Natura Pet Expands Voluntary Recall of Pet Food Products

April 1, 2013

EVO.CAT.WT.MGMT.IMAGE INNOVA.PUPPY.IMAGE CAL.NATUR.DOG.LAMB.IMGA couple of weeks ago, I reported that Natura Pet had recalled a long list of their pet food products due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.  Now, Natura has expanded the recall.

On March 29, the company announced that more products have tested positive for Salmonella, according to the company:

“All of these products were made on a single manufacturing line.  As an additional safety measure, we are broadening our voluntary recall to include all dry dog and cat food products made on this single manufacturing line in the January – March, 2013, time-frame.”

The brands included are California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, Innova, and Karma.

Tests conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Salmonella in additional dry cat food and one cat treat.

Only dry food products are included in the recall.  Wet – or canned – foods are not involved.  The affected products are sold in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and Costa Rica, as well as online.

For a full list of specific pet foods recalled, go to www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm345971.htm?source=govdelivery, or to http://www.naturapet.com/voluntary_recall/Expanded%20Natura%20Release%202013-03-29.pdf.

According to the FDA, Salmonella can affect animals eating contaminated food products by causing illness, or the animal could be a carrier of the bacteria and infect other animals and humans.  Humans who handle contaminated pet food or treats could also be infected.

After handling any pet food or treats, be sure to wash your hands carefully with soap and warm water.

Pets with Salmonella infection may have diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting and lethargy.  Humans may display the same symptoms.  A more serious infection might result in arterial infections, endocarditis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract problems.

If you or your pets should display such symptoms, seek medical or veterinary advice.

I would like to add that Natura is a well-known manufacturer of very good dog and cat food.  Unless you feed only a fresh or raw diet to your pet, there will always be the potential for bacteria to present itself in any commercial manufacturing facility.  Natura has a good reputation in the industry and I commend them for cleaning up this problem before it escalates.

 

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