Diamond Pet Food has Removed its Dog and Cat Food from Sale.....

Please be aware of a recent pet food contamination issue that has caused the death of six dogs so far.

Please be aware of a recent pet food contamination issue that has caused the death of six dogs so far.

Diamond Pet Food has removed its dog and cat food from sale after a

dangerous toxin was found in a product manufactured at the company's facility in Gaston, South Carolina. The plant supplies pet foods to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and other east coast states.

To get more information about the cause of the illness and symptoms to watch for, please see the memo from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at

http://www.petfinder.com/admin/njagriculture_memo.html

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Subject: Latest Memo from the NJDA Division of Animal Health: Dog and Cat

Food Contamination

Importance: High

New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Memo

To: Veterinarians and Animal Agriculture Constituents

From: Nancy E. Halpern, D.V.M., State Veterinarian

Date: December 21, 2005

Re: PET OWNERS URGED TO WATCH FOR SIGNS OF ILLNESS AFTER DOG AND CAT FOOD

CONTAMINATION

(TRENTON) -- The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has contacted the

state s network of animal care providers to watch for a potential

life-threatening illness among dogs and cats. The Department has been

informed that Diamond Pet Food has removed its dog and cat food from sale

after a dangerous toxin was found in a product manufactured at the company s

facility in Gaston, South Carolina. That plant supplies pet foods to New

Jersey as well as New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and other East

Coast states.

Since December 13, there have been reports, primarily from the Rochester,

New York area, of about 14 dogs becoming sick after being fed a Diamond Pet

Food product. To date, six of those dogs have died.

Testing by New York officials has confirmed aflatoxicosis as the probable

cause of death of three of the animals. Aflatoxicosis results from ingesting

aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical produced by the growth of

fungus on certain food and feeds.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is monitoring the situation in New

York State and has informed the state s animal care providers of the

potential problem, said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M.

Kuperus. We urge all pet owners to watch for signs of illness in their pets

if they used the contaminated product and to contact their veterinarians

immediately should their pets get sick.

Testing of Diamond Pet Food samples from the homes of the affected dogs in

New York revealed at least one sample containing two and a half times the

toxic level of aflatoxin for dogs. High-level aflatoxin exposure produces

acute liver problems, which cause internal bleeding. There can be excessive

fluid build up in tissue, alteration in digestion, and problems with

absorption and/or metabolism of nutrients.

No animal species is immune to the acute toxic effects of aflatoxins

including humans; however, humans have an extraordinarily high tolerance for

aflatoxin exposure and rarely succumb to acute aflatoxicosis.

Diamond Pet Food suggests that pet owners call their veterinarian

immediately if their pet shows any of the following symptoms of illness:

sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint

to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea.

The products removed from sale are:

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

Kirkland Signature Maintenance Cat Food

Canine Club Adult Dog 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.

For more information, please call Diamond Pet Food at (573) 229-4203 or the

Division of Animal Health, New Jersey Department of Agriculture at (609)

292-3965.
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