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23 Dog Deaths from Contaminated Dog Food

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    23 dog deaths linked to contaminated food Diamond brand dog food recalled after toxin detected in 23 states The Associated Press Updated: 8:53 p.m. ET Dec. 30,
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 30, 2005
      23 dog deaths linked to contaminated food
      Diamond brand dog food recalled after toxin detected in 23 states
      The Associated Press
      Updated: 8:53 p.m. ET Dec. 30, 2005

      WASHINGTON - Contaminated dog food which was sold in 23 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 Meta, 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.

      Corn-based food recalled
      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.

      According to the company, the pet food was distributed to stores in
      Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine,
      Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Michigan, 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.
      © 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may
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      © 2005 MSNBC.com

      URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10655663/
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