P&G’s Salmonella Nightmare Isn’t Over

Natura Pet Products, owned by Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), expanded its dry pet food recall again because of concerns of Salmonella contamination. Now all dry pet food products and treats with expiration dates through March 24th, 2014 are included in the recall. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture have both found Salmonella in dry cat food and a cat treat, Fox Business reports.

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat tainted food. Humans can be affected by Salmonella as well if they handle the contaminated pet products or come into contact with surfaces exposed to the bacteria. Natura said that pets with salmonella infections have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting and lethargy. Infected people have similar symptoms. While some infected pets may only have minor symptoms like a decreased appetite, they can still pass the bacteria to other animals or people. The company recommends that the owners of any pets that display the symptoms of Salmonella and have eaten one of the products recalled should contact their veterinarian.

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No canned or wet food from Natura was recalled. The recalled dry pet food was distributed through pet supply retailers, veterinarian clinics, and online. The first pet food recall by Natura happened in March, when the company announced a voluntary recall of its cat, dog, and ferret food because of concerns about Salmonella, according to NBC News.

Natura updated its website yesterday and wrote, “Out of an abundance of caution, we are extending our recall to include all Natura dry dog, cat and ferret food and treats that have expiration dates on or before March 24, 2014. We are sorry for the disruption, but we simply want to ensure that every product meets our highest quality standards.Your pet’s health and safety are our #1 priority. We are taking all actions necessary to ensure that our products meet both your expectations and ours. Our Fremont plant has been focused on quality enhancements and is now shipping new product to stores that will be on shelves soon.”

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The actual Natura brands affected are Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise, and Karma. The website also lists which specific treats are included in the recall. The potentially contaminated, now recalled pet food products were sold through physical retailers in the US, Canada, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and Costa Rica. Natura is offering product replacements and refunds to affected customers.

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