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Published On: Tue, Feb 26th, 2013

The Honest Kitchen recalls certain Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products due to possible Salmonella

San Diego pet food company, The Honest Kitchen, is voluntarily recalling  five lots of Verve, Zeal and Thrive products, after learning that one of our raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of human-grade parsley that has the potential to contain Salmonella, according to a recall notice Feb. 21.

The affected lots were produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012 (click here to see specific lots affected).

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The Honest Kitchen regularly tests for salmonella and other pathogens as part of its quality control process and has not received to date any reports of illness associated with these lots of products.

Nonetheless, the Company is proceeding with this action in order to ensure the full safety and quality of its products.

“We are committed to providing the highest quality human grade food available to our customers’ pets,” said Lucy Postins, founder, CEO and CMO of The Honest Kitchen. “While our quality control tests did not find evidence of salmonella in any of our finished products, we are accountable for everything we make, and are taking precautionary action to ensure the safety and integrity of our products.”

Salmonella is a pathogen to both humans and animals. There is a risk for humans handling the contaminated dog food if poor hand washing techniques are not performed or surfaces in contact with the dog food are not properly cleaned.

In humans, Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Pets, including dogs, with Salmonella can become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. The clinical features of canine salmonellosis vary on strain, amount ingested and dog host factors.

Many dogs however are asymptomatic carriers of the bacteria and may shed Salmonella for up to 100 days after being infected. This can become a risk for family members and anyone with confirmed salmonellosis without a known risk of exposure, the family pet should be tested regardless of symptoms.

If you have possession of recalled lots of Honest Kitchen Verve, Zeal or Thrive products, please follow these instructions:

  • Stop feeding the products to your pets
  • Remove the UPC (bar code) and lot code from the packaging. Lot codes are located on the top of product boxes either adjacent to or opposite the UPC.
  • Discard the contents in a covered trash receptacle.
  • Submit for a replacement or full refund of the MSRP of the affected products (plus we will reimburse you $1.00 to cover your postage), by mailing the UPC and lot code along with a completed Reimbursement Form to The Honest Kitchen, 145 14th Street, San Diego, Calif. 92101, Attn: Reimbursements. All refunds will be processed within five business days (plus postage time).

If you have questions, concerns, or frustrations, please call our toll free number, 1-866-437-9729 or send an email to [email protected] Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST to respond to inquiries.

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