Pet Food Company to Pay $2 Million for Salmonella Outbreak

A major pet-food manufacturer is shelling out millions to settle a class-action lawsuit after their salmonella-tainted kibble sickened pets and humans alike. Diamond Pet Foods will pay $2 million in damages for eight recalls in 2012 that left 20 humans and countless pets ill. 

Costco’s Kirkland Signature Brand and Natural Balance pet foods are two of the well-known brands involved in the massive recall. A full list of the foods affected contains other lesser-known brands, as well.

Food Safety News says Diamond’s case wasn’t helped by a FDA inspection that found numerous health violations at their manufacturing facility in South Carolina. The FDA also found another strain of salmonella in Diamond’s Missouri manufacturing plant. The recalled foods were manufactured between Dec. 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012.

If you think you may have been affected, you have until July 11, 2014 to file a claim. Details can be found on the lawsuit’s home page.

11 Safe and Healthy Treat Options You Can Find at PETCO

With all the recent talk of contaminated jerky treats, you may be wondering which treats are safe for your dog. We at Yellow Dog Blog have got you covered! We filled our shopping cart with 11 safe and healthy treat options that are easy to find (we found all but one at PETCO). You’ll notice almost every package overtly says if the product was made and/or sourced in the United States. Please note we have not been paid for this article; all the treats selected are ones we feed Yellow Dog and Sundown, and they love ’em!

1. PureBites

pure bites freeze dried treats

Freeze-dried treats are the motherlode of treats for your dog. They are as simple as it gets; one meat ingredient with water content removed.

There are several brands on the market but most major retailers carry PureBites. They are sourced 100 percent in the U.S. and have a very high protein content, as you might imagine. PureBites are about as healthy and natural as you can get!

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