Contaminated Dog Food Meant to be Trashed Got Shipped to Target and Publix, Now Recalled

Much dog food potentially contaminated with Salmonella has been destined for destruction, but it was accidentally delivered to some Publix stores in three southeastern states and to Target stores in two western states.

Freshpet Inc. announced that a single batch of its Freshpet Select Small Dog Bite Size Beef & Egg Recipe dog food in 1-pound bags with an expiration date of October 30, 2021 is being recalled from these stores on the U.S. Food and Beverage website Drug Administration (FDA).

“Our Freshpet team had designated this single lot for destruction, but it was accidentally shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets between June 7th and June 10th, 2021. This recall does not affect other Freshpet products or lotcodes.” Freshpet Inc. said in a statement.

Richard Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Freshpet, Inc., will ring the opening bell of the NASDAQ MarketSite on November 7, 2014. According to the FDA, the company recalled a batch of dog food on June 13, 2021 due to possible salmonella contamination.
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The limited number of potentially affected products have been distributed to Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and to Target stores in Arizona and Southern California. It had a lot code of 1421FBP0101 and a retail UPC code of 627975012939. The codes are on the back of the bags.

Dogs infected with salmonella may experience tiredness, fever, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, and possibly loss of appetite. The company has received no reports of illness, injury, or side effects at the time of reporting. Should a pet show any of these symptoms, they should contact their local veterinarian.

Another important reason for the recall is the possible transmission of Salmonella to humans through handling the product and not washing hands thoroughly or touching the face after handling the products.

Healthy people who come into contact with salmonella may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. More serious problems can include arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Should a person experience these symptoms after handling the product, they should contact their doctor.

“The safety of pets and their parents as well as the quality of our products are of the utmost importance and we appreciate the trust placed in Freshpet,” said the company.

Most of the products were intercepted before they hit store shelves and the recall is being done in collaboration with the FDA.

“If pet parents have products that match the following description, stop feeding their dogs and dispose of them immediately,” said Freshpet.

Those who want a refund can use this link:

Pet parents who have questions or want to report side effects should call 1-866-789-3737 or visit www.freshpet Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET and Saturday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. com