Natural Balance Dog Food Recall 2012

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On May 4, 2012, Natural Balance Pet Foods announced a voluntary recall of some of its dry dog foods due to possible contamination.

According to Natural Balance, no animal illnesses have been reported. And none of the products included in the recall have tested positive for Salmonella.

Natural Balance goes on to assure consumers the voluntarily recall was initiated as a precautionary measure only.

What Products Have Been Recalled?

  • 5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison Dog
    Lot Code NBH1202 Best By Date: December 12-13, 2012
    Lot Code NBH0103 Best By Date: March 13, 2013
  • 15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison Dog
    Lot Code NBH0101 Best By Date: March 5-6, 2013
    Lot Code NBH1202 Best By Date: December 12-13, 2012
    Lot Code NBH1203 Best By Date: December 13-14, 2012
  • 28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison Dog
    Lot Code NBH0101 Best By Date: March 5-6, 2013
    Lot Code NBH0102 Best By Date: March 7-8, 2013
    Lot Code NBH0103 Best By Date: March 12, 2013
    Lot Code NBH1202 Best By Date: December 12-13, 2012
    Lot Code NBH1203 Best By Date: December 13-14, 2012
  • 5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Dog
    Lot Code NBR1202 Best By Date: December 10, 2012
    Lot Code NBR1203 Best By Date: December 21-22, 2012
  • 15 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Dog
    Lot Code NBR1202 Best By Date: December 10, 2012
    Lot Code NBR1203 Best By Date: December 21-22, 2012
  • 28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Dog
    Lot Code NBR1202 Best By Date: December 10, 2012
    Lot Code NBR1203 Best By Date: December 21-22, 2012
  • 5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Bison Dog
    Lot Code NBT1202 Best By Date: December 17-18, 2012
    Lot Code NBT1203 Best By Date: December 28-29, 2012
  • 15 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Bison Dog
    Lot Code NBT1201 Best By Date: December 9, 2012
    Lot Code NBT1202 Best By Date: December 17-18, 2012
    Lot Code NBT1203 Best By Date: December 28-29, 2012
  • 28 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Bison Dog
    Lot Code NBT1201 Best By Date: December 9, 2012
    Lot Code NBT1202 Best By Date: December 17-18, 2012
    Lot Code NBT1203 Best By Date: December 28-29, 2012
  • 5 LB Natural Balance Vegetarian Dog
    Lot Code NBV1201 Best By Date: December 9, 2012
  • 28 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Dog Large Breed Bites
    Lot Code NLB1202 Best By Date: December 12, 2012
    Lot Code NLB1203 Best By Date: December 20-21, 2012
  • 5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites
    Lot Code NSL1201 Best By Date: December 21, 2012
  • 12.5 LB Natural Balance Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Dog Small Breed Bites
    Lot Code NSL1201 Best By Date: December 21, 2012

States Included in the Recall

Recalled products may have been distributed in these 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.

What to Do?

Salmonella is serious business – for both you and your pet. So, if you can confirm your dog’s food is one of the products being recalled, stop feeding or handling it immediately.

If you’ve discarded the packaging (something we recommend you never do) – or you’re in any way in doubt – do not take chances. Be safe. Stop feeding or handling the product anyway.

Natural Balance suggests:

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 [email protected]

The company maintains a special web page containing all Natural Balance products currently under recall — along with all relevant best by dates.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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