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Ag Commissioner warns of possible pet food danger

December 21, 2005
from the Commissioner's Office

Atlanta -- Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is alerting Georgians about a possible danger in some pet food that may have entered the state. 

Diamond Pet Food is removing some of its pet food from sale because it may contain aflatoxin.   Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops.  The company has notified its distributors to hold the sale of all Diamond Pet Food products formulated with corn that were produced in its Gaston, South Carolina, facility.  Products manufactured at other Diamond Pet Food facilities are not affected. 

Georgia is one of the states serviced by the South Carolina facility. 

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 10-June-07”.  Diamond’s quantitative analysis records substantiate that its 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 

    • Gaston facility 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
C
ountry 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

Commissioner Irvin urges all pet owners to contact a veterinarian immediately if their animals show signs 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.

For more information about the specified Diamond Pet Food products, call Mark Brinkman, Diamond Pet Food, 573-229-4203. For a list of dealers in each of the affected states, visit http://www.diamondpet.com.

Other states serviced by the Gaston facility are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky (eastern), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont and Virginia.

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