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  • Sue at MAGDRL
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    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2005
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      > >
      > > 23 Dogs Dead, 18 Ill From Tainted Dog Food
      > >
      > > Dec 30, 9:40 PM (ET)
      > >
      > > By ELISABETH GOODRIDGE
      > >
      > > WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.
      > >
      > > 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.
      > >
      > > ---
      > >
      > > On the Net:
      > >
      > > Food and Drug Administration:
      > > http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/diamond12_05.html
      > >
      > > Diamond Pet Food: http://www.diamondpet.com
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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