Hazards: Salmonella Is Traced to Dry Pet Food

Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 01:43 pm
Hazards: Salmonella Is Traced to Dry Pet Food
By RONI CARYN RABIN - New York Times
Published: August 9, 2010

Dozens of salmonella infections in toddlers have been traced to dry pet food, the first time human infections have been linked to dry dog and cat food, health officials say.

The infections occurred from January 2006 through October 2008 in 21 states. More than 23,000 tons of pet food were recalled, affecting 105 brands, and the manufacturing plant, in western Pennsylvania, was shut in 2008.

The link between salmonella and dry pet food was described by health officials from several states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a paper published Monday on the Web site of the journal Pediatrics. Officials referred to the factory only as “Plant X.” Altogether, 79 people were infected, including 32 children age 2 or younger.

Scientists traced the uncommon salmonella strain, called salmonella schwarzengrund, to bagged dry dog food. Many of the infections occurred in homes where pets were fed in the kitchen, and the scientists recommended that children younger than 5 not be allowed to touch or eat pet food or pet treats and be kept away from pet feeding areas.

“The most important thing a person can do is to wash hands right after handling pet food or treats or cleaning up after their pets,” said the paper’s lead author, Casey Barton Behravesh of the C.D.C. More guidelines are at www.cdc.gov/healthypets.
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 04:35 pm
I caught my boy eating dry kibbles once or twiv=ce. I just made fun of him and that made him stop.
He said that it wasnt bad.

Course, I used to carry doggey biskits in my field pack and if I came on a nasty dog abiskit usually turned him right around. ANYWAY, I have often gotten the munchies and had eaten a biskit or two.

I ask for penance and absolution.
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 04:45 pm
My tendency is to disregard blogs as credible information sources and the link for the CDC "not found"
Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 04:54 pm
Here ya go, and they mention the cdc..

Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 05:08 pm
I've caught my toddler eating cat poop. Maybe that's better 'cause the salmonella was removed.
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 05:25 pm
I assume with your experience and expertise reading medical reports you would pay some attention to detail. But like I already said I'm not inclined to give much attention to blogs even when their copied to the CDC. from another on-line blog called "pediatrics online" should you consider I give more credence to blogs I shall start immediately to read Huffington Post and McClatchy Press. In the meantime I shall continue to regard credibility as significant.
Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 05:41 pm
The official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics is a blog?

I know you're knocking BBB about McClatchy, which I don't read, but don't equate me with HuffPo because I look at it.
Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 06:20 pm
the conclusion reached by the Journal of American Pediatrics is
Conclusions Dry dog and cat foods manufactured at plant X were linked to human illness for a 3-year period. This outbreak highlights the importance of proper handling and storage of pet foods in the home to prevent human illness, especially among young children.
Reply Tue 10 Aug, 2010 09:15 pm
dyslexia wrote:

My tendency is to disregard blogs as credible information sources and the link for the CDC "not found"

There is a stray period at the end of the link. Remove it and it works.

Reply Tue 10 Aug, 2010 09:23 pm

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Why, in a nutshell, was our reporting different from so much other reporting? One important reason was that we sought out the dissidents, and we listened to them, instead of serving as stenographers to high-ranking [Bush administration] officials and Iraqi exiles.[6]

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Reply Tue 10 Aug, 2010 09:24 pm
You tell me this when I gave you the link to the Journal of Pediatrics? (via NYT).

The mocking gets tired.
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Reply Tue 10 Aug, 2010 09:25 pm
ok fair enough, on the other hand the blog post by BBB is, at best, shoddy journalism. If you're interested I would be happy to parse that post word by word to make my point, if you're interested.
Reply Tue 10 Aug, 2010 11:47 pm
As I've explained over the years why I often don't post a link URL for newspaper and magazine topics. I used to post the link, but stopped because it caused a serious problem. Articles are only visible in newspapers for one or two days. So many times, A2Kers would ask me how to find the link once it was no longer visible. I would spend hours hunting for them, often learning that they could only be found with difficulty in the archive. Many newspapers charge a fee for archived articles. So, I gave up and no longer post the link.

Many A2Kers told me they understood why I no longer post the links and agreed that it was a problem they had not realized.

Reply Tue 10 Aug, 2010 11:52 pm
I posted shortly thereafter with a nytimes article which linked the journal of pediatrics, that, far as I read, supported her 'grab'.

Why are you chasing an elderly woman who had source(s) that interested her, that she thinks may interest others, and sometimes do?

You are chasing her take as shoddy.
We can decide that and agree, or look further, but BBB reaches to inform.

Reply Wed 11 Aug, 2010 12:00 am
Osso, you noticed?

Reply Wed 11 Aug, 2010 12:03 am

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Reply Wed 11 Aug, 2010 12:38 am
On this I don't agree.
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