Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) has announced that Nature’s Variety of St. Louis, Missouri is recalling its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs due to possible contamination of Salmonella. In addition to the risks for pets, humans may also be subjected to Salmonella poisoning by handling the contaminated pet product.
The recall was initiated after Nature’s Variety received a notification from the Food and Drug Administration that a routine surveillance sample of seven-pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella. The following product has been recalled and can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) located on the back of the package below the seal.
- Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs – Bites. UPC: 769949611448. Size: 7 lb. Best Used by Date: April 27, 2016.
- Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs – Bites. UPC: 769949611431. Size: 4 lb. Best Used by Date: April 27, 2016.
- Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs – Patties. UPC: 769949611486. Size: 6 lb. Best Used by Date: April 27, 2016.
There are no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products. Pets that are infected with Salmonella may be lethargic, have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
“It is important for all pet owners who purchased these products to return them to the store for a full refund,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “It is recommended that this product no longer be fed to your pets and to contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible if your pet becomes ill as the result of consuming this product.”
CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.