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« on: August 08, 2010, 09:50:25 PM »

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ivzom0A-Hv_xKzJC7ppFdrAFkBKwD9HFOBD00

Associated Press August 9, 2010

"Fido's food may be making kids sick, a government report warns, detailing the first known salmonella outbreak in humans, mostly young children, linked to pet food.

"The outbreak sickened 79 people in 21 mostly eastern states, between 2006 and 2008. Almost half of the victims were children aged 2 and younger.

"Dry pet foods are an under-recognized source of salmonella infections in humans, and it's likely other illnesses since then were unknowingly caused by tainted pet food, said Casey Barton Behravesh, the report's lead author and a researcher at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The outbreak was blamed on salmonella bacteria found in several brands of dry dog and cat food produced at a Mars Petcare US plant in Everson, Pa., including Pedigree and Special Kitty.

"Heating during pet food manufacturing generally kills salmonella germs. Behravesh said contamination may have occurred during a later process when food pellets were sprayed with flavor enhancers.


"Duane Ekedahl, president of the Pet Food Institute, a manufacturers' trade group, said the public should not be unduly worried about pet food as a source of salmonella.

""Companies are very vigilant and in rare occasions when it occurs, products are pulled off the market," he said."
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2010, 05:37:38 AM »

Sounds like the HVP theory and the plant contamination theory have both combined to
make "no kill step" pet foods a real problem. 15 percent of cat food is wet canned. I don't
know how much dog food is canned. I'm not sure what people should feed their pets at
this point. Anyone convinced the pet food companies are looking out for consumers or
have any thoughts what's best to do?
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010, 06:28:55 AM »

I'm not convinced any company, pfc or otherwise is looking out for us.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2010, 09:53:37 AM »

I'm not convinced any company, pfc or otherwise is looking out for us.

You sure have that right, Leslie. Other companies, most it seems, are just concerned with their own bottom line. They don't really give a damn about their employees or the consumers that they sell their goods to these days.
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