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When Good Treats Go Bad ???

In the June 30 edition of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that in 2004 and 2005, nine human cases of salmonella resulting from contact with beef- or seafood-derived pet treats were documented in Canada and Washington State. Subsequent investigation of processing plants revealed that dehydration temperatures were not high enough to kill bacteria during manufacturing, and the treats bore no labels suggesting that pet owners wash their hands after handling the product. “Public health practitioners should consider pet treats a potential source for Salmonella transmission,” the report noted. Suggested cautionary steps include washing hands following handling—and total avoidance of the treats by people at greater risk of infection.


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