Dry dog food linked to salmonella outbreak

May 15, 2008 2:50:38 PM PDT
Contaminated dry dog food was the source of an outbreak of salmonella infections affecting people in 19 states, according to a report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The investigation, the first one to identify dry dog food as the source of human salmonella infections, demonstrates that dry pet food may be contaminated with salmonella and be an under-recognized source of human infections, especially in young children.

The CDC says it believes contaminated dry pet food is almost certainly still present in many homes. Pet owners are asked to wash their hands immediately after handling pet food, that infants be kept away from pet feeding areas and that children younger than 5 not be allowed to touch or eat pet food, treats or supplements.