RECALL ALERT: Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for Dogs

Instinct Raw Chicken Formula recall

Nature’s Variety is voluntarily recalling some Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for Dogs products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

According to a news release today, Nature’s Variety, which is based in St. Louis, Mo., was notified by the FDA that a routine surveillance sample from a 7-pound bag of Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for Dogs tested positive for Salmonella.

Salmonella can affect animals as well as people who handle the contaminated food. The symptoms for both people and animals include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. If you or your pet experiences these symptoms after handling or eating the recalled product, see a doctor or veterinarian. No illnesses from the recalled product have yet been reported.

The recalled Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets products were distributed through retail stores in the United States and through limited distribution in Canada.

Only the following products are included in the recall:

  • Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs — 4 lb. package; UPC# 769949611431; Best By 04/27/16
  • Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs — 7 lb. package; UPC# 769949611448; Best By 04/27/16
  • Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs — 6 lb. package; UPC# 769949611486; Best By 04/27/16

The Best By date is located on the back of the package, below the seal.

If you purchased the recalled product, stop feeding it to your dog, monitor your dog’s health and contact your veterinarian if you have concerns. To obtain a full refund or exchange, return the product in its original packaging or bring a proof of purchase to the retailer where you bought it.

For more information about this recall, call Nature’s Variety consumer relations team at 888-519-7387 daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT, or email

This recall was announced just one day after Bravo Pet Foods announced a voluntary recall of more than 100 cases of its raw Bravo Blend Chicken Diet for Dogs & Cats, also because of Salmonella concerns.

Photo via Additional photos of product labels are available on the FDA website.

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!