News agencies reported that the recent dry dog food recall, initiated by Diamond Pet Foods, has sickened 14 people with Salmonella in at least nine states, with five individuals requiring hospitalization.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the people were exposed to Salmonella by handling the contaminated dog food, and then became sick due to not properly washing their hands prior to eating their own food. According to Diamond Pet Foods, no reports of pets suffering adverse health effects have been received.
Of the individuals that have fallen ill, three of them reside in Missouri and North Carolina, two reside in Ohio, and Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia each had one affected resident.
The recalled dog food has been traced back to the Diamond Pet Foods manufacturing plant in Gaston, South Carolina, the same facility that was cited five years previous for producing food that was contaminated with aflatoxin, a toxic mold, that resulted in the death of dozens of dogs. The plant has been temporarily shut down and the company has issued four rounds of recalls for dry dog food produced between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012.
As a Harrisburg personal injury lawyer, I’m saddened by the unfortunate news of these individuals’ illnesses and hope that they all make a full, quick recovery. If you’ve fallen ill due to the handling or consumption of a contaminated or otherwise defective food product, it could be in your interests to consult a Lancaster personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights as a consumer and the legal avenues that could be open to you.Tweet