Animal hospital confirms canine death due to dog food

December 21, 2005 - Three brands of dog and cat food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods are being recalled because they may contain aflatoxin.

The food is sold under the Diamond, Country Value and Professional labels. It's distributed in 23 states, including Mississippi.

Our sister station, WIS in South Carolina, reported that a representative with Wateree Animal Hospital in Camden, South Carolina says they have one confirmed dog death due to dog food. The pet owner just got back toxicology reports and the cause of death was severe liver damage due to dog food. The dog was eating Diamond Dog Food.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, on corn and other crops. The fungus develops on crops during years with severe high temperature stress and drought.

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.

Mississippi is one of the states serviced by the Gaston, 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
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

All pet owners are urged 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, Georgia, Kentucky (eastern), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont and Virginia.