Contaminated Pet Food is Not Just a Pet Health Risk

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Pet food containing salmonella warning

Many pet owners prefer to feed their canine or feline pets what nature intended for them--raw meat. However, just like handling raw meat during food preparation for our cooked meals, pet owners need to be sure to handle their pets' food just as carefully. Here is the latest pet food recall that could cause you and your pet some serious abdominal pain.

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According to a new FDA recall alert, Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN is recalling approximately 4,000 pounds of its 5 lb. and 1 lb. chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Thus far, two illnesses have been reported in connection with this contamination problem.

While buying raw pet food is one alternative to dry pet food and has been found to result in reduced shedding, less gas and improved muscle tone, it is also more prone to contain Salmonella or other pathogens that can make your pet sick as well as increase you and your family's risk of contracting salmonella poisoning.

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Salmonella are gram-negative, rod-shaped bacilli that can cause salmonellosis--a diarrheal illness in humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects around 1 million Americans every year, leading to 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.

People infected with Salmonella may experience:

-- nausea
-- vomiting
-- diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
-- abdominal cramping
-- fever

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets infected with Salmonella infections may experience:

-- lethargy
-- diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
-- fever
-- vomiting
-- decreased appetite
-- abdominal pain.

The recall warns that infected--but otherwise healthy--pets can be carriers and pass on salmonella to humans or other pets in the household. Health experts advise that all family member should wash their hands after touching a pet's food (both wet and dry types) and after touching a pet to prevent potential salmonella exposure.

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The recalled Ground Turkey Pet Food was distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa directly to consumers and through online mail orders.

The recalled product is packaged into 1-pound and 5-pound sealed plastic tubes, also known as chubs. The chubs are packaged into regular Turkey Pet Food cases and Pet Food Combo Pack cases, which contain a variety of pet food products.

The products in question have case codes:

-- 9900008
-- 9900009
-- 9900014
-- 9900015

The manufacture date of Turkey Pet Food cases is 10/12/2017, and the manufacture dates of Combo Pack cases are between 10/12/2017 and 2/2/2018.

Consumers who have purchased Turkey Pet Food should discontinue the use of the product and contact Raws for Paws to determine if their product is subject to this recall and more information about disposal or return instructions. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 612-465-0372.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Production of the product has been suspended while MDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

For more about pet health, here are 3 Signs Sparky is Not Eating Right, plus a warning about a particular type of doggy treat that can be harmful to dogs.

For images of the recalled products, visit the FDA link below.

Reference: FDA.gov "Raws For Paws Recalls Turkey Pet Food Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk"

Image Source: Pixabay

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