A lawsuit was filed this week against Diamond Pet Food Processors and Costco Wholesale Corp. in connection with dog food contaminated with Salmonella Infantis, according to a news release from national food safety law firm Pritzker Olsen.
It is believed to be the first lawsuit filed against Diamond Pet Foods since the company began recalling dry dog food due to Salmonella contamination last month. Back in 2007, Diamond paid $3.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by consumers whose dogs died or were sickened after eating mold-contaminated food manufactured at the same plant in Gaston, S.C.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey, a baby suffered severe diarrhea on April 11 and had to be hospitalized for three days. A bacteria culture showed the baby had the same rare type of Salmonella Infantis that was found in samples of contaminated dog food recalled by Diamond Pet Foods.
The baby’s father had fed the family dogs Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables, which he bought at Costco. It was one of the brands recalled by Diamond.
“This child suffered severe pain and a host of painful medical procedures due to a collapse of food safety protections,” stated Attorney Elliot Olsen of Pritzker Olsen. “Both of these companies knew or should have known that these products were contaminated with pathogens.”