The pet food maker Natura has expanded its recall of products to include all its dry dog, cat and ferret food over concerns about possible salmonella contamination.
A limited recall issued March 18 by the Freemont, Nebraska-based company was expanded yesterday after testing showed the presence of salmonella.
Food brands included in the recall:
Treats Included in recall:
Innova Cat Treats
Wild Cravings Turkey & Chicken Formula Cat Treats
Wild Cravings Herring & Salmon Formula Cat Treats
Wild Cravings Weight Management Cat Treats
The action affects only dry food and treats, not canned food, the company said. The recall includes products sold throughout the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Costa Rica as well as online.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we are extending our recall to include all Natura dry dog, cat and ferret food and treats that have expiration dates on or before March 24, 2014," the company said in a press release.
The company did not indicate whether any animals had been sickened.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans, especially those who have not thoroughly washed their hands, from handling contaminated pet products.
Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for any of the following symptoms: nausea,vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including 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 have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
Consumers who have purchased these pet foods should discard them. For additional information, consumers may visit www.naturapet.com. For a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).
You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints. For more on pet product recalls and to get email alerts of recalls visit Dog Food Advisor.