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Salmonella Lurks in Pet Foods Too

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'“The problem of salmonella in pet foods and pet treats, even in pet supplements like vitamins, is something people should be aware of,” said Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.'

"The most recent recalls were a result of salmonella detected during random testing and not because of illness in animals or humans, but experts caution that tainted food poses threats to both pets and people. Last year, the C.D.C. reported that from 2006 to 2008, nearly 80 people, including 32 children under the age of 2, were infected with salmonella as a result of coming into contact with dry dog or cat food, marking the first time human infections were linked to dry pet food. Other recent salmonella outbreaks in humans have been linked to pig ears and pet treats made with beef and salmon."

Read the full story on The New York Times Blog: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/salmonella-lurks-in-pet-foods-too/

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Credit: TARA PARKER-POPE - The New York Times
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