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Natura Recalls More Pet Food for Potential Salmonella Contamination

Natura Pet Foods has issued a voluntary recall of all dry pet food sold under five of its brands because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

This recall comes on the heels of another dry pet food recall, also for Salmonella, initiated by the company in March of this year and expanded in April.

California-based Natura announced the recall, which includes all California Natural, EVO, Healthwise, Mother Nature and Karma brand dry pet food, Tuesday. The company said its decision was in response to one positive result of a Salmonella test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on a sample of product manufactured April 3. Given this finding, the company decided to recall all products manufactured in the same facility as the product that tested positive.

The dry pet foods subject to this recall bear expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014. They include:

BRAND LOT CODE/UPC/SIZES; EXPIRATION
Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Healthwise dry dog and cat foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Karma dry dog foods All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014
Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats All Lot Codes, All UPC’s, All package sizes All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014

The affected pet foods were sold in bags at veterinary clinics, specialty pet retailers and online in the U.S. and Canada.

“We are truly sorry,” said the company in a letter to customers Tuesday. “We know this news disappoints you; we are disappointed too. Natura will always focus on high-quality ingredients, product safety and innovation in pet nutrition. We remain committed to making products you can trust.”

No illnesses have been linked to the food to date, according to Natura. However, those whose pets have consumed the above products should keep an eye out for symptoms of Salmonella infection in both people in the household and their pets.

In humans, symptoms of Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.

In pets, symptoms of Salmonella infection can include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some may only experience a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets may also be carrying the bacteria but not display symptoms. If your pet has consumed the recalled product, FDA advises that you contact your veterinarian.

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