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Check your pantry shelves – a nationwide recall of products from Diamond Pet Foods may affect you and your pets.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's looking into a salmonella outbreak – in humans – that may trace back to Diamond Pet Foods' dog food. The affected food was manufactured in South Carolina, but the illness has cropped up in 14 people across nine states overall. CDC investigators believe it's possible that those who have fallen ill with the rare strain of salmonella got sick via contact with dogs who had eaten the tainted food, or the food itself.

The recall has expanded since April, when Diamond -- whose website touts its products as "holistic" and "all-natural," and gives pride of place to its purified-water cooking process -- pulled just three brands. Now, as a precaution, the company has broadened the recall to nine brands, thanks to information gleaned from those sickened; seven of 10 of those stricken had had contact with a dog in the week prior, and five of the sick people remembered the type of dog food they'd had contact with as well.

The nine states with reported cases are Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. But the food is distributed in as many as 16 states and in Canada, which is also subject to the recall.

Several types of food are affected, cat food as well as dog food. A complete list of the labels, with relevant production dates, is available at DiamondPetRecall.com, and includes but is not limited to Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul; Country Value; Diamond and Diamond Naturals; Taste of the Wild; and two Kirkland Signature labels. Click the link above and make sure you're not inadvertently feeding contaminated kibble.

So how exactly did the salmonella jump from dog-food bowls to the unfortunate folks who came down with the strain? The CDC is still tracking the outbreak, but said there could be a handful of explanations: people touching the dog food, then their own food; contact with bowls or utensils used to serve the dog food that weren't cleaned properly afterwards; and that old standby, a canine carrier licking their faces.
How to prevent it in your home? Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly with hot soapy water is the best way to fend off any illness. Also wash your hands before and after contact with pet food, including treats; after petting or handling pets (and especially their poop); before preparing your own meals, and before eating them. Children are less able to fight off food-borne illness, so don't let them near the pet food bowls, and keep an eye on those photogenic dog kisses, which could spread disease as well.

In this case, the easiest preventive measure you can take is checking your pantry for suspect kibble, and getting rid of any recalled brands pronto, then cleaning the surfaces and storage containers it had contact with.

This isn't the first time kibble has caused an extended salmonella outbreak among humans. 2006 and 2007 saw salmonella passed around 70 people in 19 states thanks to contaminated kibble. Let's hope this outbreak gets kiboshed more quickly – but if you think you have salmonella (whose symptoms often resemble a garden-variety stomach bug: fever, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, GI pain), call your doctor promptly. The symptoms look pretty similar in pets, so if you think your dog or cat is affected, by the recalled food or for any reason, contact your veterinarian.

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I just saw the other thread on this. I guess this is old news then. At least it's getting out.

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Here we had Taste of the Wild and Canidae, but last two months no new supplies coming from US. I am not using those, but a lot of people are buying that for their dogs. EU regulatrors in Bruxelles stopped imports of most brands pet food made in US. I checked their web page and it says there is a problem with meat meals in kibble. More precisely, meat meals contain some substances banned in EU for human and animal consumption. The only US brand still on market here is Earthborn Holistic.
Year ago I fed Roki TOTW and after four months he ended in allergies, GI upset and diarea at the end. My sixth sense was telling me that it had something to do with TOTW. Now he is on homecooked and occasionaly for breakfast he gets Acana single protein kibble (duck). Next week I will get Ziwi Peak Dog Cuisine dehydrated food (almost 100 percent meat) so I will try to drop kibble completely.
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Explains why I could not this food on the shelves a few weeks back.
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Thanks for posting this. Murphy was switched from TOTW to Orijen in March due to a bladder issue, but I did not scrub the kibble container when I dumped the first bag of Orijen in.
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Thanks for posting this. Murphy was switched from TOTW to Orijen in March due to a bladder issue, but I did not scrub the kibble container when I dumped the first bag of Orijen in.
I was told diamond has different manufacturing plants and the batches here in the northwest are fine . I decided to switch from TOTW to Acanna because I didn't like the idea of such a large manufacture. I had posted about sick dogs in December from that same manufacture thats when I found out they make the taste of the wiled. I'm probley going to be only spending about $15 more a mo.

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I was told diamond has different manufacturing plants and the batches here in the northwest are fine . I decided to switch from TOTW to Acanna because I didn't like the idea of such a large manufacture. I had posted about sick dogs in December from that same manufacture thats when I found out they make the taste of the wiled. I'm probley going to be only spending about $15 more a mo.
Thanks for that information Suzi! I won't worry so much about not washing the container out. Murphy is on Orijen now and we will not be switching back to TOTW.
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I've had a dog sick with diarrhea the past week, and the other one is occasionally throwing up. Saw the recall notice on Tuesday and started freaking a little since I buy Wellness super 5 mix for small breeds. I called the company right away, and they said that particular food isn't being recalled, but it sounds like they are going to want to test my food. I contacted my vet who told me to bring Miley in right away if she has blood in her stools or acts "down in the dumps". The vet said the only reason they are recalling is because it's affecting humans and to ALWAYS wash your hands after handling dog food or the bowls. I immediately switched the dogs to Blue Buffalo because it's one of the few quality foods I can find here in the middle of nowhere. Most people here think Iams is a quality food. Anyhoo, the diarrhea has cleared up, and Copper hasn't thrown up. I'm 99% convinced the Wellness Small Breed has salmonella too. They haven't called me back and it's been 3 days. I'm going to try calling again today. I will also be contacting the FDA (per advice from the dogfoodanalysis website). This just really upsets me. You expect to be getting quality food when you pay out the ying-yang for it, and it's ultimately making them sick. Grrrr....

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I find it hard to believe that any dog that goes to potty outside and walks outside can have a reaction to salmonella. They eat rabbit kibble and other ofending things they find in the yard or on walks. I would think the only danger would be to one that is never allowed outside. They eat cat s**t for Pete's sake. Or in my case chicken poo. Then those of us that handle these little fur bacteria catchers probably wouldn't react to the salmonella either. I know for a fact that us farm kids never had any stomach flu like diseases. But It just goes to show that no matter what you pay for your dog food, it is only as good as the factory that makes it. Rosie is now basically eating what I cook as far as protein and self feeding kibble to keep her hunger at bay until I fix supper.

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