Pet Food Could Make Kids Sick

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Keep young kids away from the pet food.

That advice comes from researchers who are reporting the first known salmonella outbreak in humans linked to dry pet food.

Most of the victims are young children. And the experts don't think they're actually eating the pet food. They think the kids probably became infected by touching affected animals or dirty pet food dishes, and then putting their hands in their mouths.

The report deals with an outbreak that sickened 79 people in 21 states, mostly in the eastern part of the country, between 2006 and 2008. It's published online by the medical journal Pediatrics.

The authors recommend washing hands after contact with pets, pet food and pet bowls. They say those bowls should be routinely cleaned -- and not in the kitchen or the bathtub. And children younger than 5 should be kept away from pet food and feeding areas.

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  • by Carol Location: local on Aug 10, 2010 at 02:27 AM
    If dogs can eat the food, people can eat it. It just won't taste very good!
  • by Jack Location: CS on Aug 9, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    the article says to clean the pet dishes, but not in the kitchen or bathtub (don't know anyone who cleans dishes in the bathtub) -- where then would you want us to clean them? That's just dumb - if you clean them and clean your sink and wash your hands, then it shouldn't be a problem. Also, to keep small children away from anything and everthing that "might harm them" is almost impossible. They can't be kept in a bubble people! Frequent handwashing is about the best you can do.
  • by Ryan on Aug 9, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    My kid is eating out of the dog bowl right now.
  • by Spock on Aug 9, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    Great, now I have to find another snack for my kids.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    Who in their right mind feeds pet food to their children? this artical is asinine.
  • by incsprings Location: cs on Aug 9, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    I agree Bob. Why don't we just remove our beloved animals from the home. Have you ever tried to keep a 2 year old away from a dog dish? Virtually impossible unless you starve or dehydrate your dog. Maybe I should keep hand sanitizer posted at every entrance to my home. Did you know you can get salmonella from camping? Yep, my then 2 year old got it at a campsite a few years back. We freaked out, quit camping from that moment on and campaigned to have camping banned....ha, just kidding.
  • by Bob Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 9, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    Sigh; Another scare tactic. The world is not sterile ya know, never has been, never will be.
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