April 30, 2012 — Diamond Pet Foods announced it is expanding its voluntary dog food recall to include Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food.
The recall has now been confirmed in a news release posted by the Food and Drug Administration.
The company is taking this precautionary measure because sampling has revealed Salmonella in the product.
According to the official press report, no dog illnesses have been reported.
What Products Are Affected?
Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food with the following packaging descriptions are being recalled:
Distributed in Twelve States
The recalled Diamond Puppy Formula dog food was manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in Gaston, S.C., and was distributed in the following 12 states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
The product may have been further distributed to additional states through pet food channels. The company is working directly with distributors and retailers that carry these products to remove them as quickly as possible from the supply chain.
What You Should Know About Salmonella
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet foods, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
People infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
What to Do
Consumers who have purchased Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food with the published production codes and best before dates should discard the product.
For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402.
The company has set up a special website containing all Diamond Dog Food products currently under recall — along with all relevant package codes.
You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.