Nature’s Variety Issues Voluntary Recall for Salmonella

A voluntary recall was issued by popular pet food brand Nature’s Variety on select lots of their Instinct Raw Chicken Formula dog food. The recall was announced after the company learned about a possible salmonella contamination from the FDA.

On a routine inspection, seven pounds of food tested positive for the deadly bacteria. So while the vast majority of Nature’s Variety food remains untainted and therefore still safe to consume, the following lots are being pulled off the shelves:

  • 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

If you feed your dog the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Chicken Formula, please check to see if any of the markings on your bag match with the aforementioned UPC codes or expiration date. If so, please dispose of the food quickly and safely, and stop feeding it to your dog immediately. Also, if you have been feeding your dog from one of the bags being pulled off the shelves, you might consider taking them to the vet to have them tested for salmonella.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in food and can affect a number of species of animals, from cats and dogs to people. A salmonella infection manifests itself as such:

  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Abdominal pain

In some rare cases, Salmonella can cause the following complications in people:

  • Arterial infections
  • Endocarditis
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • Eye irritation
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Threat Level


No infections have been reported as a result of this contamination, and the fact that the recall was issued by the company and not the FDA supposes that this recall is largely preventative and is not of tremendous concern.

What should I do?

If you have any unused product that is listed above as contaminated, dispose of it immediately and keep an eye on your dog and your family for any of the aforementioned symptoms. If you detect any signs of Salmonella, contact a vet or doctor right away.


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RECALL ALERT: Hill’s Science Diet Recalls 62 Bags of Food

Hill’s Science Diet Has Recalled Dog Food

June 4 – Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, Kansas is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of their Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food due to a possible contamination with salmonella.


The limited production, consisting of only 62 bags suspected of contamination, can be identified as such:

Product NameBag SizeSKU“Best Before” Date/ Production Code
Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed15.5 lbs.909708 2015 M094


The SKU number of Hill’s Science Diet can be found on both sides and the bottom of your bag.


The product was accidentally released to the public, even though it was deemed unfit for consumption



Only 62 bags have been identified as contaminated, 17 of which have already been identified and collected.


If you have a bag of the aforementioned dog food, stop feeding it to your dog immediatly and contact Hill’s directly at 1-800-445-5777 to have them come and collect the contaminated product directly. Upon collection, Hill’s will issue a full refund. You should also consider seeking medical attention if you or your dog begin to exhibit symptoms of salmonella. To read more about salmonella, visit this page.


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RECALL ALERT: Possible Salmonella Contamination in Lamb Crunchys

May 29, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA. — Pet Center, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of the 3 oz bags of their Lamb Crunchys dehydrated dog treats due to a possible Salmonella contamination.


Products subject to being recalled by Pet Center, Inc. can be identified by:

  • Code LAM-003

  • UPC# 727348200038

  • Dated 122015


Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample. Salmonella presents a risk to both the pets eating the tainted product as well as the person handling it.

Pets or people infected with Salmonella may present these symptoms:

In rare cases, Salmonella can result in more serious complications in people, such as:

If you or your pet presents any of these symptoms, contact a doctor (or vet) immediately.



As of now, no sickness has been reported, and the low distribution of this tainted batch (only found in CA, WI, CO, and WA) meaning that this recall has a limited pocket of risk. However, if you have any of the products in question, handle them with caution.


  • Return any unused product to the store in which it was purchased for a full refund (as per the instructions of Pet Center, Inc.)

  • Keep an eye out for symptoms of Salmonella (in you and your pet)

  • Contact Pet Center, Inc. with any additional questions at (800) 390-0575


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