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Dry Dog Food Recall Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Expanded to Maine
May 9, 2012
Contact: Steve Giguere
AUGUSTA, Maine—The Maine Department of Agriculture reported today that a recall of dry dog food linked to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Infantis has been expanded to include products shipped to Maine. The United States Food and Drug Administration reported that a total of 14 individuals from nine different states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella. No cases have been reported in Maine at this time.
“Links to FDA advice are the most significant source of timely updates. The Maine Department of Agriculture has monitored recalls in other states since the initial outbreak in early April. Products sold in Maine were in included in the expanded recall issued on May 7, 2012,” said Steve Giguere, Acting Director of the Division of Quality Assurance & Regulations. Salmonella is potentially a very serious illness to pets and pet owners.
Human health concerns that might be associated with the potentially contaminated pet food should be reported to Dr. Stephen Sears at the Maine Center for Disease Control. Pet illnesses should be reported to the Maine Department of Agriculture.
The FDA became involved in early April when Salmonella from an intact package of Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Formula for Adult Dogs was collected during retail surveillance sampling collected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Diamond Pet Foods was notified of the sampling results, and agreed to voluntarily recall the product.
FDA, Center of Disease Control and state investigations are ongoing in an effort to determine if other brands of dry dog food produced at the Diamond Pet Foods’ South Carolina facility may be linked to confirmed human illnesses.
Consumers should check the company’s website, Diamond Pet Foods Recall Information, for information on how to read lot codes and “best by” dates involved in the recall:
The following companies have announced voluntary recalls for products that were also produced at the Gaston, South Carolina facility:
The company reports that no other Wellpet recipes, sizes or brands of food are impacted by the recall. Complete details are available at Wellpet LLC News7 .
“Best by” dates and the states where they were distributed vary for these products. Check the Natural Balance Pet Foods recall website8 for details.
Diamond Pet Foods continues to work directly with distributors and retailers where the recalled products are carried to remove them as quickly as possible from the marketplace. FDA will provide updates on the recall and the investigation as new information becomes available.
To report human health concerns contact Dr. Stephen Sears at the Maine Center for Disease Control at 1-800-821-5821.
To report animal illness associated with pet food contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator for Maine at 1-800-891-8295. Or to report electronically go to: http://www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov/
For more information about the recall go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/Corenetwork/ucm302904.htm
For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources go to: http://www.maine.gov/agriculture/index.shtml
Maine Department of Agriculture Contact: Steve Giguere, 207-287-4456, email@example.com
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