WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Nature's Variety frozen chicken diet for dogs and cats is being recalled due to of possible contamination.
The FDA said the Lincoln, Neb., company initiated a voluntary recall of its chicken formula raw frozen diet with a "Best If Used By" date of "11/10/10" because the product may be contaminated with salmonella. The company said the recalled product is limited to chicken medallions, patties and chubs varieties.
The recalled dog and cat food was distributed across the United States, with limited distribution in Canada.
Consumers with the affected products may return them unopened for a refund or replacement. If the package has been opened, consumers should dispose of the raw food by securing it in a covered trash receptacle and then take the receipt of the empty package in a sealed container to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement.
Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. 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.
Consumers with questions can contact the company at 888-519-7387 or 800-374-3142. More information is available at http://www.naturesvariety.com/news/32.