Nature’s Variety Expands Recall To Include All Raw Frozen Chicken Products

All raw frozen chicken products now being recalled by Nature’s Variety.

Due to concerns of salmonella contamination, Nature’s Variety of Lincoln, Neb., has expanded a voluntary recall of its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for cats and dogs to include additional “Best If Used By” dates. In addition, out of an abundance of caution, the company has elected to clear the market of all of its raw frozen chicken products.

In February, the company issued a nationwide voluntary recall on its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet chicken medallions, patties and chubs with a “Best If Used By” date of Nov. 10, 2010, due to concerns of salmonella contamination. Additional testing has indicated that its Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with “Best If Used By” dates of Oct. 29, 2010, and Nov. 9, 2010, may be contaminated with salmonella, the company reported. As a result, Nature’s Variety is recalling the following raw frozen products with “Best If Used By” dates of Oct. 29, 2010, and Nov. 9, 2010:

  • UPC#7 69949 60131 9 – Chicken Formula 0.75 lb trial-sized medallions;
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  • UPC#7 69949 60130 2 – Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions;
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  • UPC#7 69949 60120 3 – Chicken Formula 6 lb patties;
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  • UPC#7 69949 60121 0 – Chicken Formula 2 lb single chubs.

Since the original recall, Nature’s Variety has implemented a new high pressure pasteurization process for use on all of its raw frozen diets. The company has decided to clear the market of all of its raw frozen chicken products and replace them with new ones that use high pressure pasteurization. As a result, Nature’s Variety is recalling its Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula raw frozen diets for dogs and cats that have a “Best If Used By” date on or before Feb. 5, 2011. Products include:

  • UPC#7 69949 60131 9 – Chicken Formula 0.75 lb trial-sized medallions
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  • UPC#7 69949 60130 2 – Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions
    .
  • UPC#7 69949 60120 3 – Chicken Formula 6 lb patties
    .
  • UPC#7 69949 60121 0 – Chicken Formula 2 lb single chubs
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  • UPC#7 69949 50121 3 – Chicken Formula 12 lb case of chubs
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  • UPC#7 69949 60137 1 – Organic Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions
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  • UPC#7 69949 60127 2 – Organic Chicken Formula 6 lb patties

“Nature’s Variety believes replacing all raw frozen chicken products on the market with new raw frozen chicken products that use high pressure pasteurization is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce consumer confidence and trust,” Reed Howlett, CEO of Nature’s Variety, said in a statement. “By recalling all raw frozen chicken products with ‘Best If Used By’ dates on or before Feb 2, 2011, we can provide our pet parents with new raw frozen chicken products that have been processed through high pressure pasteurization. Adopting high pressure pasteurization is an important step to ensure that our products meet the strictest quality and food safety standards.”

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Pets with salmonella infections may vomit, be lethargic, or have a decreased appetite, diarrhea or fever.

Consumers are advised to return unopened packages of the recalled product for a full refund or replacement. If a package has been opened, the company is advising consumers to safely dispose of the product and bring the receipt (or empty package in a sealed bag) to their local retailer for a full refund or replacement.

Consumers with questions can call 1-800-374-3142 or click here for more information.

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