WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Pet Food Institute, the national trade association representing the manufacturers of U.S. produced dog and cat food, issued the following statement today regarding the recent pet food recalls due to aflatoxin contamination:

"Recent recalls of some dry pet food products in the Eastern U.S. have caused some pet owners to be concerned regarding the safety of the pet foods they use which are not involved. The affected pet food was manufactured in one facility in the Southeast and represents a very small portion of the pet food sold in the U.S. Accordingly, the vast majority of U.S. pet food is not affected by this recall," said Duane Ekedahl, PFI executive director.

"Members of the Pet Food Institute take their responsibility to pet health and well-being very seriously and constantly monitor the safety of their ingredients.

"Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring substance which may be found in some crops, such as oats, rice and corn. PFI members test all of the ingredients they use in pet food as a part of their good manufacturing practices to ensure they are safe and free of hazardous levels of aflatoxin or any other unwanted materials. An acceptable level in pet food for this substance is at the same or lower than that allowed for human food.

Further clarifying information regarding the products involved and symptoms that pet owners should look for, can be found at the Diamond Pet Foods Web site. Other information regarding the recall from the Food and Drug Administration can be found here.

The Pet Food Institute is the national trade association representing the U.S. dog and cat food industry. Founded in 1958, PFI represents the companies that make 98 percent of the dog and cat food sold in the United States.

SOURCE: Pet Food Institute via PR Newswire.