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Salmonella poisoning from dry pet food

post #1 of 9
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I ran across this when I was Googling for something else. Even though these are cases of human poisoning, our cats, although less susceptible to salmonella than humans, can also be infected.The confirmed poisonings all seem to be tied to dry dog food but the article says the same could be happen with any dry pet food. I also found a report of a similar outbreak in '06, also tied to dry dog food.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/n...ory_71347.html

I also ran across this article that suggests a way to way to sanitize dry pet food. Does anyone know if this would be effective?

http://www.ehow.com/how_2076095_pet-...paign=yssp_art

I don't think there is any cause for panic here. We should all just be aware of the importance of properly storing and handling our pets foods.
post #2 of 9
actually most of us with dogs just went thru a recall having dealt with salmonella in a dry food ... one of the raw food companies also recently had a recall due to salmonella

IMHO, I would not dare try to sanitize anything with dry ice .... More thorough cleaning of machinery likely is the best way ...
post #3 of 9
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IMHO, I would not dare try to sanitize anything with dry ice .... More thorough cleaning of machinery likely is the best way ...
I believe what they are suggesting is a way to sanitize any kibble a pet owner may have on hand. There wouldn't be any machinery involved.

What problem do you see with using dry ice this way?
post #4 of 9
http://www.health.state.ny.us/enviro...ty/dry_ice.htm

http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-ti...the-cooler.asp
Google dry ice as you must have limited experience with this substance
post #5 of 9
This kind of thing just reminds me how much I want to learn to make my own foods for my kitties, and how much I need to focus on natural foods for us instead of eating Doritos and chicken nuggets and Oreos all the time...
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http://www.health.state.ny.us/enviro...ty/dry_ice.htm

http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-ti...the-cooler.asp
Google dry ice as you must have limited experience with this substance
I have no idea what your point is. From those links it appears to be perfectly safe to use as suggested.
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Originally Posted by zorana_dragonky View Post
This kind of thing just reminds me how much I want to learn to make my own foods for my kitties, and how much I need to focus on natural foods for us instead of eating Doritos and chicken nuggets and Oreos all the time...
There is much comfort to be gained from having control over what we feed them rather than having to be at the mercy of others. Of course even when making our own we only have *more* control, not *total* control. The ingredients we use in making our own are going to come from someplace out of our control.

Sigh...
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Originally Posted by mschauer View Post
There is much comfort to be gained from having control over what we feed them rather than having to be at the mercy of others. Of course even when making our own we only have *more* control, not *total* control. The ingredients we use in making our own are going to come from someplace out of our control.

Sigh...
Sigh on that too... besides becoming a farmer and a rancher on virgin land.. one can dream
post #9 of 9
If you used a container with dry ice then the container would have to be air tight (releasing the pressure every once in a while). If it wasn't then the bottom of the food would get soggy. Dry ice is very cold and turns water vapor (found in air) into ice/frozen water. Then the ice melts into water as the dry ice evaporates away.
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