The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association said it is aware of recent research from the University of Porto focusing on a potential link with raw meat diets for dogs and drug resistant bacteria in dogs.
Whilst the products tested were selected from the Portuguese market, as this was covered in the UK press, the PFMA said it would like to provide reassurance and guidance to UK pet owners.
As with all commercially prepared pet foods, commercially prepared raw foods are subject to stringent legislation and require various tests to ensure they are safe.
The PFMA highlighted that its commercial raw members manufacture their diets in line with best practice guidelines, which have been developed in conjunction with Defra, the Animal Plant & Health Agency, Public Health England and the Food Standards Agency.
PFMA said: “While it carries no greater risk than handling fresh raw meat intended for humans, pet owners must be dedicated to good hygiene practices in the home and maintain high standards of hygiene to prevent contamination.
“Careful storage, handling and good hygiene practices when preparing and feeding a raw meat diet are vital. It is also important to follow best practice hygiene practices when handling pets such as thoroughly washing hands before and after coming in to contact with pets, changing litter trays, not allowing pets to lick faces etc.”