Nature’s Variety Voluntarily Recalls Raw Food For Dogs

The possibility of salmonella contamination has led Nature’s Variety to recall select Instinct Raw chicken products for dogs.

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Nature's Variety has recalled select Instinct Raw chicken products. Via Instinct/Facebook
Nature's Variety has recalled select Instinct Raw chicken products. Via Instinct/Facebook
Cari Jorgensen

Nature’s Variety has issued a nationwide recall of its Instinct Raw chicken formulas for dogs due to salmonella concerns.

“At Nature’s Variety we take quality and safety very seriously,” Nature’s Variety Chief Executive Officer Reed Howlett said in a statement. “We believe that under all circumstances, health and safety comes first, and we are committed to providing the best possible nutrition for pets.”

The St. Louis, Missouri-based company issued the recall after learning that a routine sampling of its Instinct Raw Chicken Bites tested positive for salmonella. The voluntarily recall is limited to the following products, which were sold in a limited number of locations in Canada as well as in retail stores across the United States:

Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs
Size: 4 lb.
UPC: 769949611431
Best By Date: 04/27/16

If you have the Nature’s Variety Instinct product, check the labels to see if it’s part of the recall. Via FDA

If you have the Nature’s Variety Instinct product, check the labels to see if it’s part of the recall. Via FDA

Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs
Size: 7 lb.
UPC: 769949611448
Best By Date: 04/27/16

The 7-pound bags of Instinct Raw Chicken bites with a ‘Best By’ date of 04/27/16 have been recalled. Via FDA

The 7-pound bags of Instinct Raw Chicken bites with a ‘Best By’ date of 04/27/16 have been recalled. Via FDA

Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs
Size: 6 lb.
UPC: 769949611486
Best By Date: 04/27/16

The raw chicken products were affected by the recall. Via FDA

The raw chicken products were affected by the recall. Via FDA

Although no illnesses in humans or pets have been reported to date, symptoms individuals should look out for include vomiting, nausea, fever, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Rarely, more serious ailments occur. These include urinary tract symptoms, muscle pain, eye irritation, endocarditis, arthritis and arterial infections. Those with these symptoms should consult their physician.

Symptoms in dogs include diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, lethargy and vomiting. Otherwise healthy dogs that have been exposed to salmonella may still be carriers and can infect individuals or other pets. If your dog is showing signs of any of these symptoms, consult your veterinarian.

If you have the recalled product, discontinue use and monitor yourself, other household members and your dogs for symptoms. Nature’s Variety packages have the Simple Handling Tips printed on them, informing consumers how to safely dispose of the product. The product may also be exchanged or returned for a full refund by taking the proof of purchase or the product in its original packaging to the place of purchase.

For additional information, contact Nature’s Variety by email at cservice@naturesvariety.com or by phone at (866) 519-7387, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time. During the recall the consumer relations team is available seven days a week.

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