Dog Food and Salmonella – Be Careful What You Touch

I thought that pet foods were supposed to be safer today.  This is absolutely not true.  With the latest dog food and salmonella recall, it is obvious that pet food vendors have not learned their lesson. 

Now humans can’t even touch dog food, treats, and supplements for fear of being infected with salmonella.  That’s pathetic.

The Food and Drug Administration is starting a program to test pet food for contamination with salmonella.

I read a recent article that discusses the topic of dog food and salmonella poisoning.  It’s entitled “Be Careful What You Touch.”

Here is a brief quote:

A number of pet-food retailers, including PetSmart, PetCo, Costco, Walmart and Target, contributed samples for the FDA test, AOL Daily Finance reported.

Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever and cramps in people who have been infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though the symptoms usually only last four to seven days, some people’s symptoms get worse and they have to be hospitalized.

Salmonella poisoning is extremely common, with 40,000 cases reported each year in the U.S. (not counting unreported cases), according to the CDC.

Salmonella is most commonly contracted by eating raw meat, seafood and poultry (when feces can get into the meat during butchering, which can then be ingested by humans if not washed or cooked properly), according to the Mayo Clinic. Raw eggs can also be infected with salmonella if the chicken is infected, and some fruits and vegetables watered with contaminated water can also have salmonella.

The complete article can be read here.

I certainly hope that this salmonella outbreak causes no harm to humans or pets. 

But I will take no chances when it comes to feeding my dog.  I have been feeding the same healthy dog food, treats, and supplements for 7 years.  These products come from one company.  It has never had any products recalled.  In my opinion, it provides the best and most nutritious pet food there is.

In fact, I will never buy any dog food from a company that has had its food products recalled.  A recall indicates to me that the company cares more about its profitability than for the pets it serves.

What is your opinion of the problems with dog food and salmonella?  Are you willing to buy your pet’s food from a company that has had its food recalled?

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