Natura Pet recalls EVO cat and ferret food due to vitamin insufficiency

Natura Pet is recalling two of its EVO pet foods due to insufficient vitamin levels. The recalled brands are: EVO Grain Free Turkey and Chicken Formula Cat & Kitten dry cat food and EVO Grain Free Ferret Food.

The product has been distributed to eight states in the U.S. and Canada. The recalled foods were distributed to retailers in California, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont and Canada. The earliest ship date for the affected product is November 3, 2014.

To find the Lot Code on your bag:

  • Lot Codes for the 2.2-pound bag are located on the bottom left of the back panel of the bag, just above “Made at Natura.”
  • Lot Codes for the 15.4-pound bag are located on the bottom seal of the bag (the end the bag sits on) in the center, just above the word EVO®.

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To read the full press release, click here or see below:

Natura Pet Recalls 5 Lots of Dry Cat and Dry Ferret Food due to Vitamin Insufficiency

FREMONT, NEBRASKA November 24, 2014 – Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.

Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed. The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.

There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date, but these lots do not meet our quality standards and should not be consumed by pets. No other EVO® products or lots are affected by this issue.

The affected product and lot codes are:

PRODUCT SIZE UPC EXP DATE LOT CODE
EVO® Grain Free Turkey &
Chicken Formula dry cat food
15.4 LB 5148 541400 02/19/2016 4300A700D2
EVO® Grain Free Turkey &
Chicken Formula dry cat food
2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700A4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey &
Chicken Formula dry cat food
2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700B4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey &
Chicken Formula dry cat food
2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700C4
EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food 6.6 LB 5148 542101 02/19/2016 4300A700D3

The problem was discovered during the investigation of an ingredient inventory discrepancy. Only these 5 lots are affected. These lots were distributed through independent retailers in CA, GA, MI, MN, NV, PA, TX, VT and Canada, as well as online. No other Natura products are affected.

Retailers have been contacted and are instructed to immediately withdraw these lots from store shelves. Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue feeding the product immediately and discard as normal household waste. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this incident. We are taking immediate corrective action as a result of our investigation.

For more information, consumers can reach Natura Consumer Relations at 1-855-206-8297, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST or visit www.evopet.com.

If you have affected product, please contact Natura Consumer Relations at 855-206-8297 for a refund. Alternatively, you can send your register receipt and the code date from your affected product to: Natura Consumer Relations, 8700 Mason-Montgomery Road, Box 1534, Mason, OH 45040.

If your pet is ill, please contact your veterinarian and make a report to the FDA. Here’s how: The Complete Guide to Making a Pet Food Complaint to the FDA – Poisoned Pets. Other helpful guides I have written on what to do with recalled food if it has made your pet sick are: What to do in a pet foodborne illness emergency: Step-by-step instructions on how to get help and How to report a pet food problem: The bare bones basics you need to know

SOURCES:

  • http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm424608.htm
  • http://www.evopet.com/evo-recall/
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