Diamond Pet Foods, once known for their high quality pet products, is under consumer scrutiny nationwide. When Diamond Pet Foods released a voluntary recall to their Chicken Soup for the Dog Loverís Soul product on April 26, 2012 consumers were led to believe that a small amount of salmonella might have contaminated select batches of dog food. On May 5, 2012, that assumption proved inaccurate.
The following brand names of pet food should be avoided for both cats and dogs:
- Chicken Soup for the Pet (Dog and Cat) Loverís Soul
- Country Value
- Diamond Naturals
- Kirkland Signature
- Premium Edge
- Taste of the Wild
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Initial salmonella symptoms to watch out for include loss of appetite, fever, stomach sensitive to touch, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargic demeanor. It is important to understand that people can contract salmonella through directly handling contaminated pet food or from contact with food particulates. Prolonged exposure to salmonella contamination can result in bloodstream infections, autoimmune diseases, or becoming a chronic living carrier of the disease as was evidenced with "Typhoid Mary," who was afflicted with the salmonella typhi bacterium.
Diamond Pet Foods is a privately owned company headquartered in Meta, Missouri. The pet food company believes that the primary outbreak originated in their South Carolina plant. The rapid spread of the salmonella infection throughout North America has implemented the involvement of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Contact information for Diamond Pet Foods:
Direct Dial: 816-255-1974
Hours of operation:
Monday through Sunday 8AM Ė 6PM Eastern time
For those who donate food to shelters please forward this information to your donation organization to help prevent further illness to animals and humans.
For those interested, sign the Pet Food Safety Initiative.