Pet food maker Freshpet Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of a single lot of one of its products that may have been sold in Walmart and Target locations across several states, including Massachusetts and other New England states, due to potential salmonella contamination.
The product called “Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooke Chicken Recipe (4.5 lb. bag)” has a sell by date of October 29 of this year with a retail UPC code of 627975011673, according to Freshpet, whose recall is being conducted in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration.
The sell-by date and UPC code can be found on the bottom and the back of each bag of the product.
The single lot had been designated for destruction, however a “small portion” of it was inadvertently shipped to select retailers across several, mostly East Coast, states earlier this month, Freshpet said.
The affected dog food may have been sold at some Target stores and other select retailers in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia, in addition to the US territory of Puerto Rico.
It may have also been sold at some Walmart stores in Georgia and Alabama, Freshpet added.
Freshpet has said that so far it has not received any reports of illness, injury or adverse reaction from the potential contamination and that no other Freshpet products or lot codes have been impacted by the recall.
If someone has a product matching the affected lot’s description and the sell by date in their possession, Freshpet said pet owners should stop feeding the product to their dogs and dispose of it immediately.
The company is also asking those with the specific recalled product to give them a call at 1-800-285-0563.
Those who want to report an affected product they may have or any adverse reactions to it, or simply have questions, can call the company’s number from 9 am to 9 pm EDT Monday through Friday and 9 am to 1 pm EDT Saturday and Sunday.
They can also get more information on whether their purchased product is affected and request a potential reimbursement through the company’s website.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the contaminated product, but it also presents a risk to humans, particularly children, the elderly and the immunocompromised, Freshpet said.
Dogs infected with Salmonella may be lethargic and have fever, vomiting and diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea, while others may have decreased appetite and abdominal pain in addition to a fever, the company added.
“Infected but otherwise healthy dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans,” Freshpet said. “If your dog has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”
Humans infected with Salmonella could experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, fever, and diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, with risk of more serious ailments such as arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms, Freshpet said.
“Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health care provider,” according to Freshpet.
“The safety of pets and pet parents and the quality of our products are of the greatest importance, and we value the trust placed in Freshpet,” the company said.