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Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 7:57 p.m.

Natura recalls pet food formulas for cats, dogs and ferrets because of possible Salmonella contamination

By Lorrie Shaw


EVO Turkey & Chicken Formula food for ferrets is included in the recall.

Flickr photo by boscosami

Natura Pet Products has announced it is recalling four popular brands of their dry dog, cat and ferret foods because of possible contamination with Salmonella.

According to an Food and Drug Administration press release, the company lists EVO, Innova, California Naturals and HealthWise brands as included in the recall.

Routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture collected from a single retail location tested positive for the pathogen.

The products were distributed throughout North America.

The specific products include but are not limited to EVO Turkey & Chicken Formula ferret food, Innova Turkey and Chicken Formula for puppies, California Naturals Kangaroo and Red Lentils (grain free) for dogs and HealthWise Chicken Meal & Oatmeal Weight Control Formula for dogs. Click here for the complete list of products, which include specific expiration date, bag size and lot code information.

No illnesses have been reported as a result of the voluntary measure.

Salmonella, also referred to as salmonellosis, causes digestive problems, and mammals typically present with fever, diarrhea, vomiting and weakness. Other symptoms can occur. Some animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. It should be noted that some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If your pet exhibits any of sign of illness and has consumed this product, they should be seen by their veterinarian immediately.

Salmonella can affect other animals as well —  not just the pets who consume the treats. There is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food of any kind and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to any contaminated product.

More information on the recall or a product replacement or refund can be obtained by Natura by calling toll-free: 800-224-6123. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (CST).

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Lorrie Shaw leads the pets section for and owner of Professional Pet Sitting. Shoot her an email, contact her at 734-904-7279 or follow her adventures on Twitter.