Dog Food Recall: 2 Children Sick with Salmonella

Raws for Paws is recalling 4,000 pounds of its Ground Turkey Pet Food due to possible Salmonella contamination after reported illnesses, including two children who have been infected with Salmonella Reading.

The food is sold online by Christofersen Meats Co. Inc., doing business as Swanson Meats, in Minneapolis– no relation to Swanson Meals.

The Minnesota Department of Health reports that two children in a single household got sick.  One of the children ended up with septicemia, a blood infection, and osteomyelitis, a painful and serious bone infection, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.

Testing done by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture demonstrated that the same strain of Salmonella Reading found in the children was also found in four samples of Raws for Paws “Ground Turkey Food for Pets” that was used to feed the family dog.  The outbreak is of particular public health importance because of the potential hazard to both human and animal health.

Raws for Paws food included in this recall was distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.  The company sells and ships its products directly to customers through online mail orders.

An FDA study tested more than 1,000 samples of pet foods and pet treats for foodborne bacteria, including Salmonella.  Of the 196 samples of raw pet food tested during the study, 15 were positive for Salmonella.  As a result, the FDA has issued a policy affirming a zero-tolerance policy for Salmonella in pet food due to the risk to human health.

Raws for Paws urges consumers to stop using the ground turkey and contact the company at 612-465-0372.

The Centers for Disease Control has information for pet owners including Pet Food Safety and Healthy Pets Healthy People.  Hoping you, and your pets, stay food safe.

Authored by: Barb Ingham, 608-263-7383,
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