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Date: 2010-02-12 19:12:09 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] recall for those who feed Nature's Variety
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Unlike some of the other infections that sometimes are in raw meats=20
Salmonella is one that ferrets are pretty resistant to getting, BUT=20
when they do get it Salmonella is incredibly difficult to treat=20
successfully even with prolonged, multi-pronged treatment.

> Recall -- Firm Press Release
> FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market=20
> withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the=20
> media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the=20
> product or the company.
> Nature=92s Variety Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall On Raw Frozen=20
> Chicken Diets With A "Best If Used By" Date Of 11/10/10
> Company Contact:
> Jeff Dezen/JDPR
> 864-233-3376
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE =96 February 11, 2010 =96 Nature=92s Variety has =

> initiated a voluntary recall of their Chicken Formula Raw Frozen=20
> Diet for dogs and cats with a "Best If Used By" date of 11/10/10=20
> because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The=20
> only products affected are limited to chicken medallions, patties,=20
> and chubs with a "Best If Used By" date of 11/10/10. No other=20
> Nature=92s Variety products are affected.
> The affected products are limited to the Nature=92s Variety Chicken=20
> Formula Raw Frozen Diet packaged in the following forms:
> =95 3 lb chicken medallions (UPC# 7 69949 60130 2) with a "Best If=20
> Used By" date of 11/10/10
> =95 6 lb chicken patties (UPC# 7 69949 60120 3) with a "Best If Used =

> By" date of 11/10/10
> =95 2 lb chicken chubs (UPC# 7 69949 60121 0) with a "Best If Used=20
> By" date of 11/10/10
> The =93Best If Used By=94 date is located on the back of the package=20
> above the safe handling instructions. The affected product was=20
> distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United=20
> States, and in limited distribution in Canada.
> If you are a consumer and have purchased one of the affected=20
> products, please return the unopened product to your retailer for a=20
> full refund or replacement. If your package has been opened, please=20
> dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered=20
> trash receptacle. Then, bring your receipt (or the empty package in=20
> a sealed bag) to your local retailer for a full refund or replacement.
> Nature=92s Variety became aware of a potential problem after receiving =

> a consumer complaint. Subsequent testing indicated that the lot code=20
> related to the consumer complaint tested negative for Salmonella.=20=20
> However, additional subsequent testing found the "Best If Used By"=20
> date of 11/10/10 to be contaminated with Salmonella.
> No pet or human illnesses have been reported to date in connection=20
> with this lot code.
> Reed Howlett, Nature=92s Variety CEO, stated, "Because pet health and =

> safety are our top priority, Nature=92s Variety takes every step=20
> necessary to ensure the quality and safety of our products. In=20
> addition to our industry best manufacturing practices, and in an=20
> abundance of caution, all Nature=92s Variety raw frozen products now=20
> will undergo a =91test and hold=92 period before being released for sale.=
> Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. Even though no=20
> illnesses have been reported, consumers should follow the Safe=20
> Handling Guidelines published on the Nature=92s Variety package when=20
> disposing of the affected product. People handling raw frozen pet=20
> foods may become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have=20
> not followed the safe handling guidelines set forth by the company.
> Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all=20
> of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody=20
> diarrhea, abdominal cramping, or fever. Although rare, Salmonella=20
> can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections,=20
> endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis,=20
> muscle pain, eye irritation, or urinary tract symptoms. Consumers=20
> exhibiting these signs after having contact with the affected=20
> product should contact their health care provider.
> Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have=20
> diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, or vomiting. Some pets may=20
> experience only a decreased appetite, fever, or abdominal pain.=20
> Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect=20
> other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of the=20
> affected products and is experiencing any of these symptoms, please=20
> contact your veterinarian.
> Consumers with additional questions can call our dedicated Customer=20
> Care line 24 hours a day,
> 7 days a week at 800-374-3142. Or, consumers can email Nature=92s=20
> Variety directly by visiting

Sukie (not a vet)

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