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ALERT FROM GEORGIA SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

Sent: December 22, 2005


The following was sent to us by Carolyn Danesel:

Georgia Alert 12-21-05: PRESS RELEASE: Ag Commissioner warns of possible
danger in pet food

For information contact: Arty Schronce or Jackie Sosby (404) 656-3689



ATLANTA-Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is alerting Georgians
about a possible danger in some pet food that may have entered the state.



Diamond Pet Food is removing some of its pet food from sale because it may
contain aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical by-product
from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops.
The company has notified its distributors to hold the sale of all Diamond Pet
Food products formulated with corn that were produced in its Gaston, South
Carolina, facility. Products manufactured at other Diamond Pet Food facilities are
not affected.



Georgia is one of the states serviced by the South Carolina facility.



The Gaston facility date codes are unique from other Diamond facility codes
in that either the eleventh or twelfth character in the date code will be a
capital "G" (in reference to Gaston). The range of date codes being reviewed are
"Best By 01-March-07" through "Best By 10-June-07." Diamond's quantitative
analysis records substantiate that its corn shipments were definitively clear of
aflatoxin after December 10. As such, "Best By 11-June-07" date codes or
later are not affected by this notice.



Gaston facility products removed from sale are:

Diamond Low Fat Dog Food

Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food

Diamond Maintenance Dog Food

Diamond Performance Dog Food

Diamond Premium Adult Dog Food

Diamond Puppy Food

Diamond Maintenance Cat Food

Diamond Professional Cat Food

Country Value Puppy

Country Value Adult Dog

Country Value High Energy Dog

Country Value Adult Cat Food

Professional Chicken & Rice Senior Dog Food

Professional Reduced Fat Chicken & Rice Dog Food

Professional Adult Dog Food

Professional Large-Breed Puppy Food

Professional Puppy Food

Professional Reduced Fat Cat Food

Professional Adult Cat Food



Commissioner Irvin urges all pet owners to contact a veterinarian immediately
if their animals show signs of illness including sluggishness or lethargy
combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and
severe or bloody diarrhea.



For more information about the specified Diamond Pet Food products, call Mark
Brinkman, Diamond Pet Food, 573-229-4203. For a list of dealers in each of
the affected states, visit http://www.diamondpet.com.



Other states serviced by the Gaston facility are Alabama, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Kentucky (eastern), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont and Virginia.




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