Dog food recalled due to bacteria which can pose serious threat to humans

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Dog owners have been warned after several batches of pet food have been recalled due to salmonella which can pose a serious threat to humans.

People have been told to check their dog food batch numbers with the bacteria found in duck products.

Salmonellosis, the bacterial disease that salmonella causes, is relatively harmless in dogs but it could be passed to humans as it’s a zoonotic disease.

Salmonella poisoning can be serious and sometimes life-threatening for humans. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, and stomach pains and cramps.

In an alert from The UK Food Standards Agency, it said Natural Instinct is recalling several dog food products containing duck with the bug found in the products.

It stated: “In humans, symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Infected animals may not necessarily display signs of illness, but symptoms can include diarrhoea.

“Natural Instinct is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.

“If you have bought any of the products do not use them. Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund. When handling and serving raw pet food it is always advised to clean utensils and feeding bowls thoroughly after use.

“Consumers should wash hands thoroughly after handling raw pet food, bowls, utensils or after contact with the faeces of animals. Raw pet food should be stored separately from any food (especially ready to eat foods).

“Care should be taken when defrosting to avoid cross contamination of foods and surfaces.”

The products affected by the recall include:

Working Dog Duck

Pack size: 1 kg and 2 x 500 g

Use-by dates: 08 January 2022, 15 January 2022, 22 January 2022, 13 February 2022, 20 February 2022, 11 March 2022 and 18 March 2022

Pure Duck

Pack size: 1 kg and 2 x 500 g

Use-by dates: 08 January 2022, 15 January 2022, 22 January 2022, 13 February 2022, 20 February 2022, 11 March 2022 and 18 March 2022

Working Dog Puppy

Pack size: 1 kg and 2 x 500 g

Use-by dates: 15 January 2022, 22 January 2022, 13 February 2022, 20 February 2022 and 11 March 2022

Duck Carcass

Pack size: Pack of two

Use-by dates: 08 January 2022, 15 January 2022 and 20 February 2022

Duck Necks

Pack size: Pack of six

Use-by dates: 15 January 2022 and 22 January 2022

The US Food and Drug administration has highlighted how dogs can have the bacteria without owners being aware.

It said: “Salmonellosis is uncommon in dogs and cats, but they can be carriers of the bacteria.

“This means that even if the pets don’t show symptoms of salmonellosis, they can still shed Salmonella in their stool and saliva and then spread the bacteria to the home environment and to people and other pets in the household.

“Some ways dogs can spread the bacteria is when they give people kisses or have stool accidents inside the home. Pet waste from both sick and healthy pets can be a source of infection for people.

“When the disease is seen in an adult dog or cat, the animal typically has another infection or health problem at the same time. Puppies and kittens are more likely to show signs of disease.”