Maker: Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.
Cause: Potential for salmonella
Announcement: FDA alert dated May 20, 2021 (archived here)
What was recalled: The following specific lot/sizes of dry cat food:
- Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food, 5 lb. bags, UPC #2363300233, Lot #1008080 06:42N811202:20, best by March 10, 2022
- Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food, 10 lb. bags, UPC #2363300235, Lot #1008080 06:42N811202:20, best by March 10, 2022
Only the specific dry cat food listed above is part of this limited recall. No other Natural Balance products are affected.
According to the announcement on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, the problem — potential salmonella contamination — was discovered during routine testing. The bacteria can sicken both pets and humans.
The affected product was distributed nationwide. If you have the product listed above, with the specific lot code AND “best by” date, do not feed it to your pet. Seek a refund from your place of purchase. “Natural Balance Pet Foods products are 100% guaranteed, and all returned product will be refunded,” the company says.
For additional information, you may contact the company during business hours at 1-833-558-0908.
“The health and well-being of the pets that enjoy our Natural Balance pet foods is our priority,” says the company, adding that “[we] take seriously our responsibility to provide safe, wholesome, nutritious pet foods for dogs and cats.”
Green Pea & Chicken Formula is described on the Natural Balance website as an “ultra premium grain-free cat food” designed for cats needing alternative ingredients to support healthy digestion. The company boasts that it is a “pioneer in the limited ingredient category.”
Before this, the most recent recall for Natural Balance was about a year ago, when some canned cat food was found to have elevated levels of choline chloride.
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