Another Brand Of Pet Food Recalled
Posted December 30, 2005 8:33 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — The multi-state recall of Diamond brand pet food has been expanded. The state veterinary lab said seven dogs have died with signs of liver damage that may be consistent with aflatoxin poisoning.
The recall expansion now covers 40-pound bags of Diamond Pet Foods Professional for Adult Dogs with the best by code of 29-Jan-07.
Nineteen varieties of dog and cat food made at the Gaston, S.C., facility have been removed from sale, including: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 Country Value Puppy Country Value Adult Dog Country Value Higher 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 Professional for Adult Dogs
Products manufactured at Diamond Pet Foods facilities in Meta, Mo., and Lathrop, Calif., are not affected by the recall. The South Carolina facility services a 22-state region.
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical found in corn and other crops. Aflatoxin poisoning is fatal to animals.
"Our inspectors are out making sure this product is removed from shelves, and taking samples for analysis of these products outside the recall dates," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "If you have purchased any of these products, return them to the store where you bought them. Do not feed them to your pet."
Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include lethargy or sluggishness, occasional vomiting, bloody diarrhea and sudden death. Troxler urged pet owners to contact their veterinarian immediately if their pet shows signs of illness.
Customers can contact the Diamond Pet Foods Customer Information Center toll free at 1-866-214-6945 to receive complete information on pet health concerns, along with a listing of the products and specific eastern states included in the recall.