LINCOLN, Neb., March 9 (UPI) -- Nature's Variety Inc. says it's recalling its chicken formula raw frozen diets for dogs and cats because the pet food might be contaminated with bacteria.
The Lincoln, Neb., company said the recall involves medallions, patties and single chubs of chicken formula or organic chicken formula raw frozen diets with "Best If Used By" dates on or before "2/5/11."
Officials said the recalled pet food products might be contaminated with salmonella, posing a health risk for animals, as well as humans who handle the products.
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.
The "Best If Used By" date is on the back of the package.
The products were sold through the Internet and by retail stores across the United States and Canada.
No other Nature's Variety products are involved in the recall.
Consumers who have purchased a recalled product can return the unopened package for a refund. If the package has been opened, secure it in a covered trash receptacle and then take your receipt, or the empty package in a sealed bag, to the retailer for a refund or replacement.
Consumers with questions can call the company at 800-374-3142.
A listing of the recalled pet foods and more information is available at http://www.naturesvariety.com/news/33.