Nutri-Vet, LLC, issued a voluntary recall notice on Feb. 20, 2013, of its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products because of possible Salmonella contamination. The company issued the recall after a manufacturer of just one ingredient in the products informed them of a possibility of contamination in their facility. NO test results have proven positive for Salmonella in any of the Nutri-Vet or NutriPet products as of this date.
The press release did not name the manufacturer of that one affected ingredient.
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes intestinal problems ranging from moderate to severe, in both humans and pets. If humans should come in contact with Salmonella-tained food, they are at risk for diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abodominal pain and fever. In rare cases, Salmonella poisoning can result in arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle aches, eye irritation and urinary tract issues. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water after handling any kind of pet food.
Animals with Salmonella infection may display diarrhea, vomiting, fever and lethargy. Some pets will suffer only minor problems, such as decreased appetite, abdominal pain, or fever.
Nutri-Vet has recalled the following lot numbers:
|76-0081||NutriPet Natural Chicken Fillet Strips||16oz||76-0081 (No bar code)|
|50704||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Joint Health||5oz||669125507049|
|50705||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Joint Health||15oz||669125507056|
|50706||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Glossy Coat||5oz||669125507063|
|50707||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Glossy Coat||15oz||669125507070|
|50708||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Stress and Anxiety||5oz||669125507087|
|50709||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Stress and Anxiety||15oz||669125507094|
|50710||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Fresh Breath||5oz||669125507100|
|50711||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Fresh Breath||15oz||669125507117|
|50712||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for SENIOR Dogs||5oz||669125507124|
|50714||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Healthy Digestion||5oz||669125507148|
|50716||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Healthy Weight||5oz||669125507162|
|50701||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats||5oz||669125507018|
|50702||Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats||8oz||669125507025|
|50703||NNutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats||16oz||669125507032|
|99044||Nutri-Vet K9 Hip & Joint Chicken Breast Strips||8oz||669125990445|
The above treats were distributed nationwide through online sales and in retail stores from April, 2012, through February, 2013, Best by dates range from April 20, 2014, through October 3, 2014.
This product is sold in clear plastic bags. The Food & Drug Administration is investigating to find the source of potential contamination, and the U.S. supplier has ceased production and distribution of the ingredients sold to Nutri-Vet while the FDA and the manufacturer continue their investigation.
If you have purchased any of the affected products, return them to your place of purchase for a full refund. Should you have questions, call Nutri-Vet at 877-729-8668, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., MDT.
The Nutri-Vet manufacturing facility is located in Boise, Idaho.
(Information for this post received via press release from the FDA)