A Third Recall for Natura Pets!

Natura Pet Products, now a division of Proctor & Gamble, has issued yet another voluntary product recall.  The company is recalling specific lots of dry pet food because of the potential for Salmonella contamination.

The affected products were packaged in a single production facility and during a routine FDA testing, a single lot tested positive for the bacteria.  There have been no reports of illness with this product.

Natura is recalling all products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.  These products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select retail stores and online in the United States and Canada.

No canned food is affected by this recall.

This is the third voluntary recall of products by Natura Pet this year!  In a letter to customers, Natura Sales Leader, Bruce Eyre, stated, “We are on a path of continuous improvement.  Over the past several months, we have been working with outside industry experts to improve and implement a more sensitive testing procedure.  This means we are taking four times as many analytical samples and conducting twice as many tests.  These changes were implemented June 10, before the FDA notification.”

The company is temporarily suspending shipments in preparation for product return and resupply.  This will result in product being temporarily unavailable.

Below is a list of the affected products.  All lot codes/UPC’s/sizes are included and all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014 are included:

Innova Dry Dog and Cat Food and biscuits/bars/treats
EVO Dry Dog, Cat and Ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats
California Natural Dry Dog and Cat Food and biscuits/bars/treats
Healthwise Dry Dog and Cat Foods
Karma Dry Dog Foods
Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats

Salmonella infected animals display such symptoms as lethargy, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fever.  Infected humans might exhibit similar symptoms.  If your pet shows such symptoms after eating a recalled product, seek veterinary advice at once.

After handling any pet food, treats, toys or pet products, it is important that you wash your hands immediately with soap and hot water.  Pets can carry Salmonella bacteria in their mouths without developing any signs of illness.

It would seem to me that when a company has recalled their products more than once within a few months for the same problem that said company would figure out that there is a real issue that hasn’t been found or addressed in their manufacturing procedures.  Three recalls within a 3-month time-frame is a concern.  While I wish this company well and hope they get their facilities and procedures cleaned up and working properly, I won’t be recommending their products anytime soon.  For 20 years, Natura Pets has been a trusted name in the pet food industry and I’m sure they will eventually correct the issues that currently allow the Salmonella contamination.

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