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Pet food recall expanded in United States and Canada

Diamond Pet Foods is recalling nine brands of its dry dog food after several of its brands caused a salmonella outbreak in 14 people in the United States.

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Researchers have found a rare strain of salmonella in several types of dog food brands owned by Diamond Pet Foods, Reuters reported. The strain has sickened at least 14 people in nine states. Diamond Pet Foods pulled three of its products from store shelves last month, and announced Saturday that it will expand the recall. The company is now recalling a total of nine of its dry dog food brands. The products had been sold mostly in the East Coast of the United States and Canada. 

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The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that no dog illnesses have been linked to the outbreak, according to NBC Los Angeles.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development first detected salmonella during routine retail testing of the pet food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods,” a CDC spokesman told the Toronto Star.

This is not the first time that Diamond Pet Foods has recalled its products. In 2005, a toxic substance ended up in a Diamond Pet Foods production plant and killed dozens of dogs, the Toronto Star reported. The company paid a $3.1 million settlement as a result. 

The Food and Drug Administration tells consumers how to avoid the recalled food on its website

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