Dozens of people in the United States and Canada have become ill after handling salmonella infected pet food. Officials suspect that consumers are getting sick from “touching infected dog food, touching an infected dog, or handling the dog’s waste.”
“A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 22 people in 13 states and Canada have become sick from Salmonella-tainted dry dog food tied to multiple brands made by Diamond Pet Foods, including “Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul” and “Country Value.” Six people have been hospitalized since this pet food recall was first announced in early May…
“Salmonella germs are transmitted from animals to humans and humans to humans by the fecal oral route,” says CDC’s webpage on the outbreak. Yep, that means the infection spreads from the stool and the mouth and in between species. And things take a while to clear up. Those germs can still be found in a pet’s stools four to six weeks after infection.” NPR, 15 June 2012.
Officials are asking consumers to be aware of salmonella poisoning symptoms, both in humans and in pets, which include diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Please call your doctor or vet if you have used these products and believe you could be ill.
To prevent salmonella poisoning, the CDC recommends:
- Wash your hands after petting, feeding, or cleaning up after your pet.
- Keep children under five away from pet food.
- Clean feeding stations regularly with a bleach solution.