Texas Tripe Inc. Is putting this document out as a warning that there is a possibility that our pet food may contain elements of Listeria Monocytogenes, and could contain more than trace elements of Salmonella, and/or E. coli 0157:H7.
Listeria Monocytogenes: Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by the germ Listeria monocytogenes. People usually become ill with listeriosis after eating contaminated food that contains sufficient quantities of Listeriosis to be infective, which means more than trace elements of Listeriosis. The disease primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. It’s rare for people in other groups to get sick with Listeria infection.
Listeriosis is usually a mild illness for pregnant women, but it causes severe disease in the fetus or newborn baby. Some people with Listeria infections, most commonly adults 65 years and older and people with weakened immune systems, develop severe infections of the bloodstream (causing sepsis) or brain (causing meningitis or encephalitis). Listeria infections can sometimes affect other parts of the body, including bones, joints, and sites in the chest and abdomen.
Salmonella: Salmonella is a bacteria that can make people sick. It was discovered by an American scientist named Dr. Salmon and has been known to cause illness for over 125 years. The illness people get from a Salmonella infection is called salmonellosis.
There are more than 2,500 serotypes of Salmonella. Of these 2,500 serotypes, less than 100 cause foodborne illnesses in people. Of these 100 serotypes, less than 10 cause most foodborne illnesses in people. Even fewer serotypes of Salmonella cause illnesses in pets. The risk of acquiring a foodborne illness requires the presence of a Salmonella serotype that actually is capable of causing a foodborne illness, and it must be present in a sufficient quantity to be infective.
If one contracts Salmonella one should know that most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most individuals recover without treatment.
There are cases where diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream, and then to other body sites. In these cases, Salmonella can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
After a search of the scientific literature, we have found no studies that conclude that salmonella, Listeria, or E. coli 0157:H7 affect Raw Fed Dogs. Nor have we found any studies that conclude that salmonella, Listeria, or E. coli 0157:H7 so not affect Raw Fed Dogs.
Risk of Ecoli 0157:H7, CDC: Escherichia coli O157:H7 Above the risks have been spelled out. The decision is now up to you. Are you ok with the risk?
There have been studies done that indicate very strongly if you clean your surfaces, utensils, and hands thoroughly as instructed on the safe handling instructions (on the label of the package) you are now putting in the preventive control that stops the spread of these pathogens.
What the CDC has to say about raw pet food
Wash your hands and surfaces thoroughly after handling raw pet food.
CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets, but if you do:
Wash your hands with soap and water right after handling any raw pet food.
Clean and disinfect all surfaces that the raw food touched, like countertops, microwaves, refrigerators, and objects like knives, forks, and bowls.
Safely store and handle raw pet food
Freeze raw pet food until you are ready to use it.
Keep raw pet food away from other food in your refrigerator or freezer.
Don’t thaw frozen raw pet foods on a countertop or in a sink.
Throw away any food your pet doesn’t eat.
Safely play with your pet after he or she eats
Don’t let your pet lick around your mouth and face after eating.
If you do play with your pet after they have just eaten, wash your hands, and any other parts of your body they licked, with soap and water.
Don’t let your pet lick any of your open wounds or areas with broken skin. Science Behind Handwashing Acknowledgment of Risk
By checking this box I agree that I am aware of the risks listed above, and hereby proclaim that I will follow the cleaning procedures as listed in the safe handling instructions.