Pet Food Recall Expands, Link to Human Salmonellaby Karyn Zoldan on May. 08, 2012, under Animal News, Pet Health & Safety
Food Safety: Pet Food Recall Expands, Link to Human Salmonella
Initially, Tucson Tails didn’t write about the pet food recall because it wasn’t extended to include Arizona and as of this writing, Arizona is not mentioned. However, I still think it’s important to note because if you travel to the other states and take your pets or have dog friends out of state, this information is worth noting.
In the past Tucson Tails has voiced its ire about chicken jerky treats made in China but the dog foods being recalled now are made in South Carolina. The scary thing about this recall is one plant makes many popular brands. This reminds me of the great peanut and peanut butter recall of a few years ago where one or two manufacturing locations made peanut butter that was sold from bargain basement stores to Whole Foods and it took forever to find the source of the problem; people died.
Here dogs have died and become so sick with bloody diarrhea and dehydration. But more importantly people who handle the pet food are also becoming ill from salmonella.
Here are the brands and codes affected:
- Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
- Country Value
- Diamond Naturals
- Premium Edge
- Taste of the Wild
- Kirkland Signature/Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain
Not on the above list but recently added is Solid Gold
Here’s an excellent article by pet food expert Susan Thixton about how dog food contamination history keeps repeating
There are safety tips in preparing your dog’s foods. After reading the list, I realize I am not that diligent. Washing hands is the most important step to preventing illness. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap right after handling pet food and treats. This is especially critical if you will be immediately preparing, serving or eating food or drinks, or preparing baby bottles.
Here are more pet food safety suggestions.