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$3.1m settlement over toxic pet food

Diamond Pet Foods' plant inSouth Carolina, the company that produced pet food containing aflatoxin will pay $3.1 million in a settlement with pet owners, an attorney said yesterday.

The company will set up a fund to reimburse pet owners for the loss of their dog, veterinarian bills, and the cost of any unreturned contaminated food.

Diamond Pet Foods, based inMeta, Mo., acknowledged that workers at its Gaston, S.C., plant failed to follow internal testing procedures.

Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring chemical that comes from a fungus sometimes found on corn and other crops, can cause severe liver damage.

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