More and more people are turning to homemade dog food and dog treats. Salmonella is the leading cause of pet food recalls. Please make your own pet treats when possible. Thank you!
In just the first nine months of 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted 31 recall and safety alerts for commercial pet food and treats. In 2012 there were 45 of these FDA alerts. Salmonella contamination or contamination risk lead the reason for recalls.
So, why are there so many recalls? And why does Salmonella dominate the recalls? There are many theories but the reality is that the problem is complex with many inter-related reasons.
Chickens Have Salmonella
Chicken is a popular protein source for pet food makers because it is less expensive compared to other protein sources. Unfortunately, chickens are notorious for harboring Salmonella bacteria in their intestinal tract. Pet food is made from internal body organs including the intestines. These body parts are more likely to be contaminated by Salmonella from the intestinal feces (poop) than the chicken muscle meat that we eat.
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