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Natural Balance Pet Food Recall

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From Itchmo

Itchmo has confirmed with Natural Balance that their recall has expanded and now covers the following items for all dates:

Venison and Brown Rice Treats for Dogs (New today)
Venison and Brown Rice Canned Formula for Dogs (New today)
Venison and Brown Rice Dry Food for Dogs (Reported Sunday)
Venison and Green Pea Dry Food for Cats (Reported Sunday)

The problem stems from melamine found in the rice protein concentrate (described by the company as rice gluten) used by Natural Balance. They confirmed that FDA testing has found melamine in the rice protein concentrate. The ingredient was produced by a US vendor, according to Natural Balance. Natural Balance recommends avoiding all rice protein in their products.

They have also confirmed that customers are reporting “a few cases” of kidney failures, which their original announcement described as “kidney problems”.[/b]
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I'm getting more than a little concerned. At first I thought food recall was one batch of a contaminated ingredient (wheat gluten). Now, it seems to be in rice (?). If I understand what's going on correctly, all of it is from China, or at least not produced in the US. I'm seriously thinking about changing foods to supplier who only uses US ingredients. I understand Black Diamond is one, but they have hardly any distributors in California. What other choices are there? I hardly cook for the humans in this house--in the past, the doggies have lost weight on my homemade chow....
(Moderators--please move this if it is in the wrong place...).
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