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Old February 1st 06, 03:38 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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It was announced today on local news that the Fed Gov't has said that
Diamonds testing was inadequate and that charges will probably be made
soon. Has anyone else seen any articles about this? If so I'd like to
have the links.

jw
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Old February 2nd 06, 09:30 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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"John Wesley" wrote in message
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It was announced today on local news that the Fed Gov't has said that
Diamonds testing was inadequate and that charges will probably be made
soon. Has anyone else seen any articles about this? If so I'd like to
have the links.

jw


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11099237/
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate...n/13749293.htm

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...nme nt+report
will lead you to 996,000 google hits

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John Wesley wrote:
It was announced today on local news that the Fed Gov't has said that
Diamonds testing was inadequate and that charges will probably be made
soon. Has anyone else seen any articles about this? If so I'd like to
have the links.

jw


I received this a couple days ago.

SOURCE: Associated Press, 1/31/06

Maker of toxic pet food acknowledges failure to follow procedures

The maker of contaminated pet food that caused the deaths of dozens of
dogs nationwide acknowledged Tuesday that workers at its South Carolina
plant failed to follow internal testing procedures to ensure its
product was safe.

The statement came as the federal Food and Drug Administration released
a report showing the company has no record of test results for 12
shipments of incoming corn in September and October, the period during
which tainted grain slipped into the plant.

"Prior to the product recall, the company had stringent guidelines in
place to test incoming shipments of corn for aflatoxin exposure,"
Diamond Pet Foods said in a statement. "It was apparent by the FDA
report that those guidelines were not followed. The company has taken
the necessary actions to prevent these oversights from happening in the
future."

Follow-up tests by the FDA of four samples of incoming corn from
September to November were positive for aflatoxin, a potentially deadly
fungus commonly found on corn and other grains, while Diamond's tests
were negative.

The report also shows that the company did not retain samples of more
than half the incoming corn received during at least three months in
2005 - a violation of its own procedures - meaning the FDA could not
perform follow-up tests.

The FDA on Tuesday released the report of an inspection of the Gaston
plant conducted between Dec. 21 and Jan. 19.

Some information, including the total number of corn shipments received
and the types of tests performed, were redacted from the report because
it is considered "confidential commercial information," the FDA said.

The agency is reviewing the report and refused to say whether further
steps may be taken.

Diamond Pet Foods recalled 18 varieties of dog and cat food that was
distributed across the country and overseas after a New York
veterinarian called in December to say she had linked a dog's death to
the company's food.

The company since has narrowed the batches of potentially toxic dog
food to two varieties: Diamond Maintenance Dog and Diamond Premium
Adult Dog with "Best By" dates of April 3, 4, 5 and 11, 2007.

Also, the company has changed its testing procedure for incoming corn
and added a test of the final product, which the company says will add
"an extra layer of protection prior to the bagging and shipping of
products."

While no agency is keeping a comprehensive list of illnesses and deaths
connected to the poisoning, reports indicate more than 100 pets have
died.

The FDA's testing of four samples of corn shipments that the company
accepted found aflatoxin at levels ranging from 90 parts per billion to
1,851 parts per billion.

At more than 20 parts per billion, aflatoxin becomes too great to be
used in human and pet foods, according to FDA standards.

Diamond officials have previously said the company conducted sample
testing of all incoming corn and that it was likely its testing missed
pockets of aflatoxin in the shipments.

The FDA also found two samples that the company's tests showed were
positive for aflatoxin actually had levels at less than five parts per
billion.

The report indicates that the company's procedures called for a sample
of all incoming corn to be retained, but more than half of samples from
Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 are missing.

"Quality Control personnel who are responsible to ensure the collection
and storage of retention samples failed to notice the retention samples
were not being collected or were missing," FDA inspector E. Harold
Blackwood. "Without the retention samples there can be no secondary
check for Aflatoxin in those incoming corn shipments."

The inspection also found that Diamond accepted shipments of wheat
flour, rice bran and chicken byproduct meal between Jan. 3 and 17,
despite testing that found most of the ingredients did not meet the
company's own content specifications for protein, moisture, fat, ash
and fiber.

Of 21 shipments of wheat flour accepted during the two-week period, 17
failed testing of three or more of the five specifications. All five
accepted shipments of rice bran failed on four of five specifications,
and six of seven accepted shipments of chicken byproduct meal failed
four specifications tested.

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Old February 3rd 06, 02:11 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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John Wesley wrote:
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John Wesley wrote:
It was announced today on local news that the Fed Gov't has said that
Diamonds testing was inadequate and that charges will probably be made
soon. Has anyone else seen any articles about this? If so I'd like to
have the links.

jw


I received this a couple days ago.


Thanks Steve,

I believe they are screwed!

jw


I commented on this once before, but my guess is that it will be a
small ripple in the business. I wouldn't want to be theri insurance
carrier right now, but in the long run it will probably have little
effect. They have so many brands - COSTCO Kirkland Signature, Nutra
Nuggets, Professional, Premium edge, Country Fair, Nutra Gold, Chicken
Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul etc. They can simply switch out one brand
name for another. Most pet owners don't read newspaper except for the
sports section or the gossip colum, visit groups like this, watch the
news on TV, especially if it interferes with American Idol or the
latest survivor series. I may be a bit cynical, but the percentage of
people who can even tell you who their US Senator is, is probably less
than 10%. Once the insurance carrier pays off, it will be business as
usual. They can simply pull all the Diamond brand out of stores and
replace it with one of the others and how many pet owners will ever
know the difference?

 




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