In what seems like a never ending saga, yet another pet food has been recalled. This time, it's dry dog and cat food sold by Dick Van Patten Natural Balance. The food was not included in the original Menu Foods pet food recall involving more than 95 brands and 60 million products because Natural Balance was not made by Menu Foods.
The FDA has reported that 16 animals have died as a result of pet food contamination since it began receiving customer complaints in February regarding Menu Foods products. The FDA has also acknowledged that its numbers may be low, and that Banfield, one of the largest animal hospital chains in the US, would have better statistics as to the extent of the damage.
Banfield conducted a study of 615 clinics throughout the US and found that as many as 39,000 pets may have been sickened or killed as a result of the toxic food. See related article: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/162519/Vet_Hospital_Says_At_Least_39_000_Pets_May_Have_Been_Poisoned_by_Tainted_Food
According to the following statement from the company's Web site, the recall only affects its Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Foods.
NATURAL BALANCE STATEMENT:
We are receiving consumer complaints regarding the Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Foods. We do not know what is wrong with the food at this time, but we have heard that animals are vomiting and experiencing kidney problems. Although the problems seem to be focused on one particular lot, as a precautionary measure, we are pulling all dates of Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Food from the shelves.
Please discontinue feeding all Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison and Green Pea Dry Cat Food.
We are working closely with the FDA.
We will update this website today, as more information comes available.
NO OTHER NATURAL BALANCE PRODUCTS ARE AFFECTED.
Natural Balance is the label created by actor Dick Van Patten, best known for his TV roll as Tom Bradford on Eight Is Enough.
Petco has released this statement:
Four weeks after the initial recall of pet food containing a contaminated ingredient, pet owners across the United States remain concerned and confused about what to feed their pets.
A survey of 400 cat and dog owners, commissioned last week by pet goods retailer PETCO, reveals that nearly three out of every four pet parents believe the pet food they buy may not be safe, although government officials have said the public should feel secure in purchasing pet food not subject to the recall.
Consumer concerns identified in the survey’s findings are consistent with what retailers are hearing from their customers, and with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s report of receiving more than 12,000 consumer inquiries about the pet food recall — the equivalent of two years’ worth of inquiries for the entire agency.
If you suspect your animal may be sick, a veterinarian can perform a simple blood or urine test to see if your pet has been poisoned. A vet exam may cost as little as $30, a small price to pay for ensuring your pet's health.
Signs of kidney failure to watch for in your pets include:
- Drinking Too Much or Not Drinking At All
- Change in Personality
RECALL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING SITES:
Information on Dick Van Patten Products:
The Ol' Roy recall information can be seen here:
The Del Monte announcement can be seen here: http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2007/03/31/pet-food-recall-del-monte-pulls-products/
Science Diet information can be found here:
Menu Foods information can be found here:
Pet Connection also has useful information regarding all brands: