Contaminated Dog Food Hospitalizes 10 People

Two in Texas hospitalized with symptoms of salmonella

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Jul 19, 2012  |  Updated 12:45 PM CDT
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Contaminated Dog Food Hospitalizes 10 People

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Salmonella-contaminated dog and cat food is being blamed for sending 10 people to the hospital.

Health officials confirm 47 people in 20 states reported symptoms, including two in Texas.

Officials believe they likely became sick after handling the contaminated food. The food, manufactured by Diamond Pet Food, was recalled in April.  To determine if their pet food was recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of the bags.

Brands included the Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild as well as the Costco Kirkland brand.

Recalled bags of the above mentioned brands, except for Kirkland, will have a number 2 or 3 in the 9th position and an X in the 10th or  11th position. Recalled bags of the Kirkland brand will have the number 3 in the 9th position and an X in the 11th position.  Additionally, the best-before dates for the recalled brands are listed as Dec. 9, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013.

The Kirkland products affected by the recall include the following:

  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before
  • December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best
  • Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Best Before
  • December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables
  • (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (Best Before
  • December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula (December 9, 2012 through
  • January 31, 2013)
  • Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs
  • (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756 or visit diamondpetrecall.com.

To be safe, pet owners should wash their hands with soap and warm water after contact with their dogs and their food.

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