RALEIGH, N.C. - A multistate recall of Diamond brand pet food has been expanded after testing by North Carolina agriculture department officials found high aflatoxin levels in a batch of dog food not included in the previous recall.
Diamond Pet Foods Inc., based in Meta, Mo., expanded its voluntary recall to include 40-pound bags of Diamond Pet Foods Professional for Adult Dogs with the "best by" code of "Best By 29-Jan-07," officials with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a news release Friday.
A total of 19 varieties of Diamond brand pet food produced at the company's facility in Gaston, S.C., have been recalled.
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical produced by a fungus that grows on corn and other small grains. Aflatoxin poisoning, which primarily affects the liver, can be fatal.
Symptoms include lethargy or sluggishness, anorexia, vomiting, bloody diarrhea and yellowing of the eyes.
The recalled varieties of dog and cat food were made by Diamond Pet Foods and sold in New York and 22 other states under the brand names Diamond, Country Value, and Professional.
The earlier recalled batches have date codes of March 1, 2007, through June 10, 2007.
That is soooo scary. WHen I bought Cookie, she was on Diamond pet food. Luckily I couldn't find it in NJ except in 40 lb bags. An 8 lb bag of food lasts 2 weeks. Wow, everything happens for a reason. I emailed the person I got Cookie from to tell her about the recall but no big surprise, I never got a reply.
I feel so bad for all the dogs that got sick by no fault of their owners. :(
On December 29th my family and I lost our beautiful friend of thirteen years. Her name was Chloe and before this day, she had not been ill one day of her life. We have family video of her from Christmas day just four days before she quickly became violently ill. I had left home around 6:30 pm to run some errands and Chloe was fine. When I returned home at 8:30, I noticed she had vomitted. I went outside with her and it was business as usual. She came back in the house and vomitted a few more times. I thought she may have eaten some cat food that didn't settle well on her stomach. But, within three more hours, she became weak and very lethargic. Another hour passes and she can't get up. By 2:30 am, she is having trouble breathing and I call the vet. He tells me that from her symptoms, she has been poisoned. I tell him that's not possible. We don't keep poison in the house and she's always watched when she goes outside. at 3:00 am before I can get her loaded into my vehicle and to the vet, she passes away.
I don't learn about the Diamond Pet Food recall until later in the afternoon. Immediately upon hearing it, I call my Pet Food store and confirm it and then I call the vet. My vet calls Diamond and tells me that they want an autopsy of her liver. So, I took her in for that immediately. I am still waiting on the results of that biopsy but I'm 99% sure that Diamond is to blame.
I called Diamond and emailed them on the same day my dog passed (six days ago tomorrow) and they still haven't contacted me.
Has anyone else been contacted by Diamond? I heard they were offering replacement dog food. Thanks, but no thanks, on that deal. I feel they owe me and my family much more than that if they are found to be at fault.
My dog suffered terribly in her last two hours of life and my family and I have a hole in our hearts where she used to be. We love and miss her and we always will.
I think they should be sued as well, but the problem is that in some states (maybe all- not sure), a pet is considered personal property, not a life. And though the pet might be worth a million dollars to us, the courts usually put a price tag on how much you can replace the animal for. I may be wrong. Hopefully things are different now and laws have changed because these companies need to be hit in the pocketbook or they have no incentive to do what they need to do to prevent this! Sorry for your loss. Such a senseless loss!!!
I have heard that there is a class action law suit that is being started against them for negligence. I'm not sure of how to find out with who and where but maybe try to google ...I'm sorry for your loss and the loss and suffering of all the dogs involved
I'm sorry to hear about all the suffering going on. It's good there are sites like this to inform people, I just wish everyone utilized their resources. My neighbor called to apologize after nasty behavior over the past three months for accusing me of poisoning his animals when we have been good neighbors since moving to the neighborhood. One of his family members notified him of this recall after many trips to the vet who was unable to explain the sick dog other than poisoning. Thank you to everyone who does their research!
Let me first say that I am so sorry for your loss. My husband, who is an avid beagler has 7 beagles that were all being fed Diamond until we received a phone call right before Christmas from the pet store informing us of the recall. We also fed Diamond to one of our house dogs, a German Shorthaired Pointer. All of the bags of dog food that we had in the house were affected by the recall. Having spoken to our vet, he advised us that we had a few options. One, is to go ahead and have all dogs' liver functions tested by having some blood work done. He also said that since no dogs were showing symptons, although they were all being fed affected bags, that we could just watch them closely and if any symptons arise we could bring them in. We have decided to go ahead and have them all tested. For the expense, roughly $50 per dog for the testing, it is better for us to know one way or the other if there livers have been affected or are abnormal. Also, my vet did say that since the liver is what is primarily affected, if we know in advance, treatment can be given since the liver is capable of healing. So, I am crossing my fingers that everyone is fine, but if not, hopefully we will have caught it in time. Also, our pet store manager did mention the class action law suit. She said to hold onto any documentation of vet bills, treatments, etc incase it does materialize. WE are not sue happy, but if one of our dogs do get sick or God forbid die, we will be prepared to join the suit because Diamond is responsible for their product.
I've fed my Boxers Diamond food for about 2 years, it really made a difference. But I'm not feeding it again anytime soon. Other dogs in our area has passed to the great beyond and I sure don't want mine too. I love all four of my babies. The only problem I've seen to notice is one of my dogs seem to have a seziure of some sort. I don't know if this had anything to do with the dog food or not, I've never seem him act that way or have I since. I hope I never do again. Maybe one day I'll go back to feeding them the Diamond food again, but not anytime soon. Just remember, any dog food could have a problem of the same kind.... Sorry for all the loses.
I am SO SORRY for your loss cloud. It is terrible loosing a family member. I am glad you got an autopsy of the liver. I unfortunately didn't when my dog died... I too had no idea it could be the food. I have also filled out the proper paperwork to Diamond last Tuesday - I did recieve a call from John @ Diamond & he said that a panel of 20 vets were working on my case (& probally many others as well) & that I would hear from a vet within a day or so. Still I have heard nothing & it's been 8 days ago. I am assuming they are checking when I bought the food & the store I bought it from to see if it was a possibilty my dog was posioned by his food. In our local newspaper - it said Diamond has been selling this recalled food since September.. this supposably came from a Diamond spokesperson. I haven't seen anything official on Diamonds web site though. If that is the case many people were slowly posioning their dogs & never knew it... it is terrible & Diamond should have to pay - I have a feeling this will go on a long time & after it is all done & said Diamond will no longer be in business... the dog deaths keep raising every day. & I am sure there are still even people out there that have no idea its been recalled & are still feeding it to their dogs. Again I am so sorry to anyone who has lost their pets over this.
My mom,s dog got real sick when another one got sick and right after eating she called diamond the said there was a recall not to take the dog to a vet they would send a new bag.WHAT never would I feed one of my animals food from such a idiot company....HMMMMM your dog is sick"whatever get a new bag" NOT Get another dog food is more like it.
I had been feeding my dog one of the bags that had been recalled. My dog was peeing in the house, which is abnormal for her, once at the vet I told her that I was feeding her Diamond. She tested her liver and urine and called the next day to tell me that her liver was fine. She had an urinary tract infection and crystals but other than that she was fine. So now I am just waiting and watching to make sure she stays fine. I am also no longer feeding her Diamond!!!!
my friend lost a litter of pups and the mother she has also had to have other dogs tested they where all show dogs diamond want even talk to her about this she has lost thousands of dollars the autospy is not back yet. has anyone heard anything from diamond. this was her life and her babies
I have a friend who lost a litter to the diamond dog food problem. she also lost the mother these where very expensive dogs she shows the standard poodle.has any one heard from diamond. she had autospy done. the dog food was the problem. these dogs are her babies she is having a very hard time with this.