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Old December 20th, 2005, 09:16 PM
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Diamond Pet food troubles

From Diamond's website



December 20, 2005

Media Contact:

Mark Brinkman, Diamond Pet Food


Diamond Pet Food has discovered aflatoxin in a product manufactured at our
facility in Gaston, South Carolina. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic
chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, on
corn and other crops.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have notified our distributors and
recommended they hold the sale of all Diamond Pet Food products formulated
with corn that were produced out of our Gaston facility (see complete list
below). Please note that products manufactured at our facilities in Meta,
Missouri and Lathrop, California are not affected. The Gaston facility date
codes are unique from other Diamond facility codes in that either the
eleventh or twelfth character in the date code will be a capital "G" (in
reference to Gaston). The range of date codes being reviewed are "Best By
01-March-07" through Best By "11-June-07". Diamond's quantitative analysis
records substantiate that Diamond's corn shipments were definitively clear
of aflatoxin after December 10. As such, "Best By 11-June-07" date codes or
later are not affected by this notice.

States serviced by our Gaston facility include Alabama, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (eastern), Main, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North
Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West
Virginia, Vermont, and Virginia.

We are rapidly analyzing retained samples of all products produced in Gaston
so we can isolate specific lot numbers impacted and provide this information
to our distributors, retailers and customers as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, if your pet is showing any symptoms of illness, including
sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint
to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your
veterinarian immediately

Product quality and customer satisfaction are important to us. We pledge to
keep you updated as new developments occur.

Gaston Facility Products Removed From Sale

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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Old December 21st, 2005, 12:10 AM
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I answered this one: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=22297
But if anybody gets a card in the mail from Costco about a recall for the kirkland brand of food, I hope you'll post it here.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 01:18 PM
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I don't know if people are just getting really paranoid, or what...I read this on another forum, but when I trace it back to animalhelp.com I find no such posting or news item. I don't know if the non-corn containing foods could be picking up aflatoxin from being processed on the same equipment, or what--I hate to buy into hysteria, but just to be safe, I've stopped feeding our animals Chicken Soup until I hear definitively that everything is okay.

Diamond Pet Food Recall
1/4/06 11:53am ET - Update From AnimalHelp:

Despite claims that the brands below are the only brands affected, we have
received feedback from pet owners who have recently fed both Cosco
"Kirkland" brand pet foods and Chicken Soup Brand Dog Food, whose pets have
exhibited the same symptoms as noted with Diamond Brands and the aflatoxin

**Please be aware that while these animals had all the same symptoms of
aflatoxin illness the test results have not been completed yet and it will
be a short time before we know for sure whether their deaths were caused by
the food. There are other illnesses and diseases that cause liver failure
and may be to blame. But because the foods these animals were eating are all
made by Diamond, and the symptoms are the same, we want to warn you to be on
the lookout for similar illness in your animals until we know for sure.

Sadly, a 2 year old Skye Terrier died Monday January 2nd, 2006. He was
eating Chicken Soup brand food and displayed the symptoms of aflatoxin
illness before he died. The other dogs in this household are also sick.
Liver profiles, toxicology screenings and pathology results are pending.

Also, a cat death has occurred on Tuesday January 3rd, 2006 in upstate SC.
This cat was eating Cosco brand cat food and displayed the symptoms of
aflatoxin illness. Pathology results are pending on this cat. We know of one
other cat who almost died from the same symptoms of aflatoxin illness and
also was being fed Cosco brand cat food.

Cosco's Kirkland Brand pet foods are made by Schell & Kampeter, who also
make the Diamond Products. Chicken Soup is considered one of their super
premium food, and they also make Nutra Nuggets. Cosco Kirkland is made at
one or more of the Diamond plants.

If you feed your pet Cosco brands - or ANY other pet food brands (it is
possible that other store brands are made at Diamond plants) - and see
illness and symptoms as mentioned here, we urge you to get your pet to your
veterinarian immediately for a liver profile.

We expect the Chicken Soup brands and the Cosco brands will be added to the
official recall very soon if the test results from these two recent deaths
provide proof that cause of death resulted from ingestion of aflatoxin in
the food. We will keep you up to date if any changes are announced.

Because of testing conducted by officials in North Carolina, Diamond Pet
Foods has added Diamond Professional for Adult Dogs to the list of recalled
products manufactured in our Gaston, S.C. facility and distributed in the
eastern U.S.

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Old January 9th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Better safe than sorry I say. Even if it is mass paranoia!
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Old January 9th, 2006, 03:48 PM
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Shannon, you should email the company and ask directly.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 01:33 PM
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CNN News story on Diamond pet food and ill pets

Check out the story "girl fights to save dog that ate bad pet food" on CNN:


the story is on the right hand side and has audio. Aparently liver damaged but still barely alive and she is trying to keep it alive! You go girl!
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Old January 10th, 2006, 04:21 PM
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I feed my cats Chicken-soup,but reading the bag,it was manufatured in Missouri not South Carolina and the "best before date is june 2006" and I hope we are safe,just bought a big bag:sad:
Where do I write???I will not feed it to them again,until I have some assurance it's safe!
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