(***Update 4/17/07: Natural Balance expands recall. Here’s the press release.***)

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First, I’d like to extend my heartfelt condolences to everyone affected by the horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech today. Such senseless acts of violence inflicted on innocent beings–just too hard to fathom.

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Looks like Natural Balance is getting reports of health issues affecting pets who had eaten a couple different varieties of Natural Balance pet food. No connection to the contaminated pet food recall of the past month–at least for now. Here is the notice I received from the FDA today:

Statement
April 16, 2007

Media Inquiries:
301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA

Information on Natural Balance The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) was informed today, April 16, 2007, that Natural Balance Pet Foods has received consumer complaints regarding the Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Foods. The company does not know the cause of the problems, but has received reports of animals vomiting and experiencing kidney problems. Although the company is stating that the problems seem to be focused on one particular lot, as a precautionary measure, the company is pulling all dates of Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Food from the shelves.

The company is advising consumers to discontinue feeding all Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison and Green Pea Dry Cat Food.

The FDA is working closely with Natural Balance and is actively investigating this problem. There is no indication at this time whether this is related to the ongoing pet food recalls. For more information, please see: http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/

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