Sunday September 15, 2019

High Levels of Bacteria Found in Raw Meat Dog Foods, Says Study

Dogs should not be fed raw meat products while being treated with antibiotics as this could increase the risk of antibiotic resistance

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Gut Bacteria. Pixabay

Feeding your pooch with raw meat could pose potential health risks as they contain high levels of bacteria, researchers have warned.

A study by researchers from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden showed that many raw meat products contain enterobacteriaceae species, which are indicators of faecal contamination and hygiene standards.

Such food products can also cause health risks to people, particularly infants, elderly and those with poor immunity, the study said.

A raw meat-based diet has become increasingly popular with dogs in recent years because it is seen as a “healthier natural alternative” to the widely available commercial products.

But unlike commercial feeds, raw meat products are not heat treated or freeze dried to pasteurise, the research team added.

For the study, published in the journal Vet Record, researchers took samples from 60 packs of raw meat samples that were analysed for bacteria, including enterobacteriaceae species — clostridium perfringens, salmonella and campylobacter.

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Nearly 31 samples (52 per cent) contained bacteria levels that exceeded the 5,000 bacteria per gram maximum threshold set by the European Union regulations, said the study.

Escherichia coli was found in about a third of the samples. Clostridium perfringens, another marker of faecal contamination and hygiene standards, was found in 18 samples (30 per cent).

In addition, salmonella species were found in four (seven per cent) of the 60 samples, while campylobacter species were found in three samples from three different manufacturers.

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Dogs should not be fed raw meat products while being treated with antibiotics as this could increase the risk of antibiotic resistance, the researchers noted.

“Bacteria such as escherichia coli and salmonella can cause significant gastrointestinal disease in animals,” said Daniella Dos Santos, Junior Vice-President at the British Veterinary Association.

“We would advise any pet owner wanting to try a raw meat-based diet to first consult a veterinary surgeon,” Santos said. (IANS)

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Salmonella Bacteria Found In MDH ‘Sambhar Masala’ In US

After the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected the salmonella bacteria in the MDH brand 'sambar masala'

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Dosa with Sambhar and other side dishes. Wikimedia Commons

After the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected the salmonella bacteria in the MDH brand ‘sambar masala’, the company is withdrawing at least three lots of the product from the shelves.

Produced by R Pure Agro Specialities and distributed by the House Of Spices (India), the product was tested by the FDA through a certified laboratory and found positive for salmonella.

The recalled MDH sambar masala was distributed in northern California retail stores, House Of Spices (India) said in a statement.

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Salmonella bacteria found in MDH ‘Sambhar Masala’ sold in US. Wikimedia Commons

Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrohea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrohea may be so severe that the patient requires hospitalisation.

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Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe symptoms.

The recall was initiated after it the FDA discovered that the salmonella contaminated products were distributed.

“Consumers who have purchased the MDH SAMBAR MASALA, 3.5 oz (100g) are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” House Of Spices said in the statement issued last week. (IANS)