Smallbatch Dog and Cat Food Recall of May 2017


May 5, 2017 — Smallbatch Pets Inc. of Portland, OR, is voluntarily recalling two lots of its Smallbatch frozen chicken blend for dogs and cats due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

About 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.

No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Smallbatch Pets is conducting a voluntary recall of this product.

Consumers should also follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Smallbatch Pets package when disposing of the affected product.

What’s Recalled?

The affected lots of 2 pound bags of Smallbatch Chicken Blend were distributed to retail pet food stores in the following states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Two hundred eighty-two cases of this product were sold between the dates of 2/1/17 and 5/5/17.

The affected products are sold frozen in 2 pound bags.

The products affected by this recall are identified with the following manufacturing codes and “Best By” dates, located on the back of the package.

  • Lot: D032
    UPC: 705105970974
    Best By: 2/1/2018
  • Lot: E058
    UPC: 705105970974
    Best By: 2/27/2018

    What Caused the Recall?

    The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration of a 2 pound bag of Smallbatch Chicken Blend 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.

    What to Do?

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

    Or dispose of them immediately.

    Consumers with questions are asked to call the company at 888-507-2712, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST.

    Or via email at [email protected]

    U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

    Or go to

    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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  • April French Leavitt

    Well that’s a waste

  • Kirsten Sellards McAdam

    @SouthBender: You either missed the point or you’re ignoring it. Shirley is worried for her dog. The alerts usually don’t come out ’til dogs have ended up sick. If pet food was held to the same standards as human food, this would happen less often. @shirley_lane:disqus: at least the notices are a “heads up” for folks whose dogs haven’t become sick yet?? :-/ I agree, the standards need to be improved. Pets are no longer seen as “stock”. They’re family! 🙂

  • SouthBender

    It says in the recall, there’s a significant risk to human pet owners of contracting this illness simply by handling the food.
    Most owners prepare feedings in the same kitchens they use to make family meals, too. So risks increase exponentially for contamination and spread to significant numbers of humans – Salmonella is dangerous to the well-being of humans, no matter the source.
    I use disposable feeding bowls for pet food. And remember – Wash your hands!

  • Shirley Lane

    Personally, I feel all dog food should be subject to same standards as human food. My dog is just as important to me and is many others. Am grateful for these recall notices but it doesn’t help if dog is already been made ill

  • ANI Support Group

    They would have to test every single batch, twice to detect it all. Do you think they’re going to do that?
    If your dog has a strong immune, the S shouldn’t bother them. I
    ‘m sure a lot of raw feeders think that just because they feed raw, they don’t need to supplement anything, or, not correctly.
    They HAVE to remove any with the slightest amount in JUST to be safe

  • Marybeth Fabulian

    Pet food is not food grade it is feed grade under FDA regulations so it falls under a different set of regs than human food and human food inspection requirements.

  • Kjell

    with Salmonella in the past- This usually gets contaminated at the Packaging process, not necessarily during the processing/manufacture of the food.. With other pet food recalls in the past- this was the case.. I would be wary of any product being packaged at this warehouse.. I know w/ Diamond years ago- it affected ALL products coming out- which was many many high end foods that Diamond didn’t even make- just packaged. The FDA is now keeping track of pet food industry- which it was not prior- so hopefully, this is a more isolated incident.

  • Renee Barone

    Can I ask how come pet food is not tested before the batches leave the warehouse?