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Postby aarongreen123 » Thu Dec 22, 2005 9:33 pm

This is an article out of the newspaper up by my dads house, its about a bad batch of diamon dogfood that has been id'd as having gone to 22 states so far, so beware..

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/app ... 5512220371

Deadly toxin found in pet food

Mendon vets' suspicion led to 22-state alert; several dogs die

Donna Jackel
Staff writer

(December 22, 2005) — Two local veterinarians who suspected that dogs were dying from tainted food quickly alerted Cornell University and other veterinarians, helping to prompt a 22-state alert by the dog food company.

Late last week, Stuart Gluckman and Sara Sanders of Mendon Village Animal Hospital treated several dogs with liver problems. All of the dogs had been eating the same dry dog food, manufactured by Diamond Pet Food's Gaston, S.C., facility.

On Saturday, they sent food samples to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals and to Diamond. Two toxicology labs have since confirmed that the food was tainted with aflatoxin, a chemical naturally produced by growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn or other crops. Several stores in the Rochester area sell the dog food.

In the past seven days, six local dogs have died, most likely from the deadly fungus, and at least eight more are being treated for damage caused by the toxin, Sanders said. "Our fear is that this is just the tip of the iceberg."

Late Wednesday, Diamond Pet Food said in a statement that the deadly toxin had been found in both dog and cat food made in the Gaston facility.

On Dec. 13, Susan Patrick of Victor, who breeds Labrador retrievers, called Gluckman to report that her dogs weren't eating and that some seemed very sick. Two days later, Sanders examined two golden retrievers that had each lost 10 pounds; one was in liver failure.

"What's with this liver failure?" she asked Gluckman. "He asked me, 'What have those dogs been eating?'"

Diamond dog food was the answer.

"We gathered samples Saturday and sent them to Cornell and Diamond," Sanders said.

Sanders said Diamond had tested the corn during manufacturing, but tests are not infallible. Corn is very common in dog food, she added.

Sharon Center, a professor of internal medicine at Cornell's animal hospital and a liver specialist, has been treating most of the dogs. She praised the quick action of the Mendon vets. They "probably saved a lot of dogs by figuring it out that fast," she said.

Although the toxin was also found in Diamond cat food, Sanders said she and Gluckman had not treated any cats.

Aflatoxin is a "very insidious" toxin that binds to DNA and inhibits the ability of the cells to make proteins and replicate properly, Center said. It remains in the body for weeks.

Signs of toxicity are loss of appetite, vomiting and lethargy. By the time those symptoms occur, the illness may already be acute.

While much research has been done on how the toxin works, less is known about treatment and recovery, Center said.

"We're trying to provide care to lessen the toxic effects," Center said. If the damage advances, the liver is unable to produce the materials to clot blood and the animal can bleed to death.

She suggested this is most likely just the beginning of the outbreak.

In its statement, Diamond Pet Food recommended that distributors stop selling all Diamond food made with corn and produced at the Gaston plant. Its facilities in Meta, Mo., and Lathrop, Calif., were not affected, the release said.

New York state receives dog food from the Gaston facility, as do 21 other states, all east of the Mississippi River.

Mark Brinkmann, a Diamond spokesman, said the company was taking every precaution.

"The truth is we're just not sure how widespread it will be," he said. "The New York state area is not the only place where we've had problems with illness in dogs. We've also had some isolated incidents in North Carolina and Tennessee."

Brinkmann cautioned that while Diamond has received many calls from veterinary offices, it's not yet clear how many of the animals were sick because of the company's food.

There is no antidote to the mold. All vets can do is treat the liver problems.

"Dogs that are sick are dying in spite of us," Sanders said.

If a pet is ill and the bag its food came in has been discarded, Sanders said, the animal probably should have liver tests.

"We are trying to work with Cornell on a treatment plan," she said. "Some dogs seem to be more susceptible than others."

Phones at Mendon Animal Hospital have been busy as worried pet owners call in. "We're trying to help by doing lab work," Sanders said.

Russ Herman, manager at Pet Saver Superstore in Greece, said his four telephone lines also have been ringing constantly. He pulled about 100 bags of Diamond dog food off his shelves after learning of the problem from his distributor. He knows of one customer whose dog died recently, most likely from aflatoxin.

Breeder Patrick, no longer in a festive mood after four of her dogs died, has taken down her Christmas tree. Of the 20 dogs that had been eating Diamond food, six are being treated around the clock at Cornell.

"It's a very (powerful) toxin," she said. "We're waiting to see what happens."
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Affected Products

Postby Christie » Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:32 am

Diamond's website is down but here is a list of the affected products that HAVE BEEN RECALLED:

• Diamond Low Fat Dog Food
• Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food
• Diamond Maintenance Dog Food
• Diamond Performance Dog Food
• Diamond Premium Adult Dog Food
• Diamond Puppy Food
• Diamond Maintenance Cat Food
• Diamond Professional Cat Food
• Country Value Puppy
• Country Value Adult Dog
• Country Value High Energy Dog
• Country Value Adult Cat Food
• Professional Chicken & Rice Senior Dog Food
• Professional Reduced Fat Chicken & Rice Dog Food
• Professional Adult Dog Food
• Professional Large-Breed Puppy Food
• Professional Puppy Food
• Professional Reduced Fat Cat Food
• Professional Adult Cat Food
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Postby DK1 » Sun Dec 25, 2005 11:09 pm

Not only do Diamond Foods also manufacture dog foods under these names: Country Value and Professional but apparently there are others??? Anyone know for sure?
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Diamond's web site info

Postby Christie » Mon Dec 26, 2005 10:14 pm

This is from Diamond Pet Food's website (http://www.diamondpet.com/DiamondPet/recall/faq.php)

Are any Gaston Facility Pet Foods Safe?

Although certain pet foods produced at the Gaston facility have been voluntarily recalled due to potential aflatoxin contamination, a wide range of the plant's products are perfectly safe and still can be purchased from retailers.

Gaston products not part of the recall include:

All Premium Edge products
The complete Chicken Soup product lines
Diamond Lamb and Rice Adult
Diamond Large Breed Adult 60+
Diamond Large Breed Puppy
Diamond Senior 8+
Diamond Kitten
Professional Lamb and Rice

Are products manufactured at other Diamond facilities affected by this situation?

No. Products manufactured at our Gaston facility are the only ones subject to the recall.

What states receive products from the Gaston facility?

The Gaston facility provides products to our customers in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan*, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio*, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee*, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

*These states receive product from other Diamond Pet Food facilities. Please check your date code carefully. Unless it has a capital "G" in the 11th or 12th position of the date code on the larger 15 lb. to 55 lb. bags, it is not included in the recall. The capital "G" will be in the 9th position on smaller 4 lb. to 8 lb. bags.[/b]
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Diamond Food

Postby Blue Weim Mom » Wed Dec 28, 2005 2:16 pm

When this originally came out, I contacted a dealer in my area.
Thought he may not have heard. he told me that only the food from that plant was affected. So, people towards the East Coast would be affected.
Those of us in the Mid-West and Plains States would not be b/c the foord in this area comes from a plant in Missouri.
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