The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has responded to research from the University of Porto that focused on a potential link with raw meat diets for dogs and drug resistant bacteria in dogs.
As this research was covered in the UK press, PFMA said it would like to provide reassurance and guidance to UK pet owners.
Nicole Paley, the PFMA’s deputy chief executive, said: “As with all commercially prepared pet foods, commercially prepared raw foods are subject to stringent legislation and testing, including microbiological testing, to ensure they are safe. This rigorous testing minimises the risk of food borne contamination to both the owner and the pet.
“Additionally, PFMA 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 and the Food Standards Agency.”
Ms Paley said that PFMA is in the final stages of completing a new, world-leading certification scheme for commercial raw producers, which is designed to be an extra tool to support the safe production of raw pet food.
Ms Paley continued: “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.”