Research -Public health researcher warns of risk of salmonella infection from dry pet food

Edmonton Journal

Since 2012 there have been four pet-food recalls in Canada because one of the ingredients has become contaminated — most likely chicken — or there has been cross contamination between ingredients at production levels.

Three of those were dry pet food and the most recent, in 2012, was related to raw pet food.

“I think it’s a public-health issue that warrants more attention in the interest of people’s well-being as well as that of their pets,” she said.

“The thing is, when you see that pet food could be a source of salmonella infection, why would you take that risk? Why not eliminate that risk and make people aware of it so that people can be more vigilant about it.”

In the United States, 1.4 million people are infected with salmonella every year and 15,000 of those cases are hospitalized.

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