Contaminated dog food!!!

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Bailey Bumps

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Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 10:44am PST 
Here's an article I just found on MSN... thought I should share.

MSNBC News Services
Updated: 11:35 a.m. ET Jan. 9, 2006
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that at least 76 dogs nationwide are believed to have died as a result of eating contaminated Diamond Pet Foods.

The company has recalled 19 varieties of dog and cat food because tests showed high levels of aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical that comes from a fungus found on corn and other grains that causes severe liver damage in animals.

The company recalled products manufactured at its Gaston, S.C., plant from around September to November 2005. Based on sample testing, Diamond has narrowed down the exposure to food produced on Oct. 11, Brinkmann said Thursday.

The FDA and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture have launched investigations.

Customers who have purchased the recalled Diamond Pet Food manufactured in the South Carolina plant should immediately stop using it and return any remaining product to their retailer, according to the FDA.

The range of date codes being reviewed are "Best By 01-March-07" through Best By " 11-June-07".

FDA also has discovered that some of the recalled product was exported to at least 29 countries, including countries within the European Union. These countries have been notified.

Diamond officials say they are doing what they can to help affected pet owners.

“It’s going to take some time to take care of all these customers, and we’re going to do it,” said the company’s chief operating officer, Mark Brinkmann.

Diamond has promised to reimburse pet owners for vet bills and other costs associated with the aflatoxin poisoning, which officials now believe may include pets in Europe and other areas outside the country where the food is distributed.

The company set up a call center staffed with veterinarians. The call volume peaked at about 2,000 calls a day last week, Brinkmann said.

Shanika Stewart has been caring for her ailing 9-year-old chow, force-feeding the animal with a syringe six times a day since suffering permanent liver damage after eating contaminated dog food.

“I haven’t had any time to do anything but take care of her,” said Stewart, a 19-year-old nursing student at the University of South Carolina. “She’s the No. 1 priority. ... I get maybe four hours of sleep before she wakes me up.”

Aflatoxin poisoning symptoms
Aflatoxin comes from a fungus found on corn and other crops and can cause severe liver damage in pets. If your pet shows any of these symptoms contact your veterinarian immediately.

— Sluggishness
— Loss of appetite
— Jaundice (yellow whites of the eyes, gums, belly)
— Severe, persistent vomiting combined with bloody diarrhea
— Fever
Source: Food and Drug Administration

Through relocations from Army bases in Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington and now South Carolina, Cocoa has been a constant companion for Stewart, whose father is serving in Iraq.

When her own daughter died last year, Stewart said Cocoa helped her through her grief. “It was like she understood,” Stewart said. “She was my best friend.”

Stewart’s other dog, a 2-year-old pit bull named Chulo, died last month just hours after being diagnosed with liver failure. It was only then that the family learned of the recall.

Stewart initially thought Cocoa had refused to eat because she was depressed about losing Chulo. After the recall, the family vet confirmed aflatoxin poisoning in Cocoa, Stewart said.

Steve Shrum, president of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, said vets around the state were confused when puppies began showing signs of liver problems usually seen in older dogs.

“It takes such a small amount, and there’s pretty much nothing you can do with the process that will inactivate that toxin once it gets in the food supply,” he said.

Stewart says she has not spoken with anyone at the company despite several calls. The family has filled out an online form explaining their situation.

“You don’t get anybody to talk to and tell your story,” she said. “It’s like they’re not concerned. To me, it’s like they’re saying, ’Oh well, we’ll get to it when we get to it.”’

Brinkmann was sympathetic.

“We’re going as fast as we can,” he said. “I grieve with her, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure we can do right by her.”
Bailey Bumps

My bumps... my- bumps my bumps- my bumps
Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 10:45am PST 
Here's a list of brands this company produces:

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

Pugs and- Kisses!!
Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 1:07pm PST 
Thanks for the info- However, the death toll is much higher. last count over 100 dogs and a few cats that ate the dog food. I think it will take a long time to understand the impact this has and to know the exact numbers... due to exports. Also, there are still pet owners that are not aware so thanks for getting the word out there! On a personal note, my three all were fed Diamond.. and we are very lucky because they are all expected to recover.

----Jordan--- --

Sweet & gentle- rabble rouser
Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 1:37pm PST 
Wow - another reason to avoid foods with corn and wheat. Also think of all the dogs who aren't going to die from it but will have long-term effects on their health and energy level. Real sad.
Jake Logan

Livin' a big- life!!!
Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 4:13pm PST 

For Rio--Cysts- Be Gone!
Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 4:28pm PST 
I've heard that they also manufacture the Kirkland brand dog food from Costco...is this true?? Snuggles eats canned Kirkland dog food and just want to make sure about this!
B'Elanna (In- Memory)

What? What? I- can't hear you!

Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 5:41pm PST 
We saw the Diamond food recall on MSNBC Nightly tonight. Their web site, Nightly.MSNBC.com lists the Diamond, Professional and Country Value food for both dogs and cats and the distribution cities, but I just called my local shelter (they get freebies from various pet food manufacturers) and they said they don't get those brands but a man today came in to the shelter saying his dog was sick and he WAS feeding the dog Diamond brand. Our shelter director did not know of the recall at the time so she gave him some food our shelter had and told him to stop feeding Diamond to his dog. After I told her she said she would call him back to take his dog to the vet.

We're in Illinois and according to the posted list Illinois isn't on it, but apparently it is, so I would be hesitant re any of those brands.
----Jordan--- --

Sweet & gentle- rabble rouser
Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 5:55pm PST 
Snuggles, I don't think the canned has corn or wheat in it does it??

I've never seen canned with those grains.

Is it time to- eat yet?
Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 7:30pm PST 
This just stinks!!

We eat Chicken Lovers canned, also made by Diamond-anyone know if this was affected? did anyone stop feeding their dogs this product? Thanks!
Hoelle Jagdhund Jaeger

Tofu Pups!
Barked: Mon Jan 9, '06 10:51pm PST 
Eeek! I just saw this on MSN too, and thought I'd look to see if anyone had posted about it. Thanks for sharing Bailey! I was happy to see that California was not on the list of states the food was sold at. Are there any doggies out there on dogster being affected by this?? Our good thoughts and hopes are with all the dogs who are being affected out there.

Here are the states were this product was sold according to the MSN site:
Kentucky (eastern)
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina
West Virginia
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