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CDC: Dog-food linked salmonella cases grow to 16

CDC: Dog-food linked salmonella cases grow to 16

May 13th, 2012 in News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Federal officials say the number of people sickened by salmonella after handling tainted dog food has grown by two to 16.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the two new cases occurred in Canada and Pennsylvania. Earlier cases were confirmed in Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia.

The dog food was made by Meta, Mo.-based Diamond Pet Foods at its plant in Gaston, S.C. That plant also made mold-contaminated food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide in 2005.

The company has announced four rounds of recalls over the past month. The dog food was sold under several brand names.

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