dog-food-recallYesterday Nebraska-based Natura Pet Products Inc. announced yet another recall involving multiple brands of their dog, cat, and ferret food and treats after testing positive for Salmonella in one of their production facilities. This is the company’s third recall this year, which comes on the heels of recalls in March and April involving many of the same brands.

Natura is recalling all dry pet food and biscuit/bar/treat products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014 under the brands Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise, Karma, and Mother Nature.  These products are sold throughout veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, several regional and national retail chains, and online in the United States and Canada. To see the full listing of specific products that have been recalled check out the full FDA Recall notice. No canned wet food is affected by the announcement.

There have been no reports of pet or human illness associated with this product so far. However, in addition to the threat of animals being sickened by tainted pet food, humans are also at risk as they may be contaminated by handling the food.

This latest recall points to a growing safety problem with the pet food supply chain in the U.S.    In 2011 there were 19 pet food safety recalls, 7 of which were attributed to Salmonella.   Those numbers jumped to 45 recalls, 25 from Salmonella, in 2012.   In 2013, we’ve already seen 26 pet food recalls, 17 due to Salmonella.

Consumers who purchased any of these recalled Natura products should discard the food immediately.  If your pet food is on the list of recalled products, you should also fill out out a refund form, mail it in to Natura Pet Products Inc. and claim a full refund.

- By Joe Diliberti