Salmonella-positive test result prompts dry cat food recall

Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. has recalled two dry cat food products due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Image 2_131The company initiated the recall following a Salmonella-positive test result in a routine state surveillance sample obtained by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The recall is being carried out in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The recall

  • Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food, 5-lb bag:- Best if used by 10-Mar-2022; Lot code 1008080 06:42N811202:20; UPC 2363306234
  • Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food, 10-lb bag:- Best if used by 10-Mar-2022; Lot code 1008080 06:42N811202:20; UPC 2363300235

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the United States through retail stores and online distribution.

According to the company’s recall notice, no customer complaints or illnesses have been reported to date, and no other Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. products are impacted by this recall.

The company

Natural Balance was founded by Dick van Patten in 1989 and was acquired by The J.M. Smucker Company in 2018 as part of its purchase of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition.

Natural Balance is now owned by Nexus Capital Management, which purchased the business from The J.M. Smucker Company in January 2021 for approximately $50 million.

What consumers need to know

  • Symptoms of Salmonella infection in cats may include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, fever, or excessive salivation.
  • If you believe your cat may be suffering from Salmonella infection, consult your veterinarian.
  • Salmonella can be spread from contaminated pet food to humans, either through handling the food or through shedding of the bacteria by an infected animal.
  • Symptoms of Salmonella infection in humans may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
  • If you or a household member are experiencing any of symptoms of Salmonella infection, consult your healthcare provider.
  • Pet parents who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions to the company should call 1-833-558-0908, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST or visit www.naturalbalanceinc.com/contact-us
  • The FDA encourages consumers to report pet food-related illnesses directly to the agency. Refer to How to Report a Pet Food Complaint for details on how to proceed.

Zuke’s withdraws dog treats from stores. FDA not informed


3rd Birthday #1 Aug 2005Zuke’s Mini Naturals dog treats have been withdrawn by the company.

The withdrawal follows a series of complaints posted on the websites of on-line retailers Amazon.com and Chewy.com over the last five months describing mold growth in unopened bags of the pet treats.

Some of the complaints described episodes of diarrhea and vomiting in dogs who were fed the treats.

According to the pet food retail chain, Pet Supplies Plus, the following products have been withdrawn:

  • Zukes Mini Naturals Chicken Recipe, 6 oz & 16 oz:- SKU Number 013423330517 & 013423330210
  • Zukes Mini Naturals Chicken Recipe, Sample Size (0.5 oz)
  • Zukes Mini Naturals Peanut Butter & Oats Recipe, 6 oz & 16 oz:- SKU Number 013423330524 & 013423330227
  • Zukes Mini Naturals Duck Recipe, 6 oz & 16 oz:- SKU Number 613423330533 & 613423330236
  • Zukes Mini Naturals Salmon Recipe, 6 oz & 16 oz:- SKU Number 013423330548 & 013423330241 
  • Zukes Mini Naturals Pork Recipe, 6 oz & 16 oz:- SKU Number 613423330557 & 613423330250
  • Zukes Mini Naturals Rabbit Recipe, 6 oz & 16 oz:- SKU Number 613423330564 & 613423330267
  • Zukes Mini Naturals Beef Recipe, 6 oz & 16 oz: SKU Number 613423330588 & 613423330601

The pet treats are sold nationwide through physical and online retailers.

Zuke’s, which is a subsidiary of Nestlé Purina PetCare, posted this notice on the “Contact Us” page of its website:

As you might have heard from your pet store, we are voluntarily removing Zuke’s Mini Naturals (all recipes) from sale due to a quality issue. While not a food safety issue, we took this proactive step with our retail customers and distributors to ensure our pet parents continue to have the best experience with our Zuke’s Mini Naturals products. If you aren’t completely satisfied with your recent Zuke’s Mini Naturals purchase, we are always happy to issue you a refund. To reach a member of our Pet Parent Relations team, please submit the form below or give us a call at 1-866-985-3364.

Zuke’s did not advise the FDA about this product withdrawal, nor was it obliged to do so, according to an agency spokesperson.

The FDA has received “a couple of complaints from pet owners involving moldy products and gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and diarrhea, and is in the process of investigating those complaints.” The agency also has reached out to the manufacturer to learn more about the situation, including whether Zuke’s has received any complaints.

What consumers should do

  • Do not feed the withdrawn treats to your pet. Either discard them or return them to the retailer for a refund.
  • If your pet becomes ill after eating one of the withdrawn treats, consult your veterinarian.
  • Report any pet illness relating to consumption of a commercial pet food or pet treat to the FDA either through the agency’s online portal or by telephone.

Salmonella in multiple Midwestern Pet Foods products

Midwestern Pet Foods is recalling a long list of dog and cat foods due to potential Salmonella contamination, according to a notice posted late yesterday on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

The recall, according to Midwestern, was initiated as a result of “a routine sampling program by the company which revealed that the finished products may contain the bacteria.”

The recall notice lists more than 140 individual items, with expiration dates spanning a nearly six-month period from April 26, 2022 to September 19, 2022.

Products included in the recall

  • Earthborn Holistic Adult Vantage
  • Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch
  • Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast
  • Earthborn Holistic Large Breed
  • Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast
  • Earthborn Holistic Ocean Fusion
  • Earthborn Holistic Primitive Feline
  • Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural
  • Earthborn Holistic Small Breed
  • Earthborn Holistic Weight Control
  • Earthborn Holistic Western Feast
  • Earthborn Holistic Wild Sea Catch
  • Meridian Daybreak
  • Meridian Riverbend
  • Meridian Twilight
  • Pro Pac Adult Chunk
  • Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk
  • Pro Pac Mature Adult
  • Pro Pac Performance Puppy
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Bayside Select
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Chicken & Rice
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Heartland Choice
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Lamb & Rice
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Large Breed Adult
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Large Breed Puppy
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Meadow Prime
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Overland Red
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Puppy
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Savannah Pride
  • Sportmix 24/20 Energy Plus
  • Sportmix Bite Size
  • Sportmix Canine X Chicken
  • Sportmix Gourmet Cat
  • Sportmix Hi Protein 27/12
  • Sportmix High Energy 26/18
  • Sportmix Maintenance 21/12
  • Sportmix Original Cat
  • Sportmix Stamina 24/18
  • Sportmix Wholeomes Large Breed
  • Sportmix Wholesome Performance Puppy
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Beef & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Cat
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Chicken & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Fish & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Grain Free Beef Meal & Chickpeas
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Grain Free Chicken Meal & Potato
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Grain Free Whitefish Meal & Potato
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Lamb & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Large Breed
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Performance Puppy
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Sensitive Lamb
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Sensitive Salmon
  • Sportstrail
  • Unrefined Lamb
  • Unrefined Rabbit
  • Unrefined Salmon
  • Venture Alaska Pollock Meal & Pumpkin
  • Venture Duck Meal & Pumpkin
  • Wholesomes Chicken &Rice
  • Wholesomes Fish & Rice

Please refer to the recall notice for a list of specific Lot codes/Expiration dates. Lot codes can be found on the back of the package, in the format “EXP AUG/02/22/M1/L#” in which the letter “M” indicates the Monmouth, Illinois, production facility.

The products were distributed to retailers nationwide and also were sold on-line.

There have been no reports of human or animal illnesses associated with the recalled products.

A backward glance

According to the FDA’s Inspection Classification database, this production facility was inspected on four separate occasions during 2008–2010. On each occasion, FDA inspectors observed sufficient deviations from correct practices to support a “Voluntary Actions Indicated” classification of the facility.

This recall represents the second major recall of Midwestern Pet Foods dry dog and cat foods in less than six months.

On December 30, 2020, the company announced a recall of six Sportmix products, manufactured in its Chickasha, Oklahoma, facility, due to excessive aflatoxin levels in the products. That recall was expanded on January 11, 2021, to include additional products and expiration dates.

What consumers should know

  • Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. 
  • Infected pets may shed Salmonella in their stools, whether or not they are showing symptoms of active illness.
  • Household members may come into contact with Salmonella through handling the contaminated pet food or by contact with their infected pet. Ensure that all household members pay careful attention to personal hygiene to avoid infection.
  • People infected with Salmonella may show symptoms including: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Contact your healthcare provider if you or any household member develops these symptoms.
  • You can report suspected illness to the FDA electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.