Recall Alert: Raw Pet Food Linked to Salmonella
On February 5th, pet food manufacturer Christofersen Meats Company recalled all lots of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets that were manufactured on October 12, 2017 for potential Salmonella Reading contamination.
The recall was announced after the Minnesota Department of Public Health reported that two children in one home were exposed to the food, which was fed to the family’s dog. One child developed septicemia (a serious blood infection) and osteomyelitis (a serious bone infection).
The Food and Drug Administration is working with the public health department to figure out where the product was distributed and how it became contaminated with Salmonella.
If you purchased this product since October 12 and can’t determine whether it’s been recalled, the FDA recommends that you exercise caution and toss it.
For the latest updates and all recalled lot codes and dates, check the FDA’s website.
The FDA recommends feeding your pets cooked food. Raw pet food—which typically consists of uncooked meat, bones, and organs—is more likely to contain pathogens that can make you or your pet sick.
People who handle contaminated pet food without proper hand washing can accidentally transfer the bacteria to their mouths. That means washing your hands and anything else that comes into contact with the pet food for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water, says the FDA.
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