High levels of potentially damaging germ found in tender beef dog food products: study


This is a sold emanate for infants, a elderly, and those with bad immunity, advise a researchers.

A tender meat-based diet has turn increasingly renouned for dogs in new years, since it is seen as a ‘healthier’ and some-more ‘natural alternative’ to widely accessible blurb products.

But, distinct blurb feeds, tender beef products are not feverishness treated or solidify dusty to pasteurise their content.

To try and sign a levels of germ in these products, a researchers took samples from 60 packs of tender beef products, bought from a operation of stores within a 200 km radius of their laboratory between Mar and Sep 2017.

The products, that were all dictated for dogs, contained during slightest one of: underdone meat; and succulent skeleton and/or viscera from cattle, chicken, lamb, turkeys, pigs, ducks, reindeer or salmon. Some of a products also enclosed vegetables, unfeeling fibre, and minerals.

All a products, done by 10 opposite manufacturers, originated from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany or England.

The samples were analysed for germ that could potentially poise a health risk to animals and people: Enterobacteriaceae species; Clostridium perfringens, Salmonella and Campylobacter species.

All 60 samples contained Enterobacteriaceae species, that are indicators of faecal decay and hygiene standards.

Levels sundry widely among a opposite manufacturers, and in some cases, among a opposite products from a same manufacturer.

But 31 (52%) of a samples contained levels that exceeded a limit threshold set by European Union (EU) regulations of 5000 germ per gram.

Most of a class identified are not famous to means infection, detached from E coli, that was found in about a third of a samples.

C perfringens, another pen of faecal decay and hygiene standards, was found in 18 samples (30%); dual of a samples exceeded a limit boundary set by Swedish guidelines.

Salmonella and Campylobacter are zoonotic class of bacteria-capable of flitting from animals to people and causing infection. EU regulations don’t assent Salmonella in any animal feed.

Salmonella class were found in 4 (7%) of a 60 samples, while Campylobacter class were found in 3 samples from 3 opposite manufacturers. This is a comparatively low level, though presumably since Campylobacterspecies are really supportive to freezing, contend a researchers.

“It is many expected that Campylobacter was benefaction in some-more samples before freezing, and that those samples in whichCampylobacter was removed contained really high levels of Campylobacter class before a solidified process, as some managed to tarry a freezer,” they write.

The commentary prompt a researchers to prominence a significance of clever storage, handling, and feeding of tender beef dog food products since of a intensity health risks they pose.

They make several recommendations, designed to quell a risk of infection and antibiotic resistance. Raw beef dog food should be:

    Kept solidified until use, and thawed during 10 degrees C

    Kept apart from other food

    Handled with apart kitchen apparatus or with apparatus that is cleared entirely after use

Good hygiene is essential, they emphasise: germ in a juices from tender beef dog food can dash and widespread to other dishes and surfaces, and dogs can send potentially damaging and/or antibiotic resistant germ by ‘kissing’ faces immediately after eating.

Dogs shouldn’t be fed tender beef products while being treated with antibiotics as this could boost a risk of antibiotic resistance, they say.

“Dogs in families with infants, aged people or immunocompromised people should also not be fed [raw beef products], as these groups are some-more receptive to infections,” they warn.

British Veterinary Association Junior Vice President Daniella Dos Santos commented: “This investigate offers serve constrained justification to support vets’ concerns about a intensity animal and open health risks compared with feeding pets a tender meat-based diet.

“Bacteria such as E coli and Salmonella can means poignant gastrointestinal illness in animals. Pets can also strew potentially damaging pathogens benefaction in tender food into their environment, so there is a risk to owners both in doing a food and entrance into hit with a animal. Pet owners who select to feed a tender food diet should be wakeful of a intensity health risks and take full precautions while storing and doing a food.

“BVA would also not suggest creation a tender food diet during home but veterinary superintendence due to a intensity for nutritive deficiencies in homemade diets.

“We would advise any owners wanting to try a tender meat-based diet for their pet to initial deliberate a veterinary surgeon.”


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