Natura Pet Products Voluntarily Recalls Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

On March 29, 2013, Natura Pet Products voluntarily recalled its dry pet food because it had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Earlier this week, Natura expanded this recall to include all dry pet foods and treats with an expiration date prior to and including March 24, 2014.

Salmonella is a bacterial disease of the intestinal tract that can cause typhoid fever, food poisoning, gastroenteritis, enteric fever, as well as other illnesses. Salmonella can affect animals eating these contaminated products, and there are contamination risks in humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they haven’t thoroughly washed their hands after touching the foods, or any surfaces that these foods may have been exposed to.

Some of the signs that you may have Salmonella are:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloody stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Muscle pains
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

In some rare instances, Salmonella may result in more serious symptoms, such as arterial infections, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, endocarditis, and urinary tract symptoms. If you have purchased any Natura Pet Products and have experienced any of these symptoms, you should contact your healthcare providers.

If you have fed your dog any Natura Pet Products and are looking for signs/symptoms to see if they have contracted Salmonella, you should look to see if your pet is lethargic, has diarrhea which may or may not be bloody, fever, and vomiting. Other pets that may have contractedSalmonella but are not showing these symptoms may be carriers, and could still infect other animals, or even humans. For this reason, it is strongly advised that you should contact your healthcare provider and/or veterinarian just to be safe.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture, as well as the Georgia Department of Agriculture, confirmed, after testing, that there was a presence of Salmonella in Natura dry pet food, as well as a cat pet treat. However, the recall affects only dry pet foods and treats only. No canned wet food or biscuits are affected by the recall.

It is advised that if you have purchased these products, that you should discard them. For additional information, you may visit Natura’s website at www.naturapet.com or contact them toll-free at 1-800-224-6123 for a product refund or replacement.

For your convenience, we have displayed a chart that shows which products should be discarded:

BrandSizeDescriptionUPCLot Code(s)Expiration Date
California NaturalAll sizesAll dry dog and dry cat food and treat varietiesAll UPCsAll lot codesAll expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014
EVOAll sizesAll dry dog and dry cat food and treat varietiesAll UPCsAll lot codesAll expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014
HealthwiseAll sizesAll dry dog and dry cat food and treat varietiesAll UPCsAll lot codesAll expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014
InnovaAll sizesAll dry dog and dry cat food and treat varietiesAll UPCsAll lot codesAll expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014
KarmaAll sizesAll dry dog food varietiesAll UPCsAll lot codesAll expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014

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