A nationwide Natura pet food recall has led to several brands being pulled from shelves due to concerns over potential Salmonella contamination.
According to the FDA, about a half-dozen brands under the Natura Pet Products line were all packaged in the same facility where one sample of dry pet food tested positive for Salmonella. So far, no pet or human illnesses have been reported, Houston's KPRC-TV reports.
The Natura recall includes dry pet food and biscuit treats (canned and wet goods are not included), all with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014. A list of the products can be found on the FDA's website. They include brands such as Innova, EVO, and Mother Nature.
All the recalled products were sold either in veterinary clinics, online, or at pet specialty retail stores.
Usually, standard procedures calls for a fairly limited recall when only a single positive test for a contaminant has been found. However, Natura has decided to voluntarily recall all products that came out more than a week ago.
Salmonella can directly affect both pets and their human owners handling the contaminated products, resulting in similar symptoms for both the animals and humans of a fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
While the illness typically passes within a week, there are often severe cases of the infection that require antibiotic treatments. In these more critical instances, improper treatment or lack thereof can result in death, especially for infants, those with impaired immune systems, and the elderly.
Typically, food poisoning and food recall cases fall under the legal branch of product liability. Determining liability in these instances usually involves pinpointing the source of the cause, looking at what type of product, what type of damage it is (whether it is a rare instance, or a defect in the entire line), and what type of merchant or manufacturer put out the product to determine the level of responsibility.
As you can see, product liability lawsuits can get tricky. If you or your pet has been sickened by tainted pet food, an experienced products liability lawyer can help you figure out the best way to proceed.