RECALL ALERT: Natural Cat Food Formula May Be Infected With Salmonella

In conjunction with the Food & Drug Administration, Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. of San Diego, CA, has issued a voluntary recall for Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food due to Salmonella concerns.

The recall covers both 5 lbs. and 10 lbs. bags which were available for purchase online and in-stores nationwide.

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If this is the brand of choice in your home, please check the back panel of your Natural Balance bags to see if your product is included in the recall.

  • 5 LB Bag, Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food
    • Retail UPC Code: 2363300233
    • Lot Code: 1008080 06:42N811202:20
    • Best If Used by Date: 10-Mar-2022
  • 10 LB Bag, Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food
    • Retail UPC Code: 2363300235
    • Lot Code: 1008080 06:42N811202:20
    • Best If Used by Date: 10-Mar-2022
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If you have compromised product, stop feeding it to your cats immediately. Dispose of bags or return them to the retailer for a refund. The 5 lbs. and 10 lbs. bags of Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food are the only products involved in the recall.

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Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning in Cats

While there have been no customer reports regarding adverse reactions in cats, this voluntary recall was issued after a routine state surveillance sample by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture discovered possible salmonella contamination.

Salmonella poisoning in cats presents with symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, decreased appetite, or excessive salivation.  Symptoms generally begin 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Isolate ill cats to keep salmonella from spreading in the home. Contact your vet if any symptoms develop.

The FDA also warns, “Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.”

Also, be aware contact with salmonella-tainted products can sicken humans as well. Practice safe food handling procedures when disposing of the possibly tainted food. Wash your hands thoroughly and disinfect countertops and food bowls. Dispose of food and trash bags in outside receptacles that are secured from pilfering outdoor animals. We don’t want stray and feral cats or other wildlife to fall ill either.

Health and Well-Being Above All Else

Natural Balance wants their customers to know, “The health and well-being of the pets that enjoy our Natural Balance pet foods is our priority. Our company and our team take seriously our responsibility to provide safe, wholesome, nutritious pet foods for dogs and cats.”

If you have concerns, questions, or need to report illness, call 1-833-558-0908, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST, or visit www.naturalbalanceinc.com/contact-us.

H/T: www.petful.com

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