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Pets and pet owners could be exposed to potentially dangerous bacteria in certain packages of Nature’s Variety pet foods, prompting a nationwide recall.

Frozen chicken medallions, chicken patties and chicken chubs with a “best if used by” date of 11/10/10 are being taken off the market following a consumer complaint, however no related illnesses in pets or humans have been reported, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The recalled food is for dogs and cats on a raw diet, which is believed by some to be healthier for pets than diets based primarily on traditional, commercial pet food, which contains grains, fillers and other ingredients that cat and dog digestive systems may not handle well.

Consumers are advised to return unopened packages of the recalled pet food to their retailer for a refund or replacement. Opened packages should be disposed of and refunds can be issued with a receipt, the FDA says.

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