Commissioner Weathers urges vigilance when handling pet food

COLUMBIA, S.C., May 4, 2012 – The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is working alongside the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other state and federal agencies investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis in several Diamond Pet Food products manufactured in Gaston, S.C.

Hugh Weathers, S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture, commends the agencies involved in this on-going investigation including other State Departments of Agriculture as well as Diamond Pet Food for their due diligence and cooperation. Diamond Pet Foods is cooperating with FDA and the SCDA in the investigation and is working directly with distributors and retailers that carry these products to remove them as quickly as possible from the marketplace.

The company has voluntarily recalled Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula, and Diamond Puppy Formula. The recalled products were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. For more information on the recalled products, visit http://www.diamondpetrecall.com. No pets have been confirmed with the illness. Human illnesses associated with the outbreak strain have been reported in nine states. No cases of the Salmonella infantis related to the recalled pet food have been reported in South Carolina.

With that in mind, Commissioner Weathers urges consumers to be vigilant when handling pet food. He advises consumers to check their homes for the recalled dog food products. Do not feed these products to pets and do not handle the pet food. He also advises pet owners and consumers to wash hands thoroughly with soap and hot water before and after handling pet foods and treats and to keep pet foods out of reach of children. Consumers who have the recalled product should call Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402 for further instructions.

Commissioner Weathers urges people to contact their physician if they have become ill after contact with the recalled pet food or with an animal that has eaten the recalled pet food. Infants, older adults and those with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness. He adds that a pet owner should call their local veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and appears ill.

The SCDA inspects animal food products to ensure proper labeling and takes samples to be analyzed for nutritional quality and certain naturally-occurring toxins. However, the Department also works cooperatively with the FDA to protect animals and humans by inspecting manufactured feeds to ensure that they do not include high-risk ingredients.

 

For a list of recalled products or for a product replacement or refund, contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402, or visit http://www.diamondpetrecall.com.


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