Recall – Nature’s Variety Raw Chicken

Recall of Nature’s Variety Frozen Raw Chicken/Turkey Formula and Organic Chicken Formula (all sizes) due to Salmonella-positive findings.

Nature’s Variety has an official press release on the topic. We are accepting all returns:

If your package has not been opened, please return the unopened product to your retailer for a full refund or replacement

If your package has been opened, please dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle. Then, bring your receipt, or the empty package in a sealed bag, to your local retailer for a full refund or replacement.

SYMPTOMS OF SALMONELLA POISONING

  • Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, or vomiting.
  • Some pets may experience only a decreased appetite, fever, or abdominal pain.
  • Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
  • If your pet has consumed any of the affected products and is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature’s Variety Customer Care line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-374-3142. Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly by visiting naturesvariety.com.

What is Nature’s Variety going to do differently now? They are now going to use HHP, high hydrostatic pressure, technology to kill bacterial pathogens, such as Salmonella, without altering the taste or texture of a food. This process is quickly becoming a standard process to effectively deal with harmful pathogens in all sorts of food products for humans, and now for pet foods.

What does Dexter’s Deli think about this?

With the ever growing popularity of fresh raw food diets for pets, the concern for safety has also grown. We believe that with the onset of these mass-produced, raw food pet diets, such as Nature’s Variety, the risk for safety is a concern. When we talk about salmonella, it’s important to note that there are many different strains, some of which could be more dangerous than others. We don’t know what strain was found in the Nature’s Variety food, because they have not disclosed that as of this notice.

There are at least 2500 different varieties of Salmonella; each can be broken down into numerous genetic strains. Most Salmonella strains are similar to each other in terms of the type of symptoms they produce; yet different strains can vary in terms of their infectiousness (how many live cells needed to cause disease) and severity of symptoms. **But degrees of illness can be influenced by the age and overall immune health of the person or dog that has been exposed to Salmonella pathogens.

The FDA has set an acceptable Salmonella level for “human” chicken in grocery stores at around 23%, with the assumption that the meat will be cooked properly which would kill harmful salmonella bacteria. But for raw pet foods the accepted level is zero, because the meat is never intended to be cooked. That’s a tough standard, and we believe unrealistic, because the fact is that Salmonella will forever be present in our surroundings and our food.

Although we agree that HHP Pasteurization can help ensure safety and give us some peace of mind, it does come at a price. The fact is the HHP does kill ALL pathogens, good and bad. We want friendly bacteria; they do have health benefits and are part of nature’s natural eco-web.

Please look for more information and discussion in the coming weeks in regards to this latest recall, the HHP process, and our options as consumers and caregivers to our pets.

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