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Dog food produced by Diamond Pet Foods has sickened 14 people in nine states with salmonella.
The Gaston, South Carolina company manufactures food under several names, including Country Value, Diamond, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild brands.
It’s likely the people were infected through cross-contamination — not washing their hands after handling pet food. It’s also possible some became ill after coming into contact with a sick animal.
In humans, symptoms of salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. Elderly and immune-suppressed individuals are especially at risk for serious complications.
Dogs exhibit similar symptoms as humans when exposed to salmonella. However, there have been no officially confirmed cases of animal infection associated with this recall.
For the complete list of recalled pet food products, see Diamond Pet Foods’ official website.