Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Dry Dog Food

Posted on July 19, 2012 by


During April and May 2012, Diamond Pet Foods issued a recall of a certain number of production codes and batches of dry dog and cat food manufactured by the company due to the potential that the food contained Salmonella. A thorough internal investigation of all systems and processes has been conducted and Diamond Pet Foods has taken FDA-approved corrective action.

Diamond Pet Foods worked with distributors and retailers to remove all affected product from store shelves. To learn whether the brand of dog or cat food you feed was included in the recall, please select it from the list below.

•Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
•Country Value
•Diamond Naturals
•Premium Edge
•Taste of the Wild

A total of 49 individuals (47 individuals in 20 states and two individuals in Canada) infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis were reported.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (2), Arkansas (2), California (3), Connecticut (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (4), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), Missouri (3), New Jersey (2), New York (5), North Carolina (5), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (3), South Carolina (2), Texas (1), and Virginia (2).
Among the 24 patients with available information, 10 (42%) were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic and laboratory investigations conducted by officials in local, state, and federal public health, agriculture, and regulatory agencies linked this outbreak to dry dog food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a single production facility in Gaston, South Carolina.

Consumers should check their homes for recalled pet food and discard them.

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