This time it's a Vomitoxin (wheat) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I just saw this posted on another forum and thought I should post it here since there has been some discussion on using Premium Edge kibble.
Remember, folks, it is made by Diamond and even though it is their top of the line food, it still sounds like Diamond has some contaminated food out there. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST FAR AND WIDE
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 10:23:45 EST
You may think the Diamond food scare is over, or that only a limited amount of product is involved. Not so.
On Monday, March 6 - after 3 feedings of Diamond's Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables - we almost lost 3 of our 4 GSDs. The only reason it didn't effect the 16 week old is because we kept her on other feed. Within 20 minutes of ingesting their dinner, 2 of the dogs proceeded to vomit dark green undigested food and within another 2 minutes they were foaming at the mouth and stiff-leg gaiting. Another 5 minutes and they were having what I - as a nurse - would refer to as petit mal seizures. After a traumatic night at the local emergency clinic, the diagnosis was "food intoxication from Premium Edge kibble".
The following day, upon contacting Diamond in Meta, Missouri, I was assured they would work with me in this and stand behind their product....the reimbursement for any and all vet care, etc was also discussed. Upon asking for financial assistance for a test Diamond requested at Cornell ($300.00/dog minimum) - a test that per my vet and those at Cornell said was a CYA call on Diamond's part - they changed their mind on "helping out". I refused that particular test, awaiting results from another analysis on samples.
Notification came yesterday from University of Missouri Vet Met Diagnostic Lab: "Each of the four submitted samples of dog food contained approximately 0.5 ppm of vomitoxin, as detected by thin layer chromotography...".
Judging from no reference to this on Premium Edge's website (incredible how many products Diamond makes but very difficult to trace back to them - each feed/product seems to have it's own website/contact), no contact as of yet from Diamond and certainly no "standing behind" their product it appears they are not overly concerned about their consumers.
Research your food thoroughly. If it is even remotely related to Diamond - DO NOT FEED!! If you are so inclined, please write concerns to Diamond - you can reference me if so desired. My particular contact was Dr. Brookshire, Director of Veterinary Services.
Good thing hubbie stuck w/ Hi-Tek when he considered going back to Diamond. Hes only got 3 hounds left and lord klnows he wants them health and safe. I passed your message along to some that I know went back to Diamond after the scare. Some say...well all feed has the potential to become dangerous and some agree its not worth the risk after thier name was drug through the mud.
Here is the post that is not being seen. The orginal poster has apoligized for jumping the gun. People are running around posting that first post but not all the post that follows.
I know the forum where all this originated at.
Dr. Brookshire, I owe you and Diamond an apology and will - as I get information together today - also post on lists previously contacted. Upon discussing the situation with toxicologists at Cornell it has been determined that while something still *could* be contaminated in the feed - and not necessarily putting Diamond at fault - there need to be more tests done on both feed and dogs. In my defense I am tired of "the big guy" always getting out of responsibility, it happens more times than not, and we are not talking about the best track record here. I appreciate the time and effort you put into helping me with this. NYS Ag and Markets is testing the kibble for other issues - I will let you know of any pertinent results. Christine Buff
To update on the Premium Edge/Diamond kibble: After speaking with Cornell in regards to first tests (0.5ppm vomitoxin) conducted at University of Missouri, the toxicologists are in agreement that there would be a need of approximately 8ppm vomotoxin in order to make the dogs this ill. Obviously that was not the case. NYS Ag and Markets continues to be suspicious as to other possible toxins in the feed itself or some kind of tampering after production/shipping and are in the process of conducting more analyses. From our end we will continue to test and monitor the dogs for same. It is interesting, per FDA and USDA, that these toxins are allowed at all in feeds - human food included - and despite the allowances and recommended values, even small amounts *can* make individual animals extremely ill.
If your happy with the food but have concerns..contact the manufacturer because rumors get started needlessly that scare the crap out of consumers. This could happen to any product we use . So if you need the company to reassure you then I'm sure they will provide you with information that supports thier product. If totally unsure get it in writing and ask if they can prove thier safe standards or disprove rumors.
Diamond minds well shut thier doors with these speculations going around. They''ll never be able to gain any ones trust. Yes there were confirmed deaths from dogs eating the food but the problem was/is being resolved and very costly to Diamond. Now they are falling victim to rumors. This has happen to other brands of dog food before , wasnt the 1st ,wont be the last I'm sure. I think they could provide you with documented information that could ease your worry though biased or not.
i too dont get too alarmed unless i see recalls...sadly they had some isolated issues and things did go tragically wrong...but.as dutch said...they are not the first and wont be the last....we had ecoli contaminations and we all (probably) still eat hamburger...either at home or out...so...some times we can scare our selves into a frenzy...but...all we can do is what we each consider as our best...i feed diamond..never stoped...but...i did check codes...and i have to say...at the first sign of illness i get my dogs seen.I monitor them and can tell if they are droping weight or looking listless..so...im not easily scared or pushed to panic...im glad some here dont jump to conclusions either...
Probably just another ugly rumor. Look what happened to Tylenol years ago. Sick minds.
Being involved with SAR dogs myself I just have to add comment. SAR dogs need to be the healthiest of dogs given the constant exposure to poisons. (molds,bacteria,etc.) A good dog would not be poisoned by 1/16 the ppm found acceptable by USDA.