February 18, 2022 — Family Dollar, Inc. is recalling various products, including multiple brands of pet food and treats.
The recall was caused by health hazards associated with rodent infestations, which may have included the potential presence of Salmonella bacteria.
Which Pet Food and Treats Are Recalled?
The FDA bulletin did not include the names of specific brands that are recalled.
When we contacted Family Dollar, the agent was not able to provide the names of the affected products.
On February 22, 2022, the company website listed the following brands for sale:
- 57 dry dog foods
- 36 wet dog foods
- 38 dog treats
- 35 dry cat foods
- 36 wet cat foods
- 13 cat treats
The retail inventory at each store varies. Some brands are sold only online.
Unfortunately, The Dog Food Advisor cannot confirm which specific brands are included in the recall. The following list is offered in good faith and may not be accurate or complete.
- 9 Lives
- Alpo Tbonz
- Ashland Farms
- Beggin’ Strips
- Gravy Train
- Kibble ‘n Bits
- Kit & Kaboodle
- Meow Mix
- Purina Cat Chow
- Purina Dog Chow
- Purina One
Where Were the Products Sold?
In a later follow-up email, the FDA advised the affected products were distributed in the 6 states below:
What Caused the Recall?
The affected products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and were stored and shipped to 404 stores from Family Dollar Distribution Center in West Memphis, Arkansas.
The violations occurred during the period from January 1, 2021 through the present due to the infestation with rodents and rodent activity at Family Dollar Distribution Center.
Use or consumption of affected products may present risk of illness due to the potential presence of Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in infants, young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant persons, persons with pre- existent pathology (e.g., patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy treatments, organ transplant recipient, etc.) and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
About the Recall
To date, Family Dollar is not aware of any consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this recall.
Products covered by this retail level recall include all: (i) drugs; (ii) medical devices; (iii) cosmetics; (iv) dietary supplements; and (v) human and animal (pet) food products.
The recall does not apply to products shipped directly to the stores by the distributor or manufacturer, such as all frozen and refrigerated items.
The 404 stores to which this recall applies are listed on the attached schedule. The recall does not apply to other store locations.
Family Dollar is notifying its affected stores by letter asking them to check their stock immediately and to quarantine and discontinue the sale of any affected product.
What to Do?
Customers who may have purchased affected goods may return such product to the Family Dollar store from where they were purchased, without receipt.
Customers with questions regarding this recall may contact Family Dollar Customer Service at 844-636-7687 between 9am and 5pm EST.
Customers should contact their physician or health care provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products.
Customers with concerns about their pets who have eaten the recalled animal food products should contact their veterinarian.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
Complete and submit the report Online
Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Message from the Company
For more than 60 years, Family Dollar has been providing value and convenience to customers in easy-to-shop neighborhood locations.
Family Dollar’s mix of name brands, and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in approximately 8,000 stores in rural and urban settings across 48 states.
Helping families save on the items they need with everyday low prices creates a strong bond with customers who refer to their neighborhood store as “my Family Dollar”.
Family Dollar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dollar Tree, Inc. headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia.
For more information, please visit FamilyDollar.com.
Reporting Pet Food Problems
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
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