Friday, 19 April 2013

Pet food recall by Natura: ‘Potential salmonella risk to animals and people’

Pet food recall by Natura: ‘Potential salmonella risk to animals and people’, The pet food recall by Natura Pet Products for its dry pet foods has been expanded because of a potential “salmonella risk to animals and people.” Natura Pet Products is part of Procter & Gamble Co. which made its first recall of dog, cat, and ferret foods last month. The expanded recall includes now all dry pet food products and treats, according to an Associated Press report on April 19, 2013.

According to Natura, so far there have been no confirmed reports of illnesses associated with its products and the company is following up on all consumer complaints.

However, salmonella infections often go unnoticed in animals and people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Salmonellosis is an infection with a bacteria called salmonella.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection in people include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps about 12 to 72 hours after infection. The symptoms can last for four to seven days and most often people recover without any treatment. However, because of the danger of dehydration, it is important to contact a health care professional if symptoms do not improve or get worse.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection in animals includes a decrease in appetite, abdominal pain, being lethargic, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, or vomiting.

A salmonella infection can easily spread from animals or animal foods to humans. Washing hands after handling pet foods and pet treats is a recommended precautionary measure even for pet foods that are not contaminated with salmonella.

On its Recall website which was updated on April 19, 2013, Natura Pet states that “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. … Natura canned products and Mother Nature biscuits are not affected.“

The additional treats included in the recall are:

Innova Cat Treats

Wild Cravings Turkey & Chicken Formula Cat Treats

Wild Cravings Herring & Salmon Formula Cat Treats

Wild Cravings Weight Management Cat Treats

Natura’s Recall website also includes phone numbers, an email contact, and a form that can be used to obtain a replacement for a product.

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