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This was just posted on another forum we read:"Open Roads Forum" for campers and RVers under "RV Pet Health" section. Don't know if any of you use this brand of food of not, but we wanted everyone to be aware of the danger and to pass it on . We might save some wonderful pets if we help get the word out.

www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,180270,00.html

Friday, December 30, 2005

WASHINGTON — Contaminated dog food which was sold in 22 states killed nearly two dozen dogs and sickened 18 more, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

The deaths and illnesses sparked an FDA investigation into the pet food made by the Diamond Pet Food Company at its Gaston, S.C., manufacturing plant. The FDA said so far 23 animal deaths have been linked to the pet food.

The company, based in Beta, Mo., issued a recall of 19 varieties of dog and cat food on Dec. 21 because some of the pet food made at the Gaston facility was discovered to contain aflatoxin.

Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring chemical that comes from a fungus sometimes found on corn and other crops, can cause severe liver damage. Aflatoxin poisoning can cause sluggishness, a lack of appetite and in severe cases severe vomiting, fever and jaundice.

The recalled pet food was sold in 23 states under the brand names Diamond, Country Value and Professional, and bears the date codes of March 1, 2007, through June 11, 2007. Consumers are asked to immediately stop using the product.

Last week, Tony Caver, the state veterinarian in South Carolina, said that state has five presumed cases linked to aflatoxin, including three fatalities.

Seven dogs from the Rochester, N.Y., area were being treated at Cornell University Hospital for Animals for liver disease and failure after eating contaminated food, said university spokeswoman Sabina Lee. An area veterinarian discovered the link after three dogs died in the area, she said.

In a Dec. 20 press release, the company said it had notified distributors to hold up the further sale of Diamond pet food that had used corn. The next day it ordered the recall.

"To ensure we got all the affected product or potential to be affected, we cast a very wide net with the recall," Diamond spokesman Jim Fallon said Friday. He said the company is conducting tests and has set up a consumer information center, open seven days a week, to handle consumer questions.

"We are working with customers and their vets to confirm a link between the pet food and the pet's illnesses," he said. "Our whole focus is saving pets' lives and doing the right thing."

The company said it was analyzing retained samples of all of the affected pet food products in Gaston in an attempt to isolate specific lot numbers that were impacted and provide the information to distributors, retailers and customers.

In the United States, the pet food was distributed to stores in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont, and Virginia.

The FDA said some of the recalled product had been exported to at least 29 countries, including several in the European Union. Those countries have been notified, the agency said.
 

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Thank you for posting this update! Biscuit posted a warning about this around Dec. 20th, which I really appreciated because I have a friend who uses Diamond- I passed the info along to her immediately. This forum is not only just a nice place to visit with other basset lovers, but also can be a great resource when things like this happen.Wishing you all the best in the New Year!
 

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It's many more than 23 dogs, although apparently a few in the care of Cornell (I think) have actually recovered, as far as I know.

I'm really glad to know the FDA is pursuing this. I was afraid it would quickly pass into memory.

Thanks for posting this.
 
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I was in our feed store this morning and they were fielding calls regarding the Diamond food. She said the problem they're running into is that their Diamond rep and the news reports are giving out conflicting information. I think if I had any of that food, I would just pitch it rather than taking the chance with my dog that there was something wrong with it. The cost of a new bag of dog food compared to the cost of care if the info we're getting happened to be wrong just isn't worth it. If in doubt, pitch and buy something new till its all straightened out.

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OMG! I use this food, thank you so much for the info. I usually feed the lamb and rice, because it doesn't have corn in it, but last time I went to the store, they didn't have any so I had to buy a different variety. I'll have to get some different dog food TODAY! Thanks so much!
 
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I heard a piece about this on NPR a few weeks ago. Thank you for passing the info on.
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