Fourteen people in nine states have been infected by a rare strain of salmonella linked to Diamond Pet Foods, prompting the company to pull nine of its dry dog food brands from the shelves.
The salmonella cases were not found in dogs. Authorities believe that the humans became infected after they had contact with dogs or dog foods, reports Reuters.
The additional brands have been recalled as a precaution and none had tested positive for salmonella, according to a statement issued by the company on Saturday.
“Our folks are really wanting people to be aware of it,” said Lola Russell, a spokewoman for the Centers for Disease Control. “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,” she said.
According to the CDC, three people were infected in Missouri and North Carolina; two people in Ohio; and one person each in Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Diamond first started pulling some brands of dog food produced at a South Carolina plant after salmonella infections were reported from October 8, 2011, to April 22, and five people were hospitalized.
People can get salmonella by handling infected dog food, then not washing their hands before eating or handling their own food, said health officials.
The recall covers nine brands, including Canidae, Natural Balance, Apex, Kirkland, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, and Taste of the Wild.
More specifically, the latest recall covers the following label production codes, according to The Savannah News:
• Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401B22XJW 6-Apr-2013
• Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401A21XAW 6-Apr-2013
• Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0101C31XME 11-Jan-2013
• Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401B21XDJ 7-Apr-2013
• Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0401B22XJW 6-Apr-2013
• Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0101C31XME 11-Jan-2013
• Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0101C31XRB 11-Jan-2013
• Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 8 lb. DPP0401B2XALW 7-Apr-2013
• Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 6 oz. samples DPP0401
Links to the latest information on the salmonella scare can be found at Diamond Pets.
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