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Daniel J. DeNoon
Laura J. Martin, MD
April 9, 2012 -- Diamond Pet Foods has recalled all size bags of its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dog food.
The product may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria, a common cause of food poisoning.
Pets with salmonella may have decreased appetite and gut pain. If untreated, the pet may become slow moving and sleepy, have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, run a fever, and vomit.
Even if a pet with salmonella has no symptoms, the animal can transmit the infection to humans or to other animals.
People who handle salmonella-contaminated dry dog food can become infected. Symptoms of salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. People with severe diarrhea may need to be hospitalized. Rare cases of severe salmonella can be fatal.
The contaminated products were distributed in 12 states, but may have been distributed to other states through pet food networks. The states in which the products originally were distributed are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.
The recalled products are:
Production Code & "Best Before" Code
Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice
DLR0101D3XALW Best Before 04 Jan 2013
DLR0101C31XAG Best Before 03 Jan 2013
DLR0101C31XMF Best Before 03 Jan 2013
DLR0101D32XMS Best Before 04 Jan 2013
If your pet has eaten any of these products and has symptoms of salmonella food poisoning, contact your veterinarian immediately.
People who have handled the product -- especially if they did not wash their hands thoroughly afterward -- should see a doctor if they have symptoms of salmonella infection.
To get a refund for recalled products, contact Diamond through its web site or call 800-442-0402.
SOURCE:News release, Diamond Pet Foods.
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