Any pet owner only wants the best for their furry friends, but if you feed them this dog food, you risk their health. A voluntary recall has been issued due to potential salmonella contamination.
While healthy people with a salmonella infection might experience mild symptoms, it can be deadly for animals. Dogs with salmonella infection may be lethargic and show other signs, including diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
Read on to see if the product is in your house and how to keep your pets safe.
Here’s the backstory
Freshpet detected salmonella in one of its dog food products through a routine safety inspection. Freshpet immediately began to destroy the entire single lot, but a small portion of products “was inadvertently shipped to retailers.”
The affected dog food is:
- Freshpet Select Fresh From The Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe.
- It comes in a 4.5 lb. bag.
- It has a sell-by date of 10/29/22.
- The Retail UPC Code is 627975011673.
- The Lot Code is 10/29/22.
The company stressed that this recall impacts no other Freshpet products or lot codes, and there are no reports of illness, injury, or adverse reactions. The impacted dog food was sold at:
- Limited Walmart stores in Alabama and Georgia.
- 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.
What you can do about it
There is a slight chance that you might have this dog food in your pantry. If you do, you must immediately stop feeding the recalled food to your pet and dispose of it.
You can visit the Freshpet Recall website and click on Get Started at the bottom to determine if your product is affected by the voluntary recall and to request a refund.
According to the FDA, “infected but otherwise healthy dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Therefore, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian if your dog has consumed the recalled product and has symptoms.”
If you have any questions regarding the recall, you can call 1-800-285-0563 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern, and Saturday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern.