Nature’s Variety Instinct Dog Food Recall of July 2015

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July 24, 2015 — Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of select lots of its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for Dogs because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

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What’s Being Recalled?

The affected products appear to share the same “Best By” date and are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:

  • Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs
    UPC# 769949611431
    4 pound package
    Best By date 04/27/16
  • Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs
    UPC# 769949611448
    7 pound package
    Best By date 04/27/16
  • Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs
    UPC# 769949611486
    6 pound package
    Best By date 04/27/16

The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The affected product was distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada.

No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.

Even though no illnesses have been reported, consumers should follow the “Simple Handling Tips” published on the Nature’s Variety package when disposing of the affected product.

What Caused the Recall?

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has the symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What to Do?

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns.

Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call the company’s Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm CT, 7 days a week during the recall.

Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly via [email protected]

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • Jason Shwagner

    This is a late response but i am still gonna post for future visitors. ALWAYS question the motives for a review either positive or negative, especially negative, as many companies literally pay people to spread false or misleading information about a competitor to suit the profit margins. It is a shady practice and a multi million a year smear industry but I can attest it is real as I used to do it under approximately 800+ aliases for good money. I never did it with dog food but for all sorts of things from cosmetics to frozen food for humans, and I was told that dog food is also a target. Eventually I started feeling slimy and quit and thankfully found a great career. Certain brands that are a big share of the market are always a target by smaller competitors as they know it means more market share, as the big guys are usually less likely to risk reputation damage by engaging in smear themselves. One way to tell is a brand with high pro review marks yet tons of “consumer” negative reviews. In other words, if a site like this has a brand with many 4+ star foods yet the comments contain unlimited horror stories of dogs getting sick or dying, read with a high degree of skepticism. Some stories are prob true, as all dogs respond different to varying foods but many are shill postings by paid industry types.

  • Pitlove

    Karen- We get it. You are a huge advocate of raw. I think you have beat that into everyones head.

    Some people can’t or choose not to feed raw. I’m not sure why you aren’t able to understand this yet, no matter how many times people tell you.

  • Karen Mitchell

    Convincing a lot of people, including myself that ANY processed pet food is good would be the preferred statement!

  • Pitlove

    Orijen is widely considered as the best food on the market currently. Suggesting that it is not a good food because your dog can not eat it for whatever reason is not a valid reason to say the food itself is of poor quality. I don’t think you will convince anyone of that. I’ve had great success with Orijen and will continue to use both Orijen and Acana.

    That being said, not every food is right for every dog, but it does not mean Orijen is a poor quality brand.

  • DogFoodie

    What is it about the way that Orijen is made that makes it “not a good dog food brand?”

  • goldendoodle lover

    Orijen is not a good dog food brand as others because it can cause many stomach issues with dogs because there food is made differently then others. I would stick with primal if i were you i used to feed that to my mini goldendoodle i would mix it into Blue Buffalo. Now i learned the truth about that company and feed him NV and it has made a HUGE DIFFERENCE in his life he is healthier, has more energy, and will eat his food with out anything mixed into it to bribe him to eat. NV is one of the very best dog foods out there. Think about NV compared to Blue Buffalo. Compared to Blue it is like heaven to dogs to eat NV. I understand if you are unsure what to feed your dogs because of all the dog food drama with the other companies, but i assure you that it is safe my dog has been eating the food for a year now it it has only had positive results on him. Please reconsider how you think about NV it has affected Charlie’s (my dog) life in such a positive way.

  • Dori

    I don’t understand why some people have such a hard time accepting that. This has been discussed so many times in the last two or three years and it still comes up and I’m sure it will continue to. Thanks for your post and the confirmation.

  • goldendoodle lover

    I agree someone is lying about this i called yesterday and they said that their rabbit was from France for the past 3 and a half years. They also confirmed that with me with an email.

  • Spartacus “Spotapus” The Benga

    I believe it was an easy mistake to make. I asked them where they sourced their rabbit back when they still used a Chinese supplier, and unless you thought to back almost 3 years later you wouldn’t have known. I know I never thought to check back. I happened to stumble upon a comment on another site that stated they changed to a french supplier, which made me double check with the company to confirm. If I hadn’t seen that comment on another discussion thread, I would probably still be unaware of the change to this day!

  • Spartacus “Spotapus” The Benga

    I believe it was an easy mistake to make. I asked them where they sourced their rabbit back when they still used a Chinese supplier, and unless you thought to back almost 3 years later you wouldn’t have known. I know I never thought to check back. I happened to stumble upon a comment on another site that stated they changed to a french supplier, which made me double check with the company to confirm. If I hadn’t seen that comment on another discussion thread, I would probably still be unaware of the change to this day.

  • Christine Daley

    That’s so good to know as others have stated. I was definitely misinformed by someone!! Thanks a lot !!

  • Spartacus “Spotapus” The Benga

    They used to source their rabbit for their canned and raw foods from China and the rabbit for their kibble was from France. But, they stopped sourcing rabbit from China years ago and started using their french supplier exclusively.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I feed raw and am careful to disinfect after feeding, but freezing does not kill salmonella, among other bacterias.

    http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09300.html

  • Their food is HPP processed to kill all bacteria. Also, if you know anything about freezing raw food, you should know that if the meat is frozen for at least 72 hours, that kills salmonella and other bacteria. Look at the FDA and what’s been happening with other raw food companies. They’re targeting foods like this while there is so much crap kibble on the market that I can pretty much guarantee is loaded with salmonella and other bacteria. The FDA is a joke. They allow GMO foods, cancer causing chemicals to be allowed into HUMAN foods (not to mention the garbage in most pet foods), many things that other countries have BANNED because they’re bad for people… they, just like other government entities, are bought out by big corporations. It’s time for people in this country to wake up and stop blindly following what the FDA and uneducated doctors and vets tell us (holistic, nutritionally trained docs/vets are not included).

  • Christine Daley

    That’s what they said to me. I was even looking for the email but must have deleted it. I was told China. At that point I had purchased the rabbit and stopped when they told me that. That’s all I can say.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Christine, I’m confused. I thought you said you called them recently and they said China. It’s not fair to post inaccurate information. Link to the comments:
    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/dogfoodadvisor/nature8217s_variety_instinct_dog_food_recall_of_july_2015/#comment-2156322959

  • Christine Daley

    Excuse me Dori. A liar I am not. I was told China!! Glad to see it has changed. Nor do I have anything against NV.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I was part of that discussion several months ago. I also called as I needed a novel protein for an allergy dog. I was more interested in the kibble at that time, but I thought they said all rabbit was from France. They did confirm it with an email, just now, as well.

  • Pitlove

    Ya thats what I thought. The rabbit is from France. A lot of companies are getting their rabbit from France instead of China and have been for a few years since finding the source. I don’t think these companies were happy about having to source rabbit from China in the first place, but from what I know China was the only place to get it for a long time.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Christine,
    I just called Nature’s Variety & they confirmed ALL of their rabbit is from France.

  • Dori

    C4D I know that a number of us have posted this in the past but some just don’t want to believe it. NV used to source rabbit from China but that stopped about 2 – 2 1/2 years ago. The question continues with some. Someone just posted the other day that they spoke to someone at NV and was told that their rabbit came from China. I called that same day and was told it comes from France so was that poster just a liar, or do they actually have something against NV? Who knows. I had also spoken to NV on this same subject a couple of years ago before I started using their food and was told back then that their rabbit was sourced from France.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I just called Nature’s Variety and they said ALL of their rabbit, frozen & kibble is sourced from FRANCE and that they don’t get anything from China. They’re sending me an email to confirm as they don’t have the sources listed on the website.

  • Christine Daley

    Hi again Ilene. Who knows what other batches are contaminated!!! I think there may be more to come. Plus I think their rabbit is from China. Contact them and find out!!! But if pup getting sick don’t feed.

  • Christine Daley

    All I can say if getting sick do not feed. I would not!! God knows why!! I do not think this is the last of NV recalls!!

  • Christine Daley

    I only use Orijen kibble which i believe is of great quality. Some people just do not want to pay for it!! I also top with raw but will never stop the Orijen!!! Also use Orijen freeze dried and ziwi peak canned. If raw continues to be infected it shall have to go!!

  • Ilene Sagen

    Trying to find out why my dogs are getting sick on the rabbit the last two bags 🙁

  • Christine Daley

    Someone on NV face book mentioned the FDA holding these raw companies to human standards. Why not!! If you think about it we are being charged human prices. A bag of NV is about $33.00 give or take for 3 pounds of medallions. That’s $11.00 a pound. Some people do not pay that for their own food!! I think we are entitled to bacteria free food for our pups!!

  • Christine Daley

    Looks that way. I will continue to feed raw with my Orijen kibble until I feel I should no longer do so. I personally do not purchase chicken. I would like to think I am not feeding my dogs bacteria so I guess we shall see how this all turns out!! I presently have switched to Primal right before this recall just coincidence. Primal only uses HPP on their poultry (chicken, turkey, duck). But my pups are young and healthy!! It looks like re contamination occurred after their HPP process!! Hopefully there is a resolution to all of this.

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  • Crazy4dogs

    That’s why I posted the link. 😉

  • Karen Mitchell

    Chicken is the worst meat. For contamination, nutritional value and benefits. Besides, it’s not real chicken that your pets are eating here.. it’s a by product isn’t it? Then it’s heated, destroying all the nutrients etc, so then they add all the other additives and crap to prolong shelf life…. Yeahhhh, good stuff! NOT!

  • Karen Mitchell

    Yeah, you know why don’t you? Think about it! If you are an advocate of raw, you should know why. 🙂

  • Karen Mitchell

    Do you have any idea what happens to the food that you cook for them?
    I hope you are taking this into account and offering them additives galore to make up for the loss of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids etc

  • Karen Mitchell
  • Karen Mitchell

    Dog’s and cat’s are not meant to eat processed foods.

    http://www.petfoodnutrition.com/carnivore-vs-herbivore-vs-omnivore/

  • Karen Mitchell

    It’s great that you have stopped with the commercial pet food. This way you know what they are eating. You need to ask yourself though, are they getting a balanced diet?
    Feeding your pet an all natural raw food ensures that they have the highest benefits for their health. Lean meat/muscle, offal, etc

  • Kathy Niskala

    Amen to that….William

  • Christine Daley

    Go on NV face book page. Lots going on there. Multiple negative reviews especially on their dry foods. Worms in the bags, mold!! Poor packaging of the frozen patties. Not so sure I trust this company any more!! I think profits have become a priority and things have changed for the negative!!

  • suesunswim

    Because Salmonella risk is totally overblown when it comes to dogs. I signed up to be notified so I am an INFORMED PET OWNER. Then I can make my own decisions.

  • God’s Kid

    You can’t trust dog or cat food anymore. My dog eats from the table. She eats the healthy food that I eat

  • Amber

    Thank you for all of your help! I hope they do for my little ones tummy sake.

  • Christine Daley

    Yes amber it is. All of their raw is. Primal poultry products only ( chicken, turkey). I have used NV without incident their beef, lamb, duck and venison. I do not really use poultry raw. Anyway hopefully NV steps up to the plate and figures this out. If your dog doing well on it stay with it. The raw goats milk does look good though. Good luck!!

  • Amber

    So far the NV raw turkey has been the only food that produces healthy poop, the only other thing I have found that I can give her is fruits, veggies, peanut butter and coconut oil. I am going to try the goats milk though 🙂 I checked out primal’s raw options and her protein has too many ingredients so I think I am stuck hoping nothing happens to NV turkey raw. Is the NV HPP processed?

  • Christine Daley

    Hi Amber. I was thinking and since you mentioned IBS with your dog I need you to know that Primal does not use HPP in their raw products except poultry ( chicken , turkey). Dogs with IBS may not have the gut resiliency to handle normal bacterial loads found in food. Sterile foods (HPP) are probably better until gut issues are healed. Point to remember HPP treated foods are sterile after processing but still susceptible to the same handling and storage issues that face all raw products. This seems to be the case here. +HPP with NV and still + salmonella. Fresh unalterated raw diets as is the case with Primal I believe are highly recommended for healthy thriving pets without issues. I have 3 yellow labs ages 1,2,3 happy and healthy without issue!! As I mentioned Primal does use the HPP on poultry.

  • Christine Daley

    Thanks Kathy. Good to know. Common sense goes a long way. I just hope all raw companies are doing the right thing for our pups!!

  • William Van Noy

    Just curious…If you don’t worry about such things, why are you signed up to receive these alerts? I feel sorry for your pets.

  • Kathy Niskala

    I talked extensively to one of the top managers at North West Naturals ,she said, ”to be made at a FDA human packaging facility it has to be human grade,not pet quality,it’s not allowed”,she said we could actually use their food ourselves,that’s how human grade it is…I have talked to her many times about issues since I researched which Raws to use,they are very helpful there…I trust their product,as well as Primal too….we just have to handle any raw with common sense and hope we are doing the right thing for our fur babies…

  • suesunswim

    Yeah, yeah, whatever. I feed my dog this food and I am SO not worried about this.

  • Christine Daley

    Healthy dogs are in danger from salmonella as are humans. Ingestion can lead to fever, vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration needing iv antibiotics and fluids. True, healthy dogs can handle a little bacteria better than humans due to their make up, but that doesn’t mean I want to feed it to them. Immunocompromised dogs are at an even greater risk as would be a human in that condition. All around, bacteria in food dog or human is not a good thing!!

  • Dennis Maljak Sr

    Since 2007 I believe dry foods have been the subject of recalls more times than wet or raw. Other than the Chinese poisoning of our pets in 2007 most recalls are made with no illnesses being caused ( in pets or humans) by the recalled product..

  • Dennis Maljak Sr

    Recalls are instigated more by the need to protect the pet owner. As you stated healthy dogs are not in danger from salmonella..Of course every time you handle a raw chicken you are exposing yourself to salmonella, but then we wash our hands & cutting boards, etc. with hot soapy water. I’m betting more people get exposed to these pathogens by not washing properly after handling raw poultry & meat & by eating in restaurants than by exposure to pet foods…

  • Pitlove

    Alright, was this recently that you had called them about it?

  • Christine Daley

    It is true that bacteria in dog food could hurt compromised pets. I personally would not recommend raw for immunocompromised pets.

  • luddite1959

    Yep. I suspect the pet food kibble manufacturers lobbied the FDA and CVM. Now, granted, we are talking about raw food here. Any contamination is a risk to humans who handle the food but I don’t see the risk as being any different than handling raw human food at home. You take precautions and always wash your hands afterwards. A good rule of thumb is to say the alphabet while you’re washing your hands to make sure you are cleaning your hands long enough and thoroughly. Soaping up your hands and immediately rinsing is not enough to clean your hands when handling raw food. Personally, I take the extra step of using disposable gloves when handling raw chicken.

    Now, as for raw dog food I have been feeding my dog for two year, I have only ever used brands that use the HPP method of processing. Apparently, not all raw brands use that method in their process to further reduce the risk of contamination. I like the HPP as an extra level of precaution as a human handling raw dog food. The recent recall of Stella and Chewy’s left us with the perception that contamination can still happen after HPP. However, who knows if raw food is possibly mishandled from manufacturer to store, especially raw frozen products. How carefully did the FDA handle the samples of raw foods that they have since recalled? It begs the question.

    None of these recalls will persuade me to start purchasing kibble. I will cook food for my own dog before I ever get that desperate and eliminate EVER being affected by a dog food recall. I’m just about to that point and have been looking into supplements for that reason to feed my dog a nutritionally balanced meal.

  • Christine Daley

    All I know is they told me China when I questioned them. That’s all I can say. I stopped purchasing the rabbit at that point!! My pups just finished a bag of their raw lamb!! It is their last bag of NV raw!!

  • Pitlove

    As far as I was aware, they are now sourcing their rabbit from France and no longer China. That was news I heard just a few months ago. (NV that is)

  • Christine Daley

    And yes. Stepped up testing should be applied to all dog foods not just raw!! My pups are my children!!

  • Christine Daley

    Hi josh. NV does not claim human grade!! Primal does!! Check out their web site!!

  • Amber

    Thank you so much for the tip! I had no idea, just did some research and it sounds awesome! ! !

  • Josh

    It would be good if the stepped up testing was applied to all pet foods. Bacteria is naturally there in chicken and other foods anyways. And most companies NV and S&C do a kill step to prevent bacteria. Unfortunately this is more of a regulatory issue than a safety issue.

    As for the term “human grade” it is actually not legal to claim on the bag. If you are producing “pet food” at your own facility like NV then by the FDA definition as soon as your “human grade” ingredients pass the threshold into your pet facility they are by definition pet food and you cannot use the human grade claim.
    The only pet company that I know if that can make the human grade claim is Honest Kitchen. They actually won a lawsuit against the FDA to use the claim. Their food is made at a facility that also produces human products, but they do not own the facility.

  • Christine Daley

    Hi Kathy. Do not really see that stated on their website!! They talk about the facility not the meat unless I am missing it. Prefer Primal for now and if they get a recall it shall be my orijen kibble and ziwi peak canned!! Not feeding salmonella and listeria to my pups!!

  • Kathy Niskala

    North West Naturals ..does……

  • Christine Daley

    Just heard from NV. Their response nothing is 100% but they will use this as a learning experience to prevent future occurrences!! I told them hope so or you will be out of business. People spending $$$$ to feed their dogs well do not like this one bit!! Shouldn’t happen. They are not testing the way they proclaim or this stuff wouldn’t be happening. Not just NV. All of them!! True , dogs handle bacteria better than humans due to their short intestinal tracts and a few other things, but so what. Do not want to feed salmonella!!

  • Christine Daley

    If these raw companies are doing the right thing and testing the way they say they are testing, then they shouldn’t have anything to worry about when the FDA comes in to test!! One way to look at this!!

  • Christine Daley

    Not all the companies say human grade!! NV does not!!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Thanks for the link!

  • Christine Daley

    Don’t we think stepped up testing is good!! Whatever their motive is not the point. It shall save us from feeding bacteria infected food to our pups!! That’s the way I see it anyway.

  • Josh

    not so fast Christine. All of these raw companies are being targeted by the FDA for unknown reasons, there have been no sick humans or dogs so far,
    You ought to look at the article I posted above…it will give you some insight into what is going on, the FDA is a corrupt organization

  • Josh

    beaglemom trust me, the reputable raw food companies use only meat passed fit for human consumption. They are not using so called commodity chicken

  • Josh

    The following statement from the FDA is from the link posted below…

    “The FDA CVM makes the following statement on FDA’s website: “FDA does not believe raw meat foods for animals are consistent with the goal of protecting the public from significant health risks, particularly when such products are brought into the home and/or used to feed domestic pets; however, we understand that some people prefer to feed these types of diets to their pets.””

    The FDA has already stated their position that they want to eliminate raw, it makes no sense considering human foods can be contaminated by these pathogens as well but there is not a 0 tolerance policy for human food.

  • Kathy Niskala

    North West Naturals is also a human grade raw made at a human grade processing plant,never had any recalls yet….they are much more reasonable than Primal which I also rotate with…

  • Josh

    I work in the industry and I received this email about the FDA campaign to discredit raw pet food earlier this summer. These recalls are the result of stepped up testing.

    Check out the link below

    From: Eileen Wilmarth
    Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2015 1:12 PM
    To:

    FYI

    Announced today: The FDA has launched a campaign to collect and test RAW pet foods for Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria. Read the official announcement at the link below.

    http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/Products/AnimalFoodFeeds/Contaminants/ucm449501.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

  • Kathy Niskala

    My vet also discourages raw,but I feed it anyways…her husband is also a nutrionalist,her reasons are fear of pathogens that are not killed in the raw,that can hurt us and compromised dogs..her points are real and not funded by the big Companies,she doesn’t believe in raw,and does have solid points on the dangers of using raw if not careful….but dry can have problems too…..we just have to decide for ourselves what works for our own dogs….

  • Kathy Niskala

    My Vets too…..I read that somewhere also,but don’t remember where..thinking about not using raw anymore though……

  • Dennis Maljak Sr

    The reason Vets push the big name dog foods? That’s what they are taught, their nutrition class was taught by a rep from one of the big companies ( P & G, Del Monte, etc.) I had this discussion with one of the vets where I take my dog. I do not get my info on my dog’s nutritional needs from my vet.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Interesting article from dogs naturally magazine. It seems the FDA is cracking down on raw only. Hmmmm…

    https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/raw-dog-food-fda/

  • beaglemomVA

    It seems like the chicken is the main protein in all the recalls. I wonder if it is because of all the sick chickens and the outbreak where they had to euthanize so many of them….maybe they made it to dog food companies? (whether they knew it or not?) They may all have their own processing plants, but maybe they all get their animals from similar sources and that is where the problem is stemming from.

  • Crazy4dogs

    On the rabbit kibble, I called about 3 months ago. I would never buy the rabbit when it was China sourced. So disappointed! 🙁

  • Crazy4dogs

    Can you include a link regarding this? I’m sure there are many interested in this news, if true.

  • Amber

    Thank you! I will look into them now!

  • backtonature

    I had read the same thing. I wonder when they switched back to China again. I don’t buy the rabbit from them.

  • backtonature

    I don’t think vets learn much about nutrition in vet school, similar to physician training. At one vet school near Science Diet corp headquarters, Science Diet gives all vet students free pet food, dog and cat. It communicates the message that Science Diet is a good product and translates into sales in vet clinics after graduation.

  • Christine Daley

    Hi amber. Yes I believe primal better grade than NV. They state human grade!! It’s a little more expensive but worth it for my pups!! Check out their web site Primal and see store locator. Also just all the info on the site!! Human grade!! Plus all the fruits and veggies are organic!!

  • Amber

    This is terrifying! Your dog’s are doing well on Primal? I don’t know anything about that brand. My dog is on the NV raw turkey and it keeps her irritable bowl at bay. This recall and what you stated about it not being human grade makes me want to switch but I need extremely limited ingredient, minamally processed.

  • Christine Daley

    As far as dry food recalls this is true. Many of them all foods manufactured by diamond!! Multiple recalls at this plant where many foods are manufactured!! So not like this plant Nor would I purchase anything manufactured there. Will stick with my orijen and primal!! No problems so far..

  • Christine Daley

    Just emailed NV. Questioned their test and hold policy. What happened to the third party laboratory they claim to have to check foods before release!! We shall see what BS they respond with!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Christine Daley

    Why. So you can buy their science diet and royal canin?? What’s their reasoning? Most vets believe it or not do not know anything about dog food or the ingredients on the bag!! Sad but true!!

  • Dennis Maljak Sr

    I received an e-mail from one of the sites that sends me alerts & such pertaining to dogs/dog food/FDA….seems that the FDA wants to crack down on the raw food industry. In the article it was hinted that some group of Vets & some of the giant companies (nestle purina,Del-Monte,etc) are somehow behind this…But to be clear, if you check back the last 5 to 8 years you will see that recalls of pet foods include many dry foods, in fact as many or more of these recalls WERE for dry not raw. Two of the 3 VETS in the office that I take my dog to have tried to discourage my use of raw & freeze-dried raw…

  • Christine Daley

    Agree on that one!! Just why all of a sudden!! But like you said if all was on the up and up nothing should check positive!!

  • Crazy4dogs

    UGHHH! I’m glad I never bought the raw rabbit! 🙁

  • Christine Daley

    Check out NV website. They state they have a test and hold policy. Every batch checked by a third party laboratory for salmonella, listeria before released!! I guess that’s BS!! It’s under quality and safety!!

  • Christine Daley

    Yes!!

  • Christine Daley

    Check out NV website. They state they have a test and hold policy. Every batch checked by a third party laboratory for salmonella, listeria before released!! I guess that’s BS!! It’s under quality and safety!!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Was this recently? I don’t use the raw rabbit, only the rabbit kibble.

  • Christine Daley

    It does seem strange. 4 recalls in less than a month!! I recently just coincidence switched to primal. That doesn’t mean they are above the law either. We shall see!! Like you said keep my fingers crossed!! Just worry about salmonella or listeria poisoning!! Need 3 sick dogs like a hole in the head!!

  • Christine Daley

    I spoke to them personally. They told me China!!

  • Crazy4dogs

    I just replied to you. I could be wrong, and it’s only my opinion, but, it almost seems like the FDA is in bed with one of the big 3. 🙁

    I’ve had no problems so far and will continue feeding what I feed until I see an issue, fingers crossed.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Christine,

    This IS ridiculous! It almost seems like a plot against raw.

    Just a correction here. Nature’s Variety does not use rabbit from China. They did several years ago, but I think the public pressure may have changed that. They source their rabbit from France. I know this for a fact as it has been commented on a different NV review and I along with several other regular posters spoke with NV to verify this. I had done it prior to the conversation as I had to feed a limited ingredient novel protein to one of my dogs and used rabbit.

  • Christine Daley

    Hey crazy!! What’s your take on all of this?? Stella and chewy, bravo, vital essentials!!! Now nature’s variety!!

  • Crazy4dogs

    It’s up to you, whatever you feel comfortable with. I’ve had the same issue when Bravo had the recall last year. I called Bravo & was assured it wasn’t my lot. I fed it with no problems. I also have a Bravo chub currently that is the same as the new recall from a few days ago. Different expiration. I’m going to use it.

  • Weezerweeks

    Everyone that uses raw should be glad their checking. If everything was ok they wouldn’t have to recall.

  • Christine Daley

    I would return it!! Why take a chance!!

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m confused. Isn’t the high pressure processing supposed to kill all the potential “bugs” that could be harmful? I have a bag of NVI chicken medallions with a different date that I am contemplating on what to do with. Just bought it last week and haven’t opened it yet.

  • Christine Daley

    OMG. This is getting ridiculous. I recently switched to raw primal vs nature’s variety. And as I had mentioned in a previous discussion I never buy the chicken. I had emailed NV when that recent recall with Stella and chewy came out. They assured me their raw was processed in their own place in Lincoln Nebraska. Now they have a recall!! And not sure where their chicken is from. Their rabbit is from China. I am finished with them!! Glad I switched to primal!! They state human grade. NV does not!!

  • Kathy Niskala

    Oh ..come on..enough is enough…are all the raw companies going to get hit.??? something doesn’t seem right here..all these raw Co. in one month…..Should we just stay with dry and hope for the best..???

  • MajorStewie

    are these recalls new and unusual? i been wondering.

  • Lorrie McClain

    FDA in bed with crap food companies. I call BS on the FDA!!

  • Sara

    Enough with the war on raw FDA! Who is paying you off Nestle? Procter & Gamble? Mars?