balance, Premium Edge, Profession, Solid Gold, Taste of the Wild and Wellness.

Consumers are encouraged to check their pet food bags and discard the remaining product.

Symptoms of Salmonella exposure in pets include low energy, decreased appetite, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting. Infected pets can pass the illness onto humans and other animals. If you believe your pet has suffered any of these symptoms have consuming a brand listed on the recall, please contact your veterinarian.

If you believe you became ill after handling contaminated pet food or come in contact with an infected animal, please consult your health care provider.

A complete, up-to-date list of a recalled products can be found on DogFoodAdvisor.com. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/diamond-dog-food-recall-summary/

Kaitlyn Munro | Tumblr |Facebook | @kaitmunro
Buffalo, New York Kaitlyn is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and minor in Women’s Studies. She worked as a barista at a vegan cafĂ© before landing a job as assignment editor for a TV news station in Buffalo, New York. She's trying to be a “runner" and just signed up to run her first half-marathon in May. Also, she loves food - especially vegan cupcakes.

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