There have been extensive pet food recalls in the last month for salmonella contamination. As of late, 16 people have also gotten sick from handling tainted pet food, infected pets, and/or coming into contact with contaminated pet feces. Diamond Pet Foods has expanded their recall list 8 times to include 39 states, and now their website has a vague reference to cat food being affected as well. In fact, two cats have died and another is ill at a shelter in Montreal, Canada after ingesting Diamond-brand cat food.
Several articles have been rather scathing in their evaluation of Diamond Pet Food’s response. All large companies are likely to have consumer-relations issues from time to time; however, some have gone so far as to accuse this Missouri-based company of deliberately hiding information and belatedly owning up to several violations after an FDA investigation.
Affected Diamond Pet Food brands:
- Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
- Country Value
- Diamond Naturals
- Premium Edge
- 4 Health
- Taste of the Wild
- Kirkland Signature/Kirkland’s Signature Nature’s Domain
Other brands manufactured at the Gaston, SC facility that have issued separate recalls:
- Natural Balance
- Solid Gold
Batches manufactured between Dec. 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 are included in in the recall, though the latest information also includes Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula, which was manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011. Because these pet foods are also sold through online vendors (but not at BaxterBoo.com) it could be anywhere. Click here to go to Diamond Pet Food’s recall information site.
While viewing products at a big box pet retailer this weekend, I encountered a rather fatigued-looking sales representative in the treats aisle. Her particular brand had the unfortunate coincidence of incorporating a diamond shape in their logo, and her job was to assure customers that their products were not included in the recall. She assured us that the store would have pulled any affected items from the shelves already. And she also advised me that there were no “salmon” ingredients in their brand’s formulations… as if salmon fish had any bearing on salmonella bacteria!
How can I tell if my pet is sick?
Dogs and cats can become ill due to a Salmonella infection and have diarrhea, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite, or abdominal pain; however, some dogs and cats may be asymptomatic. Like humans, some pets can become carriers and can infect other animals or people. If your pet is known to have eaten any of the recalled products, you may want to bring your pet in for a visit to your veterinarian for an assessment.
Featured photo by Robert S. Donovan.