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Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people across US


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Federal health officials say at least 14



people in nine states have been



infected with salmonella by



handling tainted dog food.


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, S.C.


The company said no pets were sickened but declined to comment



further.


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.


(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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