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


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.

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