14 cases of the bacterial infection, salmonella, have been found in humans in nine states which have been linked to contaminated pet food. This has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to expand its initial recall of Diamond Pet Food products manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012, from the company’s plant in Gaston, SC.
On May 4, 2012, Diamond Pet Foods expanded its own recall to include Puerto Rico, parts of Canada and 21 states in the US including: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. The FDA also warns that additional States may be affected due to sales by pet food vendors.
“We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., and facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets,” said Diamond Pet Foods.
The pet food brands affected by the recall are specifically for lots of dry dog food and cat food:
Diamond Pet Food
Kirkland Signature (Costco brand)
Wellness (WelPet LLC)
Apex Pet Foods
Solid Gold Health Products For Pets, Inc.
You should check the date your pet food was manufactured to see if they are potentially contaminated. Bags with best-before dates between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013 may be affected. The recalled foods are listed below:
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
Taste of the Wild• Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula
Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs
Wellness Complete Health® Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy
Canidae Dog, All Life Stages
Canidae Dog, Chicken Meal & Rice
Canidae Dog, Lamb Meal & Rice
Canidae Dog, Platinum
Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog
Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog
Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites
Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites
WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food
Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog
Salmonella is a bacterial infection that not only affects humans but pets as well. Pets that are infected can also spread the disease to others. The symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and decreased appetite. If you think you have a bag of contaminated pet food you should stop feeding it to your pet and contact the place of purchase for a refund.