Sunday, June 20, 2010

Natural Balance Dry Dog Food Recall

Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food recall. Best by date of
June 17, 2011.

PACOIMA, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of
Pacoima, CA, announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato &
Chicken Dry Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and
28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall notification is being
issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which
a product sample with a "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, had a positive
result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration. This product was originally manufactured on December
17, 2009, and is the only Natural Balance product being recalled.

Salmonella can affect animals and there is a risk to humans from handling
contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food can become infected
with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands
after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. This product was
manufactured on December 17, 2009.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some
or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody
diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in
more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis,
arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers
exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact
their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody
diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite,
fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be
carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the
recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Recalled products were only distributed in pet specialty stores in the
states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota,
Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The only product affected by the recall is the Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry
Dog Food with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, product information as
follows:

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Consumers who have purchased Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog
formula with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, are urged to return it to
the place of purchase for a full refund. A separate letter and instructions
will be forwarded to all relevant Natural Balance customers. For additional
information, please contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at
(800) 829-4493 (8am - 5pm, PDT) or by visiting http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/

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