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Pet Food Recall Expanded Over Salmonella Concerns

A pet food recall has been expanded by Diamond Pet Foods due to a potential salmonella contamination.

Diamond Pet Foods has voluntarily recalled batches of nine brands of dry pet food that were manufactured between December 9th, 2011, and April 7th, 2012.

The company said that none of the recalled batches have tested positive for Salmonella but they’ve decided to expand the recall as a precaution. Food Safety News reports that Diamond Pet Foods claim may be true, but it may not be accurate. State and Federal agencies do not track pet illnesses, so salmonella cases may have occurred even though none have been reported.

The company said in a press release:

“Diamond Pet Foods is coordinating efforts with federal and state health and regulatory agencies and decided to independently expand the recall to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.”

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health, and Taste of the Wild pet foods have been recalled. Several Kirkland Signature products have also been recalled. Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice Vegetable Formula, Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice Vegetable Formula, Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice Egg Formula, Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken Vegetables, Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken Rice Formula, Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula, have all been pulled from the shelves.

Seattle News reports that the recalled products will have a 3 in the ninth position of the production code on the back of bags and an X in the 11th position. The best-before dates will be Dec. 9, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013.

The company stated:

“We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets.”

If you have a question about the pet food recall you can call toll free at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST, or visit www.diamondpetrecall.com. The FDA also has more information about the recall.

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