Diamond Pet Foods Detects Salmonella, Expands Recall
No cases of canine illness have been reported -- yet -- but Diamond Pet Foods expanded a voluntary recall last week to include one production run and four production codes of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light formula dry dog food. According to a company press release dated April 26, "One bag of the product has tested positive for Salmonella, and the recall of the four production codes is being conducted as a precautionary measure."
The recall includes:
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food, 35-lb. bags, production codes CLF0102B31XCW (best-by date: 27/1/13); CLF0102B31XCW (best-by date: 28/1/13); and CLF0102B32XWR (best-by date: 28/1/13).
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food, 6-lb. bags, production code CLF0102B3XALW (best-by date: 28/1/13)
The recalled food was produced by Diamond Pet Foods and then distributed in Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. Retailers in those states might then have distributed the product to other states.
The press release, which is now being circulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, advises consumers who have purchased Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food with this specific production/lot code and best-before date to discard the product.
This recall is an expansion of an April 6 voluntary recall involving the following Diamond products:
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
In its press release, Diamond Pet Foods apologizes "for any potential issues this may have caused pet owners and their dogs."
Animals infected with salmonella might have decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. If left untreated, they might become lethargic and develop diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals as well as humans, according to the press release:
"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. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer."
Pet owners with concerns can contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402.