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Update on Salmonella spp contamination of pet food, treats, and nutritional products and safe feeding recommendations

Kate S. KuKanich DVM, PhD, DACVIM1
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  • 1 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

Recently, there have been several recalls of commercial pet foods and treats in the United States because of contamination with Salmonella spp. This contamination creates a risk that pets ingesting these food items can become clinically ill or may become carriers of Salmonella organisms, but it is also a public health concern for pet owners who handle the food products and interact with these pets. As recalls and media attention make the public more aware of the potential for Salmonella contamination, clients may rely more heavily on veterinarians for advice in choosing safe diets

Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to Dr. KuKanich (kstenske@vet.ksu.edu).