Virginia agriculture officials are warning of a potentially fatal toxin that might be in pet food sold in Alabama and 22 other states.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Diamond Pet Food discovered a chemical byproduct from a fungal growth on corn and other crops in a product made at its Gaston, South Carolina, facility. The pet food is sold under the names Diamond, Country Value and Professional.
Diamond is recalling the products in question, which carry "Best By" date codes from "01-March-07" to "11-June-07." The Gaston facility marking, "G," is either the 11th or 12th character of the date code.
Symptoms of the fatal toxin, aflatoxin, include sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea.