Natura Pet Brands, makers of pet foods for dogs, cats, and ferrets, initiated a recall on March 18 due to concerns that several dozen items may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. A press release by the Fremont, Neb.-based company emphasizes that the recall is purely precautionary and that no salmonella-related illness have been reported.
The release notes:
The affected products are 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. Product expiration dates range from 12/17/2013 – 1/2/2014. Product was distributed by Natura Pet Products between December 18, 2012 through March 15, 2013. No other dry food, canned food, biscuits, bars or treats are affected by this announcement.
An exhaustive list of the items, including size, description, UPC, and lot numbers, may be viewed at this PDF.
The recall was issued after routing testing by Michigan officials confirmed the presence of salmonella bacteria. This pathogen can affect both pets and their owners, especially if the latter fail to wash their hands thoroughly after handling pet food.
For further information or a product replacement or refund, consumers may call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. Lines are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST. Consumers may also visit the company website at http://www.naturapet.com/
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