P&G (PG) pet care unit expands product recall for the third time since March

Natura Pet Products responds to salmonella threat

CINCINNATI - For the third time since March, Procter & Gamble Co.'s pet products division has expanded a voluntary recall for its Natura Pet Products line of dry dog foods and treats to protect pets against possible salmonella contamination.

The original recall involved products manufactured in Fremont, Neb. on April 3.The latest recall expands the recall to include all products manufactured before June 10.

A P&G press release says there have been no reports of pet or human illness reported from its pet food. The initial recall followed the detection of salmonella in a bag of dry pet food by a Michigan inspector.

Brands included in the recall are Innova, California Natural, EVO, Mother Nature and Karma. The recalled products carry an expiration date before June 10, 2014. Additional recall details can be found at: http://www.naturapet.com/recall

"We know this news disappoints you; we are disappointed too," said a statement on the Natura Pet Products web site. "Our decision allows us to ensure all products available in the marketplace were produced after June 10, the date when we implemented additional finished product testing procedures with the guidance of industry experts."

P&G endured a series of product quality issues in its pet products subsidiary this spring.

The division is under new leadership, under a corporate reorganization announced June 5. Jorge Mesquita, who had been in charge of pet care and new business creation and innovation, left the company "to pursue other interests."

Global Home Care Group President David Taylor replaced Mesquita in charge of pet care.

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