Buddy & Porky Pet Health: outbreak of Salmonella infections investigated

Dear Readers,

Sorry to be the bearers of worrisome news but this is important. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and state and local officials to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections. A total of 14 individuals infected with the outbreak strain have been reported from nine states.

The FDA became involved in early April when officials in Michigan found  Salmonella from a package of Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Formula for Adult Dogs.  Diamond Pet Food agreed to voluntarily recall this product on April 6, 2012.  An additional finding of Salmonella by officials in  Ohio from bags of Diamond Brand Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food led to a recall of that product on April 26, 2012. Then a sample of Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food collected by FDA during an inspection at the South Carolina production facility also yielded Salmonella, which led to a recall of that product on April 30, 2012.

The ongoing investigation by the FDA and state officials has determined that some brands of dry pet food produced by Diamond Pets Foods at a manufacturing facility in South Carolina have now been linked to human Salmonella infections.  No cases of dog illness have been reported yet. The FDA will provide updates on the investigation as new information becomes available.

Since the first  recall on April 6th, Diamond Pet Foods has fully cooperated with the FDA and state and local public health and agricultural officials in this ongoing investigation. The company is working to remove these products as quickly as possible from the marketplace.

Because some of these products were distributed in New York, consumers should check their homes for recalled dog food products. Do not feed recalled products to your pet and do not handle the pet food.   Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like a replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, or visit the company website at  www.diamondpetrecall.com .

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Well animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian right away.

People who think they might have become ill after contact with dry pet food or with an animal that has eaten recalled dry pet food should immediately consult their health care provider. Infants, older adults and those with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness.

Both veterinarians and consumers should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state, or electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal located at www.safetyreporting.gov/.  This is serious business for both our pets’ health  and our own health.  We fervently hope that none of our readers have been exposed to this awful disease, but if you use these products, please take precautions.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Our office is located at 265 West First Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 207-1070. Email:[email protected] Website: www.oswegohumane.org