Keep Your Dog Safe From Foodborne Illnesses

U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers tips for safely handling dog food.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is informing consumers of ways they can prevent their dogs from becoming in infected with foodborne illnesses including those that are Salmonella-related. Although the FDA has increased its efforts to minimize the incidence of foodborne illnesses associated with cat and dog foods and treats, they are encouraging pet owners and consumers to decrease the likelihood of contamination by following some simple handling instructions.

  • Purchase products that are in good condition with no visible damage to the packaging.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with hot water and soap before handling dog foods and treats.
  • Wash dog food bowls, dishes and scooping utensils with soap and hot water after each use.
  • Don’t use the dog’s feeding bowl as a scooping utensil – use a clean scoop, spoon or cup dedicated to scooping.
  • Throw away old or spoiled dog food products in a safe manner.
  • Refrigerate or discard unused or left over wet dog food at 40 degrees F.
  • Store dry food in a cool, dry place at under 80 degrees F.
  • Store dry pet food in its original bag inside a dedicated plastic container with a lid.
  • Keep pets away from food storage and preparation areas.
  • Keep pets away from garbage and household trash.

And if feeding a raw food diet:

  • Keep raw meat and poultry frozen until ready to use.
  • Thaw meat in refrigerator or microwave.
  • Keep raw foods separate from other foods.
  • Cover and refrigerate leftovers or discard immediately.

Also remember to sanitize cutting boards and counter tops periodically, and run plastic or non-porous cutting boards through the dishwasher after each use.


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Cyndi   Klamath Falls, OR

8/20/2007 6:42:04 PM

I think everyone should read this article. It really makes one think about the safty of their pet.

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