Smallbatch Pets has announced a recall of 2 batches of its chicken blend pet food over fears that the frozen food, which is marketed for both dogs and cats, could be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
The pet food is intended to be served thawed but not cooked in any way. In addition to the potential risk to pets, there is also a very real risk to anyone who handles the food and does not wash their hands thoroughly afterward. And as is always the case with contaminated raw meat, there is also a cross-contamination risk if the pet food comes into contact with surfaces in the home.
Covered in this recall are:
- Lot D032 with UPC 705105970974 and Best By of 2/1/2018
- Lot E058 with UPC 705105970974 and Best By of 2/27/2018
Smallbatch Pets did not say what, if anything, prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, to sample the food for testing but in its press release about the recall, Smallbatch does not dispute that Salmonella was found.
If you have any of the recalled Smallbatch on hand you can take it back to your place of purchase for a full refund of your purchase price or simply throw it out. You should not, however, continue to feed it to your pets. Salmonellosis can sicken both dogs and cats, especially if the animal is already battling another condition. Signs of salmonellosis in dogs and cats can include things like:
- Diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea)
- Loss of appetite