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« Reply #45 on: October 20, 2009, 01:33:10 PM »

Can't prove it but think it has to do with Diamond's having 3 plants and each of them having a certain area where their products are distributed.  Diamond has plants in Lathrop, CA (Western States), Meta, MO (Midwest), and Gaston, SC (Eastern States).

It would seem that the deficient foods came out of the Gaston, SC plant, where the reported Taste of the Wild issue was recently, and also it's the plant Diamond is enlarging.

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/taste-of-the-wild-dog-food-recall-t8960.0.html

http://itchmoforums.com/pet-news/diamond-expanding-gaston-sc-plant-t8732.0.html

http://www.diamondpet.com/faq/

"Diamond Pet Foods owns its own manufacturing facilities. We have three plants, all located in the United States. Our original plant and home of Diamond Pet Foods headquarters is located in central Missouri. The other two plants are located in northern California and South Carolina. No matter where you live, you will be purchasing food made in one of these three plants."

http://www.diamondpet.com/about_diamond/151_checks/

Guess the 151 Checks didn't find the problems.... Angry
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« Reply #46 on: October 20, 2009, 03:52:31 PM »

Or the only place there are 151 checks is on the website !
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« Reply #47 on: October 27, 2009, 09:28:22 AM »

I read this first at Therese's site from this am "Jen" from 10/27 (one above my comment)
 
http://petsitusa.com/blog/?p=2527&cpage=1#comment-315596

and then I find this from yesterday (Jen Kruba)

http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/cat-food-recall-premium-edge-in-rochester-area/2009/10/15/

It looks like she is saying she tried to get someone to listen to her in August..including FDA...and she is in PA not Rochester.... Huh
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« Reply #48 on: October 28, 2009, 04:48:19 AM »

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20091028/NEWS01/910280358/1002/NEWS

Democrat and Chronicle-Rochester NY-October 28, 2009

At least 17 area cats get sick from tainted food

"At least 31 cats, including 17 in the Rochester area, have fallen ill after eating cat food that has been recalled by the maker.

"Most have recovered, but two of the pets here were euthanized.

"Experts fear there could be many more cases because there is no national or local system capable of quickly informing veterinarians about such problems.

""I hope it's just limited to the two that we lost, but I certainly worry that there were cases where owners put down cats for financial reasons or veterinarians recommended euthanasia because they just didn't know what it was," said Susan Hubbard, a veterinarian at Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, 550 Center Place Drive, Greece, who has treated six of the cats.


"Louise Murray, a veterinarian and medical director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York City, said veterinarians had a similar problem getting the word out about another crisis in 2007 when 17 dogs and cats died from contaminated pet food made by Menu Foods.

""Unfortunately it's a problem in veterinary medicine that we don't have a veterinary emergency network. There is no one body that has every veterinarian's e-mail and sends them out an announcement," Murray said.

"The pet food industry is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the New York state Department of Agriculture and Markets. But FDA officials didn't post a notice about the problem on their Web site until last week. The state has yet to make a public announcement.


"On Sept. 17, Tim Scanlan brought his cats to Stone Ridge, where he's a veterinary assistant. Mittens was having seizures and went blind. Guido was vomiting and stopped eating. Meanwhile, more cats with similar symptoms turned up at other clinics.

""It was very scary to leave in the morning and have a perfectly fine cat and then have her seizing and not know if I was going to lose her," said Scanlan, 29, of 50 South Drive, Greece.

"Within a few days, veterinarians traced the problem to two varieties of dry cat food packaged in bags and made by Diamond Pet Foods, based in Meta, Mo., which announced the recall on Oct. 3 on a Web site for Premium Edge brand pet food. The food didn't have enough thiamine, which is necessary to maintain the central nervous system in cats."

It should be noted that Diamond did NOT report the problem to FDA; the agency issued it's own warning regarding the thiamine deficient food. 

Diamond didn't report it any more than Nutro and Wysong did because there are no FDA notices for those two recalls, one of which was broadened (Wysong) yesterday to include more products.  Angry Angry Angry Angry
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« Reply #49 on: October 28, 2009, 05:19:38 AM »

These poor kitties.  Cry

What are we in the stone age or what?Huh??  Angry  What about the individual state veterinary organizations.  Don't they at least have email listings for their members?  I've read that some vets still don't have email and don't belong to their state organizations.  Post 2007 and we still don't have a plan in place.  This is disgusting.

ETA: How about the state licensing boards?  They must have a current list of vets?  Would those lists be public knowledge?  I guess I will start compiling a list of my state veterinarians that I can find. 
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« Reply #50 on: October 28, 2009, 05:29:57 AM »

If a vet doesn't choose to belong to any of the medical organizations, the laws of their state require they be licensed to practice in it.  Most states have Professional Licensing information available online, so all licensed vets in a state who does have this information available to the public online should have a complete listing of them.

It's in the Professional Licensing databases where people like vets, doctors, Real Estate Agents and Brokers--(even hairdressers) would be listed according to their profession.

I can't say that these listings would come complete with phone, fax or e-mail addresses, but they do show the address of the person holding that license--this is true no matter which state Professional Licensing database you use.
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« Reply #51 on: October 28, 2009, 05:31:21 AM »

yeah...and on 8/31st it seems "Jen" tried to notify something was not right with her 3 cats but no one would take her seriously...

In this day when everything we do and everywhere we go can be found out about computers---why oh why is there no place where vets can link together....although from what I saw in 25+ years in human health care---we are no better off either....Way too long for anything to be "connected" and in my opinion it is because everyone is so afraid of big business and getting sued...they don't dare make their worries public until there is some kind of "proof"---translation= illness and/or deaths...(end of rant)


I read this first at Therese's site from this am "Jen" from 10/27 (one above my comment)
 
http://petsitusa.com/blog/?p=2527&cpage=1#comment-315596

and then I find this from yesterday (Jen Kruba)

http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/cat-food-recall-premium-edge-in-rochester-area/2009/10/15/

It looks like she is saying she tried to get someone to listen to her in August..including FDA...and she is in PA not Rochester.... Huh

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« Reply #52 on: October 28, 2009, 10:11:20 AM »

Just to make a historical record:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2009/10/28/Recalled-cat-food-linked-to-31-ailing-cats/UPI-52151256749611/
Recalled cat food linked to 31 ailing cats
Oct. 28, 2009 at 1:06 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- At least 31 cats in four U.S. states fell ill after eating recalled cat food and experts say more cases could occur due to insufficient communication.

Louise Murray, medical director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York, said the lack of an official veterinary emergency network means there could be additional cases, the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle reported Wednesday.

"There is no one body that has every veterinarian's e-mail and sends them out an announcement," Murray said.

The illnesses have been attributed to two varieties of dry cat food from Diamond Pet Foods of Meta, Mo., which issued a recall Oct. 3 regarding the products, which contain an insufficient amount of thiamine.

The Democrat and Chronicle said while most of the ailing cats recovered, two were euthanized.

Susan Hubbard, a veterinarian in Greece, N.Y., said cat illnesses linked to the recalled cat food were reported in New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Most were in the Rochester area.
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« Reply #53 on: October 28, 2009, 10:20:19 AM »

I think that's the worst part of this broken notification system - the vets seem to be the most out of the loop.  I don't know why that is, too busy to read pet forums to find out current concerns & issues, too "scientific" to bother looking into common public info, or thinking we're just a bunch of kooks spreading misinformation? 

My vet said she had never heard of a product because it hadn't come up in the vet journals she reads.  Good gosh, do they really only keep up through scientific journals?  (& in that case, it was a product frequently sold by vets!)
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« Reply #54 on: October 28, 2009, 05:11:54 PM »

Tainted Food Sickens Local Cats
Reported by: Matt Molloy
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009 @06:22pm EDT

http://rochesterhomepage.net/content/fulltext/?cid=129772

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Dr. Hubbard says the threat isn't over, her most recent patient was Friday meaning that tainted food is still out there.

"This food is still out there and the pet stores have done a good job of hopefully notifying people, but obviously not everybody is getting the message," said Hubbard.

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« Reply #55 on: October 28, 2009, 06:35:18 PM »

How very, very, sad. Knowing that right this moment, cats are still becoming ill, still at risk for euthanasia, just makes me want to cry, or break someone's head open.  Cry
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« Reply #56 on: October 28, 2009, 08:32:26 PM »

AC I'm with ya on the head bustin'. Why is there not a site that vets are required to register their email address to to be informed of recalls, problems with food, animals becoming ill/dying no matter what state or country in that they pay a small amount (say $10.00 each) per month for someone to run? Why is it that we, the pet parents/consumers can think of these things but they only read vet journals? Are they that far removed from the real world - sheesh!
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« Reply #57 on: October 29, 2009, 06:01:48 AM »

What the he** is the AVMA for? That's a central agency that every vet has to be a member of. I'm pretty sure they have all the vet's names, numbers, email addresses. THEY should be watching for recalls. I'm sure there's a secretary surfing the Internet any given time of day there. Instead of being bored half the day, like many other folks with office jobs, they can keep their eyes peeled and when there's a recall, email, phone, write, whatever all the vets in the country. What on earth is technology for anyway?
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« Reply #58 on: October 29, 2009, 10:41:40 AM »

Good question.  Actually I think AVMA veterinarian membership is optional, just as physician membership in the AMA is optional.

Perhaps we should send any new recall information to the AVMA though since they do post recalls.

Contact information.
http://www.avma.org/contact_us.asp

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« Reply #59 on: December 01, 2009, 07:47:08 AM »

November 27, 2009 - Diamond Pet Foods Announces Recall of Premium Edge Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 27, 2009 - On September 23, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat because they have the potential to produce Thiamine Deficiency. Today’s announcement provides additional information from the company’s posted announcement of September 23 when the initial recall information was provided.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm192404.htm
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