Here's how to check to make sure your pet is safe.
A line of treats and frozen meals from two seperate dog-food manufacturers have been recalled after the products tested positive for salmonella and listeria contaminations.
The Food and Drug Administration first announced a voluntary recall last week for TruPet's "Treat Me Crunchy, Beef Delight", after the brand disclosed that their product might be contaminated with salmonella.
The 2.5oz dog treats were sold through popular online retailer Chewy.com—the FDA says affected products are labeled with the serial code, Lot # 20190514 13753.
The at-risk products were most likely sold in Rhode Island, California, Washington, Texas, Michigan, and Georgia. If you've purchased this product recently, check the packaging for the UPC code "0 87316 384440 6" and an expiration date of "15 082218."
The FDA asks you to return the product where you purchased it, or reach out to their customer service team here.
While salmonella could potentially affect your pet, causing decreased appetite, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or fatigue, both of these recalls could also affect people who handle the food itself.
If you were to contract salmonella handling the TruPet product, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, and fever would be likely side effects, the FDA warns. Perhaps even scarier, listeria is an infection that could possibly be airborne. People who are affected experience many of the symptoms described above.
The safety of pet food products has long been a concern for self-aware pet owners; many have turned to their own kitchens to make their pet's food from scratch rather than purchase products containing controversial ingredients such as pentobarbital. These recalls, if anything, should get you to look at nutritional labels for yourself as well as your furry friends.