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Recalls

January 01, 2006

The following recalls have been announced:

A pet food company has advised retailers in more than 20 states to stop selling some of its dog and cat food that may be contaminated with toxic fungus. Several dogs have gotten sick and some have died.

The fungus produces poisonous aflatoxin. Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include lethargy, loss of appetite, yellowish eyes and gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea.

The 19 varieties of dog and cat food recalled this week were made by Diamond Pet Foods and sold in 23 other states and under the brand names Diamond, Country Value and Professional. The recalled batches have date codes of March 1, 2007, through June 21, 2007, and were made at the company's plant in Gaston, S.C.

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The federal Food and Drug Administration and South Carolina Agriculture Department are investigating the plant, state Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers said.

The pet food was distributed to stores in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont, and Virginia.

For more information, go to the company's Web site at www.diamondpet.com.

About 104,000 Aspen 3-in-1 cribs have been recalled due to the suffocation hazard the wooden cribs' mattresses pose to young children.

The cribs, sold under the Graco trademark and manufactured by Simplicity Inc., have screws on the wooden mattress support that can come loose, allowing a portion of the mattress to fall and pose a suffocation hazard.

The company has received 14 reports of screws becoming loose, including eight incidents of trapped children. Five injuries to children, including scratches and bruises to the head and face, have been reported. One child was reported to have turned blue.

The recalled cribs have a model number 8740KCWSC, which is printed on an envelope attached to the mattress support. Only specific cribs manufactured between July 2003 through April 2005 are recalled.

Department stores and children's product stores sold the product nationwide from August 2003 through May 2005.

For more information, contact the company at 800-784-1982 or visit www.simplicityforchildren.com. Pictures of the crib and additional recall information can be found at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

- The Associated Press

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