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Natural Balance Recall (URGENT - UPDATE 4-18-07)
« on: April 16, 2007, 08:46:00 AM »
This came in from an email that I received.

 
Subject: [Fwd: Natural Balance Pulling Venison Dry Dog Formula]
 
 
Natural Balance Pulling Venison Dry Dog Formula
April 15th, 2007
 
Itchmo has confirmed an email from Natural Balance that they are
removing
two products from sale:
 
Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Formula
Venison and Green Pea Dry Dog Formula
 
This products do not contain wheat gluten. No deaths or serious
illnesses
have been reported and no recall warning has been issued. The
warning
applies only to products sold in the last week, according to Natural
Balance.
 
Please know that at this time we are removing this product from
the shelves,
as we have had some phone calls indicating gastric upset after
eating this
formula. At this time, we are unsure if this could just be a
particular
batch problem, or simply customers switching diets too fast.
However, in the
meantime while we are looking further into this matter, we are not
recommending to feed this formula, and are suggesting to feed
our Potato and
Duck or Sweet Potato and Fish Dry Dog Formula.
 
http://www.itchmo. com/
 
 
« Last Edit: April 18, 2007, 08:33:29 AM by BoxerPerson »
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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2007, 10:20:02 AM »
Sounds like it's unrelated to the other recalls. Koda's on the duck formula though, so it's close to home for me.
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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2007, 07:43:31 PM »
I was worried that the rolls were going to be recalled - the boys get them cut up in their food everyday. So scary!
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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2007, 02:22:23 PM »
I just wanted to add something, this is totally hearsay but thought it was worth the mention. My holistic vet said that vets have access to 2 different data bases on information and it was posted on there that the NB recall actually is related to 1 death and 2 hospitalizations. :eek: for kidney failure.  I am not too sure on how accurate or where you can go to get more accurate data, but she recommended switching off NB foods. :(
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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2007, 02:32:40 PM »
That's nice to know since I just bought a big bag! :smash: I guess I'll take it back tomorrow and trade it in for a bag of Wellness. Looks like poor Koda will have cement poops and garlic breath for a few weeks.
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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2007, 02:35:35 PM »
I am so sorry Amber, But I thought I would share just in case :(  sorry dear!
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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2007, 02:39:38 PM »
Don't worry, I'd rather be safe, ya know? I'll have to pick up some yogurt too. I'm going to let him finish the bag he's been eating, there's nothing wrong with it.
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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2007, 03:53:44 PM »
All this dog food business is just plain scary! Makes you a little more cautious about what your eating doesn't it? I sometimes wonder if any of the pet foods are really safe.

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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2007, 03:54:43 PM »
Guess I'll start making Bruces training treats or using cheese.  I'm scared to use their rolls now.

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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2007, 12:02:06 AM »
Here is an URGENT UPDATE!!!

"Confirmed with Natural Balance that their recall has expanded and now covers the following
items for all dates:

Venison and Brown Rice Treats for Dogs (New today)
Venison and Brown Rice Canned Formula for Dogs (New today)
Venison and Brown Rice Dry Food for Dogs (Reported Sunday)
Venison and Green Pea Dry Food for Cats (Reported Sunday)
The problem stems from melamine found in the rice gluten used by Natural Balance. They confirmed that FDA testing has found melamine in the rice gluten. The ingredient was produced by a US vendor, according to Natural Balance. Natural Balance recommends avoiding all rice gluten in their products.

They have also confirmed that customers are reporting “a few cases” of kidney failures, which their original announcement described as “kidney problems”.

The items recalled are packaged (but not manufactured) by Diamond Pet Foods. The problem was discovered Friday and the FDA is testing all other ingredients and formulas. In the packaging process, the final food is run through Diamond Pet Foods machinery, but are overseen by Natural Balance quality assurance staff.

Natural Balance says it will reimburse the pet parents for medical expenses related to the melamine toxin.

NOTE: The recall expansion has not made it out to the mainstream media, but we expect it to do so shortly."

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/2007-04-17-premium-pet-food-recalled_N.htm

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Re: Natural Balance Recall
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2007, 06:27:38 AM »
This is from the NB website~

Consumer Inquiries:
(800) 829-4493
Media Inquiries:
Daniel Bernstein
310-275-0777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Pacoima, CA -- April 17, 2007-- Natural Balance, Pacoima, CA, is issuing a voluntary nationwide recall for all of its Venison dog products and the dry Venison cat food only, regardless of date codes. The recalled products include Venison and Brown Rice canned and bagged dog foods, Venison and Brown Rice dog treats, and Venison and Green Pea dry cat food. Recent laboratory results show that the products contain melamine. We believe the source of the melamine is a rice protein concentrate.   Natural Balance has confirmed this morning that some production batches of these products may contain melamine.

The recall was prompted by consumer complaints received by Natural Balance involving a small number of cats and dogs that developed kidney failure after eating the affected product.

Dogs or cats who have consumed the suspect food and show signs of kidney failure (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting) should be seen by a veterinarian. We recommend our customers immediately stop feeding our recalled venison products regardless of date code and return unused product to their retailer for a full refund.

The products are packaged in bags, cans and zip lock treat bags and sold in pet specialty stores and PetCo nationally.
No other Natural Balance products are involved in this voluntary recall as none of our other formulas include the rice protein concentrate.

Although the problems seem to be focused on a particular production period of the venison products, over the last four days we have notified our distributors and retailers by phone and e-mail to immediately stop selling and return all recalled Venison dog foods and treats and the Venison dry cat food. Venison canned cat food is not involved.

The source of the melamine appears to be a rice protein concentrate, which was recently added to the dry venison formulas. Natural Balance does not use wheat gluten, which was associated with the previous melamine contamination.

None of Natural Balance’s other dry formulas, none of our other canned or roll products and none of our other treats are involved with this voluntary recall.

We continue to work closely with the FDA in their ongoing investigation.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-829-4493 or email info@naturalblanceinc.com.
Kathy & Molly Brown 5/16/06

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Re: Natural Balance Recall (URGENT - UPDATE 4-18-07)
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2007, 10:45:09 AM »
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Re: Natural Balance Recall (URGENT - UPDATE 4-18-07)
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2007, 11:05:09 AM »
Wow, this is getting out of hand.  I've been giving bru the sweet potatoe and fish treats by Natural Balance. 

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Re: Natural Balance Recall (URGENT - UPDATE 4-18-07)
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2007, 11:23:01 AM »
Wheat gluten and now rice gluten...what next?

Totally frustrating and getting very worrisome!
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Re: Natural Balance Recall (URGENT - UPDATE 4-18-07)
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2007, 11:23:27 AM »
Definitely scary!
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