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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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