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Diamond Pet Food Recall Expanded After Salmonella Outbreak

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Diamond Pet Foods has expanded its recall of pet food after at least 14 people contracted Salmonella that was linked its product. At least five of those affected required hospitalization.

The company temporarily stopped production at its Gaston, South Carolina facility in April after samples three brands -- Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Formula for Adult Dogs, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula and Diamond Puppy Formula -- tested positive for a rare strain of salmonella, S. Infantis.

CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell announced, "People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods. Our folks are really wanting people to be aware of it. They want to be aware that this is causing people to get sick because they may have product in their homes. For every one that is reported, there may be 29 others."

Officials warned that people can get salmonella by handling infected dog food, then not washing their hands before eating or handling their own food.

Diamond expanded the recall to include:

    • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
    • Country Value
    • Diamond
    • Diamond Naturals
    • Premium Edge
    • Professional
    • 4Health
    • Taste of the Wild

The recalled products are those that have a production code with the number “2” or “3” in the 9th or 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit and “Best-Before” dates of Dec. 9, 2012, through Apr. 7, 2013. The products were distributed in the following states and Canada, but may have been distributed further through other pet food channels: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The recall also includes the following Kirkland Signature products:

    • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula
    • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula
    • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula
    • 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

The recalled Kirkland products are those with production codes with a number “3” in the 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit and “Best-Before” dates between Dec. 9, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013. The food was distributed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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