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Posted on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 : 4 p.m.

Nature's Variety recalls single batch of raw pet food due to choking risk

By Lorrie Shaw


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One of several recalls this week includes a batch of a raw pet food for dogs and cats made by Nature's Variety.

The company, in a statement earlier this week stated that they initiated the recall because of a reason that you might not expect: a choking risk.

Small pieces of clear plastic may be found in bags of the food, but the company says that the issue has been identified and has been resolved.

Nature's Variety became aware of the problem after a consumer complaint was made.

No injuries or illness has resulted from the matter.

The batch, Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula has a "best by" date of 10/04/13 has includes the following UPC codes:

  • UPC# 7 69949 60137 1 - Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
  • UPC# 7 69949 70137 8 - Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case
  • UPC# 7 69949 60127 2 - Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
  • UPC# 7 69949 70127 9 - Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case

No other formulas are included.

Those feeding their pets the affected product should stop and monitor their companion animal's health and get in touch with their clinician if they have concerns.

Consumers who have purchase any of the included products can get a full refund or exchange simply by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to the retailer.

Additional questions are being handled by the Nature’s Variety Consumer Relations team at 1-888-519-7387 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 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.