A lot of dog food set to be destroyed was accidentally sent to major retailers, and now the company is recalling it due to potential Salmonella contamination.
According to the new recall announcement, the Freshpet Select Small Dog&Bite Size Beef&Egg Recipe Dog Food comes in 1-pound bags. The lot was mistakenly shipped to Publix grocery stores in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, as well as Target stores in Arizona and Southern California from June 7 to 10.
Freshpet Inc. is warning dog owners that the food isn't just dangerous for their four-legged friends:
"Salmonella can affect animals eating the product, and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products."
In humans, Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting. Strains can also cause infections in the urine, blood, bones, joints, or the nervous system (spinal fluid and brain), and can cause severe disease. Pets with a Salmonella illness can have symptoms such as decreased appetite, diarrhea, fever, tiredness, and vomiting. However, some pets may not have any visible symptoms, so be sure to contact your veterinarian if they came into contact with any of the recalled food.
"If pet parents have products matching the following description in their possession, they should stop feeding it to their dogs and dispose of it immediately," the recall notice says.
Once any recalled food is out of your kitchen, follow these two expert-approved steps to sanitize it to help make sure no one gets sick. And to get all of the latest recall news delivered straight to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!