May 27, 2012 by Linda Ford
There have been a number of new pet food recalls in the last couple of months. The newest being that of the Diamond pet food company. The recalls so far are from their plant in South Carolina. The offending ingredient this time is the GI pathogen known as Salmonella. This bacteria is one that can be transmitted from pets to people. It causes vomiting and diarrhea. Some cases are severe enough to cause dehydration which can lead to kidney failure. The liver can also be affected. It can be deadly to the very young and the very old or debilitated. If a person comes in contact with the vomitus or fecal matter or even handles the pet food, he can become infected.
Diamond makes puppy and dog food. They also make Taste of the Wild but I have been assured that the food carried at Halbert’s and here at our clinic are not on the recall list and were made at another plant.
Some of their cat food recalls include Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken and Rice Formula and Healthy Weight Cat Formula. Distribution of these foods includes the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.
Beside these recent pet food recalls, ALL of the pet treats on the market that have ingredients from China need to be avoided. All the chicken and beef jerky treats and fake bacon products are contaminated. Even some of the Purina treats have been recalled. Trying to read the packages of these products can be deceiving. It may say something like produced FOR our such and such plant in the US of A but does NOT mean all the ingredients came form the US. You have to search for the word CHINA somewhere on the package, and it’s not always on the package.
To assure your pet is not poisoned by the Chi-coms here are a couple of web sites to check out. Infant formulas have also been implicated. So if you’re feeding an infant something other than breast milk, you might want to check those products out as well.
HYPERLINK “http://www.diamondpetrecall.com” www.diamondpetrecall.com
HYPERLINK “http://www.foodsafetynews.com” www.foodsafetynews.com