Menomonee Falls, WI February 28, 2019
Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital and Exotic Care, Inc. is sounding the alarm regarding raw turkey-based pet foods and warning pet owners to watch their dogs, cats – and themselves – very carefully.
Two young children were recently sickened by an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella tied to raw turkey products in pet food. More than 350 people in the US and Canada have been stricken after eating turkey intended for humans or after handling pet food.
The two Minnesota children became ill after regularly feeding their dogs raw ground turkey food for pets from the Minneapolis-based company Raws for Paws. As a result, in 2018, Raws for Paws recalled 4,000 raw turkey pet food items sold in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and online.
Other Brands Also Recalled
Other pet food brands, including Woody’s Pet Food Deli, are recalling both raw turkey dog and raw turkey cat food. In the recall notice, the Food and Drug Administration warns, “There is a risk of contracting salmonella from handling contaminated pet food if you have not washed your hands thoroughly after having contact with either the exposed surfaces or with the contaminated products themselves.”
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, many brands of foods containing raw turkey may be affected, and the salmonella strain could be present in numerous suppliers and facilities.
This outbreak may be widespread throughout the turkey industry, the CDC announced last week. Salmonella has even been found in live turkeys. Hormel brand Jennie-O was one of the first food manufacturers to recall products – almost 250,000 pounds of ground turkey products in the last two months alone.
While the outbreak first showed up in November 2017, it is still being reported as recently as January 2019. The CDC has announced 279 cases with one death and 107 hospitalizations. An equal number have become sick in Canada.
How to Handle Raw Pet Food
Pet owners should be aware of the potential risks when handling pet food that hasn’t been treated to remove pathogens or isn’t fully cooked. Follow all food safety practices to reduce the risk of illness to humans, as well as dogs and cats. While it is not recommended to feed a raw meat diet to your pets if you still choose to do so, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- After touching any raw pet food, immediately wash your hands with soap and water.
- Disinfect all surfaces: microwaves, countertops, refrigerators, bowls, knives, and forks that touched the raw food.
- Any food your pet doesn’t eat, throw away immediately.
- After your pet eats raw food, don’t let them lick your face, mouth, or any areas of broken skin.
- Until you’re ready to use it, keep raw pet food frozen.
- While in your refrigerator or freezer, keep raw pet food away from other food.
- Don’t use a countertop or sink to thaw frozen raw pet foods.
Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital and Exotic Care, Inc. is dedicated to providing quality care to all companion pets and exotic animals. A Menomonee Falls veterinarian, they understand your special relationship with your furry or feathered family member. Your pet’s health is important to you, and good medical care is vital to them having exceptional quality of life.
For more information regarding Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital or the dog food recall, please contact Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care, Inc.