Instinct Raw Chicken Formula dog food recalled due to Salmonella risk

The makers of a popular dog food have issued a voluntarily recall for one of its products because of possible Salmonella contamination.

Nature's Variety announced samples of their Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs tested positive for Salmonella. The products are labeled with the "best by" date of 4/27/16.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products. It can also be a risk for humans who handle contaminated products.

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.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611448 - Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611486 - Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16

Nature's Variety found out about the contamination only after the FDA discovered routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.

If consumers believe they already fed the product to their dogs, they should contact their veterinarian. They should also return the above products for a full refund or exchange by either returning the products in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to the store where it was purchased.

Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8am to 7pm Central time or email Nature's Variety directly via

For more information, head to the FDA's website.
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