A dog food manufacturer has announced a voluntary recall of some of its products sold in New England, citing the potential for salmonella contamination.
Freshpet Inc. announced the recall on Friday and the company is cooperating with the United States Food and Drug Administration.
The product in question is “Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe (4.5 lb. bag)”, according to the FDA. The particular product being recalled has a sell-by date of October 29 of this year. Its retail UPC code is 627975011673.
The UPC code and expiration date can be found on the bottom of the dog food bag.
Freshpet designated only one lot for destruction, but “a small portion of the lot was inadvertently shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets over the past two weeks,” according to the company.
No other Freshpet products are affected by this recall.
The contaminated pet food may have been sold at select Target stores and other retailers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, of Vermont and West Virginia. It could also have been sold at Walmart stores in Alabama and Georgia.
If customers have these items in their possession, they should dispose of them immediately and stop feeding their dogs.
If infected with salmonella, dogs can become lethargic and have diarrhea, which can be bloody. Other symptoms include fever and vomiting, but some dogs may only experience a decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain, according to the FDA.
“Infected but healthy dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your dog has consumed the recalled product and exhibits these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian,” the FDA said.
In addition to potentially affecting animals that eat this product, the contaminated lot could also pose a risk to humans when handling the dog food. This risk would be increased if people did not wash their hands thoroughly after touching the product or surfaces exposed to the product. Children, the elderly, and immunocompromised people are particularly vulnerable, the FDA said.
People should self-monitor for the following symptoms if they think they might be infected with salmonella: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.
Salmonella can also cause more dangerous conditions like arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle aches, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
Freshpet has not yet received any disease reports.
Those with questions or wishing to report adverse reactions should call 1-800-285-0563 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT. People can call weekends from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or visit freshpetrecall.com.
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