What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacterial disease of the intestinal tract. In extreme cases, the bacterial can enter the bloodstream. Pet food is made with ingredients that can contain Salmonella, such as eggs, chicken or poultry. Although processing normally destroys bacteria, Salmonella can live on pet food for months. The overuse of antibiotics, in both animals and humans, contributes by making the Salmonella more drug-resistant.


It is extremely important to take measures to prevent Salmonella-related illness in the handling of pet food.  Salmonella can cause serious infections in cats and dogs and people too. The bacteria can be passed to humans by handling or ingesting infected foods and exposure can be very serious in children, older people and persons with suppressed immune systems. Safe handling habits are key to reducing the likelihood of infection.


Signs and Symptoms of an Infection


  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloody stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

How To Keep You and Your Pet Safe


  • Never purchase food products that have damaged or dented packaging
  • Wash your hands with hot water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds before and after handling per food and treats
  • Wash pet bowls and utensils with soap and hot water after each use
  • Wet pet food should be promptly covered and  refrigerated at 40 degrees
  • Dry food should be stored in a cool, dry location under 80 degrees in a clean plastic container
  • Be sure to keeps your pets away from garbage and all areas where food is prepared and stored


Please visit the FDA web site to see a chart of recent recalls of pet foods and treats.


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