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Salmonella-tainted Natura dry pet food recall even includes ferrets

Mechele R. Dillard's picture

Dogs, cats, even ferrets are at risk in this latest recall, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that Natura Pet Products is voluntarily expanding its March 29, 2013 recall of dry pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The expanded recall now includes all dry pet food products and treats with expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014.

Sampling conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Salmonella in additional dry pet food and a cat pet treat. In an abundance of caution, Natura is also recalling product made in the surrounding timeframe. This action affects dry pet foods and treats only; no canned wet food or biscuits are affected by this announcement.

The affected products are sold through veterinary clinics and select pet specialty retailers nationwide and in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Costa Rica, as well as online.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products 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 products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased these pet foods should discard them. For additional information, consumers may visit www.naturapet.com. For a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).

Brand/Size Description/UPC/Lot Codes(s)/EXPIRATION DATE

  • California Natural: All Sizes. All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties. All UPCs. All Lot Codes. All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014.
  • EVO: All Sizes. All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties. All ferret food varieties. All UPCs. All Lot Codes. All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014.
  • Healthwise: All Sizes. All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties. All UPCs. All Lot Codes. All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014.
  • Innova: All Sizes. All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties. All UPCs. All Lot Codes. All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014.
  • Karma: All Sizes. All dry dog food varieties. All UPCs. All Lot Codes. All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014.
  • No canned wet food or biscuits are affected by this announcement.

For more pet safety information, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration online.

Image: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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