VIRGINIA BEACH--Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners has issued a recall certain Natura Pet Products food and treats due to potential salmonella contamination.
The company is telling people to stop using and return or discard certain products.
According to a press release issued by Natura Pet Products, the company is expanding its original recall after sampling conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of salmonella in additional dry pet food and a cat pet treats.
The brands affected are California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, Innova and Karma with expiration dates prior to and including March 24th, 2014.
The affected products are sold through veterinary clinics and select pet specialty retailers nationwide and in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Costa Rica, as well as online, the release said.
According to the company, people who have the potentially contaminated product should discard it immediately and stop handling it as it poses a risk to humans as well.
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 the products.
Common symptoms of salmonella in pets include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, fever and abdominal discomfort.
Natura Pet Products also recommended for consumers to visit www.naturapet.com for additional information. For a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).