CLEVELAND, Ohio – Fourteen people have fallen ill across the United States, including two in Ohio, due to salmonella poisoning, and health officials believe the culprit is recalled dog food, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
"We've had two cases in Ohio: one a 74-year-old female in Franklin County and a four-month-old female in Morrow County," said Mary DiOrio, the state epidemiologist for the Ohio Department of Health.
Brands included in the recall include:
- Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
- Country Value
- Diamond Naturals
- Premium Edge
A statement on the recall website reads, in part:
“Diamond Pet Foods today announced that it is expanding a voluntary recall to include batches of nine brands of dry pet food formulas manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 due to potential Salmonella contamination.
In April 2012, Diamond Pet Foods initiated three voluntary recalls of Diamond manufactured dry dog food. Although none of the additional products being recalled have tested positive for Salmonella, the company is pulling them from store shelves as a precaution. Diamond Pet Foods is coordinating efforts with federal and state health and regulatory agencies and decided to independently expand the recall to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.
We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets.”
The company further states:
"To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags that have a number “2” or a “3” in the 9th or 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed above are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013."
Diamond Pet Foods apologized on their website for any issues that were caused to consumers and their pets.
Pet owners with concerns may contact Diamond Pet Foods toll free at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.
You can also visit a special website, www.diamondpetrecall.com, for more information.