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Archive for June 20th, 2010

Natural Balance recalls sweet potato blend

Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. is recalling its Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food, with the “Best By” date of June 17, 2011, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported, and the voluntary recall is based on “an isolated instance,” in which a product sample with the above “Best By” had a positive result for Salmonella in a random test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The product, sold in 5-lb. and 28-lb. bags, was originally manufactured on December 17, 2009,  Natural Balance, based in Pacoima, California, said in a press release. The company was formed by actor Dick Van Patten and partners, and is sold under his name.

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.

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, the company advises you contact your veterinarian.

Recalled products were distributed in pet specialty stores in 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.

The recalled products have a UPC codes of 7-23633-99000-4 (5-lb. bag) and 7-23633-99002-8 (28-lb. bag). Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, visit www.naturalbalanceinc.com.

Roadside Encounters: Domino

Name: Domino

Breed: Dalmatian

Age: 13

Encountered: Arizona’s Painted Cliffs Welcome Center, on Interstate 40

Headed: Back home to Oregon

From: A trip to New Mexico

Travel habits: When Domino’s owner fires up the RV, Domino is happy to ride along. Domino gets restless about every three hours, though, and wants to get out for a walk, as he was doing at this rest area  just across the New Mexico line. Despite Arizona’s new hard line on immigrants,  both the predominantly white Domino and his black spots were able to gain admittance to the state. (My overly tanned left arm had no difficulties, either.)

Domino’s owner, who lives with his daughter, hits the road for two or three months at a time, seeing the country and drifting where the spirit moves him. “I call it tumbleweeding,” he says.

Highway Haiku: “Sometimes You’re the Bug”


Murderous windshield

Sorry, bugs, rest in pieces

Please pass the squeegee

Roadside Encounters: Tobias

Name: Tobias

Breed: Chihuahua

Age: 13

Encountered: Outside his home in Albuquerque

Headed: Out to the courtyard

From: His apartment on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue

Travel habits: At 13, Tobias isn’t doing a lot of traveling, content to stay home with his owner, who took him in as a foster two years ago from Quixote Humane Incorporated, a Chihuahua rescue organization in Albuquerque. Despite having no teeth, and a malformed leg, and, from all appearances, some abuse in his past,  he’s a contented little fellow, and very protective of his master.