Natural Dog Food Tainted in the USA

Salmonella, in what is claimed to be natural dog food, has resulted in 14 people in nine states taking ill in the USA. The natural dog food from a plant in South Carolina is not averse to controversy having had a number of their products recalled in the past.

At least five people were hospitalized because of the dog food, which was made by Diamond Pet Foods at its plant in Gaston, S.C., the Federal Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said. “People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods,” said CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell.  The company have recalled not only their own natural dog food but a number of other brands they produce which claim to be natural dog food. People can get salmonella by handling infected dog food, then not washing their hands before eating or handling their own food, health officials said. The recall covers a number of pet food brands made at the Gaston plant, including Canidae, Natural Balance, Apex, Kirkland, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild. Land Of Holistic Pets sister company in the United States, Burns Pet Health  which also has a range of natural dog foods is unaffected by this problem. Burns Pet Health and Land Of Holistic Pets have very strict health and safety protocols in place for their natural dog food ranges.

The South Carolina plant temporarily was shut down April 8. Diamond Pet Foods has issued four rounds of recalls for food made at the plant, located outside of Columbia, S.C., between Dec. 9 and April 7. The latest recalls were announced Friday April 27th. The same company had to recall their natural dog food ranges in 2005 when a toxic mould called aflatoxin ended up in food made at the same  plant in South Carolina and dozens of dogs died. The company offered a $3.1 million settlement. The Food and Drug Administration determined the deadly fungus likely got into the plant when it failed to test 12 shipments of corn which the company claim is an ingredient fit for natural dog food. Land Of Holistic Pets and Burns Pet Health in the USA do not use corn in any manner or form and would not advocate its use in natural dog food.