Diamond Pet Foods just issued a recall of some of its dry dog food products over potential Salmonella contamination.
Diamond Pet Foods said its recall is limited to one formula of its Lamb Meal & Rice, which was distributed to customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia, who may have also then distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels.
The following Diamond Natural Lamb & Rice products, including bag size, Production Code, and Best Before Code are included in the recall:
- 6-pound: Production Code DLR0101D3XALW, Best Before 04 Jan 2013.
- 20-pound: Production Code DLR0101C31XAG, Best Before 03 Jan 2013.
- 40-pound: Production Code DLR0101C31XMF, Best Before 03 Jan 2013; Production Code DLR0101C31XAG, Best Before 03 Jan 2013; and Production Code DLR0101D32XMS, Best Before 04 Jan 2013.
Diamond Naturals advises consumers who have purchased the recalled, potentially contaminated Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice to discontinue feeding the product and discard it. Diamond Naturals can be reached, to obtain a product refund, either toll-free at 1.800.442.0402 or on the Internet at http://diamondpet.com/contact_us/.
Food borne pathogens can be dangerous, sometimes deadly, leaving sufferers with food poisoning symptoms that range from gastrointestinal upsets to serious life-long health issues. Consumption of food contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life threatening, especially to those with compromised immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Salmonella can affect animals and there is also a risk to people who handle Salmonella-contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having touched the chews or surfaces exposed to the tainted food. Consumers should dispose of the recalled Diamond Naturals pet food safely by securing the food in a covered trash receptacle to ensure other animals and wildlife cannot access the tainted product.
Healthy people infected with salmonellosis should monitor themselves for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. In some cases, Salmonella can result in more severe reactions, such as arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract problems.
Pets suffering from Salmonella infections may suffer from any of the following symptoms:
- Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain
Sometimes pets can appear healthy, but can be carriers of the dangerous pathogen and can infect other people and animals. If your pet has consumed the recalled chews and experiences any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.