(St. Paul, MN) – A human case of Salmonella has been linked to a pet food manufacturer in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says pet food samples from Woody’s Pet Food Deli have also tested positive for the virus.  The company has stores based in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Woodbury.  The MDA says sample testing of the pet food began after the human case of the disease was identified.

The recalled product was sold in 5-pound plastic containers labeled “Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw Free Range Turkey,” and can be identified by the white date sticker on the cover of the pet food container.  Lots with “use by” dates of 1/10/20, 1/12/20, and 1/15/20 are being recalled.

Anyone with recalled product in their home should throw it out or return it to a Woody’s Pet Store Deli for a full refund.

The person with the Salmonella infection was identified as part of an ongoing, multi-state investigation.  MDH’s interview with the infected individual revealed that Woody’s Pet Deli raw ground turkey pet food was regularly fed to a pet in the household.  The pet also tested positive for Salmonella, but no the outbreak strain.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.  Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 96 hours after exposure, but can take up to two weeks to appear.

After eating or coming into contact with Salmonella-containing food, pets can spread the bacteria from their mouths, saliva, fur, and feces, even if they’re not showing signs of illness.

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