Possible Salmonella contamination of dog food brought a recall Friday from a California company.

Natural Balance Pet Foods Inc. recalled its Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food  with the “Best By” date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and 28-lb. bags because of the potential it is contaminated with Salmonella.

The recall was issued after a sample in a routine test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came back positive for Salmonella.

No illnesses have yet been associated with the recall.

The recalled product was manufactured on Dec.17, 2009.

Salmonella in dry pet food can infect both humans and animals.

For humans, symptoms of Salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.

More serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract problems. Anyone 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.

Recalled products were only distributed in pet specialty stores in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Consumers who have purchased Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog formula with the “Best By” date of June 17, 2011, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For additional information, please contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at (800) 829-4493 (8a.m. – 5p.m., PDT) or by visiting www.naturalbalanceinc.com.

  • A Hall

    I am so disgusted about all the food recalls, both for humans & pets. There is a senate bill in congress now to provide more funding for inspections etc. Write/call your congressman & senator. I said that one of the most important things our govt. could do was make our food safe.

  • T. Stewart

    Manufacturers of pet food have a responsibility to assure that food is not tainted with NON food items such as metal, plastic etc, also product must be tested for disease or bacteria and germs or viruses that will endanger a pets life and the life of the owners and family and other pets too. This is not the job of the government and if pet food manufacturers don’t comply and have test results or have a long history of tainted low quality food. SHUT THEM DOWN

  • Doggie Mom

    I am sooo angry. Just found out YESTERDAY about this. My dog almost died 3 weeks ago today. @ other dogs I know have the exact same symptoms. lethargic , high fever ( my dog was 104.9), bloating / bad stomach pain, constant urination like a bladder infection, moaning/pain ( you know it is really bad when a dog finally shows pain ! )
    All three of our vets said different things. One was pancreitis, the other bad bladder infection ( on a male dog ) and intestinal parasite due to walking on the grass in a park, and the third was they could not figure it out and said my dog was getting old and thought her body was shutting down. I am SOOOOOO Angry. I want THEM to not only pay her vet bill but also follow up treatment to make sure she is ok.
    The other odd symptom is that once they start feeling better they get really itchy and all do not have flees or anything else.
    Am going to call the phone number that was on the empty shelf at the pet store.
    I am soo tired of pet food companys. Should make all the executives eat the tainted dog food themselves and see what it is like to personally go through what our fur babies have gone through. Only then will they put more safeguards in place.

  • Mark

    For what it’s worth, there are many more food safety measures taken for animal food than there are for the food you and I eat. I hate when people jump to conclusions about something they know nothing about. Don’t try to blame the government for one company’s problem. After all, is was the FDA who found the problem in their test result. If you believe that human food is somehow safer then take the time to prepare a proper meal for them – once upon a time there was no such thing as “dog food.”

  • Megan Roberts

    My dog had all of the symptoms of a salmonella infection from eating California Natural’s Chicken Meal & Rice Formula with an expiration date of November 2012. He was lethargic, had severe diarrhea that looked bloody at times and some vomiting. Our vet treated him with antibiotics for Giardia but the food still seemed to bother him. We switched over to the California Natural Lamb and Rice Formula and he is fine with that.