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Salmonella Tainted Smallbatch Raw Pet Food Recalled, FDA Testing Reveals

Smallbatch Pets is recalling its raw Chicken Blend pet food for dogs and cats, brand name Smallbatch, due to contamination with Salmonella.

The affected products are sold frozen in 2lbs. chub style bags.  The products affected by this recall are identified with the following manufacturing codes and the “Best By” date is located on the back of the package.

LOT UPC Best By Date
D032 705105970974 2/1/2018
E058 705105970974 2/27/2018

The affected lots of 2lbs. Chicken Blend were distributed to retail pet food stores in States CA, CO, OR, WA through pet food retailers and distributors.  Two hundred and eighty-two cases of this product were sold between the dates of 2/1/17 – 5/5/17.

This recall was initiated after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration, that was collected at a distributor, revealed the presence of Salmonella. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH SALMONELLA

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Symptoms of infection in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.  Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

CONSUMER RESOURCES

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of Chicken Blend are urged to stop feeding them to their dogs or cats and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately.

Consumers are encouraged to contact the manufacturer at 888-507 2712, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM PST or email them at info@smallbatchpets.com.

If you suspect you may have become ill after handling a contaminated food it is vital that you contact your local (county or city) health department.

If your pet gets sick, report complaints about the pet food product electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or you can call your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

RECALLED PRODUCT IMAGES

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SOURCE: FDA

Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and advisor to AAFCO. Help support her work by making a donation today.

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