The link to the outbreak of salmonella which began in April has been announced by CDC investigators. The first recall of dry dog food, by Diamond Pet Foods, was on April 6, 2012 after a routine surveillance found evidence of a rare Infantis strain of salmonella in the dry dog food.
The CDC and health officials in the United States and Canada found forty nine people who had been made ill by the precise strain of salmonella in the dry dog food. Twenty states reported incidents of the illness linked to the dog food and two cases were reported in Canada.
The full list of recall notices was listed on a separate Diamond Pet Food webpage
for products manufactured as early as August 2011. The process of tracking down those who were stricken with the salmonella illness included looking for patients who had salmonella poisoning with the precise genetic blueprint of the Infantis which had been detected.
reported that the dog food was distributed through multiple retailers, including Costco - Kirkland Signature's brand, plus: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium, Edge, Professional, 4Health, and Taste of the Wild.
The CDC recommends, as always, to wash your hands with soap and warm water after handling any pet food.
Diamond Pet Foods also staged a compete website for the dissemination of information regarding the pet food recalls. That website is HERE.
There were no deaths reported as a result of the pet food contamination.