FDA investigates human salmonella risk in pet foodCareful with the kibble. The FDA has been rounding up pet food samples nationwide to test for salmonella that pet owners could accidentally ingest through casual contact.

A recent run of people sickened by pet food prompted the investigation, the FDA said.

The feed, treats and supplements in question are eaten by common domestic pets, from cats and dogs to fish, rodents and reptiles. But canine owners should note that canned dog food is not being eyed as a source.

Major distributors such as PetSmart (PETM), PetCo, WalMart (WMT), Costco (COST), Sam's Club, and Target (TGT) contributed samples in the October investigation, the FDA said in its announcement, posted last week.

Salmonella can be absorbed by consumers touching pet food and then unintentionally putting hands to their mouth.

Anyone who handles pet food should wash their hands carefully and keep children away from feeding areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises.

Salmonella is a bacteria that causes fever, cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, and is especially dangerous for the frail and elderly. Symptoms usually appear 12 to 72 hours after contamination and illness lasts four to seven days, according to the CDC.

The FDA cited recent cases that sparked its aggressive action, one of which was a 2007 outbreak in which 70 pet owners were sickened by salmonella transmitted through dry dog food.



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MR. CRIST

hell i remember went just taken a dump didnt cost so much for something to wipe my ass lets put a sin tax on toilet paper to oh know i just gave the gov a new idea not to worry they cant even get good jobs to come back and people are going hungry loseing there houses things that they have worked very hard for all there life the president is right stop bickering in congress and get the job done

November 02 2011 at 6:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
texascclp1445

It would be nice if the brands names were included in the article. Or did i miss something?

November 02 2011 at 4:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
69usmc73

I believe it... It comes from China now...

November 02 2011 at 2:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
JLS

How about considering what tainted dog food does to our beloved pets No mention of that aspect. All about us!

Sick. Dumb article. I couldn't care less what it does to ME. I do care very much what it does to my dogs.

Somebody doesn't understand what loving a pet is.

November 02 2011 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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evd10

I wouldn't worry too much. I've had dogs that ate rotting animal carcasses and drank from puddles along the road and it didn't seem to bother them much. I assume that any animal that has stomach acid that can digest bones isn't susceptible to a lot of food-borne illnesses.

November 02 2011 at 4:16 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dr scott kanner

I hope my liv-r-snaps are not implicated

November 02 2011 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dahst

Pet food is all my grandparents can afford to eat

November 02 2011 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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evd10

Don't worry about them unless they start to howl all night long.

November 02 2011 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dabrownman

What makes me sick is the price of the dog food my fearless and stupid Doxie Dog eats. She only eats 10 pounds a month but $1.5 a pound it is still outrageous.

November 02 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply