RECALL: Diamond Pet Food expands recall; Chicken Soup for Pet Lovers Soul

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Salmonella concerns prompted Missouri-based Diamond Pet Foods to recall a second batch of dry dog food produced at a South Carolina plant where production has been suspended, the company announced Thursday.

Production was suspended April 8 at the Gaston, South Carolina plant after a recall two days earlier involving a different product, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food. A cat food recall at the plant in 2009 was prompted because the food didn’t contain enough thiamine, an essential nutrient for cats.

The plant in Gaston, South Carolina, is the same one that made mold-contaminated food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide in 2005.

A statement from the company said the recall includes one production run of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food distributed over 10 states.

The latest recall covers the following production codes:

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula

35 lb. CLF0102B31XCW 27/JAN/2013, CLF0102B32XWR 28/JAN/2013 CLF0102B31XCW 28/JAN/2013

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula

6 lb. CLF0102B3XALW 28/JAN/2013

The product was distributed to customers in Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

Speculation as to whether other brands manufactured at the South Carolina plant might be affected, remains unknown.

Diamond manufactures brands such as Solid Gold, Canidae/Felidae, Nature’s Balance, Kirkland, Taste of the Wild, and 4-Health.

It is important to remember that pets can also be carriers of Salmonella, even if they are not exhibiting signs of illness, and they can still infect other animals or humans.

An infection can occur by putting objects or fingers that have touched a contaminated product, such as pet food, into the mouth or by touching a pet or in extreme cases, a person, that is infected.

If left untreated, pets may also become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and may vomit. If your pet is showing any of those signs, call your veterinarian.
Pet owners, who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402, or by visiting Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul.

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  9. Those of us who have lost pets and have been condsidered overly emotional about a possible pet food wide contaminatiion may be vindicated by the information that is slowly coming out. My Buster died after eating Natural Balance. If they are shutting the plant down then all the other brands and batches made there have to be suspect.

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