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Pet food recall: Natural Balance, due to botulism

by Therese on July 21, 2007

in Health, Pet Food Recall, Pet Health, Pets

FDA Expands Its Warning about the Risk of Botulism Poisoning From Certain Castleberry Food Products and Dog Food.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding its July 18 warning to consumers. This expansion is for consumers and pet owners regarding canned food products and dog food produced by Castleberry Food Company of Augusta, Ga., due to the risk of botulinum toxin. Castleberry is expanding the recall to include all of the following canned products with all “best by” and code dates, and FDA is warning consumers not to purchase or eat any of the canned products listed in the table below.

Pet food products being recalled are the Natural Balance Eatables dog food varieties:

Irish Stew with Beef Dog Food
size 15 OZ
UPC 23633-59860

Chinese Take Out with Sauce with Vegetables and Chicken Dog Food
size 15 OZ
UPC 23633-59861

Southern Style Dumplings with Gravy with Chicken and Vegetables Dog Food
size 15 OZ
UPC 23633-59862

Hobo Chili with Chicken Pasta Dog Food
size 15 OZ
UPC 23633-59863

For more information, and for a list of pet foods and human foods that are being recalled,see the FDA website. The Castleberry website lists the human foods being recalled, but not pet foods.

(thanks, Mike)

UPDATE (7/22/07): Natural Balance now has an announcement on their website about the recall.

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JudyM July 23, 2007 at 9:58 am

When I first tasted Castleberry’s chilli or stew, I made the comment that it tasted like dog food–now I know why!!! I never knew Castleberry’s made dog food–and for Natural Balance–poor Dick Van Patten!

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Shana July 23, 2007 at 1:15 pm

I don’t know if this is important but I wanted to share. On Wed 7/18 I bought some Natural Balance canned cat food. I gave them half of the large can split between the two of them. It was a seafood blend. The one with the blue label. The next afternoon one or both of them had gotten sick several times on the carpet. I gave them the rest of the can on Fri and Sat morning someone got sick again. My speculation is the food and now with this latest recall… even though its not for cat food Im not takeing any chances. I am so frustrated. Now I have no Idea what brand to feed my cats.

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Therese July 23, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Shana, I’m sorry to hear about your cats…I hope they’re feeling better now. I’d probably contact Natural Balance anyway.

And since you’re trying to figure out what to feed your cats, you might want to go on over to our forums at http://www.thepetfoodlist.com. There are quite a few people over there who have had the same frustration about what to feed their pets. Others may have some insight that’ll help you find something you feel comfortable with.

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Shana July 23, 2007 at 2:47 pm

Thank you Therese

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