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39 States Included In The Pet Food Recall 2012

Contaminated pet food is on the news today, after the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration announced nine states reported a Salmonella outbreak. The matter at hand has been challenging authorities since April, and all measures to contain it have failed so far. At the moment, 39 states have been included in the pet food recall 2012.

First reports of contaminated pet food first occurred in April, with Diamond Pet Foods initiating three voluntary recalls of dry dog food manufactured in its facility based in Gaston, S.C. Since then, Kirkland, Premium Edge, Wellness, Chicken Soup, Apex Pet Foods, Dog Lover’s Soul, Canidae, Natural Balance and Diamond Naturals have been added to the list of the pet food recall 2012.

As of last month, Diamond Pet Foods has ordered the recall of dry dog food manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012. Initially there were only nine states on the list, but after 14 cases of people infected with Salmonella were reported, the company has expanded the number of states the recall takes place.

The company’s statement reads: “We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets”.

Thus, the following states are now operating recalls of Diamond Pet Foods’ dry dog food brands: 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.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the persons that caught Salmonella might have been infected while feeding their pets. The Center for Veterinary Medicine with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that 14 people in nine states got sick with a rare strain of salmonella, called Salmonella Infantis.

The CDC has put together a little guide to help pet owners avoid contamination with Salmonella. It’s mandatory to wash your hands every time you handle your pet’s food and treats. Barton Behravesh, in charge with the CDC outbreak response team, said pet owners should handle the food and treats with the same attention they’d handle a baby bottle.

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5 Comments

  1. i am very disappointed with your dog food, our dog has had the runs on and off for three weeks, we went back to pedigree and the gurgling sound in his stomach is finally subsiding . i am really getting sick and tired of companies like yourselves (sorry) not paying attention to your product lines better…. How are we suppose to trust you with the food for our animals…. You all are worried about production and money before the customer…..and if my dog dies because of your product then what…. I have always believed in your product for my dog since the last dog food scare four years ago….Your label states one thing , but your product proves another and our dog has been ill for three weeks…. I expect this from overseas not from the USA,,,,,,Like I said we are very disappointed with your product Diamond lamb and rice formula,,,, and you want us to buy your food too??? don’t think so

  2. I bought chicken soup for the puppy soul large breed puppy, my puppy was not himself, after I have been feeding your food he is a new puppy, full of life and his coat is beautiful. I am happy with your chicken soup dry dog food, I hope you continue to have this available to everyone for their pets. If it was not you all having a recall, it would have been someone else having a pet food recall.
    Sincerely,
    Kandis Bolles

  3. I would not feed the contaminated food to any living thing…perhaps insects will eat it at the dump. Hoping there’s no starving dogs or birds at the dump feeding off this stuff.

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