Did you know that, just recently, the FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine has recently gone out on a manhunt of sorts after raw food manufacturers (and only raw food manufacturers)?
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has assigned field staff to collect samples of raw pet food to be analyzed for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli.
According to FDA’s assignment, “positive findings may result in a Class I recall, press release, and Reportable Food Registry (RFR) submission.”
FDA says it is concerned about the growing number of dog and cat owners who have begun feeding raw diets to their pets.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has said it “discourages the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal-source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans.” – Petfood Industry Community
This means that if Salmonella is found, this potential recall can put these raw companies out of business (which generates more dollars for the kibble manufacturers!).
According to Truth About Pet Food – “FDA is telling pet food consumers “germs have been found in raw pet foods that can make pets and people sick.” This warning is good, except the FDA forgot to warn consumers to the germs found in kibble pet foods and pet treats. Let’s get the facts straight FDA.
Certainly Salmonella can be a dangerous germ. In the 2012 Diamond pet food plant Salmonella recall, 49 people in 20 states became ill linked to the contaminated (kibble) pet food. But, the problem is – FDA is telling pet food consumers that Salmonella is a risk ONLY with raw pet food.
Where is the FDA consumer warning to risk of handling kibble pet foods or treats? Nowhere to be found.
JUST SO PET FOOD CONSUMERS CAN GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT – IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS (JUNE 2010 – JUNE 2015) – JUST FOR SALMONELLA CONTAMINATION, THERE HAVE BEEN 23 KIBBLE RECALLS, 14 RAW RECALLS, AND 26 TREAT RECALLS.
The next time you are warned by a health professional or expert about the bacteria levels that may roam in raw foods, let’s hope they also warn you about processed kibble and its bacteria issues, which has, ironically enough, been recalled more for Salmonella contamination than raw.
An educated, informed and well-researched community of pet owners can only put more pressure on the pet food industry to be better! When pet owners know better, they will only do better!
Fun Fact: A 1975 study published by Maurice and Duncan showed that more than 20% of dogs in any given population might be infected with Salmonella. And, the textbook Small Animal Clinical Nutrition (Hand et al.,2000), estimates that 36% of healthy dogs carry salmonella in their intestinal tracts. Both of these sources reflect numbers from kibble-fed animals, not dogs fed raw diets. – Canine Nutrigenomics