Where the Poisoned Pet Food Came From

Last month, I told you about pet food contaminated with aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical coming from a fungus on grains, that had killed more than 75 dogs in America. With the toxic food produced by Diamond being exported overseas, who knows how many pets have been harmed or killed.

Unlike the recent Vioxx debacle in which drugmaker Merck tried to hide just how lethal their painkiller really is, Diamond representatives took their lumps in public last week, acknowledging workers at their South Carolina manufacturing facility failed to follow safety procedures.

The admission came after the FDA revealed Diamond had no records of test results on corn for September and October, apparently when the toxic grain was shipped to the plant. As a result, the company has changed its testing procedures and has added a test of the final product before shipping to stores.

Since the first report, Diamond has narrowed the varieties of pet foods tainted by aflatoxin to two: Diamond Maintenance Dog and Diamond Premium Adult Dog with "Best By" dates of April 3, 4, 5 and 11, 2007.

Just one more reason, you should consider optimizing your pet's diet with more natural foods.

MSNBC February 1, 2006

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