Nature's Variety Recalls Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for Dogs Over Salmonella Risk

Pet food maker Nature's Variety is voluntarily recalling its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 due to possible Salmonella contamination, the company said in a press release. 

Handling contaminated dog food may pose risk to humans, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after handling it or any surfaces exposed to it. Should signs of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping or fever occur, the company recommends consumers contact a doctor. 

Consumers feeding the affected product to their pets are urged to discontinue use and monitor their pet's health. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. If a pet has eaten the recalled food and has the symptoms, contact a veterinarian, the company said.

No illnesses have been reported to date. 

The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms: UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb; UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb; UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb. 

The “Best By” date can be found on the back of the package below the seal. The affected food was distributed to retail stores in the U.S. with limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.

Nature's Variety is issuing full refunds or exchanges for those who have purchased the affected product. The company has requested that consumers with additional questions call Consumer Relations at 888-519-7387. Consumers can also email Nature's Variety directly via

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