Nature’s Variety Expands Raw Dog Food Recall

Recall expands to include all Nature’s Variety raw frozen chicken products for dogs.

Posted: March 9, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

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Recalled dog foodDue to concerns of salmonella contamination, Nature’s Variety of Lincoln, Neb., has expanded a voluntary recall of its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for cats and dogs to include additional “Best If Used By” dates. In addition, the company has elected to clear the market of all of its raw frozen chicken products out of caution.

In February, the company issued a nationwide voluntary recall on its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet chicken medallions, patties and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date of Nov. 10, 2010, due to concerns of salmonella contamination. Additional testing has indicated that its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with “Best If Used By” dates of Oct. 29, 2010, and Nov. 9, 2010, may be contaminated with salmonella, the company reported.

As a result, Nature’s Variety is recalling the following raw frozen products with “Best If Used By” dates of Oct. 29, 2010, and Nov. 9, 2010:

  • UPC#7 69949 60131 9 — Chicken Formula 0.75-pound trial-sized medallions
  • UPC#7 69949 60130 2 — Chicken Formula 3-pound medallions
  • UPC#7 69949 60120 3 — Chicken Formula 6-pound patties
  • UPC#7 69949 60121 0 — Chicken Formula 2-pound single chubs

Since the original recall, Nature’s Variety has implemented a new high-pressure pasteurization process for use on all of its raw frozen diets. The company has decided to clear the market of all of its raw frozen chicken products and replace them with new ones that use high pressure pasteurization.

As a result, Nature’s Variety is recalling its Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula raw frozen diets for dogs and cats that have a “Best If Used By” date on or before Feb. 5, 2011. Products include:

  • UPC#7 69949 60131 9 — Chicken Formula 0.75-pound trial-sized medallions
  • UPC#7 69949 60130 2 — Chicken Formula 3-pound medallions
  • UPC#7 69949 60120 3 — Chicken Formula 6-pound patties
  • UPC#7 69949 60121 0 — Chicken Formula 2-pound single chubs
  • UPC#7 69949 50121 3 — Chicken Formula 12-pound case of chubs
  • UPC#7 69949 60137 1 — Organic Chicken Formula 3-pound medallions
  • UPC#7 69949 60127 2 — Organic Chicken Formula 6-pound patties

“Nature’s Variety believes replacing all raw frozen chicken products on the market with new raw frozen chicken products that use high-pressure pasteurization is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce consumer confidence and trust,” Reed Howlett, CEO of Nature’s Variety, said in a statement.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Pets with salmonella infections may vomit, be lethargic, or have a decreased appetite, diarrhea or fever.

Consumers are advised to return unopened packages of the recalled product for a full refund or replacement. If a package has been opened, the company is advising consumers to safely dispose of the product and bring the receipt (or empty package in a sealed bag) to their local retailer for a full refund or replacement.

Consumers with questions can call 800-374-3142 or visit www.naturesvariety.com

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Steven Ward   Los Angeles, CA

8/21/2010 11:15:09 AM

What if you have a bag that you having been feeding your dogs with the upc code and its half way finish. How can I tell if my dogs are sick and what do I do with the remaining medillions? If I havn't notice anything wrong with my dogs I can continue to finish the bag or return it back were I purchase it. Thank you.

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Emiy   Barneveld, WI

3/17/2010 3:51:30 PM

This is why I feed my six fur babies high qulaity premium kibbles. I also make homemade dog food as well. I know they are meant to eat meat but, I make chicken and sirloin and turkey loaves for my boys and I also give them fresh fruits and veggies. I add no additional supplements. I don't believe in the raw due to contamination. Emiy

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Karen   Fort Ann, NY

3/11/2010 2:40:44 AM

This is not the first time Nature's Variety has had a problem with salmonella contamination in its raw diets. I am a Jack Russell breeder and had a horrible experience over two years ago with an entire litter of 4 week old puppies suffering from salmonella poisoning. All had to be treated with antibiotics and all temporarily lost the hair around their eyes and mouths. Fortunately, my "other half" was a veterinarian, so we were able to treat the puppies fairly soon after their exposure to the food and the salmonella. While I was reimbursed for my expenses related to treating the puppies and for sending the food back to Nature's Variety for testing, they were quite clever about never admitting in writing that it was salmonella, and it took me well over a month and several phone calls to get those results. I think the only reason I did get the results was because I told them I also had kept portions of the two contaminated bags of food and could have them tested by an independent lab in my area. They also NEVER informed anyone at the pet store where I purchased the food about the problem! I had to do that myself. The entire way they handled my situation smacked of a cover-up to me. I will never use their food again. My guess is that Nature's Variety has a major problem with their processing and/or equipment, as the two bags I had were different formulas, and had different "best by" dates. One was medallions and the other was patties. Both were chicken,
however.
So dog owners beware--salmonella can definitely affect your dogs!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

3/9/2010 10:47:42 PM

Scary.

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