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Diamond Pet Foods Expands Recall: Two cats reported dead, Salmonella cases increasing
By BL Ochman
Causing increasing concern among pet owners is the fact that Diamond Pet Foods is slow to update its recall information page, despite widespread reports that more brands are involved.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that Diamond has not been transparent in their handling of the recall. “Pet food recall from Diamond Pet Foods has been expanded eight times, triggered an FDA investigation and critique, and now includes cat food. The company’s handling of the salmonella crisis may be even worse,” the paper states.
Diamond is handling the recall wrong
Despite FDA reports that “All reasonable precautions are not taken to ensure that production procedures to not contribute contamination from any source,” Diamond did not immediately announce the recall or the brands involved. The FDA report also pointed out that the factory’s screening process for possible contaminants wasn’t thorough enough.
Diamond handled it the wrong way,” Mike Sagman, creator and editor of dogfoodadviser.com, a consumer site that rates dog food products and follows pet-food industry news, including recalls, told the Monitor. “The company knew more than they were letting out, and they let it dribble out over the month instead of releasing it all in one document. The damage is greater when you aren’t transparent.”
Two more dogs can be added to the list of clinically confirmed infections in the Diamond Pet Foods Salmonella Infantis outbreak, according to FDA’s Laura Alvey, Deputy Director, Communications Staff at the agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.
According to Food Safety News there are 15 outbreak-related confirmed human cases of Salmonella infections in the USA and one Canadian case. Five people have been hospitalized.
• Washing hands is the most important step to prevent illness. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap right after handling pet food and treats, and especially before preparing, serving or eating food, drinks or preparing baby bottles. Also, always wash hands right after handling or cleaning up after your pets.
Be sure to keep up to date on the recall information because it is changing and expanding daily and your pets’ health – and your own – are at stake.
Tags: Christian Science Monitor, Diamond Pet Food, Diamond Pet Food Recall, FDA pet food recall, Pawfun Blog, poison pet food, Salmonella pet food
May 22, 2012