- The lot was supposed to be destroyed, but some were “accidentally” shipped to retail
- They may have been sold in limited Walmart, Target, and other stores in certain states
- Those whose dogs ate the product and developed symptoms should contact their veterinarian
Freshpet is voluntarily recalling one batch of a particular dog food product because it may be contaminated with salmonella. It can pose a risk to both humans and their pets.
The recall affects Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe that came in 4.5 lb bags and was lot numbered 10/29/22, according to the company’s announcement at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) website† The lot was supposed to be destroyed, but “a small portion” of it has been shipped to select retailers in the past two weeks.
Salmonella can affect both the pets that eat a contaminated product and the people who handle it, especially if they are children, the elderly or immunocompromised animals and have not washed their hands properly after exposure to the product or the environment contaminated with salmonella.
Pets with salmonella may appear lethargic and have a loss of appetite. They can also develop symptoms such as fever, diarrhea and vomiting, although the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) noted that not all pets with salmonella will appear sick.
On the other hand, people can develop symptoms such as nausea, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever. These symptoms usually begin about 12 to 72 hours after infection, the AVMA noted. Those who develop such symptoms after coming into contact with the product are advised to contact their healthcare provider.
“Freshpet has not received any reports of illness, injury or adverse reaction to date and has issued this recall because of our deep commitment to the safety of our pet parents and their dogs,” the company said. noted†
The recall concerns the Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe with UPC code 627975011673 and the sell-by date of “29/10/22 L3”. These were sold at “limited” Walmart stores in Alabama and Georgia, and at select 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.
“Please call us if you have any of the recalled products,” the company noted. “This recall will not affect any other Freshpet products or lot codes.”
Those who bought the recalled item are advised not to feed it to their dogs anymore. Instead, they should “throw it away immediately.” Those whose pets have eaten the product and developed symptoms should contact their veterinarian.
Customers who wish to determine whether the product in their possession is affected by the recall or who wish to request a refund should click the “Get Started” button at the bottom of Freshpet’s recall page. They can also contact the company at: 1.800.285.0563 for questions or if they want to report side effects.
“The safety of pets and pet parents and the quality of our products are paramount, and we appreciate the trust placed in Freshpet,” the company’s announcement said.
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