Raw Dog Food Link in Salmonella Outbreak and Recall

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Authorities believe the cases stemmed from children who may have handle raw ground turkey food meant for pets in their own home.

"Raws for paws" recalled the contaminated product earlier this week.

The Salmonella strain found in the children is the same as was found in samples of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture discovered the presences of Salmonella in some of the Ground Turkey Pet Food packages while conducting testing.

The company recalled all Turkey Pet Food cases with codes of 9900008 and 9900009, and Pet Food Combo Pack cases with codes 9900014 and 9900015.

Two Minnesota children suffered salmonella infections and illnesses after coming in contact with bacteria from tainted pet food, the state Health Department reported Friday.

Smokehouse Pet Products has also issued a recall due to potential contamination with Salmonella of its Beefy Munchies dog treats.

The Raws for Paws pet food products were packaged in both 5 lb and 1 lb sealed plastic tubes, also known as chubs, and distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, either directly to consumers or through online mail orders. The recalled lot codes and the manufacturing dates are printed on the cardboard case label.

Customers who purchased the pet food directly from the company have been notified of the recall.

Both departments advise anyone who does not know if their product is included in the recall, but has purchased it since October 12 of a year ago, to either return or discard it.

If you have purchased any of the recalled products, discontinue use and return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

And pet dishes, floors and the area around the feeding station should be cleaned and disinfected. Salmonella bacteria can survive for weeks on surfaces in the home, which can serve as a continuing source of infection. Diarrhea, stomach pains and fever are the most common symptoms, which can emerge within 12 hours of exposure.

The Salmonella Reading strain involved in these infections is more commonly found in animals, Medus said.

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