Diamond Dog Food
Last December 20 of 2005, a consumer alert was released by the Diamond Pet Food. The Diamond Pet Food discovered aflatoxin on their products which was the diamond dog food. Aflatoxin is a type of mycotoxin that occurs naturally. Aflatoxins are created by many species of fungus on corns and other kinds of crops. Aflatoxin is a very potent toxin that damages the liver. Its symptoms can take weeks before appearing.
The contamination of the diamond dog food prompted the Diamond Pet Food to recall the said products in 24 States in the United States. The States that were affected by the recall were the following:
* New Hampshire
* New Jersey
* New York
* North Carolina
* Rhode Island
* South Carolina
* West Virginia
Many canines died as a result to the contamination of the Diamond dog food. The Diamond cat food was also recalled because it also has a presence on it, however, there has been no report of deaths or illness among the felines.
The United States Food and Drug Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services then released an information campaign regarding the symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urge dog owners who gave their dog Diamond dog food to be wary of the following symptoms:
* Loss of appetite
* Yellow whites of the eyes
* Yellowish gums
* The belly area or areas that has thin hair are yellowish
* Severe or constant vomiting
* Discolored urine
Other signs and symptoms of the aflatoxin poisoning are sudden loss of appetite and bloody diarrhea. The results of the contamination of the Diamond dog food were either liver trouble or liver failure. However, a lot of recorded deaths among canines were caused by the contamination of the Diamond dog food.
The Diamond Pet Food considered the contamination of the Diamond dog food as an isolated and rare case because it was the first ever food recall of the products of the Diamond Pet Food since it started its operation.
The health and well being of your pet depends on their food. Before you buy food for your pets, always make sure that it has the ingredients that won’t harm your pet. Avoid pet foods that has animal by products, artificial additives and preservatives. Pets are considered as our best friend. Always make sure that your best friend eats only healthy foods. Remember to read the label first before opening the can.