Natural Balance Expands Recall to Canned Foods

Natural Balance recalls more products — this time canned. Same ingredient (rice protein concentrate) different manufacturer (American Nutrition). However “rice protein”, or any variation there of, is not listed in the ingredients for any of these recalled products.

Products recalled are:

  • Chicken Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
  • Lamb Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
  • Beef Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
  • Ocean Fish Formula Canned Cat Food 3 oz & 6 oz

Full release after the jump.

Breaking Recall News: Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Our canned manufacturer, American Nutrition, from Ogden Utah just informed us that they are recalling all canned products made in their plant that contain rice protein concentrate. American Nutrition continued by telling us that they added this ingredient to four of our canned products without informing us. The four products involved are:

Chicken Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Lamb Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Beef Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Ocean Fish Formula Canned Cat Food 3 oz & 6 oz

To make sure that this does not happen in the future, we are demanding from each of our co-packers daily production record of all of our formulas before they are shipped to us. We have reviewed all of our other products and determined that they are free of rice protein concentrate and that all of our other product labels are accurate.

There have been no illnesses reported related to feeding these formulas, however, to comply with the American Nutrition recall of the four products, we will pull all dates and batches of these four formulas. We also ask that our customers return unused product for a full credit to their store.

216 Responses to “Natural Balance Expands Recall to Canned Foods”

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  1. Kathy Hash says:

    goldilock-It was reported in a news article that NB will only pay your vet bills if you sign off on a bunch of conditions.

    My cat has IBD and I fed him NB venison for a while (both dry and canned). He really didn’t like it and it didn’t help so I switched him back to what he likes, Wellness dry and Wysong canned. Just the same I took him to the vet for a CBC which was normal. Wellness has rice and I really want to stay away from rice in any form right now. Wysong is canned by Menu and I don’t trust anything Menu right now. I am trying samples of Honest Kitchen and Raw Instinct for my cat but I will probably go back to EVO dry even though it’s not his favorite. According to Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct - Dry foods are outsourced, but not by Menu Foods. I am not comfortable with anything outsourced right now. It could be Diamond or American Nutrition, they are not saying. I am feeding Evanger’s canned to both my dogs and my cat right now because it is hand packed by them in their own factory. Also it is Kosher so I figure that plays some part in the quality of the food. I have been feeding my dogs Authority Harvest Baked. I have found out that American Nutrition makes this food for Petsmart only after calling and demanding the information form PetSmart’s corporate office. They are very secretive about who makes their food and I know a lot of people here have been asking what else ANI makes, so let me scream it


    Needless to say I don’t trust them at all. If ANI is switching ingredients in the canned, they could do it in the dry too. I have a dog with a severe rice allergy. I just can’t take that chance that ANI will take it upon themselves to change something in that food. I asked if Petsmart is going to be following suite with Blue Buffalo and the others, they said no. They weren’t even aware of the tampering accusations. I’m done with Authority now. Too bad it was a really good food too. They have adult, less active and puppy so I could interchange without changing food. I will finish up what I have and probably switch the dogs to EVO dry too unless anyone can point me in the direction of a rice free kibble that is not outsourced.

  2. connie says:

    moony: I hope your printer has lots of paper. LAst I heard the recall list was over 77 pages long.
    at this point, its almost easier printing a list of GOOD foods.
    I have printed, along with handwritten notes, updated recalls, in my car…it goes with me when I go somewhere.

  3. Kat N. says:

    We need to along with the postcards deluge our news media. As the whitehouse would say “silence is golden and ignorance bliss but I bet if more people knew about this attack on America it would snowball. Maybe then the president would get off of his war butt and help us. If not, It’s up to us! I have been e-mailing different news medias with information regarding this problem. The more people the better. Inundate the web, news medias, radio stations etc. I’m doing what I can - hope the rest will also.

    Kat N.

  4. ouizee47 says:

    I’ve read your posts with great interest, and with my heart in my throat the entire time! I lost a cat, sometime in the past year (I think about March, 2006 maybe..during cold winter weather anyway) my memory is too fuzzy on details like dates). She was about 9 or 10 years old, and other than being 17 1/2 lbs, there was nothing wrong with her! She suddenly stopped eating, and was drinking. Took her to the vet, and he gave her an antibiotic shot and a Vitamin B whatever to perk her up. The next day the poor thing could not manage to get out of the litter box…I found her lying across it and weakly mewing. By this time, we had noticed she’d had a rapid weight loss, and was verging on being skeletal looking. Since my vet at the time did not have diagnostic equipment (blood tests and x-rays etc), we figured a sore throat since she’d stopped eating. After she died, I figured it was probably a diabetic coma (she was taken to the vet on Fri. and died in my arms about 1 a.m. on Monday), as she had been drinking lots and lots of water. Most cats I’ve had before did not drink anywhere near that much. Now I question…could she have been sick from the Purina One fur ball rememdy dry food I was feeding her? I’m thinking the answer could be yes, but cannot prove anything either way, as I do not have the receipt, nor the cat food.

    Now, here it is April 2007. About 2 wks ago I purchased a puppy…she is a 10 wk old shi-tzu, whom I simply adore. I bought (on the new vet’s recommendations) Science diet dry lamb and rice. Got home and went online to double check. Ok, it said large breed puppies lamb and rice dry was recalled, but what I’d bought was for small breed puppies…lamb and rice. Well, it stands to reason (I think) that if the one has the corn gluten (what I bought did), rice protein concentrate etc., then the other, for small breed pups, would be the same, right? I never opened the bag..and still looking for the receipt to take it back to the store. I began fixing her home made food..cooked chicken tenders, potatoes and carrots, with some oats and dry milk. Of course she got indigestion upsets, and is lucy goosey.

    Now I’ve bought the Diamond brand dry food for tiny breeds puppy chow. She loves it, but am terrified it will be recalled next. I love this little gal too much to loser her like that! I know if she’d been older the home food would not have bothered her like that. So, what does the owner of a new puppy do? Home made gave her runs, and store bought “could’ end up killing her :( I hate this! Hell, I’m afraid to even buy rice for my husband and I to eat! I would also hope that the companies who were outsourced and added ingredients they were not supposed to and did not include it on the label will be not only sued, but put out of business permanently. I was always under the impression the pet food companies made their own foods! And what really is scary, is, could this have been a form of terrorism? I read somewhere (sorry I cannot recall where, possibly on this forum) that al queida (however it is spelled) was/is trying to sabotage us by ruining our crops etc. To adulterate a beloved pet’s food, or even a baby’s food! is unthinkable! So sad, and there is no relief to it in sight! Okay, I didn’t mean to ramble on so long.


  5. Hillary says:

    Although NB says their Ultra Formula is safe, I don’t feel this is the case. My cats have recently been throwing up their NB canned food. They have only had the ultra. They wouldn’t even touch the Venison & Green Pea. They had previously eaten NB (ultra & ven/green pea only) for the last 7 months. I fed dry kibble in the AM so they could eat throughout the day and wet food at dinner. When my boys have thrown up its been a very frothy/foamy vomit with the canned food. I’ve never seen this before. I didn’t want to do a drastic switch of their food, but there is no way I am feeding my boys NB anymore. I really thought they were going to be okay, but the last week they have chosen to “cover up” their food like it was litter or they would eat some and throw it up. At first I thought I was over reacting, but now… no way.

  6. WTF says:

    Here’s an idea,

    The profit mongers are so keen to sell out and use chinese garbage ingredients for pennies a pound, and then turn around and label them as “super holistic all natural.

    The lack of accountability is so typical. I suggest massive criminal charges be leveled against all of the corporations.

    It looks like Dick Van Patten and his “100 million profit this year alone” should pony up some dough to all of the suffering pet owners.


  7. ann says:

    Well, after 206 postes, I’m at a loss at what to feed my cat. Like Hillary, I have been feeding my cat NB because it is the only thing she will eat. She has been on the Venison and green pea canned only. No problems…..but I think I may have to switch horses fast!

    Also, from what I have been reading, only Merrick makes their own canned food. I read a thread on itchmo last night that said that Merrick’s company owns the largest rendering plant in the country (which is on the same property as their pet food plant). Also, unless I misunderstoodthe lettersthat were posted, they don’t see a problem with using roadkill, downer cows, and 4D chickens.

  8. ann says:

    PS…..I just fed my cat a new can of the Venison and Green Pea. What she normally inhales, she left in the bowl. What little she did eat she trew up(mostly phlem). I opened up a can of felidae, disguised it with some tuna, and she’s eating away. Thank goodness I had the can on hand! Out to the store to get more Felidae!!!

  9. DaveG says:

    I was pretty surprised to open up the weekly Petco ad in our Sunday newspaper this morning and see that they are advertising a “Buy 6, Get 1 Free” sale on Natural Balance cat food - it apparently applies to all varieties, but what do they have in the picture? The Venison and Green Pea formula! Now, these ads are almost certainly put together a couple of weeks (or more) before they appear in the paper, so Petco probably didn’t intend to be advertising a recalled food, but it still gives one pause.

    For what it’s worth, their point-of-sale terminals should have an alert that will pop up onscreen if the cashier tries to ring up a recalled food - I just returned nearly an entire case of the NB Chicken Formula for dogs yesterday to the Petco we’d purchased it at, and saw this alert pop up when he scanned one of the cans.

  10. MLG says:

    I am appalled! Is someone getting paid to poison our animals? Is this some sort of wicked experiment with our pets?

  11. Kat N. says:

    We won’t be bombed or invaded we will be poisoned. With the FDA and USDA throwing up their hands saying “what happened”. A grassroots effort needs to take action. Use you computer to bring your concerns to the People. How many of us actually know what is going into our food supply. Was this an experiment to see how much poison it took to kill an animal. Upgrading it to the human level??

  12. Phyllis says:

    Hillary and Ann — What you are describing is exactly what happened to Purr-Purr (i have other posts on this site). Yes, she would act like she was covering up a pile!! And this was last year at this time. Please read my above post about de-toxifying the kidneys above (use your find and Phyllis).

  13. mamma says:

    I’ve been feeding my dog the Nutro Ultra and shifted to NB Chicken formula after the recall and now was shocked to find out they were recalled. Have anyone tried SOLID GOLD? heard great things about it and thinking of shift her diet once again. Anyone tried it?

  14. mamma says:

    oh and forgot to say, while at the store today returning all NB cans the guy suggested a brand called WENAEWE, anyone heard of it? So with SOLID GOLD, now got 2 choices that haven’t been involved in any recall, but not sure anymore that I trust anyone. I might just cook for her, are you guys having any luck with this nightmare?

  15. DaveG says:

    mamma, that is exactly what happened to us - we had been feeding Nutro Ultra for a long time, and switched to NB Chicken after the initial Menu Foods recall, only to have the NB recalled too. We are currently feeding Canidae all life stages dry and Canidae chicken and rice wet - Canidae has so far been untouched by any of the successive recalls and is generally a well-regarded brand, but it can be a bit difficult to find as it’s not carried by many retailers. We are alternating that with homecooked chicken, rice, broth, peas, potatoes, and green beans.

  16. erin says:

    does anyone know who makes flint river dog food? They say on there website that nothing they put in there food comes from china. also the fish and potato has no wheat,soy,corn,rice. has anyone tried it? thanks Erin

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