Nature’s Variety issues dog food recall

(WFLA)-Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because the food may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to a press release posted by the FDA.

Salmonella can make animals eating the products sick, and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the food or surfaces exposed to the products. Consumers feeding the affected product to their pets are urged to discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. If a pet has eaten the recalled food and has the symptoms, contact a veterinarian, the company said.

The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:

  • UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16

The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The affected product was distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Nature’s Variety says they became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer. Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm Central time, 7 days a week during the recall. Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly via cservice@naturesvariety.com.

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