Maryellen wrote:i just crossposted this, so i have no idea what that stuff is
If you read different reports (including the one listed below and via the Dept of Agriculture) 0.5 ppm of vomitoxin is NOT that much....
Here's some information:
Also (this is a response listed by Diamond Dog foods in response to the original complaint above):
"I work for Diamond Pet Foods. The list of products that we manufacture is partially incorrect. I wanted to put a corrected listing on your site for those of you that are interested. I also wanted to explain in more detail about the vomitoxin that was found in the Premium Edge Adult Dog Chicken & Rice sample from a scientific perspective.
We manufacture: Diamond, Professional, Premium Edge, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Nutra Nuggets, Country Value, and the international label NutraGold. We do manufacture the Kirkland Signature brand for Costco.
We did have a positive result of 0.5 ppm in the samples of the Premium Edge Chicken & Rice Adult Dog that were submitted to the University of Missouri's Toxicology Lab. The FDA limit is 2 ppm in finished product. The symptoms are feed refusal, vomiting, and diarrhea above this level.
Wheat and barley are the two types of grain that are susceptible to vomitoxin, barley is an ingredient in the Premium Edge. We test all of our incoming barley and wheat mids and our rejection limit is 2.1 ppm, which is well below the 5 ppm allowed by the FDA in raw ingredients.
We offered the testing on the urine upon the recommendation of a veterinary toxicologist. He felt that there was something else that caused the problem for these dogs and that finding it in the urine was a lot easier than finding it in the food. It was not something that we did as a cover-up move and we never withdrew this offer of assistance. Maybe I did not communicate this clearly and if this is the case then I apologize."
Also (from Diamond):
After speaking with Cornell in regards to first tests (0.5ppm vomitoxin) conducted at University of Missouri, the toxicologists are in agreement that there would be a need of approximately 8ppm vomotoxin in order to make the dogs this ill. Obviously that was not the case. NYS Ag and Markets continues to be suspicious as to other possible toxins in the feed itself or some kind of tampering after production/shipping and are in the process of conducting more analyses. From our end we will continue to test and monitor the dogs for same.
It is interesting, per FDA and USDA, that these toxins are allowed at all in feeds - human food included - and despite the allowances and recommended values, even small amounts *can* make individual animals extremely ill.