Dog owners may want to steer clear of Diamond Pet Foods for a while.
The Missouri-based company is recalling a third type of dry dog food because of salmonella concerns.
A statement issued Monday from the company said the latest recall involves its Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food and. No canine illnesses have been reported.
The product was distributed to customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
All three products were made at a Gaston, S.C., plant, where production was suspended April 8. The plant is the same one that made mold-contaminated food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide in 2005.
Last month the company announced it was recalling batches of its Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula and Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice.
The latest recall covers the following production codes:
— Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401B22XJW 6-Apr-2013
— Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401A21XAW 6-Apr-2013
— Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0101C31XME 11-Jan-2013
— Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 40 lb. DPP0401B21XDJ 7-Apr-2013
— Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0401B22XJW 6-Apr-2013
— Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0101C31XME 11-Jan-2013
— Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 20 lb. DPP0101C31XRB 11-Jan-2013
— Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 8 lb. DPP0401B2XALW 7-Apr-2013
— Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food 6 oz. samples DPP0401
If you have this food on hand discontinue its use and toss it.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
People infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Anyone exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
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. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
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 at 800-442-0402, 8 am – 6 pm EST, Monday through Friday, or visit www.diamondpetrecall.com.