Diamond Pet Foods is recalling its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
According to a recall notice posted by the company Friday, no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond-manufactured pet food products are affected.
The recalled dry dog food, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice, was distributed to customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, but it then could have been further distributed to other states, through pet food channels.
Diamond Pet Foods is recommending that consumers who purchased the Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice with the following specific production and “best-before” dates should discontinue feeding the dog food and discard it:
– Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 6 lb., code number DLR0101D3XALW, Best Before 04 Jan 2013
– Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 20 lb., code number DLR0101C31XAG, Best Before 03 Jan 2013
– Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 40 lb., code number DLR0101C31XMF, Best Before 03 Jan 2013
– Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 40 lb., code number DLR0101C31XAG, Best Before 03 Jan 2013
– Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice, 40 lb., code number DLR0101D32XMS, Best Before 04 Jan 2013
Handling contaminated dry pet food can cause humans to become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to the product.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.
Individuals exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
Consumers who have purchased Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice dog food with the specific production and “Best Before” codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.
For more information or to obtain a product refund please call us at 800-442-0402 or visit www.diamondpet.com.© Food Safety News