Every once in a while I am tempted to cover pet food on this blog as well as human food. There is quite a bit of overlap. In fact, I have a half-finished book on safe dog food - a sort of follow up to The Safe Food Handbook, but for our pets. Whether I will ever finish it is another matter.
Anyway, one of the most common health risks for dog owners, and especially for children, is to get Salmonellosis (caused by pathogenic Salmonella bacteria) from handling contaminated dog treats. Washing hands well immediately afterwards would help, but how many of us do that all the time?
If you think I am exaggerating the whole thing, below is a summary of suspected Salmonella-contaminated dog food that has been recalled in less than two months in the U.S.(Note - most recalls involve treats). The source is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) - a thorougly reliable one.
08/31/2012 Milk replacer - Brands: Quality Feed, Inc., Dairy Princess, Peachey's or Yo-momma, made by Quality Feed, Inc.
09/11/2012 Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula Breeder's Choice - Brands: Breeder's Choice, AvoDerm, made by Breeder's Choice Pet Food
09/21/2012 Pet treat - Brand: Boots & Barkley, made by Kasel Assoc. Industries.
09/24/2012 Dog food - Brand: Dogsbutter - Made by Sunland Inc.
10/02/2012 Chicken Jerky Dog Treats - Brand: Nature's Deli, made by
Kasel Associated Industries
10/04/2012 Flavored butters, spreads and more - Brands: American Choice, Archer Farms, Arrowhead Mills etc., made by Sunland Inc.
10/10/2012 Pet treat - Brand: Yoghund, made by TBD Brands, LLC
10/13/2012 Pet treat - Brand: Nature's Recipe, made by Del Monte Foods
10/17/2012 Pet treats - Brand: Boots & Barkley, made by Kasel Assoc. Industries
Food poisoning second hand, is just as bad as getting it directly from our own food! Take precautions.
To your good health,