Contaminated Dog Food Sold in West Virginia Stores; Walmart and Target Locations

June 21, 2022

Mountaineer News

BUCKHANNON, WV - The FDA is warning West Virginia pet parents about contaminated dog food. The agency says a popular brand of pet food could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. According to the agency, the Salmonella contamination could make your pet sick and also poses a danger to humans handling the food or touching surfaces the food had been in contact with. Children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised are especially in danger. Food maker Freshpet Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of the product: Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe (4.5 lb. bag), with sell-by date of 10/29/22.

Dogs who contract a Salmonella infection may have diarrhea, fever, vomiting, or appear lethargic. Even if your dog is not showing symptoms, it can still spread the infection. The FDA says if your dog has eaten the recalled food, contact your vet. According to the FDA, humans may experience the following symptoms, "Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms." If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.

Anyone who purchased the product should immediately dispose of it and contact Freshpet Inc. at 1-800-285-0563.