Pet Food Recall - Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food

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Natural Balance Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling certain packages of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food.

Products Affected: Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food. with the "Best By" date of June 17, 2011, in five-pound (UPC Code 7-23633-9000-4) and 28-pound (UPC Code 7-23633-99002-8) bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported, but during a random sample test by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one of the products from this batch tested positive for salmonella. This product was originally manufactured on December 17, 2009, and is the only Natural Balance product being recalled.

Health Risks to Humans and Pets: Salmonella can affect animals, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.

Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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.

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