Nature’s Variety Expands Recall of Raw Frozen Chicken Diets

This just in from Nature’s Variety:

Nature’s Variety has expanded its voluntary recall of Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for dogs and cats to include the “Best If Used By” dates of 10/29/10 and 11/9/10 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recall includes the following products with a “Best If Used By” date of 10/29/10 or 11/9/10:

• UPC#7 69949 60131 9 – Chicken Formula 0.75 lb trial sized medallions
• UPC#7 69949 60130 2 – Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions
• UPC#7 69949 60120 3 – Chicken Formula 6 lb patties
• UPC#7 69949 60121 0 – Chicken Formula 2 lb single chubs

In an abundance of caution, Nature’s Variety has also chosen to expand this voluntary recall to include all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for dogs and cats with any “Best If Used By” date on or before 2/5/11. Nature’s Variety has elected to clear the market of raw frozen chicken diets as it implements a state-of-the-art new food safety process called High Pressure Pasteurization for use on all Nature’s Variety Raw Frozen Diets.

The products included in the expanded recall are any Chicken Formula or Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with a “Best If Used By” date on or before 2/5/11, including:

• UPC#7 69949 60131 9 – Chicken Formula 0.75 lb trial sized medallions
• UPC#7 69949 60130 2 – Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions
• UPC#7 69949 60120 3 – Chicken Formula 6 lb patties
• UPC#7 69949 60121 0 – Chicken Formula 2 lb single chubs
• UPC#7 69949 50121 3 – Chicken Formula 12 lb case of chubs
• UPC#7 69949 60137 1 – Organic Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions
• UPC#7 69949 60127 2 – Organic Chicken Formula 6 lb patties

The “Best If Used By” date is located on the back of the package above the safe handling instructions. The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada.

No other Raw Frozen Diets are involved in this expansion other than chicken, and no other Nature’s Variety products are involved.

Nature’s Variety now uses High Pressure Pasteurization on their Raw Frozen Diets as a unique process to kill pathogenic bacteria through high-pressure, water-based technology. Having incorporated this state-of-the-art technology on a portion of their raw product offerings in late 2009, Nature’s Variety was able to confidently implement the process universally on all Raw Frozen Diets after the 2/11/10 recall in order to enhance food safety. Nature’s Variety also utilizes a test and hold protocol to ensure that all High Pressure Pasteurized Raw Frozen Diets test negative for harmful bacteria before being released for sale.

“Nature’s Variety believes replacing all raw frozen chicken products on the market with new raw frozen chicken products that use High Pressure Pasteurization is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce consumer confidence and trust,” stated Reed Howlett, CEO of Nature’s Variety. “By recalling all raw frozen chicken products with ‘Best If Used By’ dates on or before 2/5/11, we can provide our pet parents with new raw frozen chicken products that have been processed through High Pressure Pasteurization. Adopting High Pressure Pasteurization is an important step to ensure that our products meet the strictest quality and food safety standards.”

Howlett stated, “Our commitment to consumers in the future is the same as it’s been in the past – to offer Raw Frozen Diets made from the highest quality ingredients, made in our own plant in the Midwest, by people who care deeply about pet nutrition, health, and happiness.”

If you are a consumer and have purchased one of these products, please return the unopened product to your retailer for a full refund or replacement. If your package has been opened, please dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle. Then, bring your receipt (or the empty package in a sealed bag) to your local retailer for a full refund or replacement.

Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature’s Variety dedicated Customer Care line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-374-3142. For additional resources about High Pressure Pasteurization or other Nature’s Variety food safety protocols, visit www.naturesvariety.com.

(You can read the full text of the Nature’s Variety alert here.)

How to Make Longer Vet Stays More Comfortable for Your Dog

Bring a piece of your worn clothing to the vet if you have to leave your dog overnight or if she is having a procedure where she has to spend a day at the vet’s office without you. Personal items that carry your scent will be comforting to her in the strange environment of a vet’s office.

If you don’t have a t-shirt or other piece of clothing that smells of you, then bring a small soft toy that is a favorite of hers and rub it all over your skin before leaving it with her.

Border Collie

The Border Collie originates from sheepdogs on the British Isles and was developed on the border of England and Scotland (after which it was eventually named). The BC has remained true to its origins as a hardy, diligent working dog. In the mid-1800s, Queen Victoria became quite fond of the breed and likely contributed to its legacy as the ideal sheep-herding dog breed.

Over the years, the BC has upheld its reputation ans a highly intelligent worker. The breed has been highly successful at herding, agility, Frisbee, and many other activities. The Border Collie was officially recognized by the AKC in 1995.

Size:

28-48 pounds

Colors:

May be solid color, bi-color, tri-color, merle or sable. Usually seen in black, blue, blue merle, brindle, gold, lilac, red, or red merle (with or without patches of white).

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondrosis (OCD)
  • Epilepsy

About the Breed:

The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog that is very athletic, highly intelligent and has plenty of energy. This breed is extremely driven, loyal and hard-working. A happy Border Collie is a working or playing Border Collie.

BCs have medium-length hair that should be groomed routinely. Regular brushing is especially important. BCs are known for their alert expressions, ready-to-go attitudes and strong instincts. The breed is among the smartest of dogs and learns new things with ease. Training is absolutely essential and should not be very difficult.

While BCs are superb herding dogs, they also excel in most dog sports – especially Frisbee and agility. Above all, the BC needs tons of exercise and plenty of activities to keep its mind occupied.

Border Collies also make excellent companions for the right household. Their tendency to herd may make them less ideal for small children. However, older, gentle kids can do quite well with the breed. Overall, this is a much-loved and celebrated dog breed that bonds closely with its human companions.