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Pet food recall 2012 now includes 39 states

Pet food recall 2012 involves brands including Kirkland, Premium Edge, and Diamond Naturals, manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods. The biggest pet food recall 2012 has been expanded multiple times since April. Counting additional recalls by separate brands manufactured in the Diamond Pet Foods facility, affected dog food has been sold in 39 states.

By Schuyler VelascoCorrespondent / May 8, 2012



Editor's note: This story was updated on May 14, 2012.

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The Food and Drug Administration has expanded a national recall of Diamond Pet Foods dog food manufactured between Dec. 9, 2011, and April 7, 2012, from the company’s manufacturing plant in Gaston, S.C.

The initial recall was put into place last month, after salmonella was found in batches of the company’s dry dog food, according to the FDA.

No illnesses have been reported in dogs, but so far 16 cases of salmonella in humans have been found in nine states and Canada, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Affected humans may have caught salmonella from handling the dry dog food and then handling their own food, or from cross contamination with utensils. The CDC is still investigating the outbreak.

With the expansion, the Diamond portion of the biggest pet food recall of 2012 now includes Puerto Rico, parts of Canada, and 21 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. The FDA warns that some packages of affected food may have been sold to additional states through online vendors.

“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,” the Missouri-based company said in a statement.

Initially issued for Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice dry dog food on April 6, the Diamond Pet Foods recall has been expanded seven times.

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