A dog food contamination scare isn't just problematic for your pets -- they also endanger you.
A reader writes:
Here's what I don't understand.
Everyone who is scared of raw says they want their dog's food to be cooked, to kill salmonella.
But here is kibble, which by definition is cooked to the point of losing most of its original nutrients, but STILL has salmonella.
I don't see how this is possible. If it's cooked enough to be "kibbled," how can it possibly still have salmonella? It just seems like the worst of all possible worlds.
This question refers to the recent recall of dry dog food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.
As the CDC explains, Michigan public health officials found salmonella in an unopened bag of a Diamond kibble product during routine testing. This particular salmonella strain had been found to infect at least 14 people.
CDC investigators connected the dots between the illnesses and dog food through interviews:
Seven of 10 (70 percent) of ill persons interviewed reported contact with a dog in the week before becoming ill.
Of five ill persons who could recall the type of dog food with which they had contact, four (80 percent) identified dry dog food produced by Diamond Pet Foods that may have been produced at a single facility in South Carolina.
In my book, Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, I tell the story of the massive pet food recalls of 2007 due to contamination with the industrial chemical melamine. And in Feed Your Pet Right, my co-authored book about the pet food industry, I explain how pet foods are manufactured and why they are so subject to contamination and recall.