ST. LOUIS, MO -- Nature's Variety brand has issued a voluntary recall of specific types of their products because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The affected products are the Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a "Best By" date of 04/27/16.
Both pets and humans are at risk; pets can be affected by eating the products and humans from handling the products, especially if thorough hand-washing is not applied afterwards.
Nature's Variety issued a press release announcing the recall and informing customers what to do if they or their pets become affected.
"Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
"Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only 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 the recalled product and has the symptoms, please contact your veterinarian."
They also included a list of the affected products which only includes the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets.
--UPC# 769949611431 - Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
--UPC# 769949611448 - Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
--UPC# 769949611486 - Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
So far, no illnesses have been reported, but customers should still follow the tips on the products' packaging when disposing of the products.
The FDA notified Nature's Variety that a sample of their seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.
Customers who have questions can call the Nature's Variety Consumer Relations team at (888) 519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm Central time, 7 days a week during the recall period.
Also, customers can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"At Nature's Variety we take quality and safety very seriously. We believe that under all circumstances, health and safety comes first, and we are committed to providing the best possible nutrition for pets," Reed Howlett, Chief Executive Officer of Nature's Variety, said.