May 7th 2012

Update: 5:30 a.m., May 8:

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture says it will be inspecting about 70 pet supply and feed stores in the state to determine whether they are complying with a national recall of pet food produced by the Diamond Pet Food company.

The agency said anyone who has the tainted dog food which has been linked to salmonella infections in 14 people, should throw it away. It also issued these guidelines:

People should wash their hands for 20 seconds with hot running water and soap

  • Before and after handling pet foods and treats;
  • After petting, touching, handling or feeding pets, especially after contact with feces;
  • Before preparing your own food and before eating.

The Agriculture Department also advises that because infants and children are especially susceptible to food-borne illnesses, they should be kept away from the areas where pets are fed; not be allowed to touch those areas or allowed to touch or eat pet food.

Human symptoms of salmonella include fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Anyone with the symptoms should contact their physician. Animal symptoms of a salmonella infection include lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some may only have a decreased appetite, feveral and abdominal pain.

Pets also can infect other animals and humans.

For a list of the recalled brands of pet foods with their corresponding production codes at