FDA Investigating Another Diamond Pet Foods Facility

senior golden retriever eating foodSixteen people and two dogs have been sickened with Salmonella Infantis after handling or eating recalled dry dog food that was manufactured at a Gaston, S.C. facility owned by Diamond Pet Foods.

The plant is currently under investigation by the U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA).

Now a Diamond plant in Missouri is being investigated by the FDA for a different strain of Salmonella.

According to an update May 30 on the FDA website, “A surveillance sample of Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Lamb & Rice Formula collected by the state of Ohio from the Diamond Meta, Mo., plant has now yielded a positive for Salmonella Liverpool (not the outbreak strain). Diamond has issued a recall for this product.”

Susan Thixton, who has written the blog TruthAboutPetFood.com for seven years, told Food Safety News, “This has got to be the sloppiest recall I’ve ever seen.”

She said Diamond withheld the fact that the recalled lots of its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Lamb & Rice Formula were not manufactured at the same plant as the products that were previously recalled. Consumers had to call the company’s hotline to find out this information.

Diamond has also not been forthcoming in providing information about the countries where its recalled products were distributed, according to Phyllis Entis, a microbiologist who writes eFoodAlert.

She told Food Safety News, “This stuff is all around the world. There are a lot of countries where this product might be, but Diamond – to the best of my knowledge – has not released a list of countries.”

She said she has received messages from pet parents in France and Ireland whose dogs became sick after eating Diamond’s Taste of the Wild. Across the world in Singapore, where four of the nine affected brands are sold, the government released a health advisory last week regarding the recall.

Diamond also has a manufacturing plant in Lathrop, Calif., which apparently is not part of the investigation.

The first lawsuit against the company since the recall began in April was filed this week on behalf of a baby who was sickened with Salmonella Infantis.

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