The family of an infant identified as C.A.E has filed a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court against Diamond Pet Food Processors and Costco alleging that two-month-old C.A.E became sick with salmonella from tainted Diamond dog food.
According to Law.com at least 15 people across Canada and nine US states have become sick from alleged contact with contaminated pet food. Diamond Pet Food initiated a food recall for salmonella contamination on April 6, 2012 and has expanded the recall to additional brands including Kirkland, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Premium Edge, and Canidae.
According to the lawsuit, C.A.E. had loss of appetite, fever, and diarrhea on April 11, and was sent and admitted to St. Peter’s University Hospital, where he was also diagnosed with the same strain of ‘salmonella infantis’ that caused the pet food recall. Though the family pet and other family members did not become sick with salmonella poisoning, C.A.E suffered “severe injuries to his gastrointestinal tract,” and will need monitored for a heightened risk of liver and kidney damage.
The lawsuit alleges violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and Product Liability Act, negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of warranty.