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Natura Pet has expanded its recall. Click here to see the updated list.
The FDA issues alerts to notify pet lovers about mandatory and voluntary recalls. Here’s the latest FDA info about a recall affecting consumers in multiple states. The latest involves a Salmonella risk from Natura Pet products: California Natural, Evo, Innova and Healthwise.
Type of Recall: Voluntary
FDA Recall Announcement Date: March 18, 2013. Updated March 29.
Products: Bags of dog and cat food sold under the brands California Natural, Evo, Innova and Healthwise products in the list below. No other dry food, canned food, biscuits, bars or treats are affected by this announcement.
Product code: Multiple, see list below. Product expiration dates range from 12/17/2013 – 1/2/2014. Product was distributed by Natura Pet Products between December 18, 2012 through March 15, 2013.
Reason for recall: Potential contamination of Salmonella — bacteria that can affect animals eating the products. There also is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any exposed surfaces.
Manufacture date: A two-week window in December 2012
Distribution areas: Global. Products were sold at veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica.
What to do: Acording to the FDA site, consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them. For further information or a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM CST).
Here’s a full list from the FDA website:
|CALIFORNIA NATURAL||DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE||4oz||7 51485 15987 4||2362A70004|
|CALIFORNIA NATURAL||DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE||30LB||7 51485 39940 9||2362A70001|
|CALIFORNIA NATURAL||DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE||15LB||7 51485 39941 6||2362A70002|
|CALIFORNIA NATURAL||DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE||5LB||7 51485 39942 3||2362A70003|
|CALIFORNIA NATURAL||DOG KANGAROO & RED LENTILS GRAIN FREE – BILINGUAL||30 LB||7 51485 12564 0||3015A70001|
|EVO||CAT & KITTEN TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15250 9||2355A70004,2366A70004|
|EVO||CAT & KITTEN TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA||15.4LB||7 51485 41400 3||2356A70002,2366A70002|
|EVO||CAT & KITTEN TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA||6.6LB||7 51485 41401 0||2355A70003,2356A70003,3001A70003,3002|
|EVO||CAT & KITTEN TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA||2.2LB||7 51485 41402 7||2355A70004,2356A70004,2366A70004|
|EVO||CAT HERRING & SALMON FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15251 6||2357A70004,2361A70004|
|EVO||CAT HERRING & SALMON FORMULA||15.4LB||7 51485 41410 2||2361A70002|
|EVO||CAT HERRING & SALMON FORMULA||6.6LB||7 51485 41411 9||2361A70003,2362A70003|
|EVO||CAT HERRING & SALMON FORMULA||2.2LB||7 51485 41412 6||2361A70004|
|EVO||DOG RED MEAT FORMULA LARGE BITE||28.6LB||7 51485 12675 3||2363A70001|
|EVO||DOG RED MEAT FORMULA LARGE BITE||13.2LB||7 51485 12676 0||2363A70002|
|EVO||DOG RED MEAT FORMULA LARGE BITE||6.6LB||7 51485 12677 7||2363A70003|
|EVO||DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15255 4||2356A70004|
|EVO||DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN SENIOR FORMULA||28.6LB||7 51485 12685 2||2356A70001|
|EVO||DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN SENIOR FORMULA||13.2LB||7 51485 12686 9||2356A70002|
|EVO||DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN SENIOR FORMULA||6.6LB||7 51485 12687 6||2356A70003|
|EVO||DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA||28.6LB||7 51485 12616 6||2366A70001|
|EVO||DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA||13.2LB||7 51485 12617 3||2364A70002|
|EVO||DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA||6.6LB||7 51485 12618 0||2366A70003|
|EVO||DOG TURKEY & CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15205 9||2366A70004|
|EVO||FERRET FOOD TURKEY & CHICKEN FORMULA||6.6LB||7 51485 42101 8||2355A70003,3002A70003|
|HEALTHWISE||DOG CHICKEN MEAL & OATMEAL WEIGHT CONTROL FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15442 8||2362A70004|
|HEALTHWISE||DOG CHICKEN MEAL & OATMEAL WEIGHT CONTROL FORMULA||35LB||7 51485 70720 4||2361A70001|
|HEALTHWISE||DOG CHICKEN MEAL & OATMEAL WEIGHT CONTROL FORMULA||17.5LB||7 51485 70721 1||2361A70002|
|HEALTHWISE||DOG CHICKEN MEAL & OATMEAL WEIGHT CONTROL FORMULA||5LB||7 51485 70722 8||2362A70003|
|HEALTHWISE||DOG LAMB MEAL & OATMEAL FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15444 2||2362A70004|
|HEALTHWISE||DOG LAMB MEAL & OATMEAL FORMULA||35LB||7 51485 70740 2||2361A70001,2362A70001|
|HEALTHWISE||DOG LAMB MEAL & OATMEAL FORMULA||17.5LB||7 51485 70741 9||2361A70002,2362A70002|
|HEALTHWISE||DOG LAMB MEAL & OATMEAL FORMULA||5LB||7 51485 70742 6||2362A70003|
|HEALTHWISE||PUPPY CHICKEN MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15443 5||2362A70004|
|HEALTHWISE||PUPPY CHICKEN MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA||35LB||7 51485 70730 3||2362A70001|
|HEALTHWISE||PUPPY CHICKEN MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA||17.5LB||7 51485 70731 0||2362A70002|
|HEALTHWISE||PUPPY CHICKEN MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA||5LB||7 51485 70732 7||2353A70003,2362A70003|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15995 9||2363A70004|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA||2.2LB||7 51485 41387 7||2363A70004|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA||15LB||7 51485 41392 1||2362A70002,2363A70002|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA||6LB||7 51485 41393 8||2362A70003,2363A70003|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15998 0||2353A70004|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15998 0||2353A70004|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA||2.2LB||7 51485 41603 8||2353A70004|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA||15LB||7 51485 41607 6||2353A70002|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR 8 PLUS FORMULA||6LB||7 51485 41608 3||2353A70003|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15988 1||2354A70004,2363A70004,2364A70004|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA||15LB||7 51485 41389 1||2354A70002,2362A70001,2363A70001|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA||6LB||7 51485 41390 7||2354A70003,2364A70003|
|INNOVA||CAT TURKEY AND CHICKEN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT FORMULA||2.2LB||7 51485 41391 4||2354A70004,2363A70004|
|INNOVA||DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE BEEF AND LAMB MEAL FORMULA||25LB||7 51485 12730 9||2361A70001|
|INNOVA||DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE BEEF AND LAMB MEAL FORMULA||12LB||7 51485 12731 6||2361A70001|
|INNOVA||DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE BEEF AND LAMB MEAL FORMULA||5LB||7 51485 12732 3||2361A70003|
|INNOVA||DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 12365 3||2362A70004|
|INNOVA||DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA||25LB||7 51485 12727 9||2366A70001,3001A70001,3038A70001|
|INNOVA||DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA||12LB||7 51485 12728 6||2363A70002,2364A70002|
|INNOVA||DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA||5LB||7 51485 12729 3||2363A70003,2364A70003|
|INNOVA||DOG PRIME GRAIN FREE HERRING AND SALMON FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15313 1||2364A70004|
|INNOVA||DOG SALMON AND HERRING FORMULA||25LB||7 51485 12362 2||2357A70001,2361A70001,2363A70002|
|INNOVA||DOG SALMON AND HERRING FORMULA||12LB||7 51485 12363 9||2361A70002|
|INNOVA||DOG SALMON AND HERRING FORMULA||5LB||7 51485 12364 6||2363A70003|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA||30LB||7 51485 12320 2||2354A70002,2355A70001,2355A70002,2363A70001,2364A70001|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA||15LB||7 51485 12321 9||2354A70002,2355A70002,2363A70002|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA||6LB||7 51485 12322 6||2354A70003|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA||2.2LB||7 51485 12376 9||2354A70004|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15990 4||2354A70004|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BITE FORMULA-BILINGUAL||30 LB||7 51485 12552 7||3015A70001|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA||30LB||7 51485 12704 0||2353A70001,2354A70001|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA||15LB||7 51485 12705 7||2354A70002|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15300 1||2354A70004|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA-BILINGUAL||30 LB||7 51485 12554||3015A70001|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR PLUS 11 PLUS FORMULA||30LB||7 51485 12326 4||2352A70001,2353A70001|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR PLUS 11 PLUS FORMULA||15LB||7 51485 12327 1||2352A70002,2353A70002|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR PLUS 11 PLUS FORMULA||6LB||7 51485 12328 8||2353A70003|
|INNOVA||DOG TURKEY AND CHICKEN SENIOR PLUS 11 PLUS FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15310 0||2353A70004|
|INNOVA||PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA||30LB||7 51485 12332 5||2356A70001|
|INNOVA||PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA||15LB||7 51485 12333 2||2356A70002|
|INNOVA||PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA||6LB||7 51485 12334 9||2356A70003|
|INNOVA||PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15994 2||2356A70004|
|INNOVA||PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA||30LB||7 51485 12740 8||2356A70001|
|INNOVA||PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA||15LB||7 51485 12741 5||2356A70002|
|INNOVA||PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA||6LB||7 51485 12742 2||2356A70003|
|INNOVA||PUPPY TURKEY AND CHICKEN LARGE BREED FORMULA||4oz||7 51485 15302 5||2356A70004|
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Recall Alert: Steve’s Real Food Recalls Turducken Canine Recipe Patties
The FDA issues alerts to notify pet lovers about mandatory and voluntary recalls. Here’s the latest FDA info about a recall affecting consumers in multiple states.
Type of Recall: Voluntary
FDA Recall Announcement Date: March 7, 2013
Product: Turducken Canine Diet – 8oz Patties in a 5 lb. bag
Reason for recall: Potential contamination of Salmonella, which can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Distribution dates: October 2012 to January 2013
Distribution areas: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York , California, Minnesota and Tennessee
Additional product info: Look for lot number 209-10-27-13 with an expiration date of October 27, 2013.
What to do: Consumers who have purchased 5 lb. bags of Steve’s Real Food Turducken Canine Recipe are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact the company at 801-540-8481 or email@example.com Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MST.
Cut the drama: Try these DIY pet treat recipes!
This is the time of year when we focus on shedding bad habits and starting anew. It’s also the time when plenty of newly adopted pets are settling into their new homes. Recently I asked experts to reveal the things new pet owners really need. After years interviewing professional dog walkers, trainers, specialists and veterinarians, I’ve also learned a few strategies to keep those new additions happy and healthy for years to come.
1. Maintain a healthy weight
Yes, this familiar advice applies to pets and people. With proper care and nutrition, cats and some dogs can live well into their late teens. But obesity can rob pets of years by inviting the risk for heart disease or lead to behavioral issues such as missing the litter box. Set a strong foundation by purchasing high-quality pet food. Look for brands that list a protein such as chicken or fish among the first ingredients, and avoid giving pets table food. Remember that you control what goes into their bowl each day. Also keep in mind that pets — including adorably tubular dachshunds — should have a noticeable waistline. The American Kennel Club website offers photos that help identify breed standards for purebreds. Your veterinarian can provide guidance on how much to feed furry companions based on age, breed and lifestyle. If your cat or dog’s waistline is a distant memory, try interactive toys to burn calories.
2. Invest in training
Most dog trainers will admit that classes primarily benefit the owner, while pets gain valuable socialization skills. Take advantage of obedience training courses in your area. Petco recently launched a series of free seminars for new pet owners, with classes scheduled throughout the month. Some animal shelters offer free training classes as well. It’s a great opportunity for pets to interact with people, particularly kids, as well as other pets. Learning basic commands such as “leave it,” “stay,” and how to come when called could be lifesavers for dogs. Proper socialization also makes it easier for pets to travel with their people, including trips to the beach or other pet-friendly destinations. It’s much more fun and much less stressful than keeping them cooped up at a boarding facility. To see the benefits of socializing pets, check out this sweet video of a rescue helping a foster pup named Daisy tackle the stairs:
3. Take time for dental care
Save those old toothbrushes and put them to use on a pet’s pearly whites (dogs and cats). Proper dental care helps reduce “dog breath” as well as gum disease, which can lead to bigger health issues. Finger brushes, water additives and dental chews make the task a little easier. A product called Orabrush tackles bad breath by scraping plaque buildup from the tongue. Originally designed for people, the line now includes a clever little brush that dogs lick to remove tongue gunk. February is Pet Dental Health Month, so look for deep discounts on cleaning services at your vet’s office and schedule an appointment. Veterinary dental cleanings take at-home maintenance a step further by removing hardened plaque buildup that accumulates over time.
4. Keep cats hydrated
Urinary tract infections rank high among the list of expensive yet preventable cat health issues. Make sure your feline companions stay properly hydrated by adding wet food to their diets and providing plenty of clean water to their bowl or even a stylish fountain.
5. Maintain flea, tick and heartworm preventatives
In a column about why dogs lick so much, Dr. Annie Price of Ormewood Animal Hospital in Atlanta said that fleas are the No. 1 culprit. Resist the urge to cut flea and tick preventatives from your shopping list, even during cooler months, because pets run the risk of exposure anytime they go outside. Uncharacteristically warm weather means that mosquitoes will, once again, have a longer season to wreak havoc and pose a risk for deadly heartworm.
6. Don’t underestimate the value of mental stimulation
There really is some truth to the saying, “A tired dog is a happy dog.” I know from experience that bored pets lead to chewed iPod cases, gnawed shoes and other crimes that my dog Lulu has committed but I have yet to discover. Cats, particularly those who spend their lives indoors, also benefit from mental stimulation. Invest in some interactive toys such as puzzles or a fun laser pointer to exercise those brain cells and bond with your pet. Frolicat’s high-tech Twitch toy even has a timer so you can keep felines occupied while you are away. Dogs tend to have relatively low-tech standards. Check out Planet Dog’s fun new Mazee treat puzzles ($16.95) that can keep pups occupied on carpeted areas or flat surfaces.
7. Buy pet insurance or start an emergency savings account
I know how it feels to sit in an emergency veterinary hospital, half-listening to a doctor outline his treatment plan — along with the long list of expensive procedures required to treat a pet. Accidents or unexpected illness can lead to costly veterinary bills that drain savings. Don’t wait for a medical issue to arise before discussing finances with your family, and consider starting an emergency fund — or investing in pet insurance. Plans vary widely based on the pet’s age and the amount of coverage you select. Many of the larger pet insurance companies also set age limits that range from 10 to 14 years old, so it pays to start early. Even if you pick a plan that solely covers major accidents, that added precaution could save thousands. I would much rather spend that hard-earned cash on toys, trips to pet-friendly destinations or new shoes to replace the ones that Lulu ate!
— Morieka Johnson
This story originally appeared on MNN.com.