Salmonella Prompts Nature’s Variety Pet Food Recalled

Nature’s Variety is recalling Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet for dogs and cats because the products may be tainted with <"">Salmonella. This recall affects to chicken medallions, patties, and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential Salmonella problem after receiving a consumer complaint. While the lot code that was the subject of the consumer complaint did not test positive for the pathogen, additional testing found the “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10 to be contaminated with Salmonella. According to the recall notice, no pet or human illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this lot code.

The affected products are limited to the Nature’s Variety Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet packaged in the following forms:

• 3 lb chicken medallions (UPC# 7 69949 60130 2) with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/0/10

• 6 lb chicken patties (UPC# 7 69949 60120 3) with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10

• 2 lb chicken chubs (UPC# 7 69949 60121 0) with a “Best If Used By” date of 11/10/10

The “Best If Used By” date is located on the back of the package above the safe handling instructions. The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States, and in limited distribution in Canada.

Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet food and/or pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Although rare, Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health care provider immediately, said the FDA.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a 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 any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, the FDA advises that you immediately contact your veterinarian.

Consumers are being advised to return any unopened Nature’s Variety products subject to this recall to their retailer for a full refund or replacement. Opened product should be disposed of in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle. Retails will provide a refund or replacement to consumers who present a receipt or the empty package in a sealed bag.

Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature’s Variety Customer Care line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-374-3142, or they can email the company by visiting by visiting

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