Freshpet recalls bags of dog food being sold by retailers in a dozen states and Puerto Rico because of the potential for salmonella contamination.
The company said in a notice published by the Food and Drug Administration that the recalled dog food was part of a lot destined for destruction, but instead was “unintentionally shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets in the past two weeks.”
This includes more than 100 Walmart stores in Alabama and Georgia, as well as some Target stores and other retailers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
The company said the recall includes 4.5-pound bags of Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home chicken recipe cooked October 29, 2022, and UPC code 627975011673. Both can be found on the bottom of the bags.
Salmonella can endanger both animals and humans. In humans, the elderly, the very young, and the immunocompromised are especially at risk when handling contaminated products, especially if hands and counters are not thoroughly washed.
Healthy people infected with salmonella can have symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. It can also cause more serious illnesses, according to health officials.
Dogs infected with salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some canines will only have a decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected dogs, but otherwise healthy, can be carriers of infection and infect other animals and people.
Anyone with questions or looking to report negative reactions can call (800) 285-0563 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET and Saturday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, or visit the company’s recall site over here.