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Author Topic: Diamond Pet Food--Aflatoxin 2005--Class Action Settlement  (Read 8574 times)
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Mandycat
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« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2008, 07:01:45 PM »

I think the "2006" is a typo.  "...recalls of more than 100 brands..."  That can only refer to the recall in March 2007. 

I think the testing done 1/03/06 - 1/16/06 would have been in 2005 product since this is what the whole article seems to be about.  Report then was done on 1/19/06.  Don't think this has anything to do with any other contamination other than the Diamond aflatoxin problem.
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2008, 07:09:29 PM »

Isn't this settlement going back to when they originally found the aflatoxin after those poor unfortunate 100 dogs dropped dead and that was a few years ago. So that meant that this suit has been in the courts cause it could not have been from 2007 and settled this fast, right? Do not remember the year of the Diamond aflatoxin but that made me stop feeding any food with corn in it to my dogs or any animal so I know it goes back a number of years.
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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2008, 09:35:24 PM »

The first page of the FDA report says the inspection took place from 12/21/2005 to 1/19/2006.  During that time period, the FDA inspector went through all the aspects of the Diamond SC plant.  If you read down a little further, you'll see where it says "This document lists observations made by the FDA representative(s) during the inspection of your facility."

Then you see the part about the batches of finished product which tested with high aflatoxin levels, and the outside lab results from aflatoxin testing of 4 shipments Diamond accepted--identified by their weight tickets.  And then you see that these shipments were used in the manufacture of Diamond products.

The inspector was able to determine this by going through Diamond's records during the inspection, and determined quite a bit of the rest of the report the same way--going through the records Diamond kept and noting the omissions where records and samples weren't kept at all.

While the FDA inspector was at the plant, Diamond took delivery of the ingredients described on page 3--from 1/3/2006 to 1/17/2006.  In order for these ingredients to have been acceptable to Diamond, they were supposed to meet given ranges for protein, moisture, fat, ash, and fiber.  If they didn't, this meant they didn't meet Diamond's standards, and should have been rejected by the company--but they were accepted instead.

Now read down a little further and see that there were some materials Diamond kept outside of the plant itself, stored in trailers.  There was no testing done on them at all, and who knows whether they met Diamond's criteria as there was apparently no paperwork to that end for them.

Mandycat's right that this report deals only with the aflatoxin at Diamond in 2005 and, I also believe "2006" should have been "2007", when the 100 brand + recall was mentioned.  But--Katie's also right too, because we honestly will never know the quality or purity of the ingredients Diamond used in that time period because they didn't meet their own standard at least 5 times shown in the report, plus--many records and samples were non-existent.

Yes, JJ, this is the 2005 aflatoxin Diamond settlement--who knows when Diamond will get to the 2007 melamine/cyanuric acid one.  They probably want to drag it out as long as possible, just like the 2005 one.
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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2008, 09:56:14 PM »

thx menusux for the date of the original aflatoxin being discovered with those poor dogs dying for nothing.

Katie went back and re-read  your post and I believe that the sickness symptoms go back to beyond 2005 as my precious Lady who is with God, was sickened by the quality (HAH) pet food I fed from Sam'c club called Beef 'n More. Stated this food contained only good quality ingredients. Well if they were so good then why did my dog get cancer? Think it was the combo of food and vaccinations. One poisoned her system and the other comped her immune system til her lil self couldnt take it anymore.........
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2008, 06:40:25 PM »

A reminder here--if you believe your pet was harmed by the Diamond aflatoxin contamination of 2005 and have not filed a claim, you have until April 15, 2008 to do so.

http://www.allaboutfeed.net/news/id102-39328/diamond_settles_in_dog_food_recall.html

AllAboutFeed.com February 14, 2008
 
"Diamond Pet Foods (Meta, Mo.) will compensate people whose dogs were injured as a result of eating food product recalled by the company in 2005.

"The $3.1 million legal settlement applies to people who purchased recalled Diamond Brand and Country Value Brand Pet Food products in 2005, who did not return the foods for a refund and who live in one of 23 states: Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Toxins

"Diamond Pet Foods recalled the dog foods in December 2005 after they were found to contain toxins that injured dogs. The lawsuit alleged that many consumers have not received refunds for the recalled food. Consumers may receive compensation if they can show that the recalled food they purchased was not returned for a refund. Consumers also may receive compensation for any veterinary expenses associated with testing and treating dogs that ate the contaminated pet food.

"Consumers who believe they are entitled to receive compensation must submit a valid claim by April 15. For more information, including a copy of the complete notice and a claim form, visit
 
http://www.recalledpetfoodsettlement.com
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