EDITOR'S NOTE: CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CURRENT DOG FOOD RECALL
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I got this message from the BONE list & asked to pass it on...
If y'all are on another list...please spread the word!
This is from December of 2005:
For anyone feeding Diamond dog food, there is a recall on their dog food. Alfatoxin has been found in the food.
At least 8 dogs in the Rochester area and at Cornell have gotten sick (liver issues) and a high percentage have died. If you are feeding Diamond, discontinue and check their web site...
It is only from their Gaston plant, only affects dogs in these states:
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (eastern),
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.
Even though Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul brand food is also manufactured by Diamond, Chicken Soup food does not contain any corn, which was the carrier for the Aflatoxin. So Chicken Soup should be OK. Jan 12, 2006
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|22 of the most populated states in the union and they say "only"?
I'll verify this, and then I'll link to this on the front page of the website.
I have verified this. Here is the front page of their website.
We have received two calls regarding one product code. In both cases, dogs are sick with symptoms consistent with aflatoxin exposure. Tests on this specific date code are pending, but due to the nature of the communications received from the field, we have elected to post this code: DMD1001JC32GJL____, BB 11Apr07.
This is a Diamond Maintenance Dog Formula code. If you have a bag from this same batch, the following portion of the code will be identical: DMD1001JC32GJL____, BB 11APR07. If your code does not match this exactly, we have not received complaints or test results regarding your food yet. The last four digits of the code will vary. As soon as test results are available, they will be posted. If you have a bag from this particular batch, please contact your veterinarian. Tests are being performed on samples at 30 minute intervals during the entire production run. The times from the batch codes from these two calls are 1034 and 1152. The time is shown in the last four digits of the code
Important Customer Alert
Diamond Pet Food has discovered aflatoxin in a product manufactured at the company’s Gaston, S.C. facility. Out of an abundance of caution, we have notified our distributors in the areas affected and recommended they hold the sale of all products potentially affected by this situation.
Product quality and customer satisfaction are important to us, and we pledge to keep you updated as new developments occur.
What is Aflatoxin?
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, on corn and other crops. The fungus develops on crops during years with severe high temperature stress and drought.
What products are affected?
Products formulated with corn at our facility in Gaston, S.C. may be affected by this situation (see complete list below).
The Gaston facility date codes are unique from other Diamond facility codes in that either the eleventh or twelfth character in the date code will be a capital “G” (in reference to Gaston). The range of date codes being reviewed are “Best By 01-March-07” through Best By “11-June-07.” Diamond’s quantitative analysis records substantiate that Diamond’s corn shipments were definitively clear of aflatoxin after December 10. As such, “Best By 11-June-07” date codes or later are not affected.
Gaston facility products recommended for temporary removal from sale include:
Diamond Puppy Food
Diamond Original Dog Food
Diamond Low Fat Dog Food
Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food
Diamond Maintenance Dog Food
Diamond Premium Adult Dog Food
Diamond Performance Dog Food
Diamond Maintenance Cat Food
Diamond Professional Cat Food
Professional Reduced Fat Chicken & Rice Dog Food
Professional Chicken & Rice Adult Dog Food
Professional Puppy Food
Professional Large-Breed Puppy Food
Professional Reduced Fat Cat Food
Professional Adult Cat Food
Country Value Puppy
Country Value Adult Dog
Country Value High Energy Dog
Country Value Adult Cat Food
Are products manufactured at other Diamond facilities affected by this situation?
No. Products manufactured at our Gaston facility are the only ones affected.
What states receive products from the Gaston facility?
The Gaston facility provides products to our customers in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (eastern), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont, and Virginia.
[Editor's note: 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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What symptoms should I look for from my pet?
Symptoms of illness will include sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea.
What should I do if I suspect my pet is ill?
If you suspect your pet is ill, please consult your veterinarian immediately.
Who can I call for more information?
Customers with questions about this situation should use our Contact Form.
[ http://www.diamondpetfood.com/DiamondPet/contact.php -ed. ]
Please click here to read more from our media statement.
[I didn't find any more info --in fact, there was less-- on their media statement. -ed.]
Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention.
|I'm glad this was brought to our attention. My parents feed the Canadian version of diamond food, from Costco, the Kirkland brand.
I know it says only from the one plant, but it does concern me anyway.
|wow! Deana imed me about this. I used to feed London diamond and was asking around on this post a few months ago. Thankfully we switched to Nutro about a month or so ago. London did have diareaha - and someone mentioned maybe it was from parasites so I took him to the vet and he told us that it was probably from the food. he tested London's poo and blood and he got a clean bill of health. Good thing we strayed from diamond. whew.
Do you think it's appropiate for me to fwd to london's breeder since she uses diamond.
|Here's my story. We have a house full of pets (2 cats, 1 dog and a bird). Suspicions were raised when both of our cats stopped eating the Kirkland cat food we had been feeding them since before Christmas...and I do mean stopped eating. Our dog, who quite regularly would clean out the cats dish, would not go near their food. However we have used Kirkland for our collie for years and so we thougth we would just let them get used to it. One of out cats is very timid and tiny and mostly hides in the lower level of our house. My son was saying she was sick and that the food was bad. When I finally found her she was very ill and for the last two days while waiting to see the vet she became very dehydrated, lethargic, and her ears had begun to turn yellow. She had also been vomitting and her tail was yellow from the dark urine. In the mean time a co worker said her dog was dying and the vet didn't know what was wrong with it. After some discussion I found out her pet too is vomitting, lethargic, not eating or drinking and has yellow skin and is eating Kirkland dog food. $375.00 later, our tiny kitten is at the vets having tests, intravenous fluids, and will be force fed so she might get her strength back to eat on her own. We have changed food and our other (once fat) cat is a little better and eating on her own, thankfully, as I don't think that a $1000 vet bill is within our budget. Costco assures me that the food they stock is tested and they have been assured by Diamond that the food shipped to Canada is processed at an entirely different plant and free of the contamination that is evident in USA. However, our vet has kindly offered to have the food tested and I do have an appointment at Costco to discuss the issue further. Coincidence that all three animals show the same signs of liver failure due to aflatoxin poisoning? Hmmm....|
|Please post your results after having the food tested. I'd be very interested in knowing if any of that made it into Canada as my parents feed the Costco Kirkland brand dog food and their dog was very ill and almost died just before Christmas.|
|I've been told by a vet that it doesn't effect cats in the same manner.|
|Well, our kitty has to spend another night with the vet and has fatty liver disease. This is not caused by aflotoxin in the food but is caused any time a cat stops eating for extended periods of time. So, the Kirkland pet food may not have aflotoxin but I am still highly suspicious...Fatty liver disease may be from toxic injury, caused by poisoning, injury from bacterial toxins, or lack of blood to the liver. What are the odds that three pets would all stop eating Kirkland food and exhibit the same symptons. Hopefully Costco will still have the food tested when I return what is left of the bag.
Our other cat is on the mend and eating now, however the co workers dog is still very ill. We have certainly switched food for now.
And my response to the last post is that Aflotoxin poisoning affects cats in quite the same way as dogs....it has to do with the liver function of all animals. Did ya know that humans too may become quite ill (jaundiced)from aflotoxins present in affected peanuts and pistichio nuts?
FDA report says company let some shipments into Gaston plant without checking for aflatoxin
|I have a friend with Great Danes who was using it, I told her about it as soon as I first heard (probably a month ago) and I think she's still using it! We are in WI and that isn't on the list, but still! I wouldn't even want to take the risk, overall she upsets me in how she deals with dogs anyways so it is to surprise that she's still feeding it to her two danes.|
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