FDA Recalls Freshpet Pet Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

The FDA recommends that if pets or humans have been in contact with the product they receive medical attention.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Freshpet announced a voluntary recall of a lot of Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe, in its 4.5-pound presentation with a best by date of October 29, 2022, due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella can affect animals that eat the product and there is a risk to humans, especially children, the elderly and immunosuppressed people, when handling contaminated products, especially if hands have not been washed thoroughly after contact with products or surfaces exposed to these products.

People infected with Salmonella may have the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Salmonella can cause more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers with these signs after contact with the product should seek medical attention.

Dogs with Salmonella infections may be tired, listless, and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some dogs may only have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. The FDA recommends that if your pet has consumed the aforementioned product and has these symptoms, you should take it to your veterinarian.

If pet owners have in their possession products that match the description and expiration date, they should stop giving them to their dogs and dispose of them immediately.

The product being withdrawn is the Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe in a 4.5 pound bag with a best by date of October 29, 2022. The expiration date, along with the UPC code, is located on the bottom and back of each bag.

Freshpet explains that it had designated this single batch for destruction, but a small portion was inadvertently shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets in the last two weeks.

So far no reports of illnesses, injuries or adverse reactions have been received. The lot may have been sold in stores Walmart of Alabama and Georgia; and 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.

Pet owners with questions or information about adverse reactions can call 1 800 285 0563 Monday through Friday from 9 am to 9 pm (EDT) and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm (EDT). They can also visit the FreshPet website.

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