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Dog foods can be dangerous products, too

Many Georgia residents consider their dogs as part of the family. They carefully choose the foods they feed them in order to ensure they remain healthy and happy. However, even dog foods can be dangerous products as illustrated by the recent recall of several brands of dog food.

Arrow Reliance's Darwin's Natural and ZooLogics, Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food, Redbarn Pet Products' three-packs of seven-inch Bully Sticks dog chews and Smokehouse Pet Products' four-ounce bags of Beefy Munchies dog treats are all under recalls for salmonella contamination. Reports indicate that six pets died and two children got sick from one or more of these products. The zero tolerance policy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding contamination of pet food from harmful bacteria, including salmonella, means that manufacturers of dog food must apply the same standards to their products as those making human foods.

Salmonella in humans causes fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It is not ordinarily fatal. The symptoms are similar in animals, but the only symptom a pet may exhibit is death. In addition, the FDA's concern regarding pet food also arises from the fact that, even if they are not exhibiting any symptoms, animals can pass salmonella on to humans.

Georgia residents may not realize that contaminated pet food can also cause illness in them. If a human is exposed to a bacteria such as salmonella from these dangerous products, it could turn into a life threatening condition for some. Under these circumstances, it may be beneficial to seek out the advice and assistance of a products liability attorney to determine whether legal action may be appropriate.

Source: USA Today, "4 dog food companies issue recall over salmonella fears", Zlati Meyer, Feb. 14, 2018

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