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Natura Pet dry pet food recalled for 4th time

weston-pet-food-recallNatura Pet Products issued a fourth recall in as many months of its dry pet food and treats due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recall includes Innova, California Natural, EVO, Healthwise, Mother Nature and Karma branded dry pet food and biscuit/bar/treat products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.

According to BluePearl Veterinary Partners based in New York, on March 18, Natura Pet Products issued a voluntary recall due to the presence of salmonella being found during routine testing performed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. On March 29, the company issued an expansion of their original recall citing the same reason and adding that the Georgia Department of Agriculture had also confirmed the presence of Salmonella. On April 19, the company issued a further expansion of the original recall stating this was being done out of an abundance of caution.

Earlier this week, Natura Pet Products said it is recalling specific lots of dry pet food citing the potential for the food to be contaminated with Salmonella, after routine testing performed by the Food and Drug Administration tested positive for Salmonella.

The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States and Canada. No canned wet food is affected by this announcement.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommends people who have the potentially contaminated product should discard it immediately and stop handling it as it poses a risk to humans as well. According to a BluePearl release, 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.

Common symptoms of salmonella in pets include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, fever and abdominal discomfort.

The products affected by the recall include:

  • Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats; all Lot Codes, all UPC’s, all package sizes, all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats; all Lot Codes, all UPC’s, all package sizes, all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats; all Lot Codes, all UPC’s, all package sizes, all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • Healthwise dry dog and cat foods; all Lot Codes, all UPC’s, all package sizes, all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • Karma dry dog foods; all Lot Codes, all UPC’s, all package sizes, all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
  • Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats; all Lot Codes, all UPC’s, all package sizes, all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

Consumers looking for additional information, product replacement or a refund should call Natura at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST). Visit naturapet.com/recall for more information.

 

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