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Rappel de nourriture pouvant être contaminé par l'aflatoxine

Le code bar contient entre 11 et 12 caractère et la lettre "G" majuscule

Les dates pouvant être affecté sont "Meilleur avant 11 mars 07" et "Meilleur avant 11 juin 07"
Nom de la nourriture: DIAMOND, COUNTRY VALUE et PROFESSIONAL

Qu'est-ce que l'aflatoxine?

C’est une des premières substances toxiques, apportée par l’alimentation, dont le rôle a été montré dans les années 1960 à l’origine de cancers humains. Elle est produite par des moisissures ou champignons, en particulier Aspergillus Flavus. Ces micro-organismes se développent sur des aliments (céréales, arachides) conservés longtemps dans de mauvaises conditions, en milieu humide. Leur toxine est absorbée avec l’alimentation. Chez l’animal comme chez l’homme, l’aflatoxine agit particulièrement sur le foie et favorise le cancer du foie (hépatome malin), fréquent en Afrique intertropicale et en Asie. Elle agit comme un cocancérogène, facteur souvent associé au virus de l’hépatite B qui joue le rôle principal.


http://www.wroctv.com/news/story.asp?id=21065&r=l

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-21-2005/0004238408&EDATE=

http://www.diamondpet.com/

Je ne crois pas qu'il y ait de dealer ici mais rien empêche les gens de commander par la poste alors s.v.p. passer l'info.

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C'est bon d'être averti de toutes façons. Ça souligne aussi l'importance de conserver la nourriture (celle de pitou, mais la nôtre aussi!) dans les conditions prescrites et d'éviter de conserver la nourriture trop longtemps.

D'autres info sur le site de la compagnie: http://www.diamondpet.com/

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Dog Deaths Surpass 100 Despite Toxic Pet Food Recall LiveScience Staff

LiveScience.com
Fri Jan 6, 4:00 PM ET



At least 100 dogs in the United States have been killed in recent weeks by toxic pet food despite a recall of the products, scientists said today.

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Some 19 brands of Diamond, Country Value and Professional dog foods have been recalled. But many pet owners are not aware of the recall, researchers at Cornell University said Friday.


Dogs have refused to eat the food and, in some cases, their owners have enticed them with gravy and other lures without knowing they were killing the animals.


"Entire kennels have been wiped out, and because of the holiday these past few weeks, the dispersal of recall information was disrupted," said Sharon Center, a professor of veterinary medicine who specializes in liver function and disease at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell.


The dog food is tainted with deadly aflatoxins that waste the liver away. The bad food could be present in a dozen other countries, too, the researchers say. About two-thirds of dogs that show symptoms from the toxin have died.


The dogs seemed to know their food was deadly.


"Some dogs were stealing food from the kitchen counter," Center said. "Others just stopped eating the food and begged for treats. Unfortunately, some owners used gravy and other mixers to entice their dogs to consume what they thought was safe, quality dog food."


Only about two dozen deaths have been firmly linked to the tainted pet food. But Center and her colleagues know the toll is far higher.


"Every day, we're hearing reports from veterinarians in the East and Southeast who have treated dogs that have died from liver damage this past month or so," Center said. "We're also concerned about the long-term health of dogs that survive as well as dogs that have eaten the tainted food but show no clinical signs."


Surviving dogs may develop chronic liver disease or liver cancer, she said.


"Despite our understanding of this complex toxin, we have no direct antidote," Center said.


Symptoms arise over days or weeks. Early signs include lethargy, loss of appetite and vomiting. Later, look for orange-colored urine and jaundice, which is a yellowing of the eyes and gums. Severely affected dogs produce a blood-tinged vomit and bloody or blackened stools.


More information is available at a Cornell web site. The details of the FDA recall are here.

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Un autre update

Citation :
Contaminated Diamond Pet Food Products and 'Best By' Dates Narrowed
By PRNewswire
January 11, 2006


META, Mo., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on analytical sampling of finished product lots retained by Diamond Pet Foods, the company has been able to narrow products and "Best By" dates affected by aflatoxin.





Testing of more than 2,700 finished product samples conducted by independent laboratories confirms that only Diamond Maintenance Dog and Diamond Premium Adult Dog with "Best By" dates of April 3, April 4, April 5, and April 11, 2007, are potentially toxic. These products also will have a capital "G" (in reference to the company's Gaston, S.C., facility) in the 11th or 12th position of the date code (18 lb. to 55 lb. bags). The capital "G" will be in the 9th position on smaller 4 lb. to 8 lb. bags.

Test results for all other products have not been toxic.

As a proactive precautionary measure, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and Premium Edge brands have been tested and are negative for aflatoxin. It is important for consumers to note that Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and Premium Edge brands are not included in the product recall.

"This testing will help our customers better identify products affected," said Mark Brinkmann, chief operations officer, Diamond Pet Foods.

Brinkmann also stressed that products included in the original voluntary recall should be returned to retailers. For complete information on the product recall, please refer to the company's Web site, http://www.diamondpet.com .

On December 21, Diamond Pet Foods initiated a voluntary recall of all products containing corn produced at its Gaston, S.C., facility and distributed to 23 states in the eastern U.S. The only states affected by the recall are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont and Virginia.

Customer Information Center:

1-866-214-6945 (toll-free)

Data Source: Diamond Pet Foods

CONTACT: Media Inquiries Only, +1-816-255-1968

Web site: http://www.diamondpet.com/


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En mesure préventive Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul et Premium Edge ont été testé et les tests se sont avéré négatif.

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Pet Food Product Recall Q & A
What products are being recalled?
What products are NOT included in the recall?
What states receive products from the Gaston facility?
Are products manufactured at other Diamond facilities affected by this situation?
What clinical signs should I look for from my pet?
What should I do if my pet consumed recalled products and has any of the clinical signs?
When should I take my pet to the veterinarian?
How can I get a refund?
What is Aflatoxin?
Who can I call for more information?

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What products are being recalled?
Recalled products can be identified by the Date Code and "Best By" dates listed on the back panel of the package. Recalled products will have a capital "G" (in reference to Gaston) in the 11th or 12th position of the date code (18 lb. to 55 lb. bags), and "Best By" dates between March 1, 2007 and June 10, 2007. The capital "G" will be in the 9th position on smaller 4 lb. to 8 lb. bags.

Diamond's quantitative analysis records substantiate that shipments were definitively clear of aflatoxin after December 10. As such, "Best By 11-June-07" date codes or later are not affected. Also, products with "Best By" dates prior to 28-Feb-07 are safe.

Products manufactured at our Gaston S.C. facility included in the recall:

Diamond Premium Adult Dog Food
Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food
Diamond Maintenance Dog Food
Diamond Professional for Adult Dogs
Diamond Performance Dog Food
Diamond Puppy Food
Diamond Low Fat Dog Food
Diamond Maintenance Cat Food
Diamond Professional Cat Food
Country Value Puppy
Country Value Adult Dog Food
Country Value High Energy Dog Food
Country Value Adult Cat Food
Professional Chicken & Rice Adult Dog Food
Professional Puppy Food
Professional Large-Breed Puppy Food
Professional Reduced Fat Cat Food
Professional Adult Cat Food

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What products are NOT included in the recall?
Although certain pet foods produced at the Gaston facility have been voluntarily recalled due to potential aflatoxin contamination, a wide range of the plant's products are perfectly safe and still can be purchased from retailers.

Gaston products not part of the recall include:

All Premium Edge products
The complete Chicken Soup product lines
Canine Club
Kirkland Signature Puppy
Kirkland Signature Chicken & Rice Adult Dog
Kirkland Signature Lamb & Rice Adult Dog
Kirkland Signature Mature Dog
Kirkland Signature Maintenance Cat
Diamond Lamb and Rice Adult
Diamond Large Breed Adult 60+
Diamond Large Breed Puppy (Lamb & Rice Puppy)
Diamond Senior 8+
Diamond Kitten
Professional Lamb and Rice
Professional Reduced Fat Chicken & Rice Dog Food

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What states receive products from the Gaston facility?
The Gaston facility provides products to our customers in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan*, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio*, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee*, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

*These states receive product from other Diamond Pet Food facilities. Please check your date code carefully. Unless it has a capital "G" in the 11th or 12th position of the date code on the larger 15 lb. to 55 lb. bags, it is not included in the recall. The capital "G" will be in the 9th position on smaller 4 lb. to 8 lb. bags.

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Are products manufactured at other Diamond facilities affected by this situation?
No. Products manufactured at our Gaston facility are the only ones subject to the recall.

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What clinical signs should I look for from my pet?
Symptoms of potential illness in dogs may be difficult to discern, but include:

Loss of appetite
Yellow whites of the eyes, yellow gums, yellow in the belly or areas where hair is very thin
Severe, persistent vomiting combined with bloody diarrhea
Discolored urine
Fever

Please be aware that many other medical conditions have similar symptoms. Your veterinarian will be able to distinguish between these other conditions and an exposure to aflatoxin based on your pet's medical history and current symptoms. Please consult with your veterinarian if you believe your pet is ill, no matter what the cause. If your veterinarian diagnoses and treats your pet because of exposure to aflatoxin, please have your veterinarian contact Diamond Pet Foods toll free at 1-866-214-6945.

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What should I do if my pet consumed recalled products and has any of the clinical signs?
If your pet has consumed products included in the recall and exhibits these systems, please urge your veterinarian to run a liver profile. If your pet is found to have abnormal liver function, please have any other dog you may own that was fed the same food tested for liver function as well. Even if your pet does not show symptoms, monitor it for 7 to 12 days and consult your veterinarian if illness develops.

If possible, please save 1-2 cups of the food for testing and analysis.

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When should I take my pet to the veterinarian?
If your dog has consumed affected products and has clinical signs of aflatoxin, which include loss of appetite, yellow whites of the eyes, yellow gums, yellow in the belly or areas where hair is very thin, severe, persistent vomiting combined with bloody diarrhea, or discolored urine, you should immediately consult your veterinarian.

Because numerous diseases and conditions may have similar clinical signs, your pet could have a problem other than aflatoxin. If your veterinarian institutes treatment for aflatoxin, please have him or her call Diamond Pet Foods toll free at 1-866-214-6945 and ask to speak with one of our consulting veterinarians.

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How can I get a refund?
If your product has been recalled, please take the bag and any remaining product back to the retailer where it was purchased for a full refund. Your retailer will ensure the product is returned to Diamond Pet Food for proper analysis and disposal. Many retailers may offer to replace the product. Please consult your retailer for specific refund or replacement options.

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What is Aflatoxin?
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.

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Who can I call for more information?
Customers with questions about this situation should use our Customer Help Form.



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Comme il est indiqué sur le copier coller précédant de la compagnie Diamond, il n'y a eu aucun rappel sur la nourriture Kirkland/Costco. La nourriture Diamond est aussi égal à Schell and Kampeter inc. pour ceux que ca intéresse.

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