Pet food with the chance of salmonella poisioning has been in the news lately. The Food and Drug Administration is stepping up their efforts to keep an eye on pet food and their levels of possible salmonella contamination. The growing concern is that amount of human use there is when handling pet food, and the possibility of infecting many pet owners, without the knowledge or being aware it may be from pet food.
The FDA testing will be on pet food, treats and supplements, to give a good idea just how many foods may be contaminated with salmonella. Once noted, all contaminated foods will be removed from the market, which could result in a much slimmer selection of food the next time you go shopping in the pet food isle.
Participating pet food chains such as PetSmart, PetCo, Costco, Target and Walmart, have already been helping out in the process, by contributing samples for the FDA to test.
The symptoms of salmonella bacteria in humans, are diarrhea, fever and cramps. These symptoms can last for several days, but may worsen and result in a hospital visit. Salmonella poisoning is very common, with over 40,000 cases reported in the United States every year.
For more information on the FDA testing and salmonella control in pet food, please visit this new release from the Huffington Post.