A dry dog food recall is in effect following an outbreak of Salmonella infections reportedly linked to products made by Diamond Pet Foods.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 14 people — including one from New Jersey — have contracted Salmonella that was linked to exposure to the dry food, at least five of whom required hospitalization.
The CDC has reportedly linked the contamination multiple brands of dog food produced at Diamond Pet Food’s plant in Gaston, SC. At least 12 brands of dry dog food are affected, and of those only certain lots, or batches, are being recalled on a voluntary basis, according to reports on injuryboard.com and Food Safety News.
The dog food sickened people in nine states including Connecticut, Alabama, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, between October 2011 and April 22, according to the CDC report. No pet illnesses have been reported so far.
People can contract the illness by failing to wash their hands after handling the dry food or after handling their pet while it is sick.
As reported in on May 3, Diamond recently expanded the voluntary recall to include one production run and four production codes of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light formula dry dog food.