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Cat Food Added to the Diamond Recall due to Salmonella

Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
edited 25 May, 2012 in Food & Nutrition
Adding to the list of pet food recalls voluntarily posted recently by Diamond Pet Foods, the company has issued yet another recall in their product lines — cat food, specifically — because of salmonella. Salmonella, also referred to as salmonellosis, causes digestive problems, and cats will typically present with fever, diarrhea, vomiting and weakness. Other symptoms can occur. Salmonella is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be passed to humans as well, so care needs to be taken. Hand washing is a must — even when handling dry pet food that may be contaminated with the bacteria. Diamond added the products to the list to alert pet owners to the potential cat food contamination with a general edit to the information on its recall website regarding the Kirkland brand. The company's website said the recall involves its Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula and Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula dry cat food. No illnesses with pets have been reported. Distribution reaches to customers in the following states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico. Despite Michigan not being on the distribution list, the product could have made its way here via other pet food channels, the company indicates. To determine if your pet food is recalled, please check the production code on the bag. If the code has both a “3” in the ninth position AND an “X” in the 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are Dec. 9, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013. Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (EST). Visit www.diamondpetrecall.com for more information. You can go to annarbor.com in the pets section, to read the story. I am sure its on the Diamond site too.

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  • Laurel KowalskiLaurel Kowalski Gateway to the WestMember Posts: 486
    edited 25 May, 2012
    Yes, this part of the May 5, 2012 recall the FDA issued. They said it was Salmonella Infantis. So it is either from chicken feces (in the chicken fat), broilers or human feces (from lack of hand washing stations in the plants). I found this in the article in the Journal Clinical Microbiology Sept. 1994 starting on page 2128-2133 titled "Differentiation of Salmonella serovar infantis isolates from human and animal sources by fingerprinting IS200 and 16S rrn loci." I hope this works: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC263954/pdf/jcm00009-0104.pdf Wonderful reading! Okay part of it is interesting though. But it shows the CDC only need to run a DNA test to know if it chicken or human.
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