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Presence of salmonella and rodent activity leads to large Family Dollar product recall

Family Dollar has issued a voluntary retail recall of numerous products shipped from their West Memphis, Arkansas distribution center to more than 400 Family Dollar stores in 5 states (AL, AR, LA, MO, MS, TN). The recall was initiated due to the presence of Salmonella and reported rodent activity at the aforementioned distribution center. The recall covers all drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, dietary supplements, as well as human and pet food products.

As we’ve written about previously, salmonella can lead to salmonellosis. Salmonellosis while unpleasant, isn’t typically dangerous for young and healthy individuals. Symptoms typically include a mild fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. For children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems though, it can be extremely dangerous. For these individuals, it’s not unheard of for salmonellosis to lead to arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

What’s not covered in this recall are any products shipped directly to the stores by the distributor or manufacturer. This typically includes products that are refrigerated or frozen. Since there are so many stores and products covered, a link will be provided below to see if your local Family Dollar is part of the recall. As we mentioned above, the products are being recalled from select Family Dollar stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee. If you purchased any recalled products from these stores, they can be returned with or without the original receipt.

To read the full release on the recall from the FDA’s website, click here:

For a comprehensive list of the Family Dollar stores that are part of the recall, click here: