Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people across US

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH,Associated Press JEFFREY COLLINS,Associated Press Updated at 2012-05-05 16:41:14 +0000


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal health officials say at least 14 people in nine states have been infected with salmonella from tainted dog food made at a South Carolina plant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no deaths have been reported, but at least five people have been hospitalized. The pet food was made at Diamond Pet Foods' plant in Gaston, just outside Columbia.

The company declined to comment Friday.

Health officials say people can get salmonella by handling infected dog food, then not washing their hands before eating or handling their own food.

The South Carolina plant was shut down April 7 and food made there has been recalled. Diamond Pet Foods paid a $3.1 million settlement after a toxic mold in its pet food killed dozens of dogs in 2005.