Pet food recall affects Cayman

A product recall by a pet food manufacturer is affecting business and pet owners in the Cayman Islands. Diamond Pet Foods in the United States has issued a voluntary recall on numerous pet food brands it manufactures due to concerns about potential Salmonella contamination. Some of the pet food affected by the recall had made its way onto shelves in the Cayman Islands.

According to a recall notice on the manufacturer’s website, the voluntary recall of three dry dog food products was issued in April. Although, according to the company, none of the additional products added to the recall have tested positive for Salmonella contamination, the recall was extended as a precautionary measure.

In the US, the infection has affected not only pets fed on the contaminated food, but also their owners. The infection can spread to humans through the handling of the dry pet food, especially if they do not wash their hands immediately after handling the food or the food bowls. It could also be spread through a canine carrying the infection licking the face of the owner.

The brands affected by the recall include Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild. To determine if a bag of pet food is affected by the recall, consumers should check the production codes on the back of bags that have a number 2 or a 3 in the ninth position as well as an X in the 10th or 11th position. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed above are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.

Certain products in the Kirkland Signature Super Premium line are also affected. The affected products have production codes on the back of bags that have a number 3 in the ninth position as well as an X in the 11th position. The best-before dates for the recalled brands listed are December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.

Only those products manufactured over a particular date range and in a particular plant are affected by the recall.

Local pet supplies store Animal House stocks some of the products on the recall list, but according to Patrick Boothe, the assistant supervisor at their Industrial Park location, the impact on the store has been minimal.

“We only had six bags of cat food and four bags of dog food affected by the recall and we removed those when the recall was issued,” said Mr. Boothe.

He said that in cases where recalls are issued their suppliers deal directly with them to inform them of the recall so they can remove the affected products immediately. He went on to say that they had already contacted a number of their customers to inform them of the situation.

For more information on products affected by the recall, visit diamondpet.com/information

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