August 28, 2007: Salmonella Linked to Fayette, PA, Dog Food Plant

According to public health officials, a Fayette County dog food plant has been linked to the recent Salmonella Schwarzengrund outbreak that has occurred over the past 18 months.

Nashville-based Mars Petcare U.S. has closed the Everson plant for inspection and cleaning. The plant manufactured five-pound bags of Krasdale Gravy Dry Dog Food and fifty-pound bags of Red Flannel Large Adult Formula dry dog food. Both products were recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after they tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella.

Pennsylvania residents were the hardest hit, with 25 of the 66 reported cases of salmonellosis occurring in their state.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a press release warning consumers of a connection between dry dog food and Salmonella infection; and also provided precautions for the safe handling of pet food and avoiding salmonellosis.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12-72 hours after infection. To learn more about salmonellosis, please click on About Salmonella and Salmonella Symptoms and Complications (including Reiter’s Syndrome or reactive arthritis).

According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 1.4 million cases of Salmonella food poisoning in the United States each year, with more than 500 of those cases resulting in death. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to suffer severe illness.

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