CNN 20070417: Natural Balance recalls venison dog, cat foods

This is a bit worrying, but it important to note that it affects only a specific batch of their venison formulae, where cats are concerned (which is a low allergen formulation for cats with skin problems and allergies).

While it seems like it is not related to the larger Menu Foods recall, we’re going to try to find out more.

Related posts from theblogpound:

  • Natural Balance dry food recall (15 Apr 07)
    “In more exciting news for pet owners, Natural Balance is recalling Venison and Pea dry cat food, and Venison and Rice dry dog food. This recall has nothing to do with wheat gluten, and it hasn’t been associated with any deaths. The recall comes after numerous pet owners reported their pets displayed stomach problems and vomiting after eating the recalled foods. “
  • Natural Balance expands their recall (17 Apr 07)
    [emphasis and highlights mine]
    “Sad, bad news… Natural Balance has expanded their pet food recall. The recalled products all contain an ingredient called rice protein concentrate, which has been found to contain melamine. This ingredient is manufactured by a company in the United States, and not imported from China, so it really makes you wonder who you can trust! All along, veterinarians investigating the melamine problem have wondered if the problem is truely with melamine, or if melamine is just a marker for something else. Maybe finding an entirely new source of the stuff will lend extra clues to the mystery. Sincere condolences to all the pets who died while their owners tried to avoid wheat gluten. If you’d like to read details of the recall, the information is on the Natural Balance website. Please note that no extra cat food products were recalled; for cats the only affected product is Venison and Green Pea dry formula.

    One other interesting observation is that Natural Balance says, “The source of the melamine appears to be a rice protein concentrate, which was recently added to the dry venison formulas”. The wheat gluten problem was a result of a new wheat gluten supplier. Perhaps with pet food, we’ll find out that consistency is key to safety. When manufacturers find a good supplier and a good recipe, they should just leave it alone. “

Natural Balance recalls venison dog, cat foods
POSTED: 1322 GMT (2122 HKT), April 17, 2007Story Highlights
• Natural Balance recalls types of dog, cat food
• Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food , Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Food recalled
• Last month, Menu food recalled 60,000 cans of pet food
•Large veterinary chain sees 30 percent increase in kidney failureWASHINGTON (AP) — Natural Balance Pet Foods recalled two kinds of pet food after receiving reports of animals vomiting and experiencing kidney problems, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

Veterinarian Michael Fusco checks Chloe,
whose owner brought her in fearing the
canine could have been fed tainted pet food.

The recall includes all date codes of Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Food.

The company does not know the cause of the problem, but said it is focused on one particular lot.

Natural Balance Pet Foods is working with the FDA to investigate the matter and is urging consumers to not feed either pet food product to their animals.

Last month, Menu Foods recalled 60 million cans of dog and cat food after the deaths of 16 pets, mostly cats, that ate its products. (Details on recall)

The FDA said tests indicated the food was contaminated with an industrial chemical, melamine.

At least six pet food companies have recalled products made with imported Chinese wheat gluten tainted with the chemical. The recall involved about 1 percent of the U.S. pet food supply.

FDA spokeswoman Julie Zawisza said the agency had no indication that the Natural Balance case is related to the melamine problem.

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— White or colorless crystals used in the production of synthetic resins for plastic tableware and other products.
— Melamine can cause mild irritation of the eyes, skin, nose and throat in humans.
— Chemical linked to bladder cancer in male rats. Female rats suffered chronic inflammation of their kidneys.

Sources: OSHA, CDC


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