Pet owners in Norway and the United Kingdom are being warned about salmonella in the recall of Natures Menu product Country Hunter 80% Farm Reared Turkey with Wholesome Fruit and Veg (frozen pet food). Nature’s Menu says the recalls involves the 1 Kg. package size with a batch code of 13122017 and a “use by” date of 13 December 2017.

countryhunter_406x250Natures Menu in September 2016 produced a batch of 900 bags of Turkey Country hunter RAW nuggets. 280 bags were sent to Norway. 600 individual bags have been distributed in the UK. The Norway authorities have sent one bag of the product away for testing and it has come back with a positive result test for Salmonella. Whilst salmonella is known to make humans sick if ingested, it is also known that dogs and cat’s digestion is designed to eat raw foods.

“Natures Menu takes responsible raw feeding extremely seriously and is supporting the FSA (Food Standards Agency) with the recall of any bags of food left in circulation as a complete precaution, “ a company statement says.

The presence of salmonella in the product lis the reason for the recall.. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause food poisoning in humans. The product could therefore carry a potential risk through direct handling or indirectly for example from food contact surfaces. In humans, symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.


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