Nature’s Variety Dog Food Recall February 2013


February 15, 2013 – Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13.Nature's Variety Raw Organic Chicken

This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be present in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets.

The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

In addition, the recall event has now been confirmed by the FDA in a bulletin dated February 15, 2013 but not distributed by email until February 19, 2013.

What Products Are Affected?

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section.

Where Were the Products Distributed?

The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada. No other products were impacted.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving a consumer complaint. The source of the issue was identified and resolved.

To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.

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 Nature’s Variety Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.

Or click this link to email the company directly.

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

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  • InkedMarie

    thanks HDM!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Marie –

    I somehow missed this post and disqus just now decided to email me a notification. Wysong has two kibbles with chunks of freeze-dried raw (similar to Instinct’s Raw Boost) – Optimal Performance and Nurture – despite being grain inclusive, both look like great foods (OP has 40% protein and Nurture has 39% protein). These two are designed to just be fed as is, although water certainly could be added just like it can be added to any kibble. They also have Archetype, Archetye Buffet, Archetype Burgers and Uncanny. These foods are all designed to have water added. I wouldn’t feed the Archetype Buffet (only 29% protein, contains corn and molasses) however the original Archetype and Archetype burgers look great. I’ve used Uncanny before and really like it – it’s super expensive though.

  • Randi

    Natures variety is an HPP product they source poor quality ingredients there are great non HPP raw diets. Natures Variety is crap now they have gone into big box it’s all about profits and the board of directors. Smoke and mirrors buy from small local companies

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah if horse meat is winding up in human food kind of makes you wonder what’s winding up in pet food…

  • AtheistNavyVet

    there are currently HORSEMEAT winding up in human food products such as BURGER KING Whoppers…. we must demand FULL DISCLOSURE AND RIGHTS TO KNOW contents, testing results and food conditions such as RADIATION & GMO contaminations of both pet and human animal food & beverages 843-926-1750 @LarryAccomplish VOTE GREEN PARTY CONGRESS May 7th [email protected] Green Party Candidate for 25 million GREEN NEW DEAL Jobs out of war money BRING HOME ALL TROOPS & wage peace to end polar ice melt, shut down all slow cancer nukes, replace fossil fuel burning with zero emissions vehicles & power co-generating transportation systems put PEOPLE TO WORK BUILDING WHAT IS NEEDED not what war profiteers force upon us

  • InkedMarie

    I didn’t know Wysong had freeze dried raw and kibble! I’ve seen their bags at a local pet store but never looked hard at it. Are you supposed to add water to this or feed dry?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Wysong has three kibbles that incorporate freeze-dried raw bites – Archetype Buffet, Nurture and Optimal Performance. Wysong was actually the first company to put freeze-dried raw and kibble together.

  • Ranger22

    I have been using Natures Variety for years and it has made a huge difference in my dogs. I used to prepare raw meals at home for, but have been very pleased with Natures raw and other products which are made to cycle for variety. They are the only ones I know of that offer a kibble with freeze dried raw bites together. All brands are going to have some issue from time to time. But I find that this company is very quick to identify and do a voluntary recall if a problem occurs.

  • Pattyvaughn

    for years, don’t forget that they let it go for years!

  • a whole foods or natureopathic supplement can fill in whatever gaps you feel guilty about

  • there is no substitute for fresh, whole ingredients sourced from clean and clear suppliers…after all….our domesticated dogs are only eating ‘commercially’ supplied dog foods in the last generation or so…..they/we” are what we eat!

  • DogFoodDealer

    Yes but if you look at the reasons for their recalls it is never anything that is really negative. This food was recalled probably because a machine was broken, the beef and barley got recalled due to an enzyme that made the food smell weird (no danger to any dog). To bash a company that will quickly recall any food as fast as they do, they should be praised. While companies like hartz and nestle let their foods kill dogs around the world.

  • wishaven

    This company recalled its Prairie Beef and Barley last summer. Sounds like there are safety/integrity issues there that would prevent me from purchasing any of their products.

  • amber

    It was frozen raw product that was recalled, not kibble. did any of you even read the article?

  • DeeMitch

    And here I am feeling guilty every time I buy, cook and prepare my dogs food as they sit intensely watching my every move as I prepare their meals. I thought I wasn’t providing enough nutrients by feeding them “homemade”. But with so many recalls and so many frequently, I starting to relinquish the guilt.

  • Dixie’s mom

    I agree 100%

  • ohnoesaz

    Actually, I’d trust a dog food like Brothers Complete or Honest Kitchen before I’d trust 80% of the home food preparers out there.

  • Beth L

    the only dog food that will never get recalled is that you make yourself. to many things can happen at plants that mix and package foods. JUST MY THOUGHTS.