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2013-06-20

Natura Pet Products issues voluntary recall

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Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers and online in the United States and Canada. No canned wet food is affected by this announcement.
The affected products include:
• Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits, bars & treats - All lot codes, all UPCs, all package sizes and all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
• EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits, bars & treats - All lot codes, all UPCs, all package sizes and all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
• California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits, bars & treats - All lot codes, all UPCs, all package sizes and all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
• Healthwise dry dog and cat foods - All lot codes, all UPCs, all package sizes and all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
• Karma dry dog foods - All lot codes, all UPCs, all package sizes and all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
• Mother Nature biscuits, bars & treats - All lot codes, all UPCs, all package sizes and all expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them.
These products were packaged in a single production facility. During routine FDA testing, a single lot tested positive for the presence of Salmonella. There have been no reports of pet or human illness associated with this product. In an abundance of caution, Natura is voluntarily recalling all products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
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 can Salmonella result in more serious ailments, such as 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 experience only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. However, infected, but otherwise healthy, pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Owners of pets that have consumed the recalled product and exhibit these symptoms are urged to contact their veterinarians.
For further information, a product replacement or refund, call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123, from 8 am to 5:30 pm CST, Monday through Friday, or contact the company at http://www.naturapet.com/about/contact-us.