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On June 18, 2022, Freshpet Inc., of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, issued a voluntary recall of a single lot of dog food. The Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe in 4.5 pounds bags is the only product involved in this recall.
This recall was issued because due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria. According to the company, “Our Freshpet Team had designated this single lot for destruction, but a small portion of the lot was inadvertently shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets in the last two weeks.”
These potential markets may include:
- Walmarts in
- Alabama and Georgia.
- Targets and other select retailers in:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- Vermont and West Virginia.
To date, Freshpet has not received any reports of illness, injury or adverse reaction.
What You Should Know About Salmonella
Salmonella poses a risk to animals ingesting the affected product (including dogs and cats) and can also be transmitted to humans. Pets infected with salmonella may display symptoms including:
- Lethargy and shock;
- Diarrhea (which may last up to 3-4 weeks or longer);
- Weight Loss;
- Dehydration; and
- Mucus and/or blood in stool.
People infected with salmonella can also have:
- Fever; and
- Abdominal cramps.
For some people, their diarrhea may be severe enough to require hospitalization.
What to do Next with this Dog Food Recall
Consumers should immediately stop feeding any of the recalled products and dispose any affected product immediately in trash that is secured.
Consumers should thoroughly wash their hands after handling any affected products or cleaning any potentially contaminated surfaces including freezers/refrigerators where the product was stored, bowls, utensils, bedding, toys and floors.
Dog parents who wish to request a reimbursement, can go here to do so (scroll to the bottom of the page). Or consumers may contact Freshpet at 800-285-0563 between 9am to 9pm Eastern Time, Monday – Friday for additional information.