Just a week and a half after a pet food recall was expanded to include another pet food product, Food Safety News is reporting that a 2nd Diamond Pet Foods manufacturing plant has been found to be contaminated with Salmonella.
We first reported on this recall back in April. At that time, the recall involved several sizes of Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice dog food. Since then, the recall has been expanded multiple times and now involves nine different brands of pet food. The first eight recalled brands were manufactured at a Diamond Pet Foods plant in Gaston, South Carolina.
The ninth brand recalled comes from a different source, a Diamond Pet Foods plant in Meta, Missouri.
According to Food Safety News , FDA spokeswoman Laura Alvey has told them that a different strain of Salmonella was found in the Meta, MO, plant.
The FDA is currently reporting that there have been 15 human illnesses related to the recalled pet food in the US. Reports of additional illnesses in other countries have been posted online, but so far those are unconfirmed.
According to the agency, humans can become ill after handling contaminated pet food or through contact with pets that are infected with Salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the US. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, and usually occur 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness can be serious, even fatal, in children, elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Pregnant women infected with Salmonella may be placed at an increased risk of miscarriage.
Pets with Salmonella infections may have similar symptoms, according to the FDA. These include lethargy, diarrhea/bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. They also say that animals can be carriers without displaying symptoms. They are asking pet owners to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled food.
Diamond Pet Foods has posted an ongoing list of the expanded recall product list on their site here.