Wednesday May 9, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods has expanded a voluntary recall to include batches of nine brands of dry dog food formulas made between Dec. 9, 2011, and April 7, 2012, due to potential salmonella contamination, according to the company.

Fourteen people have been made sick by handling the food, and at least five were hospitalized, according to the Associated Press.

In April, Diamond Pet Foods initiated three voluntary recalls of Diamond manufactured dry dog food. Although none of the additional products being recalled have tested positive for salmonella, the company is pulling them from store shelves as a precaution.

Diamond Pet Foods is coordinating efforts with federal and state health and regulatory agencies and decided to independently expand the recall to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.

"We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets," the company said in a statement.

Brands included in the recall include Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production code on their bag. If the code has a "2" or "3" in the ninth position and an "X" in the 10th or 11th position, the product is affected by the recall.

For more information, visit www.diamondpetrecall.com.