What You Need to Know: Freshpet Food Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
If you ever doubted the fear a pet food recall puts into human owners, as I write this the Freshpet food recall website is so overloaded with clicks it won’t even load properly, if at all. Never fear, as your certified crazy dog lady advocate, I’ve got all the details for you.
I’m not going to header you to death with the answer buried at the bottom, throwing all SEO practices aside in the name of stopping just one person from feeding their pet a recalled product.
Pet Food Recall Details
The Freshpet Recall details as are follows:
- Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe (4.5 lb. bag)
- Only the lot with a “Sell By” date of 10/29/22
Here’s what the package looks like:
- The retail UPC code on the recalled bag would be “627975011673”
- The Lot Code is 10/29/22
- The Sell By Date is 10/2922 L3
Freshpet notes in bold lettering the following message:
No other Freshpet products or lot codes are impacted by this recall.– Freshpet Inc.
Has The Freshpet Recalled Food Been Sold Near Me?
Here are the states and stores impacted by this recall:
- Walmart stores in Alabama and Georgia
- Some Target stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
- Other unnamed retailers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
I Can’t Get On The Recall Website! Help!
You can call this number immediately to get information about the Freshpet Food Recall. The hotline is 1-800-285-0563 and it’s available Monday through Friday 9 am–9 pm (EDT) and weekends from 9 am -1 pm (EDT). It is especially important if you have the recalled product to call this number. There is no refund details in the recall announcement, but I’d be darn sure to ask when you call.
How Many Pets or People Have Gotten Sick Because of the Freshpet Food Recall?
None so far, or at least, none that has been reported. If you have this food you should get rid of it immediately. Throw it away and if you have any physical contact with the food you should wash your hands thoroughly in warm water with anti-bacterial soap for at least 30 seconds. Wash down any areas where your pets have walked or drooled on recently.
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a bacteria that can make people and animals very sick. The main symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are:
You can expect symptoms to start anywhere from six hours to six days after being infected. It would take a lab test to confirm the presence of Salmonella. If you suspect you or your pet have Salmonella poisoning, you can call your vet or doctor. The most important thing is to keep hydrated as you lose a lot of fluids from the vomiting and diarrhea.
Salmonella is not a rare issue. There are 1,350,000 illnesses each year. 26,500 of those end up in the hospital and it is fatal to an average of 420 people.
Pets show the same symptoms of Salmonella poisoning as people, but they can also carry the disease without symptoms but still pass it on to people through body fluids and stool.
How Do I Learn about Food Recalls Faster?
You can sign up for alerts from the Food & Drug Administration to get immediate news releases about recall information. There is also a weekly enforcement report listing all the recalls for pets, people, and products.
Is There Anything Else I Need to Know About This Food Recall?
Yes. You should know that I love your pets as well as my own, and I’d like you to give them and extra ear or butt scratch or maybe even a treat, just from me.