The US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has issued a warning about pet food produced by PETCO in the US and sold at PETCO stores in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. The food production facility was inspected in April and had a serious bird and rodent infestation. The problems had not been corrected by the next visit so the FDA seized the food. They are concerned that the poor hygienic conditions in the facility could put pets at risk from eating the food, or people at risk from handling the products. No illnesses in people or pets have been reported, but authorities are urging people to report any possible cases. They are also recommending that people wash their hands thoroughly if they have had contact with these products (including packaging), and that they wash any surfaces that have come into contact with these products (including packaging). Presumably, people should contact the store about a refund (I’m not sure I’d want a replacement from a plant that was shut down for repeated serious hygienic breaches).

Any potential illnesses associated with these products should be reported promptly to the FDA’s consumer complaints coordinators.

There is no indication any of these products were sold in Canada.