With all the recent pet-food recalls, how do I know if my pet’s food is safe?

By: Dr. Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN  |  November/December 2013
Find out how you can see if your pet's food is recalled and how to know what's safe to feed your dog and cat.
The good thing about the recalls is that it means some companies are proactively checking their food rather than waiting for animals to get sick. The risk of harmful bacteria depends on the kind of pet food. For canned food, the high-heat processing kills bacteria that might be present in the meat, so it’s not an issue. During the drying, coating and packaging of some dry kibble, it is possible that the kibble may pick up bacteria, but the risk is low. However, several studies have found various bacteria present in raw commercial foods (typically sold frozen)—and at least one study found antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These contaminated foods can pose a health risk, not only to the animal eating them, but also to other animals and people who may come in contact with the food. (Wash your hands after handling any pet food.)
Find pet-food recalls at:
FDA Animal & Veterinary Recalls & Withdrawals
Dr. Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN, is head of Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals.