Fw: OT - Diamond Pet Food Recall -- update
> > 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
> > state has five presumed cases linked to aflatoxin, including threeeating
> > Seven dogs from the Rochester, N.Y., area were being treated at Cornell
> > University Hospital for Animals for liver disease and failure after
> > contaminated food, said university spokeswoman Sabina Lee. An areadistributors
> > veterinarian discovered the link after three dogs died in the area, she
> > In a Dec. 20 press release, the company said it had notified
> > hold up the further sale of Diamond pet food that had used corn. The
> > day it ordered the recall.we
> > "To ensure we got all the affected product or potential to be affected,
> > cast a very wide net with the recall," Diamond spokesman Jim Fallon saidsaving
> > 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
> > pets' lives and doing the right thing."affected
> > The company said it was analyzing retained samples of all of the
> > pet food products in Gaston in an attempt to isolate specific lotnumbers
> > that were impacted and provide the information to distributors,retailers
> > 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