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Dog Food Recall Expands: 14 Humans Sickened by Pets

Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a dog food recall for nine of it dry food brands, Reuters reports.

It's believed the dog food may be linked to a salmonella outbreak that infected at least 14 people nationwide. The company initially pulled only three of its brands in April. The additional six were removed as a precautionary measure, according to Diamond Pet Foods.

Authorities suspected the possible connection after they discovered those infected came into contact with dogs, or the affected dog food brands, prior to getting sick.

So what does this mean for the rest of the nation?

Well, if you live in Canada or one of the 16 states where the recalled dog food was distributed, watch out. The products were sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

While there's no word yet of any legal action, don't be surprised if you see something soon.

Whenever a company releases a product that is defectively designed or made, product liability lawsuits are possible. In general, liable parties may include the manufacturer, wholesaler, and every retailer that sells the defective product.

In the case of tainted food, the result is no different. So Diamond Pet Foods could be in a lot trouble -- especially because a Salmonella infection can lead to serious illness.

Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The sickness last about four to seven days. Most can recover without treatment, but elderly people, infants, and those with weak immunes systems are at a greater risk.

While there have only been 14 human salmonella cases reported so far, there's no telling yet whether this dog food recall came soon enough.

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