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Natural Balance pet food recall due to salmonella

by Therese on May 4, 2012

in Pet Food Recall

Natural Balance has just posted this recall, part of the Diamond Pet Food recall.

Natural Balance has just been notified by Diamond Pet Foods, one of our co-manufacturers, that certain Natural Balance dry food formulas produced in their Gaston, SC facility should be voluntarily recalled.

Although there have been no animal illnesses reported and none of our Natural Balance products included in the recall have tested positive for Salmonella, we have voluntarily initiated this recall as a precautionary measure.

The following is a list of products affected, for select sizes:

5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
Best By Dates
December 12, 2012
December 13, 2012
March 12, 2013

15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
Best By Dates
December 12, 2012
December 13, 2012
December 14, 2012
March 5, 2013
March 6, 2013

28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog
Best By Dates
December 12, 2012
December 13, 2012
December 14, 2012
March 5, 2013
March 6, 2013
March 7, 2013
March 8, 2013
March 12, 2013

5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
Best By Dates
December 10, 2012
December 21, 2012
December 22, 2012

15 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
Best By Dates
December 10, 2012
December 21, 2012
December 22, 2012

28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog
Best By Dates
December 10, 2012
December 21, 2012
December 22, 2012

5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog
Best By Dates
December 17, 2012
December 18, 2012
December 28, 2012
December 29, 2012

15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog
Best By Dates
December 9, 2012
December 17, 2012
December 18, 2012
December 28, 2012
December 29, 2012

28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Dog
Best By Dates
December 9, 2012
December 17, 2012
December 18, 2012
December 28, 2012
December 29, 2012

5 LB Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog
Best By Dates
December 9, 2012

28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites
Best By Dates
December 12, 2012
December 20, 2012
December 21, 2012

5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites
Best By Date
December 21, 2012

12.5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites
Best By Date
December 21, 2012

Recalled products may have been distributed in the following states:

Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming and Canada.

States that are NOT affected include:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact our Customer Service team at (800) 829-4493 or email info@naturalbalanceinc.com. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,
Your Natural Balance Family

I love that “Natural Balance Family” stuff!

 

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

nick muto May 5, 2012 at 1:17 am

How does a vegetarian dog food get salmonella? Guess its not so vegetaria
n is it!

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Beth May 5, 2012 at 7:03 am

Nick, a vegetarian dog food gets it the same way your lettuce and spinach does.

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Patricia Leer May 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

My dogs love Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison and it has taken care of a few bad issues with their health. As soon as I hear it is all clear to buy their dog food we will be back to buy more.
Check out almost any dog food and you will find at some time or another this has happened to them also.
Right now I am just lost on what to replace this food with.

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Leslie K May 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

If it’s only the “flavors” listed above, the other types should be OK? We use Natural Balance but I don’t think we have any of those flavors currently. Hard to know for sure as I dump the large bags into a big covered container and then toss the bag…

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Chris May 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

My dog started eating grass 2 weeks ago, she eats natural balance potato and duck. I asked a Spokane Petco employee if there had been any natural balance food recalls, he acted like i was an idiot, said no, of course not!

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Rich May 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I always looked at Natural Balance as an all natural, safe company…..especially with Dick Van Patton’s name on it. Should I no longer assume this is who they say they were? They have a “co-manufacturer”? That concerns me and now I will probably dump them….after 8 years of feeding my cats their food.

As for Chris’s comment about Petco….Are you surprised?

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Rick May 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Yes, Rich, they have a co-packer. This is unfortunate news to me, b/c one of the reasons I always used Natural Balance is b/c they don’t put the horrible stuff into their foods that a lot of other companies do. Now I’m not sure what to do.

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PAUX June 12, 2012 at 6:10 am

They have always used a sub contractor for their product and some of their ingredients come from China, the slurry on top and maybe the duck, they are not telling anymore. They have had recalls with all their co manufacturers, I guess they don’t know how to pick them, plus they have changed some of their formulas where the meat protein has decreased while the veg protein gone up…what other ingredient is raising their protein level?!

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L. J. Booth October 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

What a shock-I could not live with myself if I poisoned and killed my precious Kobee. I attributed his good health to Natural Balance and Wellness. I spent much money on the dog food and treats that I threw away-and have 10 cans yet that I will not use.

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