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Aflatoxin contaminated pet food also in the EU
Aflatoxin containing dog food has been identified in the USA some weeks ago. But regarding to the following statement of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this food has also been exported in 29 countries including those of the European Union.

FDA Statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 30, 2005


The FDA is conducting an investigation into the deaths and illnesses of dogs that consumed pet food contaminated with a potent toxin called aflatoxin.

To date, FDA is aware of 23 dogs that have died and another 18 dogs that have become ill. The pet food is made by Diamond Pet Food at its Gaston, South Carolina facility.

Customers who have purchased the recalled Diamond Pet Food manufactured in the South Carolina plant should immediately stop using it and return any remaining product to their retailer.

Aflatoxin comes from a fungus found on corn and other crops and can cause severe liver damage in pets. Consumers are urged to contact their veterinarian if their pets exhibit any of the following symptoms which may indicate aflatoxin consumption:

Sluggishness
Loss of appetite
Jaundice (yellow whites of the eyes, gums, belly)
Severe, persistent vomiting combined with bloody diarrhea
Fever

FDA also has discovered that some of the recalled product was exported to at least 29 countries, including countries within the European Union. These countries have been notified.

FDA is continuing to investigate the situation and is working closely with the state feed regulatory agencies in the affected states.


Source: www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/diamond12_05.html



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