- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Freshpet Inc. voluntarily recalled a lot of dog food due to potential salmonella contamination.
- The product affected is Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe.
- Signs and symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, vomiting, and fever in both pets and humans.
Over the weekend, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Freshpet Inc. voluntarily recalled a lot of dog food due to potential salmonella contamination. More specifically, the brand recalled its 4.5-lb bag of Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe with the sell-by date 10/29/22. According to the FDA, the product was available at various Walmart and retail stores, among others.
“Our Freshpet Team had designated this single lot for destruction, but a small portion of the lot was inadvertently shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets in the last two weeks,” the brand said in a statement. “No other Freshpet products or lot codes are impacted by this recall.”
The specific locations impacted include Walmart stores in Alabama and Georgia, as well as limited Target stores and other select retailers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
To check if your pet’s food is affected, verify the sell-by date on the back of the bag, as well as the UPC code—which is 627975011673—on the bottom. At the time of the June 18 announcement, Freshpet had received zero reports of illness, injury, or adverse reaction, however, the FDA recommends looking out for symptoms of salmonella, as they can impact pets and humans—especially children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised.
Symptoms in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever, per the FDA. Serious cases can result in arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
In dogs, salmonella can manifest as lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some dogs will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. The FDA says infected but otherwise healthy dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
So, if you, or anyone in your family—humans and pets included—begin exhibiting any signs, it’s vital to follow-up with the appropriate primary care provider, be it a doctor or your pup’s veterinarian.
If you have questions, concerns, or would like to report an adverse reaction to Freshpet, you can call 800.285.0563 Monday through Friday from 9 amto 9 pm (EST), and on the weekends from 9 am to 1 pm Or you can inquire online through Freshpet’s website.
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