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:
- Bloody stool
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain
In some rare cases, Salmonella can cause the following complications in people:
- Arterial infections
- Muscle pain
- Eye irritation
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
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.
Pets that enjoy Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Chicken Formula also enjoy
- Nature’s Variety Instinct Grain-Free Salmon
- Nature’s Variety Prairie – Chicken Meal and Brown Rice
- Canidae All Life Stages Formula
- Dogswell Nutrisca Dry Dog Food