Fourteen people, in as many as nine states, have become ill after coming in contact with dog food contaminated with salmonella. Federal officials said Friday, the contaminated dog food was produced by Diamond Dog Foods Gaston, South Carolina plant. In 2005, the same plant in question, produced food infected by toxic mold (aflatoxin) that caused the deaths of dogs only a few years ago. The Food and Drug Administration concluded the deadly fungus likely got into the the plant when it failed to test 12 shipments of corn. The company offered settlement of $3.1 million dollars. In the current issue, so far, at least five people have been hospitalized due to the dog food, according to The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the Meta, Missouri based company, no pets have been affected.
Lola Russell, a spokesperson for the CDC, said "People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods." The CDC said the following state have been infected:
North Carolina- 3
Russell said, " Our folks are really wanting people to be aware of it. They want people 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." Health officials said, people can get salmonella if they handle contaminated dog food and don't wash their hands before handling their own food. The plant in South Carolina was temporarily shut down April 8th. Diamond Pet Foods has announced four rounds of recalls, the latest recalls came Friday for et food made at the plant during December 9, 2011 and April 7,2012.
The recalls included several brands of pet food made at the South Carolina plant, including Taste of the Wild, 4Health, Professional, Premium Edge, Diamond Naturals, Country Value, Diamond, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Apex, Kirkland, Natural Balance, and Canidae. The company said in a written statement issued Friday, "We took corrective actions at the plant, and today it is up and running. Our mission is to produce safe pet foods for our customers and their pets in all Diamond facilities."