Dog-Food Maker Natura Launches Its First Recall in 21 Years
Pet-food maker Natura Pet Products Inc. announced a huge recall of its dry dog and cat foods earlier this week because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
It's the first recall by the company in more than 21 years. However, the recall involves many different varieties of food in four extremely popular brands: California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, and Innova.
The list of affected products by these brands is long; check here for specific titles and descriptions, sizes, lot numbers, and UPC codes.
According to the company, the affected products were made in a single production facility during a two-week window in December 2012. Routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture collected from a single retail location tested positive for the presence of salmonella.
No illnesses have been reported. As a precautionary measure, the company is voluntarily recalling all products from this production window.
The affected products were sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica. The product expiration dates range from Dec. 17, 2013, to Jan. 2, 2014.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "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 these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian."
Again, be sure check the full list here if you use any of these brands.
For more information, call Natura Pet Products Inc. at (800) 224-6123 or visit the Natura Pet website.